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    Hello.
    My name is Martyn. I just bought my first telescope: Skywatcher 200p on a eq5 mount.
    I live in Ashford, Kent. Anyone else living near me?
    I'm a complete novice, I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the knobs and dials on the mount so I am going to have a good go at reading through the instructions, an ideal time seeing as the sky is covered in mangy clouds.
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    Default Re: UK Astronomers Introduce Yourselves Here!

    Quote Originally Posted by madMARTYNmarsh View Post
    Hello.
    My name is Martyn. I just bought my first telescope: Skywatcher 200p on a eq5 mount.
    I live in Ashford, Kent. Anyone else living near me?
    I'm a complete novice, I'm a bit overwhelmed by all the knobs and dials on the mount so I am going to have a good go at reading through the instructions, an ideal time seeing as the sky is covered in mangy clouds.
    Martyn,
    Greetings from Folkestone.
    Congratulations on choosing a Skywatcher 200p. Mine sits on a flextube Goto Dobsonian mount but sadly hasn't been pointed at the skies for a year or two now. (My old bones can no longer tolerate the cold nights under the stars.)
    What I can tell you is you'll get plenty of helpful advice on this forum. I did, right from day one years ago when I joined as a novice.
    Once you learn how to use it, the 200p will show you plenty of mind blowing stuff (especially when the iffy skies of Ashford co-operate).
    If you haven't already done so, download the program Stellarium to help you learn your way around the skies.
    My best bit of advice is to take your time. Think about what you're doing. Don't rush, the skies will wait.

    Alec.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alec in France View Post
    Martyn,
    Greetings from Folkestone.
    Congratulations on choosing a Skywatcher 200p. Mine sits on a flextube Goto Dobsonian mount but sadly hasn't been pointed at the skies for a year or two now. (My old bones can no longer tolerate the cold nights under the stars.)
    What I can tell you is you'll get plenty of helpful advice on this forum. I did, right from day one years ago when I joined as a novice.
    Once you learn how to use it, the 200p will show you plenty of mind blowing stuff (especially when the iffy skies of Ashford co-operate).
    If you haven't already done so, download the program Stellarium to help you learn your way around the skies.
    My best bit of advice is to take your time. Think about what you're doing. Don't rush, the skies will wait.

    Alec.
    Hello Alec.
    Thanks for the advice, I'll download that program soon.
    How is the light pollution in your part of Folkestone?

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    First night with my telescope, I saw the moon (an obvious target) up close and I got to see Jupiter and some of its moons.
    I've been using an android app called sky map but I don't reckon much on its alignment and the positions it claims celestial objects are in, it was well off on the moon so I imagine something like Saturn is even worse.

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    Hi I'm "Geriatric" John originally from Devon and now living in the middle of a very well lit Swansea. Decided it was about time I seriously tried to study the night sky now I've reached my 70s having had a number of basic scopes for over 55 years! Just sold my 2003 ETX90 and upgraded to a Meade LS8 so that I have to fiddle about less with the setup. Bought it on Ebay as a Buy It Now LS6 only to find when I got it home it was a LS8. My lucky day. Experienced photographer with Nikon Df looking forward to astro photography.
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    Hello John! Welcome to the forum and thanks for joining us!

    Please give this a read also: Before you sign up... Important Notice!!
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    Hi
    Kai from Manchester. New to stargazing - being obsessed for ages.
    Using 130T Equitorial reflector - with several eyepeices.
    Currently doing research on how to view Andromeda and other deep sky objects.
    Any hints and tips welcomed...

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    Hi
    Simon from Stockport. After owning a 4” reflector when much younger have taken the plunge again. After quite a bit of research have invested in a WO GT71 and a cemp25 mount with some of my retirement cash. Only had a week or so and been mostly cloudy...little steps but think can now do a rough polar alignment but not yet seen if accurate with GoTo. Hoping to join a local society- think i’m about midway between mid Cheshire and Heaton Park so any recommendations gladly accepted!

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    Welcome to the forums Simon
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