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Hi

My name is Vicky, and I have been interested in space since school. I am now 24 and am looking into taking my interest a little further. I plan on getting my first telescope soon, as I want to see things with my own eyes. My torch for space as been reignited by Brian Cox and his programming for the BBC!

I am living in Nottingham, so will hopefully be finding some good dark areas to gaze when I have saved for a telescope. I'm welcome to any advice etc, and am looking to find new friends to learn along with, and hopefully get some tutoring/help, because I'm sure I will need it.

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Hi Vicky,

Welcome to EMS!

You'll find plenty of advice here, some of these guys have been doing astronomy for a very looooooooooong time. :D

The planned meeting on 28th Jan might be just the ticket, http://www.eastmidlandsstargazers.co.uk/topic/444-an-evening-with-east-midlands-stargazers/, with some of the members doing talks on various astronomy related subjects.

We also have two dark sites which we use for observing, one at Sawley (near the power station at junction 24A) and one near Belper. Both offer great dark skies. :)

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Hi Vicky, welcome to EMS :o).

I am Also a relative newbie. I work in Nottingham but live in Leicester. I have always been interested in astronomy but only started at Christmas. I now have a great pair of Binoculars and a beautiful Skywatcher 200p Dobsonian Telescope. This is a really friendly forum and the experienced members will sort you out with advice on purchasing your first scope. I went for the Skywatcher Skyliner 200p 8 inch Dobsonian as I wanted to observe deep sky objects and planets.

Is best if you have a think about what you want to view as it will affect your decision about what type of scope you get.

Felix

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Welcome to EMS Vicky I really hope you enjoy your stay. You have some

great advice but the most important piece is this please don't buy a scope

From shops like Argos as you will in time regret it.

Visit First Light Optics and buy from there just google the name, you will have a

great choice and all of them are proper manufacturers soy ou are buying

a good telescope.

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ok so, seen as you all know what your talking about.....what are the best beginners telescopes, and for a first one im thinking below £200 to get going

another i had seen was: http://www.firstlightoptics.com/reflectors/skywatcher-skyhawk-1145p.html

what is the difference between reflector / refractor? Which is better for looking at what?

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Hi Vicky

Welcome to the forum.Like Felix I'm a relative newbie so I'll let one of the more experienced guys answer that for you, as my understanding would probably confuse you lol

Dan

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Vicky best to start a new thread in the beginners section and ask all your questions there, you will get alot more response.

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welcome to the local forum,

if you interested in a good new scope for the £200 mark i`d make a big surgestion of onre of these,

http://www.firstlightoptics.com/reflectors/skywatcher-explorer-130p-supatrak-auto.html

fantastic first scope, i sold a as new one a year back for £130 still with box, brill first scope and very easy to use.

try astro buy and sell website for second hand gear.

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Hi Vicky - welcome to EMS :)

Best advice is take your time when buying a scope - they're as widely different as cars so you want to be sure to get the one that suits you personally. Ask plenty of questions and do a lot of reading before making your choice - allways loads of help here :)

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Come to a meet and try the scopes there, most folk will happily let you look through their scope and tell you about it's pros and cons.

:)

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Hi Vicky, welcome to EMS.

Iam glad you didn't get the scope from Argos, it would have put you right off.

I would also suggest you have a look at what scope would be suitable for what you want to observe. A good analogy is that scopes are like cars, some are good at going fast, others better at off road, you get the picture.

The 130 Craig suggested has a good reputation, and would give you a great start in Astronomy.

See if you can pop over on the 28th and have a look at whats on offer, we are experts at spending other peoples money. :)

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Hi Vicky and welcome to EMS.

I'm a neewbie and got my first scope last year and have seen some amazing things. The guys on this site are great and very helpful and will lead you through the maze of choosing the right scope and give you some support afterwards for how to set up, use it and get the best out of it. If you are into doing your own reading up then I have found The Backyard Astronomer's Guide by Dickinson and Dyer a useful book which will explain a lot. It's a good job you came to the site first before purchasing the scope from Argos. I did the same and bought my son a cheap scope a few years ago and to put it bluntly it was crap and would put you off for life. If your budget is very tight a lot of people suggest that buying a good pair of binoculars is a better investment but the scope mentioned above in the thread has had some good reviews also.

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Hi Vicky and welcome to the fastest growing astro forum in the east midlands :) As Kim mentioned dont rush into buying a scope, especially argos or chainstore scopes. Try to get along to a meeting and take a look at the different scopes that are around. There are some good scopes out there for your budget but its always best to try before you buy.

Phil

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