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Star Gazing

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mlbtheshow, 24 Sep 2009.

  1. mlbtheshow


    Joined: 17 Feb 2009

    Posts: 1,288

    No im not a Hollywood stalker and nor do I want to be, but I am getting to the age that I would like to take up Star Gazing, looking at the planets, universe etc as a hobby (sorry its not as exciting as the thread title assumes)

    Anyway, im sure there must be others on here that could possibly advise a relatively new person to all of this. I have been reading up, looking around, had a few telephone conversations with stores/other enthusiasts, so would just like some more impartial advice if I could from here?

    Now I believe I can link this here as they wouldnt be a OCUK competitior? http://www.telescopesplus.co.uk/mor...exStar_130_SLT_Spring_Sale_Special_Offer/3069

    What are peoples thoughts on this scope for a new person looking to get into it and then develop that into something more... ie i dont just want to see Mars, or even just Pluto, id like to see a bit more of the sky (at a reasonable cost to a working class man).

    I think thats it, any tales or experience would be a nice way to help this thread grow, or otherwise just some telescope suggestions etc would also be appreciated.

    Cheers all
  2. gillywibble

    Capo Crimine

    Joined: 28 Jun 2007

    Posts: 52,814

    Location: Tamworth, UK

    I've been thinking about taking this up as a hobby as well. There must be some avid astronomers on here?
  3. Marine Iguana


    Joined: 25 Sep 2008

    Posts: 6,769

    Location: Orsett, Essex

    I was looking a Jupiter a few weeks ago and it was awesome seeing four of it's moons around it.
    Last edited: 24 Sep 2009
  4. benneh


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    Location: Nr. brumijum

  5. PhillyDee


    Joined: 12 Feb 2007

    Posts: 14,169

    Location: South Shields

    I am an amateur astronomer (Stargazer with equipment :D)
    The easiest thing to start with is a pair of binculars.
    Go here:
    And I really recommend their sponsor www.firstlightoptics.com Steve is the owner and is absolutely spot on. Ive bought many things from there and have never been dissapointed.
  6. nands


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