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Posts posted by Dean

  1. Thanks I have worked out what I have been doing wrong now, and I think the red dot finder is the way forward to work along side the finderscope

    The skyliner 300p does come with a 9x50 straight through finerscope. The image through the scope seems pretty good but then again I have nothing else to compare it with.

  2. What I am doing is looking through the finder scope with both eyes open and trying to line up the finderscope with the spot I want to aim for in the sky. but when I look through the finder scope I then need to adjust the telescopes position to get the object centred. Will the red dot finder overcome that problem?

  3. Have just come in from using my skyliner 300p. It has been a great evening but I am finding the finderscope hard work. I got on quite well with the red dot finder on my sky watcher 130pm and was wondering if anyone had any advice on what I could use to make it easer aiming the finder scope on to the area I need it to be.

    Thanks to centroid for the advice on the refurbishment of the old 8” I may just look in to that it would good to get it back into good working order.

  4. Hi I'm dean from bath,

    My girlfriend brought me a explorer-130pm telescope for Christmas and ever since I have been hooked.

    I was first interested in astronomy when I was eight, through the influence of my dad who had all the sky and telescope magazines from the early seventies. He built his own 8" dobsonian and I can remember him showing me the moon, Orion Nebula and planets- happy memories.

    After two weeks of working my way through the Turn Left At Orion book my dad brought over his 8" dobsoinan for me to use. I tried it out on Saturn and it was great, seeing that he built it thirty years ago. I tried cleaning the mirror but it was in bad shape. That night I decided I wanted a bigger telescope. The following day we visited my parents for sunday lunch and started to show my dad some reviews of 8" Newtonian on equatorial mounts. Looking for encouragement he said that he once ordered a 12" dobsonian off a company but the company folded while he was waiting for it to be delivered. He said that he regretted that he never got one. On the way home my girlfriend said that she would not be surprised if he would offer to go half on a 12". The next day he did so we brought a skyliner 300p.

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