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    Hi everyone,
    My name is Bob, im 59 and living in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, uk. To date I have been casually sky watching with a pair of Revelation 15x70 binoculars mounted on a real heavy duty Slik tripod (the legs are about 1 1/4inch and it ways a ton) ! !. I get some really nice views with this.
    I took delivery of my 1st scope today a Sky Watcher 90 AZ3 refractor. My choice of scope had to be made within a limited budget......becoming a grand dad in a couple of weeks ! ! So I am hoping that this will meet my needs for occasional use on the planets...the moon...galaxies etc. I may try a web cam linked to my PC or get an adapter for my canon dslr.....what do you folks think, your comments and suggestions would be warmly welcomed. Good viewing Bob T.

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    Default Re: Hi Folks.....

    Hello Bob, and welcome to Astronomy Forum!

    As you might gather, the UK regional Forum is not a great place to introduce yourself. I'm taking the liberty of moving this over to Forums Welcomes so more of us can say "Howdy".

    Again, welcome and thanks for joining us...Bob
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    Default Re: Hi Folks.....

    Congrats on the new scope, Bob. Hope you get some clear skys. The web cam should be good for planets and you will probs need a moon filter for the moon especially at the moment. Get your scope on M42 (The Orion nebula) for some great views even better on a moonless night
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    Hi and welcome the forum!
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    Hi from glasgow bob!!!!!!!!

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    Default Re: Hi Folks.....

    Thanks Bob, I did originally introduce myself on the Forums Welcomes about 3 days ago and had no comms from any UK users, everywhere else...yes which was nice but as I live in the UK I thought that saying Hi on the UK region forum would be the way to link with users in my local.
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    Hi Pushrod, I did get a moon filter which helped last night ( 1st use of scope)as the moon was very bright....I also got very good views of Jupiter and its 4 moons despite its proximity to the moon....M42 and The Pleiades were all great to look at. Thanks for the welcome...Bob.

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    Hi Bob. I did say hello to you on the general welcomes/introductions section. But, I certainly want you to feel most welcome on here, so here again is another warm welcome. I have so many friends from the UK, that I feel like an "honorary Brit". Congratulations on the new Sky Watcher 90 AZ3 refractor telescope. I would take Pushrod's advice on a moon filter. They are not only handy for lunar viewing, but also sometimes for observations of Jupiter, especially now that it will be coming into opposition soon, and quite bright also. Welcome to the forum Bob, and best wishes on your astronomy hobby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pushrod View Post
    Congrats on the new scope, Bob. Hope you get some clear skys. The web cam should be good for planets and you will probs need a moon filter for the moon especially at the moment. Get your scope on M42 (The Orion nebula) for some great views even better on a moonless night
    Hi Bob not exactly sure which your scope is - but if it the manual one with slow motion controls and an equatorial mount (rather than a computer goto one) have a root around on youtube for advice on polar aligning. It will make tracking targets with the slow motion controls much easier. Also consider getting the little book "stargazing with binoculars" in the Philips series - full of sensible monthly targets for a small refractor that are supported with maps and sketches. Many of the telescope books are written for scopes with bigger apertures and can be a bit frustrating when you can't find what they are talking about.

    Be interested to hear how you get on
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