My new telescope arrived today. I thought i’d write this to help those still trying to decide what to go for. I'm by no means an expert,far,far from it. In fact,this is my first 'proper' telescope. Apologies for the length of the 'review',and for the simplicity!!!
It was between the Skywatcher 200 Dobsonian,or the Skywatcher Explorer 150 Newtonian. I went for the dob on account of the extra aperture and various reviews around here.
I ordered the Skywatcher ‘Skyliner’ 200 Dobsonian from First Light Optics. Sadly, they were waiting for stock to arrive at the suppliers,so i had to wait(not easy). I can’t fault the service as Martin did keep me posted on progress. To say i was excited when i walked in the door to see two large boxes would be an understatment.
So,i immediately set to unpacking. I unpacked the smaller box,which held the base,plus all the tools needed for the job.
The instructions are very well done,even i,a complete disaster at anything involving DIY plowed through the set up quite easily. It took me just under 45 minutes,which,considering my lack of skills in flat pack building,isn’t too bad
Next came the big box. The big grin returned as i opened the outer box,then the inner box,and there she was..all snug and protected in lots of polystyrene.
I carefully got the tube out and unwrapped the wrapping,and then placed it onto the base. I will say that the weight really surprised me. I was expecting it all to be quite heavy,but i found it all very easy to lift and move around. It may be that i’m used to lifting because of my job,but it really isn’t that bad at all.
Another thing that surprised me was how easy it is to swivel and tilt. I’d read about the teflon making it all smooth,but it really is something. It’s easy to swivel,and yet it stays dead still when you stop. The same for the tilt,using the tension handle is equally as easy. Just a slight nudge and it stays where you want it. blumming marvellous. I’m definitely going to change the finderscope,not to keen on the whole back breaking manouvers needed to look through it. It’ll do for now though.
The size of the whole thing isn’t too bad either,although my wife disagrees on that.
I’m six foot,with the scope pointing straight up,the highest point reaches my chest,so you can hopefully get some idea about the height of the scope. I also brought a cheshire collimator,as i figured it’d be best to check the optical alignment before going outside. I read through Asto Babys guide,and,to be honest,i couldn’t work it out. I read,re-read,and then,after about half an hour,i suddenly understood,it all clicked. It was a bit like the film ‘The Matrix’ really. I had no idea what on earth was going on for most of that film,and then it just clicked and i understood. I agree that collimation is a time intensive process!!. But spend enough time digesting what has been written,and hopefully it’ll all fall into place. Luckily,everything seemed to be collimated. Thankyou Astro Baby for the guide.
The weather looks like being rubbish for tonight. I will add a first light review once i’ve been out with it,can’t wait. All in all,i’m very impressed so far. The scope looks great,moves great,isn’t bad for moving around,and feels quite sturdy.
If you’ve got this far,thankyou for sticking with me.
Edited by JonM, 11 September 2010 - 09:59 AM.