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  1. Ok, in that case I have absolutely no idea where to begin now. I look at websites with eyepieces on and I have no idea if they are suitable or not. I read the sticky and seem to be the only one who found it confusing. I think I want something between 5mm and 35mm, and with wide FOV but not too wide as my pupils don't dilate very well. Feels like I've hit a brick wall with my new hobby. I'll put up with what I've got until some revelation occurs, or it puts me off entirely.
  2. I see M13 and M92 as fuzzy blobs with my finder scope, even on poor viewing nights like last night. In my 200mm reflector with 10mm eyepiece I can see the shape better but still faintly. But looking around the cluster allows the eye's other receptors to better pick up the detail and suddenly I can see some of the stars in sharp detail. Just need a really clear night again so I can see it properly, now I've got my scope collimated properly.
  3. I didn't want to post a barlow question, as there have been so many already, but I read through many posts with Barlow in the title, and I am left confused. I see that 250x to 300x mag is probably the limit of what is useful in typicaly viewing conditions. So for my Konusky 200mm newt reflector (1000mm tube f/5) with the supplied 10mm and 26mm eyepieces, I guess a 2x barlow is what I should aim for. But, should it be a 2" or 1.25"? does it need threaded lens? because I have a fast scope, how much should I spend...? Added to which, I'm not happy with my 26mm eyepiece, as it seems to distort objects as you position your eye around the eyepiece (saturn is almost impossible to see as a single crisp object). And so I'm confused. Any guidance to an appropriate barlow for my setup would be much appreciated. Boz
  4. Perhaps you took that too literally. I just meant I want to know where i can go without worry. Sure I don't mind paying, explaining etc, but as a beginner I just need to know the right approach to get started for free and with little hassle. Anyway, thanks to all, I didn't think I'd get such a large response (haven't read them all yet). I'll look into Basingstoke and Welly boot park. I will contact my local club, and try some of the local parks, but I think car parking is my biggest concern, as well as vandalism or theft of car.
  5. I think I need to move beyond my backgarden now, due to obstruction of view from hedges, trees and buildings, and light pollution. How do you go about finding a suitable observation location in public where you won't get hassled by teenagers, farmers, estate owners, police, cows etc? I'm in a suburb, and not too far from country, but I can't think of anywhere I could safely just turn up and not expect to be hassled, especially with suitable elevation above tree line. Boz
  6. Cheers, although I've no idea where to get a 35mm film camera lid these days. Or spare 1.25" eyepiece cap. To ebay! Boz
  7. I have a newtonian reflector and it badly needs collimating. But will any collimating eyepiece do? Are some better than others? For instance, is this cheap £25 cheshire collimating eyepiece on ebay as good as a £40 one? Cheshire Collimating Eyepiece | eBay UK Cheers Boz
  8. I wholeheartedly agree with the point the OP is making. I found the lack of guides to what you can see with different size scopes to be off putting to the hobby. Fortunately, my wife bought me a telescope for birthday and now I can see for myself, but otherwise, I would never have got into this hobby. Thanks to those who do publish pictures or drawings, but it would be really helpful if standard information could be included, such as scope, eyepiece, barlow and magnification in camera. Having had a go at trying to photo the moon last night with my iphone and point and shoot camera, it's damn hard getting anything NEAR what I see with my eye, so I appreciate the difficulty. Drawings I think are perhaps the answer then.
