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  1. Sounds promising. Im just looking to make things as easy as possible. Id love to have the time and patience to work through the whole setting up processes but I just don't have that time. So if a scope like this is capable of easy set up, then theres my answer. I realise it not everybody's cup of tea, but it certainly looks like it may be mine. But I think I'll look to keep my old scope in the hope that one day perhaps when i have more time, I can spend some time on the setup processes needed for such a scope. Gonna have a look at the scopes recommended on here...cheers everyone.
  2. Yeah, thats what I was just looking at...the Evolution. Sounds promising. Does a scope like that mean you don't need the gps bits, sky sync, polar alignment hassle etc?
  3. Yeah, got quite a few book, and seen quite a few objects in the night sky. And i was fortunate enough recently to have met a guy on a recent cruise who just happened to be into stargazing and brought some binoculars onboard. He was able to find objects in the blink of an eye...very impressive. And I definitely agree, there is a lot of satisfaction when you've finally found an object you've been searching for. Its just that I see major problems trying to polar align the scope, and thats really the starting point for viewing objects in the night sky. It just seems such a trick operation, and Im usually quite good at stuff like this. Perhaps I need to ask a mate to lend a hand, perhaps even to hold a torch cause it gets frustrating trying to to a million things at once when you're already in a weird yoga position whilst truing to align the mount. Its not that I want to give up, it just that I'm not sure I'm actually able to line up the mount etc.
  4. Hi Blazar. Yeah, Ive viewed Jupiter, Mars, Saturn, Venus, Abdromeda etc. But they are easy to find and Ive simply pointed to scope where it needed to go and viewed them. I wanted to see if I could locate Uranus and I spent hours the other night with no such luck. I had iPad apps for guidance (star walk etc) but you know what its like...everything is upside down, back to front etc, and just gets really confusing. The only way for me to do it currently is to set up my scope so that I can turn it to the correct coordinates and locate objects that way. But its just not working for me and I'm wasting hours outside just getting more and more wound up. I don't get a lot of free time, so Im thinking its probably a better idea if I look for a fully automated scope which although will cost more, would at least mean that id get to see what Im looking for and not just spend hours outside in the cold, surrounded by disappointed family and friends who were hoping to get a glimpse of the objects Id promised to locate!
  5. Hi all, After many, many hours of trying to set up my scope so that I can find anything in the night sky by simply turning my scope to coordinates listed in the stargazing mags, Ive finally given up and called it a day. Cant even get past the polar alignment procedure. What a flipping nightmare. Took some time levelling the EQ5 mount and definitely a struggle seeing the ball level in the dark, even with a torch. Then its impossible to see polaris through the polar scope cause its just appearing too faint, and seems to be surrounded by other stars that only appear to be there when you look through the view finder. Then you can't see the reticule (i think thats what its called) cause its too dark. Shine a light across and you can see it but the stars then disappear. Ive pretty much run out of patience cause I've had this mount and 200p scope for a while now, and not really getting to use it. I simply have too many interests to be able to dedicate the time and effort required to keep trying to set this lot up...I suppose I want the easy life..... Is there such a scope that doesn't need polar aligning, will goto at the press of a button, and doesn't need collimating etc etc??? And does anybody know the best place to sell the gear I have to part fund a new setup, or a decent shop that does part ex? Any help greatly appreciated :-)
  6. Ah right, thats easy enough. Cheers for the help
  7. Cheers for that. If 200x is ok, do you know how I work out what eyepiece would allow 200x zoom?
  8. Just had a quick look at the Celestron Xcel LX. Think i might go with those. Does anybody know what the highest magnification I could get away with with the SW200p?
