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About farunj

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  1. All the suggestions for a 8" dobsonian are right on point as they are the best bang for the buck! Dobsonians, by virtue of their design spend most of your money on the optics, i.e. the primary and secondary mirror and the eyepieces. Hence, if all you intend to use the scope for is visual astronomy, then a dobsonian is perfect for you. An 8" dob is perfect as it hits that sweet spot between the scope being too bulky to move around and the aperture being large enough that you can see a whole bunch of objects. In fact, you can spot all of the messiers with an 8" dob in a nice dark sky! Since you said you will be observing in South Florida, I would suggest you check out High Point Scientific, specifically https://www.highpointscientific.com/apertura-ad8-8inch-dobsonian-telescope-ad8 this scope. It is a great deal and I would definitely recommend going for this! As others have said, you can buy a couple of eyepieces and maybe even a barlow lens with the leftover money. Might I suggest also that you consider buying the book Turn Left at Orion: https://www.amazon.com/Turn-Left-Orion-Hundreds-Telescope/dp/0521153972. I say this because this book has a great list of objects that you can see with your telescope and it also has tutorials on how you can go about hunting those objects down, i.e. what guide stars to look at and stuff like that! Good luck and clear skies!
  2. Hi, Please do NOT use a solar filter that has a hole in it! It is very very dangerous and will definitely blind you. Just go for a new filter. The best way to test if a filter is fine or not is to hold it up to the sun with your naked eyes and seeing if you can get any light through the filter. If there is even a tiny hole through which light passes, then just throw the filter away and buy a new one. As Jojo said, you only have one set of eyes! Varun.
  3. Hi Dusty, I come from a big city in India (called Pune) and there is a lot of light pollution where I used to live. I used to own a 5" f/7.2 reflector back then and I could quite easily resolve Albiero. In fact I remember being really excited on looking at the red and blue of the stars! I could resolve them with a 20mm eyepiece and they looked fantastic with a 10mm eyepiece. I recently moved to New Haven, CT, in the US, and this is much less light polluted than my old city. I enjoy much better views from here, and can easily split Albiero! So, unless you are severely light polluted and cannot see any stars when you look up, you should definitely be able to resolve and enjoy Albiero and many other double stars. I would also like to mention that if you are contemplating buying a telescope for observation purposes, then you should definitely consider buying a dobsonian. These are the best bang for the buck for visual astronomy as almost all of your money goes into the optics of the scope. An 8" dob from any of the big companies will guarantee not only that you will be able to split Albiero, but also be able to observe most of the Messiers! So do consider purchasing a dob! As always though, there is nothing that can beat a dark sky. You will always get your best views from a really dark new moon night from far outside the city. Hope this helps! Varun.
  4. The explorer 200p is a beautiful piece of equipment! It is a very great scope to have. You will enjoy a lot with it. It has a large enough aperture to allow great viewing of DSOs. Also, it is much easier to transport and setup and use. It is one of the most intuitive scopes to use. However, if you want to indulge in AP, then the EQ mount is the way to go, although the EQ5 would be a bit under the bar for that. A good point to start is the HEQ5, which is good enough to support the OTA. Do let us know what you choose. Cheers! Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  5. Wow! Those are fantastic!! What mount did you use for these? I am planning to do some wide field imaging now, and would like to know what kind of mount I would require for the same! Cheers!
  6. Go for the dob! Anytime! It is a great choice, and you will enjoy it thoroughly. Also, the hassle of polar aligning will not be there. And the eq3-2 is not that good a mount, if you later want to turn to AP. I am sure you will enjoy with the 200p. The next buy is a guide book of sorts. I would recommend Turn Left at Orion. Great book, and contains nice sketches of Messiers. Have a look at it. Cheers!
  7. If you are new to astronomy, I would suggest go for the 200p. It is a wonderful scope. The aperture is just right so that a LOT of stuff is visible. The weight is not too much, and it can be easily carried around. I am recommending the dob because it will help you to get started easily. All you have to do is move the scope up/down, left/right to reach your target. Compared to this, the EQ mount needs a lot of getting used to. You need to get a decent polar alignment, not perfect, but you have to learn it. Also, I would suggest that if you are buying an EQ mount, get something above EQ5, as that will eventually be useful for photography if you have the inclination. One thing to keep in mind is the weight, and that you need to set-up the entire thing everytime. A dob is much easier in this sense, as you dont really need to do much setting up. Also, most of the money goes into the optics. An 8" aperture will give astounding views from almost anywhere. I dont know if I have missed anything, but people will be along to further clarify, dont you worry! Do let us know what you choose! Cheers! Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  8. Also, i do not know what guide or map you are using to search for messiers, but I would recommend the book Turn Left at Orion. It is a great book and it contains very nice sketches to guide you. It also shows the field of view you would expect to see, and the path you could take to reach the messier. It is a wonderful book, very much worth buying! Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  9. You know a fun way to learn is to set yourself challenges. For instance you could try to split doubles, set messier challenges for yourself. Also read about averted vision. It really helps! Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  10. Also make sure that you are not using both the 1.25" and the 2" adapters at the same time. Many people do that mistake the first time. And as others have already said, give time for your eyes to adjust. Try looking at some bright object like the moon, and see how well you can focus on that. Also, try using the telescope in the day, to get familiar with all the knobs. Cheers!
  11. Congratulations are in order! You will enjoy a lot with the beast I am sure! Although, now that you have your telescope it will rain for a week as it always happens when you get some new astro gear! [emoji28] Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  12. Yes this is not really a good season to order telescopes! The rains do not help at all, and there is the pent-up excitement to deal with! When your telescope arrives, try setting it up for yourself, and get familiar with it. It is a great scope, and you will definitely enjoy using it! Cheers!
  13. Hi Syed! I am also from India. Where do you live? If you live in the center of a city, it might be difficult for you to observe Messiers since you do not have much experience. However there are some techniques which you can learn which will help you observe better. The most important technique is indeed star hopping. It is very important to learn how to navigate the night sky. You live in the city, so apart from the brighter stars, I do not think much is visible. So you need to learn how to get from a bright star to your target, and just moving the telescope randomly is of no use, as you will get lost. Use a large focal length eyepiece, so that you have a larger field of view, and locating stuff will be easier. Another important tool is the technique of averted vision. Sometimes, you have the Messier exactly in the center of the EP, yet you cannot see it, because you are looking straight at it. Look up averted vision, it is very helpful. You could also buy the book Turn Left at Orion. It contains good sketches of what one can hope to see of the messiers. Do let me know if you need any more help! Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  14. You could try webcam imaging, which is only useful fir brighter objects like planets, and the moon. Many people have got fantastic images of Jupiter, Saturn and even Mars, using simple webcams. To do this you will need the webcam adapter, and you will need to do some changes on your webcam. Have a look at some online tutorials. As for a DSLR, I once tried to image Jupiter but it was too small to get in a single image. The moon can be captured quite easily. But you need tracking to do any better. Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
  15. Hi and welcome to SGL. I am a fellow amateur from India. I must say, you made a great choice there by ordering the dob. Kudos to SGL for great advice, as always! C-sky telescopes have a great reputation, and a very good customer service. Also, the prices are reasonable as compared to the other dealer in India, namely tejraj. One of my friends got a 10" dob from them at 55k while on tejraj, the 8" dob was for the same price. Do let us know when you get the scope, and do post pics. Where do you live in India? Feel free to message if you want to chat! Good luck! Sent from my Nexus 5 using Tapatalk
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