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  1. Thanks for all the advice folks, much appreciated.
  2. We've already booked accommodation in a place up the coast called Palm Cove, if you were thinking of it though I would say book asap as we tried about 10 places before we got anywhere.
  3. Hi All, I'm lucky enough to have booked myself and the missus on a trip to Australia this year for the Eclipse and then a general backpacking tour of Darwin, Alice Springs and Sydney. Anyone else going? Anybody taking any kit?
  4. Thanks again for the feedback. I had a go at collimating last night and I think I've improved things, I could only see jupiter through cloud though so I can only say for certain that I haven't made it worse. Fingers crossed.
  5. Thanks for the feedback guys. I have collimated my scope but there is perhaps a lot of room for improvement. The defocussed image is fuzzy rather than showing rings but the spot is central. It does have another dark part to one side though. I'll be sure to collimate again as I definitely need the practice and hopefully things will improve.
  6. Well folks, I got my 200p for xmas and have been really bitten by the bug! I opted for the Revelation eyepiece set as my first addition to the setup. On the whole I'm really pleased with the scope, some smashing views of Jupiter at the moment and the other night saw quite a bit of M42. I think there is a lot of room to improve the views I am getting (particularly of M42) by adding some filters and some better quality eyepieces. Planetary views are pretty good so I was going to concentrate on widefield and learn some star-hopping. Can anyone offer some advice for improving the wide field view quality? Is light pollution, collimation and seeing quality more of an influence than a high quality eyepiece? As a complete beginner I'm having to strongly resist the urge to splash on an Ethos 21mm!
  7. My choice would be.. QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter by Richard P. Feynman. Very interesting to a beginner astronomer, explains how quantum behaviour of photons and electrons is responsible for things like reflection, refraction, diffraction and pretty much everything else in a straightforward way intended for a complete layperson with no mathematics. Quite an achievement considering he got a Nobel prize for it. Skywatcher 200p Complete beginner
  8. I got a straight finder, but it's perfectly decent. Probably will want an angled finder though, it's a pain stooping to look through it. Skywatcher 200p Complete beginner
  9. Hi Callum, got the same scope delivered today. Really excited even though it's raining at the moment. --- I am here: http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=53.840247,-1.563664 Skywatcher 200p Complete beginner
  10. Congrats on new scope, my 200p arrived today as well! Now it's raining so I'm just dreaming about what to gawp at first when i get a chance. Any suggestions people?
  11. Finch

    Hello folks.

    Wow! Such a friendly forum! Thanks for all the replies. I'm located in north Leeds and was wondering if there are any places nearby that offer a good view of the skies? I've heard Eccup Reservoir is good?? Well, I'm looking out of the window and it looks good for a decent attempt at checking out Saturn a bit later. Will let you know how it goes. Hopefully I'll get bitten by the bug.
  12. Finch

    Hello folks.

    Hello everyone, just taken delivery of a pair of 15x70 Binoculars and just waiting for clear skies.
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