  9. Thought it might not be as simple as i had hoped. :-) Im not sure whether to upgrade a few parts, or get a different setup altogether now. Stargazing is definitely not a straight forward hobby! :-)
  10. Hi all. I recently posted a question on here regarding the difficulties using my scope. Having read all the replies, its clear to see that I have a lot of learning to do and hopefully in time I will improve. I was wondering though, if anyone is able to answer a few more questions, as there is no where else to turn for info. Basically, I have the SW200p, with the eyepieces and barlow that came with it. It also came with the EQ5. So, id like to convert my scope to a goto, and it appears there are several ways to do this. However, what would be the most straight forward and trouble free solution, and what would i need to buy? Then, regarding the eyepieces, if I did nothing other than buy some more expensive eyepieces to the ones I already have, am i going to be able to see better images? Thirdly, with a goto setup, and better eyepieces, am I then in a position to take photos and video of what I can view? I saw a video today of Jupiter, taken on a C8 and you could see the planet spinning round with the odd moon in the image. Most impressive. Im guessing the C8 isnt much different to the SW200p, am i wrong? Hoping for clear skies..... Daedalus.
  11. Thanks for your replies everyone. There's something for me to take from every one. I think I need to accept that it takes time to master, and there are things that can help along the way. And even when you are directly on top of something, you don't always see it straight away. The comment from the kid on stargazing live was priceless when he was asked what he could see through the scope. Can't remember his exact words, but told the co host he could see a smudge or similar wording. But he hit the nail on the head. Sometimes the smudge in front of you is the object you've been searching or for hours, and not realised. So, patience is needed I think. Swotting up on stellarium, getting to know my scope better and perhaps looking at some of the extras for my eq5. And a few clear skies wouldn't go amiss either. :-) Thanks everyone.
  12. Not sure if my last reply was sent...will keep it short. Definitely benefit from better knowledge so need to look at stellarium etc. Would the Goto for my sw200p be of use do you think?
  13. Hi all, hoping you may be able to help. I purchased a SW200p some while ago. Despite lots of study, I'm pretty useless when it comes to finding anything other than Jupiter. And there's not much in the way of clear skys were I live, so its frustrating when you spend ages setting everything up, only for the clouds to float in. So, I'm gonna look at making a few changes. When i make the decision to go out, grab my scope and view the night sky, I want the quickest way of basically grabbing the scope, taking it out side, pressing a button and bobs ur uncle. It's not laziness, its the fact that I'm not able to dedicate time to learning my way round the manual 200p and I want to be able to show the family objects in the night sky. Currently, I promise to show them objects in the galaxy, only to find that after an hour I'm still looking and they've gone inside bored of waiting. So, to cut the story short, not wanting to view images smaller than the 200p currently would, what would be the best way forward, telescope wise, Goto etc etc. The least setup time the better, a speedy way to search and find objects, portability and good value are all things I'm looking for. Thanks everyone. Always found this site to be an excellent source of help and information.
  14. Not sure of the settings. When i download my images, the settings download too. So if i see a good image and save it, i note the settings. Because they were all rubbish i deleted them along with the settings. Do you have ideas of the settings needed for sky imaging. Camera will be on a tripod with 10sec timer.
  15. Hi all. There is a book that seems to be highly recommended on this site called Making Every Photon Count. I was wondering if anyone here has read it and might be able to offer me advise on this subject. You see, having recently collimated my SW200p and finally being able to see respectable images, I would really like to take some pictures of what I can see. I dont have a goto or motor etc, purely manual control :-( If that ends the journey of recording images, then I shall have to wait till I can upgrade. However, if imaging is still possible, I would like to take some. So far, I havent found any objects other than the moon, planets, pleaides and i think M45 Orions something or other, or was it M35 or M31.....:-) (clueless) So Im looking to see if there is a book that gives all the info i need to image the moon, planets and Deep sky. MAPC looks like it may cover the topic of DS images but does it explain about planets etc. And as a DSLR owner, I really want to images constellations etc. Tried once and it was a blanket of dark sky with zero stars, even though the sky was full of them! If any one could advise I would be most grateful. ...Daedalus
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