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    gidday folks. Another NZ (beginner) astronomer checking in from up North! Nice the evenings are slowly starting to warm up and I'm sure the clouds are clearing for the weekend!!

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    Hi all,
    I am another new to this astronomy game, based in the West of the Far North . The wife bought this telescope off trademe, 8.5" F4.4 with EQ mount, and I have not looked back since. Got the job of finding all these celestial objects for her. Yep such is life.

    Found this forum while hunting out advice on eyepeices. I am finding it difficult
    sorting out what to buy and where to buy it from in NZ.

    So while I think on the above, I have spent a bit of time sorting out minor repairs around the scope and learning how to setup and use a well designed equatorial mount. A very interesting piece of DIY.

    Cheers
    John

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    hi
    been wanting to join up finally taken the plunge.
    i am from sunny invercargill we do get some spectacularly clear nights at times not lately though.
    my son and i own three telescopes and some large binoculars.

    celestron c8 schmit casegrain 8 inch
    skywatcher dobsonian 8 inch
    4.5 inch cadioptric reflector good for veiwing sun ouch!
    9x63 binoculars mounted on tripod

    just bought some new lenses gso superview 20mm + 15mm so am hoping for nice weather to try them out.

    chees steve

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    Hi Steve
    A delayed welcome to our small groupe of Kiwi astronomers.
    I think telescopes are a bit like washing, it was fine when we put them out.

    Regards
    John
    Telescopes are a bit like washing, it was fine when you put them out.

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    Hi there fellow kiwi star gazers.

    I can't claim to be an astronomer yet as I have just bought my first telescope.
    After hunting around the very limited range of shops in Auckland that sell telescopes I finally bought a Konusmotor-90 from Jacobs Photo & Digital in Birkenhead.
    I wanted to view sea and land as well as sky so felt that a refractor with eq mount was the best compromise and Jacob had quite a selection of new and used scopes.
    The controls were quite stiff to operate so I took the mount apart and removed the thick grease, adjusted the worm drives, then reasembled with lithium grease - much smoother.
    The EQ mount system was a bit of a mission to figure out but I think i have it sussed now and have done a basic polar alignment.
    Last night I spent an hour or so looking at the moon using the supplied 17mm plossl and was pretty impressed by this relatively small telescope.
    Regards
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    Hi all, I'm fairly new to serious amateur astronomy and still getting my feet wet. Enjoying being a member of Hamilton Astronomical Society and helping out with public nights. I bought a cheap 4" scope with EQ mount a year ago to learn how to use it. Now in the market for a 12-16" dobsonian if anyone knows of a good one.

    I work from home in Te Awamutu and I have a modest display of space memorabilia in my office. Feel free to contact me for a cuppa if you're in the area.

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    Hi Graham and Dave, hope to visit NZ some day soon!
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    Hi guys... my name is Paul Moss, I'm active doing community outreach astronomy, basically telescopes on the street and especially in the big cities with lots of people.
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    I just found this forum, I might not be back that often, but i'm often on facebook and I run a couple of astro sites .. would be great to team up with other people who wanted to operate telescopes here in Wellington or even other cities, and perhaps join us online with our web meetings, that are global, linked in with AWB, SA, StarPeace organsations. check my site at www dot astronomy dot net dot nz for details.. cheers!!!

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    Hi all, bought my first scope last week, an 8" dobsonian type and am still getting my feet wet. Tonight the sky was the clearest it's been since I bought it, got some stunning views of saturn at higher magnifications - very stoked. May wait up for Jupiter tonight, but I think I've smudged my 3x barlow something terrible There's a lot of contradictory cleaning advice out there so I may wait until I can ask someone in person before I try anything to fix it.
    I am usually based in Wellington and will probably join the society there when I get back, so look forward to meeting some like minded folks.
    Jamie

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