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  1. Or maybe just 14 days Sadly the scope spends more time in the loft than outside nowadays, but I'm hoping to get it out again soon! Thanks for your input though Sky Daddy!
  2. Thanks for the continued replies sherr03: WRT the XLT 127, I've only ever looked at planets through it. Jupiter and Saturn can be quite sharp given the right viewing conditions. Another forum member pointed out this site in a post earlier today: http://www.12dstring.me.uk/fov.htm If you switch to "visual view" and then choose the relevant eyepiece and telescope, you can get a rough idea of the size of image you are likely to see relative to your apparent field of view. The quality of the image will vary widly though according to viewing conditions. If you were able to set up in the light, then probably 10 mins or so to put it together (assuming you store it disassembled) then once you've carried it outside, another 5 minutes or so getting a rough polar alignment. It's reasonably heavy thanks to the good quality EQ mount, so I wouldn't want to have to carry it too far! You'll then need to leave it for a while to cool, and I've found a dew shield a necessity as it does tend to attract dew! Hope that helps! russ: Thanks for your positive comments regarding dobs - I have to admit I'd have trouble tracking Mars at that magnification using an EQ mount! valleyman: Thanks or the tips regarding the setting circle and angle finder. I'll head over to the dob community forum for a more thorough read. Cheers Steve
  3. Thank you very much for all the replies so far From what has been said I think a dob would suit me best based on my current requirements. There were some interesting points raised about not going with the flextube to save some cash, as indeed it will only save on vertical space which isn't too much of a problem in my shed. Which dob I go for is going to come down to whether I decide on auto tracking or not, so I'll do a little more thinking and review reading to decide what I really want. Thanks again for the initial suggestions (and the agreement that eq mounts can be a pain to store!). I'll let you know what I decide on, and in the meantime if anyone is interested in a 2nd hand omni xlt 127, watch this space... (or at least keep an eye on the for sale section )
  4. Hi all I currently own a Celestron Omni XLT 127 scope. Although I like the scope very much, I find that I'm not using it as much as I ought to due to the time it takes me to set up (no space to leave it pre-set up unfortunatley!). One of the main reasons I bought my current scope was to save space, but to be honest although the OTA is relatively small I still need a fair amount of space to store it all. So I've been toying with the idea of a dobsonian... I had discounted them originally as they seemed big and bulky, but thinking about it they would probably take up less space than my current scope, and setup time would be as long as it takes me to carry it from the shed to the middle of the garden. I quite like the look of the Skywatcher Skyliner 200P Flextube Auto, as it can store to a relatively compact size, has good light gathering ability, and the benefit of auto tracking which would aid my visual observing and allow me to take a few planetary photos should I be so inclined in future. My viewing mainly consists of planetary work, but I would like to start viewing more DSOs too. I've never used a Dob before though, so I have a few questions: - How do you manually track an object with a Dob? Just by moving it by hand? If so, how do you achieve small enough movements so as not to overshoot? I'm used to EQ mounts where a rough polar alignment will allow me to track easily and smoothly at the turn of a knob. - How would the quality of image in the 200P compare to my current 127 XLT? - Would you recommend the auto tracking option on a dob, or should I save the cash and invest elsewhere? I'd be grateful for your thoughts Thanks in advance!
  5. Hi all My scope has been relegated to the shed, and there isn't room to leave it set up with a cover over it....so I need to look at suitable storage. I'd really like something that both the scope, mount and tripod could fit inside, and that would offer adequate protection for life in a shed. Based on the size of the tripod, I'm going to need something approx 100cm in length. My best bet so far would seem to be a cricket bag, such as: Readers Team Wheelie Cricket Bag with a few silica gel sachets thrown in for good measure. Does anyone else store their scope in a similar way, or can anyone offer a better alternative? Thanks for your help Steve
  6. Hi Mark Welcome to SGL. I've had much the same problem as you - a new scope which had caused a drastic change for the worse in the weather! Steve
  7. Tugboat

    complete newbie

    Hello and welcome to SGL! Steve
  8. Hi Paul Welcome to SGL! It looks like you've got a decent set of kit there to get you started Steve
  9. Having checked, it wasn't dubious at all - someone signed him up for £500 direct debits to charity: BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Clarkson stung after bank prank
  10. I seem to remember Jeremy Clarkson (writing in the Telegraph I think) saying much the same thing, and he published his bank details as a challenge......I understand he became signed up to a number of direct debits for all kinds of dubious items! Steve
  11. Hello and welcome from me too Steve
  12. Very useful, thanks! Will save it to my bookmarks Steve
  13. Hi I completed S194 a couple of years ago. I thought it was a good grounding in the subject, that required no real prior knowledge. I also liked the fact that there was a choice of dates to submit your ECA, so you could pace your work to suit. Steve
  14. Tugboat

    Another newbie

    Welcome to SGL Neil I'm sure someone "in the know" will be along to answer your questions shortly. Steve
  15. Beat me to it at least I didn't imagine it!
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