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    Oops forgot to do the intro message !

    I'm based in Cambridge and get paid to write computer s/w for a living . Reconnecting to my childhood passion for astronomy - two avid star hunters at home age 3 and 5. Probably made the classic mistake of someone getting back into astronomy and ended up with 4 telescopes in the first year (although 'technically' two belong to the kids ).

    I put up some of my astro obs notes and pictures on twitter @dinang (feel free to follow, although I talk about technology, business and wine there also).

    I've been on an astronomy embargo for the last 9 months until I finished my masters thesis (done now) so time to get the scopes out again. In the interim, I honed my naked eye observation technique (as I didn't go on an embargo of looking up at the sky at night ) - so looking forward to looking at M42 through the 10" LX200, the last look was through my son's 80mm Celestron NexStar - still mighty impressive but I'm sure the extra aperture will blow me away :>.

    Clear skies!
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    Hi Guys, Nigel from Bicester, North Oxfordshire here. I am married with 2 kids. I have always been interested in stargazing but never had the time to dedicate to it as a hobby. Now the kids have grown up, it's my turn now.
    I have just purchased a Celestron Nexstar 127 SLT. I was able to use it on the first night and found the alignment process very easy, and it worked first time. I have been looking around a lot of the 'Newbie' forum posts, and I think I have some work to do on the mount and tripod. Steep learning curve ahead I think.

    Standby for some stupid questions in the not to distant future.

    Cheers Guys & Clear Skies.

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    Default Hi from the edge of the Mourne Mountains!

    Hi everyone from yet another newbie!

    Thought I'd join the band and introduce myself too... I currently live in Northern Ireland (hence intro also posted in UK and IRL forums), and my interest in our skies has just been refuelled after coming across a great website cataloguing and rating sky objects visible with small telescopes.

    I was offered a modest Meade NGC-60 (700mm) a good few years ago but, living in Belfast then, didn't have much opportunity to gaze at the sky due to the light pollution. Now in the countryside, I hope I'll have more luck...

    Then I came across this website and started to read about various EPs, Barlows, and the likes. Much to learn! But I'm already obsessed and hope I won't turn into a collector! Wanting to compare various EPs with the two Meade MA that came with my little scope, I already purchased, in the space of 5 days: three cheap 2nd-hand eyepieces (a Kellner 15mm -don't laugh- and Skywatcher 10mm & 20mm Plossl), two better ones (a Meade 4000 Series 12.4mm and a Celestron 25mm Plossl) and a brand new Meade #126 Shorty 2x Barlow. Tell me, am I likely to stop now? Got to be strong and resist the urge... At least until I have a better idea of the DSOs I can glimpse at with my new setup.

    Well, that's all about me for now...
    Kind regards to all,
    Willy.

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    Hi !

    I'm a newbie from London in possession of newbie Celestron Travelscope 70!
    Got a plan though! Should I take a nice picture of Moon, I'm getting Celestron Astromaster 130EQ-MD
    So far no luck!

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    Hi Nigel Dinan and Willy!

    welcome to the community and the UK forums.

    clear skies!
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    Default New to Astronomy, Living in London

    Hi all,

    My names Ian. I live in West London, and currently own no telescopes, nor binoculars. nada, nothin' zip!

    However.... even in the land of light pollution itself I'm amazed at what I can see on a clear night. I had beautiful views of Orion and the Pleiades cluster the other night, and was amazed that I could even make out a small cluster of stars just below Orions belt (Not sure which this is? Would it be the Great Orion Nebula?)

    I do plan on buying some binoculars as soon as I can, just to help my eyes grab that bit more light from the sky, but I think that a half decent telescope is going to be a few months away at least! (Saving for a wedding in June.. The fiancee would kill me!)

    Anyway.. still learning to star hop at the moment but figured being on this forum would get me in touch with other people should I need advice or have questions,

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    [Copy of post I made this weekend in the main Intro forum]

    Hullo fellow stargazers!

    I'm Mark from Cheshire, a married IT professional with a lifelong interest in astronomy, and a wife whose father was the late and sadly-missed astro artist, Paul Doherty.

    It's coming up to my 40th birthday, and chats with a colleague who is new to astronomy have rekindled the bug! So, with a memorable gift in mind for myself, I'm looking to buy a decent 'scope for the first time in many years.

    Other interests include tropical & marine fish-keeping, photography (Canon DSLRs), video games, reading, science and history.

    So, for that new 'scope...got my eye on the SkyWatcher Explorer-200P at the moment. Would love to hear folks' thoughts on the matter.

    Thanks for reading.

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    Hi Ian and Mark, welcome and thanks for introducing yourselves here

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    I've just realised I haven't posted on this thread
    Could have sworn I had - never mind, here goes....

    Carlos, 47 from the North-East of England, near Darlington.

    Been into astronomy all my life - had small/medium refractors during my teens, and studied physics/astronomy at university (in the 80s) - then got waylaid by beer, girls, work, and family life. (as you do.....)
    Got back into it in the late 90s when I realised that the cost of a larger reflector was MUCH lower than it used to be.

    Currently have a 10" newtonian/dob (which I built myself, around a good quality mirror I acquired about 5yrs ago) mounted on a pier in a shed with a roof I can open to the sky.
    My main portable scope is an 8" SCT ( a 'classic' 1977 orange-tube Celestron C8) on an equatorial mount
    Plus several smaller scopes, and many binoculars.
    I'm a purely visual observer - main interests being open clusters and double/multiple stars - but I'm also partial to a nice galaxy or glob-cluster

    I take the C8 out to dark sites when I can - favourite places being the North-Pennines (about 30 mins drive) for single nights - and occasional camping trips for the stunning skies of Kielder near the England/Scotland border.

    At star-parties, you'll recognise me easily by the presence of the dog in the pic below - he goes everywhere with me.
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    Hullo Carlos from a fellow dog-fan (Staffie cross Collie cross whoknowswhat)
    Scope: Sky-Watcher Explorer 200P (200mm f/5 Newt GEM)
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