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Hi all,


 


I'm James, from Ashbourne in Derbyshire. I've been lurking for a while now and thought it was about time to say hello! :)


 


I have been playing around with Stellarium and cheap 7x50 bins for about a year or so and recently decided to take the plunge and get my first telescope - a basic 4" refractor. I've been using it out of my window, in a town, with light pollution, and I'm already excited at what I can see! I'm intending to start finding some dark sites nearby (hopefully with other people around, my GF and I spook easily!). I'm on a pretty tight budget so I won't be looking to upgrade any more equipment until I know exactly what I need, so I'll be listening to as much advice as possible.


 


Thanks all,


James W


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Hi James. Lovely part of the world you live in.


 


It's a bit of a trek but you should both try and come down to the Wymeswold Jupiter even in March if the weather is OK.


 


If you've been lurking you've probably already worked out who the nutters are on here; I'm in the sane and sensible camp.


 


Good to have you on board.


 


James

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Hi and welcome to EMS.

Don't listen to James, he is a complete fruit cake!

;)

Yeah like Mick says, your not far from our Belper dark site, keep an eye out on the announcements section for a meeting being arranged, usually last minute and a weekends.

Hope you enjoy the forum.

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hi welcome aboard. It does worry me when people start claiming to be sane, I've only ever met one sane person, I know he was sane, he had a Certificate to prove it.😕

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Hi James, a warm welcome to EMS.


 


Right! Anyone who is involved in this hobby/obsession is as mad as a badger. Lets face it, you go out when it's dark and cold to stare at things no one else has the slightest comprehension of.


 


Apart from that  we are mostly normal, (ish).


 


A four inch refractor will give you some nice views, and should keep you occupied for a good while. With respect to the dark sites near you,  Flagg or somewhere near there is pretty dark. I wouldn't worry about being spooked. Things should be frightened of you, unless it is much taller than you, then you can be spooked......just!


 


You are very welcome to come over to Belper, or Wymeswold, which is around another half hour away. 


 


Enjoy the forum.:)

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Hi,

I'm a fairly new member here aswell and still finding my feet, but so far the locals have been friendly.

I'm just up the 515 in Buxton, you don't have to go far to find dark sky, some good spots up on the Tissington trail, try some of the car parks, or the official dark site at Parsley Hey which is only 15 minutes north of Ashbourne.

I'm still after a scope, which one did you go for?

Take it easy.

Darren

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Hi,


 


thanks again for such a warm welcome everyone! :)


 


Darren, I've been to Parsley Hay recently in the fog, what little I saw looked promising! I checked Minninglow Car Park that night too, although that was good it was a little creepy in the fog heh. Some nice spots indeed around the 515. Regarding the scope, I took some time thinking about what I would be wanting to view most, for me that is the moon and planets - I had read somewhere that a refractor would suit this. The idea of collimating and looking after a mirror seemed a little intimidating, I went for a Skywatcher Evostar 102 in the end. I've already seen a wobbly Jupiter from my flat window, and I think I'm getting the bug. I can only get out at weekends, so I'm itching for clear skies!


 


Good luck in your choice, it's definitely worth taking some time over it. I hope to see you at a dark site sometime ;)


 


James


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Scope choice is doing my head in at the moment.

What I want is a small light weight scope that has a big apature for dso's, but will also offer high contrast views of planetary stuff, capable of taking good images on a goto eq mount, oh and it must be under £400. Not asking too much is it ;-)

Seriously though, I'm struggling with making a decision, need to get out more and see some of the options and have a serious thing about what I realistically can afford and what I want to do. In the mean time I'll continue to drive the wife mad, changing my mind repeatedly and dragging her endlessly to different shop's "just to look!"

Take it easy

Darren

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With your budget I think it's a struggle in my opinion. Also you say you want decent aperture but lightweight-these don't really work together as larger aperture equals more glass which adds to the weight.

I think you're definitely on the right path having a good think about what it is you want to do as that will have a massive influence. If imaging is in your plan throw as much a you can at the mount as that is the foundation or imaging. If you do want to image anything more than the planets/moon you're gonna have to dig deeper into the pockets also. For visual only you can't go wrong with a nice dobsonian where your money gets the best value per inch of aperture. Of course though dibs are not the smallest of setups.

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