Which telescope to start with depends a bit on what sort of objects you want to look at . A relatively low power refractor (all lenses and no mirrors) can give lovely views of the planets and the moon, but then again so can a reflector (has a mirror to focus the light) – are you able to get to Pex Hill? We’re here tonight and every Wednesday, even when it’s cloudy.
Info on Pex Hill Leighton Observatory: http://liverpoolas.org/2012/03/10/weekly-meetings/
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Bird: "It was of great symbolic importance to our ancestors, it’s called ’Arthur Dent Throwing the Nutrimatic Cup’. "
Arthur: "Sorry, what did you say?"