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#1 synner

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Posted 16 February 2004 - 06:41 PM

Hi all,

Just thought I'd say hello to you all, after lurking for a while.

After looking everywhere possible for wisdom on what to get (including lots of great advice I read here), I've just upgraded my ETX-105 to a Vixen VC200L on a Losmandy GM-8 :-)

Now I just need some clear skies!

Cheers all

Nick

#2 Tom L

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Posted 16 February 2004 - 08:05 PM

Welcome to Cloudy Nights! Hey, that's a nice upgrade. That should keep the clouds around for atleast 4 weeks!

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Posted 17 February 2004 - 04:05 AM

Hi Nick,

welcome to Cloudy Nights (literally if you've just upgraded your scope!) I've been surfing your website, it's been a great help to me because I've just got a Powerbook and was wondering what astro software I needed to get for it. You've helped me stop wondering - always a good thing. :grin:

Jason

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Posted 17 February 2004 - 06:39 AM

Hello Nick,

Welcome to Cloudy Nights.

Looking at your site and your scope your definately not a newbie :)

very nice site, and scope.



#5 michaeloconnell

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Posted 17 February 2004 - 07:09 AM

Hi Nick. Very nice website you have. I really like your gallery. Sunspot images are excellent. Granulation is very clear. Make sure to let us know what you think of your new scope + mount after you've had a few observing sessions.

#6 synner

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Posted 17 February 2004 - 02:36 PM

Hi all,

Thanks for the kind words.

I'm definitely what is classed as a newbie. I've only been doing this since last summer. I just learned real quick because I had the ETX goto helping. Now I've got the GM-8 without a Gemini, I'm going to have to do it the proper way :-)

Nick :D

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Posted 17 February 2004 - 03:31 PM

The great thing about goto scopes is that you don't have to use it, you can treat them like a basic motorised scope.

In all honesty I much prefer starhopping, just for the sense of acheivement when you have found your quarry, and for all the gems's that you can find on the way, but a motorised scope is essential in any sort of astroimaging, unless your a true hardnut :).

For the bespoke systems from Meade and Celestron it's more cost effective to buy the Goto scopes, than just the motorised versions.

I really do like the Goto scopes, yeah they can be a crutch if you want, but they can also be a powerful learning tool too.

It's a lot like a car with a manual gerabox versus one with an automatic gearbox, the auto might be easier to drive, but you still need to know how to drive :)



#8 synner

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 01:46 AM

So where do you put the key then? ;)

Nick

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 08:20 AM

:)

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Posted 18 February 2004 - 10:59 PM

Take care with that scope - it's left-hand drive... :grin:


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