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    Welcome to the forum, you'll find a ton of useful stuff on here.

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    Welcome to the forum. We do have some folks here that are pretty smart on physics and science, so I think you'll enjoy it here. (I'm not one of the smart ones; I just read and learn from them)
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    Welcome from South Africa Dactyl!
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    Hi Dactyl,
    And a welcome from Texas.
    You mentioned that you have a pretty basic telescope. I don't know what kind is is but from what I've seen, the most common "basic" scopes are usually the 60mm's in the f/12 range. I have one that is an f/11.66 and you'd be amazed at what you can see with a scope like that. When I bought it from K-Mart back in the mid '80's, my wife and I saw Jupiter and it's moons. And of course our own moon too. Saturn comes in nicely with it too. Having some decent eyepieces is the key to those smaller scopes and a good place to get them is from Surplus Shed.

    Surplus Shed

    Of course, there are many other places, but Surplus Shed is my personal favorite. I have also bought objective lenses from them and built my own scopes of which one will soon be in Astronomy Technology Today magazine. If you want to see it, this is the site, I built it for my son:

    Telescope Reviews: D=103mm F=1575mm Jaegers F-15 w/tripod & mount

    You probably have to sign in to see the pic's.
    Also, from my own observations, amateur astronomers seem to prefer the lower to medium power eyepieces when viewing because they are easier to focus and the objects stay in view longer.
    When you do buy that new scope, you will have to decide whether to get a refractor or a reflector. I personally like refractors for scopes up to about a six inch aperture, and reflectors for the larger ones. In the large scope category, you can get larger ones for less money when you buy a reflector. Not to mention the fact that there isn't any chromatic aberration (false color) with the reflectors, although getting one with a decent mirror can get tricky. Some people send their mirrors off and have them refigured if they don't do it themselves or even make their own mirrors. I noticed you mentioned that you are looking forward to learning more. Always check the specs on telescope mirrors before buying and talk to fellow astronomers. I've found that this is a great forum to gain information, as there are a lot of friendly, knowledgeable people here ready to answer questions.
    It sure is a lot of fun! And I hope you have plenty of it!

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    Welcome to the forum from West Yorkshire. Is a silver haired Brad Pitt lookalike ( if you have your eyes closed ) any good ?.
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    Hi, Z28500
    Sadly, I can't view the images on the site!
    My telescope is a National Geographic Dobson 76/350. It has two eyepieces (f=20mm and f=6mm). The moon can be seen very clearly and I'm also able to see Jupiter and it's moons, which I'm pleased about It will be quite a while before I'll be able to buy a new one, so I have lots of time to research and chat to fellow astronomers before buying!

    Nice try, Tillibobs! Brad Pitt isn't really my type, I'm more of a Professor Brian Cox kind of girl (I'm sure most the women on this forum are!)
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    Hi Dactyl - first name Terri?
    Welcome to the forum.
    There's lots to learn and your table top Scope is not to be sneezed at, it is a lot better than Galileo's!
    Nice to see another lady here, there's not many of us interested in astro things.
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    Hi Dactyl and Welcome to the Forums!
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    Dactyl,
    Here is a thread I am starting on the scope I was telling you about. Before I built this scope, it was in a mock-up PVC tube that was very sturdy, and I started a thread several months back showing an ATM'er how to build it out of PVC and he built that F/15 "Planet Killer" very cheap starting with those $149.00 Surplus Shed Jaegers 103mm lenses (that's about £92), although right now until Monday, they are having a 31% discount. They have discounts all the time though.
    Here is the Surplus Shed site:

    MAKE YOUR OWN JAEGERS 103MM DIA X 1575MM FL OBJECTIVE F/15 - Surplus Shed

    They also have the same lens in "seconds" for $99.00 or about £61

    There's lots of other cool stuff on Surplus Shed's site too, all kinds of accessories, eyepieces and also stuff to build scopes with.
    Here is the telescope build thread on this forum:

    Soon to be in a Magazine-Old English style Jaegers 103mm F/15-Unique tripod & Mount

    If you can work with your hands, and/or know someone to help you, building your own cool telescope could be an option saving lots of money.
    If you are interested, just say so, I'll post the thread, and/or I'm sure there is a lot of fine ATM'ers on this forum who enjoy giving advice!
    The focuser on my scope I had made by a guy that makes focusers for a company that builds English telescopes which is what my scope is copying, the old black and brass look with oak wood.
    This suits me just fine since my ancestry is English and I used to live in Pinner, not far from London anyway. Quite a number of years ago though!

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