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Thursday, 18 February 2021  |  Admin
Review of the Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ Refractor Telescope

This was my first time I have bought a telescope... I picked the Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ Refractor Telescope .. My main goal was to explore the moon and generally learn more about the night sky locally. The telescope was really easy to set up and within about 30 mins I was ready to go

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Monday, 15 February 2021  |  Admin
How to use existing home electrical wiring to get wired & wireless internet in any room

The TP-Link TL-PA4010P KIT AV600 Passthrough Powerline Starter Kit consists of 2 receiver / transmitter units, 2 RJ45 leads and a Quick Set Up booklet. Each of the units has its own male 3 pin-plug on the reverse and a female 3 pin socket on the front with an RJ45 socket at the base.

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Thursday, 21 January 2021  |  Admin
How the TP-Link Deco AC1200 Whole Home Mesh system improved the Wi-Fi around our house

I was having problems with our existing WiFi, particularly when trying to attend some zoom meetings in the lock down period. Computer Active Magazine had a comprehensive article on extending Wifi through the house ..  I found the TP-LINK Deco E4 3 pack from PicStop

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Thursday, 14 January 2021  |  Admin
I bought the Celestron Astromaster 130eq Telescope as a beginner astronomer

I bought the astromaster 130eq Telescope as a beginner astronomer with interest in astrophotography, I have zero knowledge about both subjects, so I've been studying myself with any available info online. So finally I was brave enough to make the first step of buying equipment.

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Thursday, 7 January 2021  |  Admin
Cyclists review of the SanDisk Clip Sport Plus Bluetooth MP3 player

The shortcomings of not having an integrated MP3 player have been manifest and irritating for me as a cyclist .. I opted to buy a SanDisk Clip Sport Plus principally for its size and weight ..The unit is indeed very compact and sits very securely in the small accessory pocket

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Monday, 14 December 2020  |  Admin
Review of the Vanguard VEO 2 Go 204 AB Lightweight Travel Tripod

I received my first from Vanguard Tripod recently ... Vanguard describes this as an "ultra light travel tripod", being perfect for small cameras (mirrorless) with a maximum load of 3.0 kg. I guess travel tripods should be small and light and this one certainly fits into that category.

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Friday, 4 December 2020  |  Admin
Review of the Vanguard VEO Select 35 Shoulder / Messenger Camera Bag

This is my 5th Vanguard camera bag and the first of the 'large' messenger type. I bought this from picstop.co.uk after shooting a sunrise and found that changing lenses/bodies from a backpack slowed me down a little. I realised that what I needed was a simpler top loading camera bag for this purpose.

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Friday, 27 November 2020  |  Admin
Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 114AZ - A perfect telescope for astronomy beginners

My son has always been fascinated by the universe .. for his 11th birthday, we asked him what he wanted and a Telescope was the answer. I went on a hunt for the perfect solution, allowing decent planet observation and introduction maybe of more deep space "stuff"

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Tuesday, 27 October 2020  |  Admin
What can you see with the Celestron NexStar 8 SE Computerised Telescope

So I decided to buy a Celestron NexStar 8SE Telescope. It came in double quick time. As soon as I got it, I knew I would not be disappointed. The tripod it sits on is very sturdy, this has been a weak point in my previous smaller astronomy telescope, so good to see. It's dead easy to assemble, although best to do a trial run in daylight first.

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Thursday, 22 October 2020  |  Admin
A complete beginners take on the Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 114 AZ

I came across PicStop on a review website, it was highly recommended by everyone. So I looked and the first item I saw was this Review of Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 114 AZ. I knew that this telescope would be the one for us. The main thing that sold it was that you could link your phone up via an app and could then see the sky around you

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Friday, 16 October 2020  |  Admin
Using the Celestron NexYZ universal smartphone adapter to take photos with your telescope

Having bought the Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 114AZ Reflector Telescope as a novice I thought i would try to get a photo of the moon from the eyepiece, I don’t have a camera other than the one on my phone. I decided to see if Celestron did a phone mount for the eyepiece. The answer was yes it's called the Celestron NexYZ 3-Axis Universal Smartphone Adapter

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Wednesday, 8 July 2020  |  Admin
Looking for a lightweight mobile telescope - Celestron Travel Scope 70 DX with BackPack

As a complete novice I was looking for a dual purpose telescope for celestial and terrestrial viewing. Living in a town environment but within easy walking distance to open countryside, I wanted a lightweight mobile scope that I could easily carry or stick in the car. The Celestron Travel Scope 70 DX with BackPack seemed to fit the bill!

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Wednesday, 1 July 2020  |  Admin
An affordable beginner intermediate telescope Celestron 114EQ

​After doing a little research on the internet for a telescope that would be suitable for an adult novice but also have the ability to be useful for an intermediate, I came across the Celestron Astromaster 114EQ Astro Telescope. This seemed to tick all the boxes for me with its affordable price and a range of features that would allow a beginner like me to instantly enjoy.

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Monday, 8 June 2020  |  Admin
Why the mid priced Celestron StarSense Explorer 114AZ Telescope is easy to set up & simple for the novice

I was given a book on stargazing so started looking for a telescope, and having done a small bit of research decided on a Celestron as had been told they were a good make. Having looked on the web I decided on purchasing the Celestron LT114AZ telescope as it was a good mid-price and looked simple for a novice. Product ordered, the next day it arrived.

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6 CommentsTuesday, 2 June 2020  |  Admin
Why the StarSense Explorer LT 114AZ is perfect for a novice hobby astronomer

I recently bought the Celestron StarSense Explorer LT 114AZ, as I was really intrigued by being able to use a smartphone to guide me as a fairly novice hobby astronomer through the night sky. As with every new technology you I was at first skeptic but… This actually works amazingly well. With no prior experience of the night sky and celestial objects you can take this telescope out, setup your phone and just like that, you are looking at the moon, star systems and various planets!

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