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    Hello everyone,
    welcome to the New Zealand Astronomy Forum! I was asked to open this so here it is.

    Please do introduce yourself if you are from New Zealand dont be shy we dont bite!

    new group here for New Zealand Astronomers
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    hi there nice to meet you. will grab a coffee and take a peek around. have a fab day .R

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    Hi Blue

    Welcome to the forum!

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    Hi Blue,

    Welcome to Astronomy Forum.

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    thanks for the welcome. been a cloudy couple of weeks while i sit like a hobbit with my spanky new telescope waiting patiently for clear nights. and waalaa managed to see a few pretties... its harder than one would initially think, even just finding things. keeping it in view is even harder URG. but ah a learning curve. fun tho im determined to get a motor drive when i can get a grip on the basics ... snigger.

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    Hi Blue welcome to the forums What new scope did you get? Congrats on the purchase by the way

    The learning curve is big, and the universe is huge but don't worry we are all at some stage of learning about it together.

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    thanks admin my first telescope is a ( dont laff) celestron 127EQ 5inch. I do love it. its not bad for a learner scope, especially for the price. the scope on it tho i took it off as it really is a piece of plastic that shouldnt even be on it. i dont think the 4mm eye piece is suited either well maybe i just cant get that together yet but working on it. the 20 mm is fine and dandy. I have to say i LOVE STELLERUM its such an invaluable tool for sure and have learned such a lot from it. There is a lot to learn. eye piece mm blah and this and that but this rocket science will come easier with use ; ) Im loving it. just have to keep remembering the mozie replant we all got half eaten alive last night.. cloudy moon views were amazing last night and the craters on the edge of the crescent were spectacular. thumbing up whether to get a tracking motor for it so i can take some photos. Dotn really want to spend to much $ on it tho as im already plotting and planning exactly what i need for my second scope LOLOL. i feel this is going to be like a disease which will eat away my insomnia.HA good nights R

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    Hi,
    I emigrated to New Zealand 14 months ago.
    I can't believe just how clear the skies are here. The Milky Way is just so bright, the coal sack nebula (along with the SMC and LMC) are easy naked eye objects even when the moon is up... There appear to be 10 times more stars visible than when I lived in the UK, totally amazing.
    I had to leave my rather old f8, 6.25 inch reflector in the UK (due to the size, age and weight of the mount) but did manage to take a NIB Nexstar 114GT (which has just been dragged out of storage so hasn't been used as yet) and a pair of Opticron 11x80's and I do have a couple of pairs of Zeiss 7x50’s that are excellent.
    Anyway, expect some questions from me very soon.
    Cheers for now
    G.

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    Hi G.

    Welcome to AF!

    Yep its hard to beat Aus/NZ skies

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    Thanks Vin, much appreciate the welcome and your right, the skies here are exceptional, I feel kinda sorry now for the people who have light and industrial pollution like I used to have, waiting for a freezing cold winter night with loads of frost so the seeing would be better than average, and here the stars don't even twinkle in the middle of summer.
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