  9. Just to clarify, I have iPad and iPhone apps for star charts and also use a planisphere. I've got to know the constellations around polaris in the night time north sky quite well with binoculars. I also spend quite a bit of time aligning to polaris before observing. So in terms of finding known stars I'm ok. The problem I have is moving between the known visible stars using RA and Dec. I look through the finderscope and telescope and everything is reversed, it really messes with my head. I'll try the RA and Dec adjustments by locking onto a known star's location, and moving relatively. I can't seem to work out how to do that with my scope. The dials don't seem to be fitted properly and the dial spins loosely irrespective of the RA adjustment. Cheers Boz
  10. That's good to know, I won't give up yet then. So am I using the right setup? Or is trying to locate with a 10mm eyepiece (effectively 100x) too tricky. Should I put my 26mm eyepiece in to locate first? Also, what other DSOs are viewable with 8" reflectors in the suburbs? Cheers Boz
  11. I have a "Konus Konusky 200 Motor" which is F/5 1000mm focal length and 200mm diameter mirror. It isn't collimated, however with the supplied 10mm plossl eyepiece I can see M13 and M92 globular clusters in Hercules. Admitedly quite faint, but still quite recognisable and some stars are distinct within the fuzzy cluster. So far so good. However, that's the best I can do. I've tried hunting galaxies and nebula such as M66, M81, M82 and NGC7023 and I can't see a thing. The sky was very clear but I am trying to observe these from my suburban back garden so there is some light pollution. I had adjusted my eyes and used red light only, and like I say, I could see the globular clusters well. My question is, am I flogging a dead horse trying to observe such DSO's? I found the globular clusters by eye through the finder scope, are the galaxies and nebulae much harder to see than clusters? Cheers Boz
  12. Could see Hercules globular clusters fairly well, so dont think pollution was too bad. Over houses though and image was a bit turbulent. Not collimated at all yet. Going to a club this month and will get someone to show me how to. Could someone post a pick of Saturn with 200mm reflector like Sky Explorer with around 10mm eyepiece and no Barlow please. Boz
  13. Then I'm really doing something wrong. Any hints on how to see this much detail from 200mm mirror on 1000mm tube? I have polar alignement and the motor set up well. I was in back garden near midnight, clear sky with some light pollution (nor city) and could see all ursa minor stars. Cheers Boz
  14. I used Go Sky Watch Planetarium (free) last night and I think it's my favourite for navigating the constellations to find objects. It clearly shows Messier, NGC objects and constellation lines, has night mode, and searchable database. it also has constellation artistic drawings which you can turn off (can get in the way). And you can hold it up for augmented reality mode. Again, not as slickly presented or as smooth as Star Walk, but much more usable as a planisphere replacement and it's free! This app is very similar to Star Chart, not free, but slightly smoother experience and easier controls. One question, why pay for the premium version of Go Sky Watch? There are ads in the free version and the feature list looks the same. Odd Boz
  15. I am stunned that you are getting these images from 150mm and less. Are you actually seeing the images as clearly and with as much colour? Or does the eye not pick up that detail through the lens. I have Konusky 200 Motor with 10mm plossl and I see something like what the iPhone pic captured (obviously sharper though!) Does the Barlow make the difference? I thought it Jay enlarged the same image, not bring out loads more detail. Boz
  16. Just tried free Stellarium iPhone app, and it's dreadful. Very sluggish and ugly. Delete.
  17. I downloaded Star Chart for iPad and iPhone and it's not quite as good as Star Walk. It looks nice but the user interface isn't as good. Plus points: - messier objects are highlighted on the star map, something that Star Walk doesn't do (you have to search individual objects instead). - Constellations are easier to see at a glance, because they're always shown. Star Walk highlights them as they move into middle of screen. - Universal (iPhone and iPad) and it's cheaper than Star Walk. I also tried that free Planets one. That's really basic, but does have a nice "at a glance" view of the sky with constellations drawn and named. Useful for a quick reference. I'm finding a combination of Star Walk and Star Chart give me what I need, but no holy grail app yet. Boz
  18. I have Star Walk which is cheap but easy to use and great to look at. I find that Star Walk can find things by name and identify visually in the sky, but I'd like something to give me more of an idea of what I can actually see with my scope. If you could filter by luminosity of galaxies and nebulae, that would be really handy, as the few attempts I made at searching for galaxies failed because I have no hope of seeing them. I'd really like to hear from people who have several iPhone/iPad astronomy apps to indicate which has the best features and why? Cheers Boz
