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A Thing of Beauty


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Guest Turtleboy

Well I braved the snow and ice and went to pick up my new (to me anyhow) and first telescope.


 


Aint she a beauty.


 


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Can't wait for the skies to clear to give her a whirl. Appologies to everyone in advance for the weeks of cloud cover which will now no doubt follow.


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Very nice, congrats. Lets hope you don't contract aperture fever too quickly-it's quite a serious disease! Looks like a beauty you have there. Here's to clear skies so you can get outside and try it out :)

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Ok, so for the newbie what have you got, and what do you aim to do with it (Planets, DSO's)

Have to say it certainly looks lean and mean, I mean can you see Neptune with it?

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Ok, so for the newbie what have you got, and what do you aim to do with it (Planets, DSO's) Have to say it certainly looks lean and mean, I mean can you see Neptune with it?

 

Hi Rob.

 

It's a Celestron Nextar 4" Mak with the motorised Goto mount. Hopefully will be great for planets and some of the brighter DSO's. As for whether I can see Neptune, It's my first scope so I'm not even sure if I can find the moon yet. :lol:

 

It should be capable of some basic photography but at this stage it's more just to see what's out there and get a taster.

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Very nice Martin, and yes you will be able to see Uranus and Neptune. They show a definite disc with unmistakable colour. If I remember correctly, Uranus is a pale green and Neptune a powder blue.


 


I don't think they are well placed for seeing at the moment though.


 


However, Jupiter is very nice, but Saturn is about in the early hours, and that will really do it for you.


If you don't already have it, download Stellarium, it's very useful free software. You can use it to see what is around and when, or use the search function (F3) for specific objects.


 


http://www.stellarium.org/


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Very nice Martin, and yes you will be able to see Uranus and Neptune. They show a definite disc with unmistakable colour. If I remember correctly, Uranus is a pale green and Neptune a powder blue.

 

I don't think they are well placed for seeing at the moment though.

 

However, Jupiter is very nice, but Saturn is about in the early hours, and that will really do it for you.

If you don't already have it, download Stellarium, it's very useful free software. You can use it to see what is around and when, or use the search function (F3) for specific objects.

 

http://www.stellarium.org/

Cheers Martyn :thumbsup:

 

Already got Srellarium. All I'm missing now is a clear night. :brr:

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