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Clint C

Hello from Chippenham

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Hi all.

I'm a newbie to all of this. Always had an interest in astronomy but did nothing about it until now... I blame Brian Cox, he made me do it luv. :p Anyway, seeing the guy demonstrating the dobsonian to Jonathan Ross on "Stargazing Live" I thought that looked like the kind of scope for me, simple and functional. Of course, having no idea of what was possible to see for myself posed a problem, I didn't want to purchase something that disappointed or would need upgrading immediately. I then rang a certain astronomy shop in the Podium, Bath where the friendly owner suggested I go along to the next Wiltshire Astronomy Society viewing session around the back of the Red Lion in Lacock, well I didn't need asking twice. Along I went with a mate and basically got an idea from the once again friendly folk there of what was possible. This was in January so it was very cold which may have accounted for the low numbers that turned out. Anyway, I then kept an eye out on astrobuysell and two days ago I collected my first telescope, a second-hand Skyliner 250-PX dobsonian with additional RDF, I understand that I won't be disappointed with this scope :). I'm now waiting for the clouds to clear. :(

Clint.

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Hi Clint, welcome to SGL :)

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Hi Clint and welcome to SGL

Is That the Laycock why they film Cranford, if it is, it's a lovely place for an astro society.

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Welcome Clint.

JohnH.

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Hi Clint and welcome to the forum.

Congratulations on getting a good scope. I would suggest joining up with the Wiltshire Astro Society as they are certainly proactive on the observing side of things and it is a very friendly club.

Clear skies

James

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Hi Clint and welcome to SGL

Is That the Laycock why they film Cranford, if it is, it's a lovely place for an astro society.

It is indeed the very same Rusty.

Thanks to all for the warm welcome.

Clint.

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Hi Clint, Welcome to SGL. I am a member of Wiltshire Astonomical Society and probably met you in the dark at Lacock back in January? If you would like to PM me, I could give you some more information about meeting places and other membes of the society who go out and do some viewing in the local area. You understand getting a new telescope to use does come with a 'Box of Clouds' inside that escape when you open the telescope box for the first time:D

Clear skies for you and the scope.

Peter

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Hi Clint, Welcome to SGL. I am a member of Wiltshire Astonomical Society and probably met you in the dark at Lacock back in January? If you would like to PM me, I could give you some more information about meeting places and other membes of the society who go out and do some viewing in the local area. You understand getting a new telescope to use does come with a 'Box of Clouds' inside that escape when you open the telescope box for the first time:D

Clear skies for you and the scope.

Peter

lol, yup, got the box of clouds also.

Re: January, I came along with a friend and his girlfriend, there was a couple of non society chaps there with their scopes, one had a refractor, another had a SW Heritage 130P flextube on the ground, that was impressive and for a long time I thought about getting one of those, there was also a helpful society guy with a full singing and dancing Celestron CPC 800, me and him were the last to leave, I left @ 10:30 coz I couldn't feel my face anymore and he was still there. So I'm guessing you must be the guy that came with his daughter?

Thanks again to all for the welcome.

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Hi Clint, welcome to SGL.

That's a nice scope and will keep you happy for ages. :)

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Hi Clint and welcome to SGL - great choice of scope :)

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Thanks folks, you're all too kind... :)

I got home from work and aligned the two finders with the scope using an aerial on a distant roof. That's one job out of the way.

I managed a sneek peek at the moon earlier just before sunset and before the clouds came in using the supplied 25mm EP, this gave me some nice detail on an almost full moon. My eldest lad (aged 9) had a look also, his words summed it up... "that's awesome" he said. Hopefully tomorrow night will be clear of cloud.

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