  19. Thanks for that. That makes a lot of sense from looking at them on the web, as they are very similar, and their evolution of models through recent years is also identical. However, why would Sky At Night review two identical scopes from the same manufacturer? Would still appreciate seeing the original Konusky 200 review if anyone has it. Also, is it true that both these scopes have good mounts for observing, but not so good for long exposure photography? Boz
  20. Thanks everyone for your help and explanation of the mystery parts I have. I re-read the instructions and quite a bit makes a lot more sense now. My issues seem to be understanding the tech rather than understanding the sky at the moment. I haven't collimated yet, but did spend a while last night getting the motor attached. Just need a cloud free night now! Thanks again. Boz
  21. The Sky Watcher Explorer 200P EQ5 review by Sky At Night Magazine is referenced all over the web, and the 200P gets 93%. http://stargazerslounge.com/sponsor-announcements-offers/81865-skywatcher-explorer-200p-eq5.html However, footnote to that review it says: "The group included the Orion Optics (UK) 200mm Europa DELUXE and the Konus Konusky-200 motor." I cannot find that Sky At Night review of the Konusky 200 Motor telescope (which I've got). Does anyone have a copy of that review and would at least quote the review score and summary? Thanks Boz
  22. I've got a small dark lens, thin like a coin. Is that one of these? what does the focus extender look like, compared to a T-ring adapter. I'm still not sure what I've got. Thanks Boz
  23. Thanks all for the responses, I can't wait to get back home and collimate! Better explain to the wife it's not what it sounds like. One thing perhaps the pictures didn't make clear is that the first 2 pics are of the mystery extender, and the 3rd pic shows the smaller eyepiece adapter. The mystery extender fits between the eyepiece adapter and appears to be same size apperture, i.e. not a converter. Make sense? So given that it extends and doesn't adapt... what's it for? Is it a camera adapter? If so, where would I put the eyepieces? Or do you not use an eyepiece when using a camera? Cheers Boz
  24. Hi, First post here. I got a Konus Konusky 200 Motor telescope (model 1793 I think) yesterday as a present (a bit of research went into it). This is my first telescope. There's variations of this model, but this is the one I have http://www.konus.com/prodotti.php?id_c=15&id_p=232 The instruction manual was a generic one and very confusing. I didn't even have a part list. I had to guess my mount was an EQ5 by looking at the pics and they looked slightly different to my setup, but I got there in the end (but not the motor, looks too complicated for now). So last night I aligned the finderscope and telescope to the first bright star I saw (Capella I think), then found Polaris by eye when it got dark enough, and after a short browse around the sky Saturn came up high enough and... well it blew my socks off! Anyway, from that you can tell I've worked out some of the basic alignment principles (on the fly!) but I've got a lot of questions about the equipment I have, so apologies in advance for the length of this post and lack of correct terminology, but I've attached pictures to help. The telescope came with 10mm and 26mm eyepieces. I've no idea if they're different kinds, but 10mm is short and the 26mm is about twice as long. Made by Plossl. 1) What is this thing? (IMG_0620.jpg & IMG_0621.jpg). It's a tube with no lens in, and has thumbscrews. After trying it in various places, I worked out it fits between the eyepiece and the focusing tube attached to the telescope (IMG_0623.jpg). My guess was it somehow extends the focal point? But I tried it with the 10mm and 26mm and I couldn't get a focused image of a star or Saturn. 2) The reflector tube has a cover with two circular bits (IMG_0624.JPG). One has a cap which you can take off, the other is sealed. What are these for? When would you take one off (looking at the moon?) Why is the other bit sealed? 3) Removing the eyepiece, opening the reflector tube cover and looking into the focuser tube, you can see your eye in the middle, and the mirror around it (MirrorViewNoLens.png). Look closely at the picture I took and you'll see my iPhone camera lens in the center and then a black ring around it that is offset. No matter where I move my eye, this ring is always offset. I assume the black ring is either the reflector tube or the focus tube? The top of the black ring (label A) is much larger than the bottom (label . Does this mean that one of the mirrors is not aligned correctly? i.e. it needs "collimation"? The manual has a section on this, but it looks worryingly complex and needs a 35mm film canister cap! Er... do they exist now? That's it for now, no doubt I'll have more beginner questions when I get going again properly tonight (no clouds please!) Thanks in advance for your assistance. Boz
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