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Old 13-01-2021, 05:03 PM
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Hi from Armidale

Hi all, newbie here

I've long had a peripheral interest in astronomical things but a few weeks back I finally bought my first scope, a Sky Watcher Heritage 150. I'm pleasantly surprised how well it performs and I've already had tons of fun exploring the sky.

My backyard is bortle 4 (albeit with some annoying streetlights to work around) and I have a couple of good bortle 1-2 spots within 30 minutes drive which I plan to check out sometime.

Anyway, lots to learn but I'm having fun
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Old 13-01-2021, 05:25 PM
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Welcome to the forum Chris

With skies as dark as you have at home and nearby you are doing a lot better than most. Have some fun and make it count.

Join in the discussions we tend to be a friendly lot.

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Old 13-01-2021, 09:00 PM
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Welcome Chris
Enjoy your Astro journey and donít hesitate to ask questions, thereís plenty of folk to offer advice and help
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Old 14-01-2021, 10:43 AM
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Thanks all!
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Old 14-01-2021, 02:42 PM
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Welcome mate. Tamworth here. Watsons creek is a nice dark spot not too far from you.
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Old 14-01-2021, 05:00 PM
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Hi Chris
Welcome also from Armidale.


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Old 14-01-2021, 06:36 PM
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Hi Chris, I have the Skywatcher 130p. It's a great little scope too. I highly recommend you make a shroud for your 150p as it makes a fair difference to the view stopping any unwanted light getting in. I also found it stops breath from fogging the secondary mirror. I used black 3mm epa foam . If you search 130p upgrades on youtube you will find a few tutorials. A lot of people do this and it is totally worth it.
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Old 14-01-2021, 07:21 PM
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Welcome mate. Tamworth here. Watsons creek is a nice dark spot not too far from you.
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Hi Chris
Welcome also from Armidale.

Terry
Hi, nice to see some locals!

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Hi Chris, I have the Skywatcher 130p. It's a great little scope too. I highly recommend you make a shroud for your 150p as it makes a fair difference to the view stopping any unwanted light getting in. I also found it stops breath from fogging the secondary mirror. I used black 3mm epa foam . If you search 130p upgrades on youtube you will find a few tutorials. A lot of people do this and it is totally worth it.
Cheers, Richard
Yeah, I've seen some of the shrouds people have made but haven't made one myself yet. I have had some problems with dew but only on the eyepiece and finder so far, which wouldn't be affected by a shroud.

I also greased the focuser threads and dimmed down the finder, both of which have made the scope much more pleasant to use.
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Old 18-01-2021, 03:21 PM
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I have a couple of good bortle 1-2 spots within 30 minutes drive

Not jealous at all (okay, very jealous).

Welcome to the forums!
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Old 18-01-2021, 05:35 PM
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Not jealous at all (okay, very jealous).

Welcome to the forums!
Yep, I lived in Sydney for a few years but don't at all regret moving away!
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