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Skywatcher Skyliner 200P Dobsonian - any opinions / advice?

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Hi everyone and a very Happy New Year!

I hope I could get some opinions and/or advice on buying my first proper telescope. I am new to Stargazers Lounge and relatively new to astronomy. I use to have simple Tasco refracting telelscope when I very young...saw the moon and that's about it! Now a lot older, I have more knowledge about physics & astronomy and have much more of an appreciation for everything around us.

For my first telescope, I am very interested in the Skywatcher Skyliner 200P Dobsonian. I have read lots of very helpful posts and reviews online about this particular telescope especially given the price.

I am reaching the point of purchasing one of these within the next week or so, and I was just wondering if anyone had other suggestions for my first scope.

My budget is £300 max., and I want a good all rounder scope for viewing mainly. Although, I would like to start on some planetary astrophotography with my DSLR soon after. However viewing is my main priority because if I decide astrophotography is for me, I would prefer to buy a proper setup with a motorised EQ mount in the future when I know its something I enjoy. Also, the size of the 8inch Dob is not an issue for me.

I would be so grateful if anyone has any opinions about my choice of the skyliner 200P, or if other alternatives are out there which are worth thinking about, considering my needs and budget.

Also, do many stores online have these telescopes actually in stock ready to dispatch? I called one online retailer and they said they get them from a distributor so delivery will take longer. I was just wondering if anyone knew if FLO usually have them in stock or if there is a longer delivery for this telescope.

Anyway, sorry for such a long post, I am new to this so please forgive me!
Thank you, and happy new year to all!

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Hello Alex and welcome to SGL.

You have made a good choice as the 200P Dobsonian is a good scope giving excellent deep sky and planetary performance.

It is ideal for visual Astronomy but does not track so it's no good for Astrophotography HOWEVER the optical tube can be taken off the Dobsonian mount and you can attach it to an equatorial mount if you wish - as i did .......

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Hello Alex and welcome to SGL.

You have made a good choice as the 200P Dobsonian is a good scope giving excellent deep sky and planetary performance.

It is ideal for visual Astronomy but does not track so it's no good for Astrophotography HOWEVER the optical tube can be taken off the Dobsonian mount and you can attach it to an equatorial mount if you wish - as i did .......


Thanks for the advice. That looks great! Atleast there are always options...the more photos I see of this telescope, the more I want it! :p

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Given that the 8" Skywatcher Dob is the nations favourite scope.
No need to say much else.
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Go for it :p
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Do it :p

FLO will be open Tuesday morning I think, drop them an email via the helpdesk (don't call, bless em they never have time to get to the phone!) and someone will get back to you pretty promptly.

Edited by Stephen, 01 January 2012 - 06:22 PM.

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Hi - I bought a Skyliner 200P last week and I couldn't be happier with it. The first thing I saw, on a cloudy night, was Jupiter and even with the standard 25mm ep, was able to make out a couple of Jupiter's bands and a couple of its moons. I've got a 2x Barlow on order and am looking at a couple of other ep's too - what you get as standard is a good start but I suspect you'll want to add to the collection quite quickly.

As has been mentioned, it won't track for you but the mount is so good that it allows fine movement meaning that once you get used to the light touch that's required, you'll be able to keep things in view without too much bother. If taking pictures is what you want to do, I'd definitely recommend re-mounting it.

On that note, and this may sound daft, but one thing to bear in mind and something I hadn't given any thought to at all at the time but I'd suggest a small chair as I ended up with a stiff back after spending so much time looking through the scope in an unnatural position. It's another good reason to remount it if you ask me but then maybe the Explorer 200P is worth considering (a little over your budget but you get a good mount (non-tracking although you can get that) and more ep's as standard).

Finally, I've ordered a right-angle finderscope...

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I had one and its a fantastic scope... Get it now.. FLO should have them ready to ship out
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I think you know what i'm going to say!!:p:D
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Get your order in asap - there's a new series of Stargazing Live in a couple of weeks and the interest that generated cleared most Astronomy retailers out!

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It is ideal for visual Astronomy but does not track so it's no good for Astrophotography HOWEVER the optical tube can be taken off the Dobsonian mount and you can attach it to an equatorial mount if you wish - as i did .......


Wow, what mount is that?
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I second that, what mount is that and are they Skywatcher specific? also how much are they, I have the smaller 150p dob but an eq mount for pics would be a thing I would like to do.
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Thanks for all the replies everyone! looks like this 8inch dob will be the one for me!

I also am looking to get a decent wide angle eyepiece for max. £70

any suggestions or recommendations? :p

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the mount seems to be a GP-DX one Company Seven | Vixen GPDX German Equatorial Mount page

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Thanks for all the replies everyone! looks like this 8inch dob will be the one for me!

I also am looking to get a decent wide angle eyepiece for max. £70

any suggestions or recommendations? :p


Sorry, i think I should have asked my last question in the 'eyepieces' discussion section. I have just made a post on there.

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the mount seems to be a GP-DX one Company Seven | Vixen GPDX German Equatorial Mount page


Correct :p
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so is that pretty much an eq5 head? on the vixen site it says it has a capacity of 22lbs, roughly 10kg

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Hi

Good choice of scope. It hits the sweet spot between aperture and portability. Your budget will cover a new one although I picked mine up second-hand for £175 back in September 2011 and haven't regretted my choice. You could spend the cash saved on the eyepiece and other accessories.

HTH!
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Thanks for all the advice everyone. I have now ordered the Skyliner 200P which should be with me by next week!

As you can imagine...I can't wait!
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so is that pretty much an eq5 head? on the vixen site it says it has a capacity of 22lbs, roughly 10kg


While they look similar, the Vixen mounts are a step up from the SkyWatcher EQ's. The SkyWatchers are the budget copies (and I love them). You'd probably need the HEQ5 to get similar performance.
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