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  1. How bizarre, I've just found thsi thread and noticed that the seller has used a photo of MY 150P (yes thats my scope sat on my patio and it is a 150P like others have said). He must have grabbed the pic from here. Not sure whether I should feel flattered or annoyed!
  2. I thought the 150PL was only available on an EQ rather than Dob mount?
  3. Another vote for the 150P dobsonian from me. It really is a tough scope to beat for a beginner.
  4. Great scope choice! Hope you get some dark clear skies this weekend.
  5. Great choice I also have a 150P dobsonian and would recommend it to anyone.
  6. I'm using the SW 10mm & 20mm supplied with the scope, plus a Celestron 12mm Plossl which was purchased seperately. The finderscope is OK, but I've recently bought a Telrad from FLO which is much easier to use as everything isn't back to front! I've still kept the original finderscope for locating fainter objects though. I've found that my plastic garden chairs are about the right height for viewing through the scope without having to place it on a table, although you do have to crouch to initially align the scope.
  7. I've also got a Skyliner 150P and totally recommend it to anyone who is new to astronomy. It's such a great scope for the money. I bought the standard Cheshire from FLO and it works great for collimation, but I've read that it's just as easy to use an old 35mm film case with a hole drilled in it, so you could try this first. As for the height, it stands about 4ft, but I do almost all of my viewing sitting in a garden chair and find the height fine.
  8. Wow, thats a great first scope. i've got the 6" 150 version and love it, so I'm sure the 10" version would be even more rewarding. As for collimation, don't worry. I was worried about it but once I actually tried it using a Cheshire and using Astro Baby's guide I actally found it very easy. If the 10" is like the 6" then it will hold its collimation pretty well. As for not using a GOTO, well thats half the fun.
  9. Hi Dave, mine came with both 1.25" and 2" eyepiece adaptors, so you should be able to use either. As far as I know, Skywatcher only make one type of 6" dobsonian so I suspect the one you've seen is the same as mine. I can almost guarantee you won't regret getting this type of scope, I can't wait for some clear skies so I can get outside with it again!
  10. Excellent choice . I have the same scope and thoroughly recommend it to anyone. I've done a small review of mine in the 'Members Equipment Review' section of this forum.
  11. I've recently bought a Skyliner 150P dob and cannot recommend it highly enough. Fantastic scope
  12. Skywatcher Skyliner 150P dob next to a Celestron Powerseeker 114:
  13. Fantastic pictures. Love the Mars pic. I saw Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Venus last night but missed Mercury. Hopefully I'll get to see it soon.
  14. A couple of years ago I was in Egypt and got the chance to go out into the desert for a spot of stargazing with a Meade LX200 and was blown away at what you could see (even without the use of a telescope) in an area with no light pollution. As soon as I got back from the holiday I rushed out and bought a Celestron Powerseeker 114 Newtonian. This is a very basic beginner scope but it does have many downsides, mainly caused by the wobbly EQ1 mount. However it did give me the chance see a few great things like the rings on Saturn, Jupiter and some of its larger moons, Mars & Venus (though not too clearly) and some cracking views of our own Moon. Most of all though it gave me a passion for viewing the night sky. Not long after Christmas I decided I would like to upgrade to something a little more stable which would give me great views of planets and the moon, but I was on a tight budget (the wife insisted!) so after a fair bit of searching on here I decided that the Skywatcher Skyliner 150P dobsonian was the scope for me. I was lucky enough to win a new one on ebay a couple of weeks ago (for £155) and the 2 large boxes duly arrived a few days ago. Assembly was very straight forward and the instructions were very easy to follow. The thing that struck me immediately was the quality of the parts appeared to be very high and well designed. After assembling the scope I aligned the finderscope and was pleased at how secure the mounting for this was, hopefully I won’t have to reset it as often as my old scope. On the Celestron it didn’t have a dovetail mount so the finderscope did used to need re-aligning before each session which was a real pain. Next I checked collimation, it was reasonably close but not perfect. Using Astro Babys guide to collimation and a Cheshire Collimator purchased from FLO I had managed to get it all spot on within a few minutes. I’m a shift worker so have to work nightshifts, but luckily my boss is quite flexible and as long as get my work done he’s not too worried about what I get up to. I work in West London, so light pollution is a major issue (especially as I was using the telescope in a well lit carpark!) so my expectations were not too high, but I couldn’t resist using the scope for the first time. So last night I got to work at around 7pm and I noticed that there was a nice ‘toenail’ Moon and what I assumed was Jupiter right next to it. The scope was quickly assembled and I immediately lined it up on the Moon and was immediately impressed with the view, I was using a Celestron Omni 12mm eyepiece and the image appeared lovely and crisp with good crater details which I was pleased with considering the fact that the scope had had no real cool down time before I started using it. I then thought I’d have a look at Jupiter and turned the scope to it, what a joy the dobsonian mount is to use. I was a bit surprised at what I saw in the eyepiece though as instead of the usual planet with a couple of moons orbiting it, I had a white disc with a dark edge on it. It was only after a few seconds that I realised that I was actually lined up on Venus! This was confirmed when I slewed over to the next brightest object in the sky and was presented with a really excellent view of Jupiter, banding clearly visible, along with 4 of the larger moons. I was so impressed with the amount of details I was getting. I was still using the Celestron 12mm eyepiece which I’d used in far darker skies with the Celestron scope, but this looked far more detailed. I then went back to work for a bit and came outside again at around 4am to have a crack at Mars and Saturn. I quickly found Mars but unfortunately it was just a bright light with no real details on it – can anyone recommend a decent filter to use to improve this as I’ve never had much luck viewing Mars? After a few minutes of trying to improve the view on Mars I decided to give up and have a look at Saturn. What a wonderful sight I was presented with! A really crisp image with the rings looking clearer than I’d ever seen them. I could also see what I assume was Titan slightly below Saturn. I decided to have a look at it through my 2x barlow and this made an already impressive sight even better. So all in all I had a really successful first night with the scope. Very pleased to see 4 planets and the moon in one night, and I’m now totally in love with this telescope! It’s so simple to use compared with the EQ mount on the Celestron, and it literally takes seconds to set it up. I can’t wait to try it out again with it properly cooled down and in a less light polluted area once my shifts are over, I’m hoping that I may get to see even more. If you are looking for a great quality telescope but have a sub £200 budget then I thoroughly recommend this scope. It really is a fantastic piece of kit.
  15. Wow! Amazing picture with so much detail.
  16. Brilliantly sharp image. I love it.
  17. Fantastic images! I love number 2 and number 4 in particular.
  18. Fantastic images. Great detail.
  19. Stunning pictures. I love the detail on the first one.
  20. Welcome from another newcomer to this site. I too have a Celestron Powerseeker 675. It's not got the most stable of mounts but I have had some lovely images of the moon, Saturn and Jupiter in it.
  21. Brilliant, I love it when people do things in a 'Heath Robinson' way, and I'm amazed at how well the pics look. So was the Saturn one taken just using a 20mm lens without any Barlow? I really like the moon picture.
  22. Fantastic pictures. I can't believe how much detail you can see on them! Thank you for sharing them with us.
  23. Hi Mary, welcome from another newcomer to this site and a former Oxfordshire dweller! I know exactly what you mean about seeing Saturn and it's rings (no matter how small they are) with your own eyes. It's an amazing moment!
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