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    Default CANT WAIT for Friday!!!



    I've been trawling these forums for the past weeks, asking endless amounts of questions, and getting some quality answers on telescopes.

    It seems I've made my final decision.

    The scope that keeps calling to me is the Skywatcher Startravel 120 refractor telescope. I've always liked the look of it in terms of portability, price, and the refractor design is more my cup of tea.

    So on friday, I'm visiting Ace Cameras in Yate (my local telescope shop), to hopefully make a purchase for the Skywatcher Startravel 120 (AZ3).

    I've heard some bad reviews about the AZ3 mount, but I cant afford to spend any more on my telescope, and I think it'll do for the time being.

    Regarding the CA that comes with the telescope, I don't think I'll be too fussed, however if it becomes a real issue, I'll be happy to invest in a Orion -V filter when I get some money for my birthday.

    I'll also be purchasing the book 'Turn Left at Orion', as I think this would nicely compliment my first telescope.

    I cant wait for friday, and my first use of it under dark, clear skies!!!

    Just like to say thankyou to all you guys on these forums that have answered my endless barrage of questions!

    CLEAR SKIES!!!

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    Congrats on the decision!

    By your posts I know you were flopping back and forth with designs and models.

    I'm sure you will be pleased.

    My suggestion would be read the instructions, set it up for the 1st time in your living room during the day. Re read the instructions. Get familiar with all the controls and adjustments and run it though it's paces. Then Re read the instructions. It makes life much easier than trying to fumble around in the dark to figure things out. Then Re read the instructions again. It takes a few times to get the hang of it.

    Be sure to give us that "first light" report!
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    Congrats on making a decision on the Skywatcher Startravel 120, its a good starting scope! Let us know this Friday when you pick it up, do post some pictures and a first light review!

    LOL Jen has good advice, after I got my camera home it has been cloudy for 3 weeks, and when I thought it was completely clear I setup my scope and the clouds roll in!

    here's wishing you clear skies!
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    I second the advice above.

    About reading the instructions, though... Yes, read them as often as Gordon suggests. However, be warned that some of them are really poorly written. If you've tried three times and it just doesn't make sense, it might not be you. Don't be afraid to ask here.

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    Cheers guys!

    And yeh, I'm aware of the increase in of cloudy skies when you purchase a telescope.

    Can't wait to give you my first light report!

    Another factor of buying this scope was hopefully I'll be able to take it on holiday with me to Woolacombe, a short drive from there is the Valley Of The Rocks, which is isolated and has REALLY dark skies, I can't wait to set it up there!


    I know that the Startravel 120 takes well to upgrades, so everytime i get a little extra cash I'm going to invest in upgrades, are these good ones to get?:

    Crayford Focuser
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    Cheers guys, I'm looking forward to Friday even more, IT'S TOMMORROW!!!

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    I'm hoping you get some clear skies on Friday night so you can try out your new scope.

    All the best

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    Cheers, can't wait to try it out!

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    yes I wanna see what you get too!
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