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  1. Last night was clear skies! Took the scope outside and levelled it off and plugged the power in and left it for 30 mins to start to cool down. The moon was stunning! I used the kit 25mm and then 2x Barlow as that appeared to me at least better than the 10mm as it has such a small hole (eye relief?) To look through and I'm a glasses wearer so I couldn't get it to focus well enough. I've attached an image from hand holding my smartphone to the eye piece. Very impressed! Then, since it was so close I hopped over to Jupiter and dialed in the focus and saw vague pattern in it (dust clouds?) And of course the 4 moons was stunning. Frustrated as I couldn't seem to get a picture of it, I think allignment was the problem but when I got a pin dot of light, the smartphone camera appeared to have less magnification when using the Barlow? I then tried allignment the AZ GoTo SynScan and while it said allignment successful I had great difficulty knowing 100% what star I was actually looking at!! I have a few augmented star sky apps but they we're not super accurate but when using the finder scope Vs just my eye, the finder scope made more stars visible Vs what just my eye could see. I then gave up as there was not enough stars out to identify any constellations but choosing the moon or Jupiter via handset didn't result in correct location so I must have selected the wrong stars during allignment or entered my location wrong! I really want to get some better eye pieces and came across these Celestron ones on FLO which seem to have good eye relief and good for glasses wearers? https://www.firstlightoptics.com/celestron-eyepieces/celestron-x-cel-lx-eyepiece.html But then I saw a better diagonol and Barlow's... Slipper scope!! Mind the pun. Also, will an "erecting" eye piece correct the view? Think that's all my newbie questions apart from I need to get a T ring for my canon DSLR and possibly a focus tube thingy to achieve focus?
  2. It was my first time observing Jupiter, but I'd say so yes, very bright
  3. Hi guys, Had my first shot of using my new to me Skywatcher Skymax 127 Mak on a SynScan AZ GoTo mount. In the day light hours I alligned the finder scope but last night was the first clear night I could actually use it as intended. Being in North Scotland, the sky never really gets that dark so I do wonder if that was a hinderence. In daylight I got some nice views of the Moon using the 25mm eye piece but with the 10mm I couldn't get anything in focus. Later on, just after 10pm I lines up Jupiter and just saw a small dot of light but could just see the 4 moons but no details on Jupiter itself. I tried the 10mm but just saw a slightly larger dot of light but not the moons (too zoomed in/narrow Field of view?) I tried the Barlow with the 25mm eye piece and saw just a dot again so I went back to just the 25mm eye piece and it was nice seeing the moons but disappointing not to see any detail. I have a few questions; What is the limit of my 127mm F1500 Mak? Should I be able to see more? I struggled getting my eye lined up right in the 25mm eyepiece and very difficult with the 10mm. Is this common for a new person to experience? Maybe poor viewing due to it not been dark enough? Can anyone you guys and girls offer some tips and words of encouragement as I'm a little disheartened as I expected more, newbie mistake? What's a good mount for using my smartphone to capture images? Here is the best of the moon I got and Jupiter
  4. The Meade 90 Mak was bought in error and the nice chap cancelled the order luckily! I've the Skywatcher Skymax 127 Mak coming later this week fingers crossed.
  5. Woops. I've just purchased a Skywatcher Skymax 127 Mak on a GoTo base. I think I will give the Meade 90mm Mak a once over and sell it on and keep SW 127mm Mak!
  6. That's the eBay listing picture LukeSkyWatcher. I know you guys said to avoid eBay and I could of gotten a 150mm Dob for the price I paid for this Meade but I think or at least hope having the Go To function will ease me in a little easier and avoid a little frustration trying to find things in the Sky. It could be a hunk of junk and the mount not work, but worst case is I might be able to repair the mount or just do something with the tube. Here are the rest of the images from the listing... I hope this turns out to be a good starter scope and in the months coming (besides it stops getting properly dark up here during the summer!) And then I can perhaps save up and buy something else.
  7. I've decided on a Mak... In the way of a Meade ETX 90 EC. Fingers crossed it's a good place to start!
  8. Thanks for all great in valuable feedback. I might have to have a re think taking onboard what has been said. How come the EQ mounts are a nightmare compared to Alt Az? Forgive my newbie question! Surely once alligned an EQ mount with slow motion controls should be easier to track an object versus a Alt Az? Is eBay not recommended due to potential problems with complex instruments that I wouldn't be aware of or know how to fix? It's just I can potentially get much larger aperture and possibly go to within budget. Around 130-150mm. If I buy new I'm 'only' looking a 114mm Dob or 130mm flex tube.
  9. Thanks guys, I would like do some simple imaging with my smart phone but nothing serious as I appreciate it's an expensive route to get decent results. At the moment I just want to get a setup and start visually observing and learning before investing lots of money into the imaging side of things.
  10. Hi there, I have come across this site a few times while researching about some scopes on eBay. I have recently started to get interested in Astronomy. My father use to have Russian made one many years ago that we observed the moon in. Now my sister has got a nice Sky-Watcher 130mm and I'm desperately wanting to join the fun and view the moon and Jupiter along with other planets. I'd quite like to take photos, Astrophotography but appreciate id need to spend considerably more on the mount and scope along with a DSLR! Offering up my smart phone will do for now though. I live just north of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands so I think I'll be in a good place to observe. My back garden has good views north and south. Unfortunately there are no telescope specialist shops locally, nor any used within budget so I have turned to eBay... I am a beginner and believe a Dobsionian mounted reflector is a good place to start but I feel an EQ mounted one would be better to learn from? There are no Dobs used on eBay that will post either! The scopes I'm watching are the following Sky-Watcher Explorer 130P Sky-Watcher Explorer 130P SynScan AZ GoTo (might be out of budget) Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ MD Sky-Watcher Heritage 114P Which out of them is the best for my needs? I am also watching a few Maksutov Cassegrain but not sure what these are compared to reflector scopes? My budget is around £200 max. Thank you, looking forward to being pointed in the correct direction and learning!
  11. Wow, so much information. It is mind boggling! Sub Dwarf, You mention the 150P, but ive come across the 200P on an EQ5 but its cheaper than the 150p on a EQ3? http://www.firstlightoptics.com/reflectors/skywatcher-explorer-200p-eq5.html But you mention to avoid the f5 type as its more fiddly? Super confused!
  12. Hello, I am unsure if this is based in the US or UK or where the majority of its member are so just in case, I am in the UK! A little bit of background, my wife and I are looking at getting our first telescope. My father used to have a 5-6" Reflector Tasco telescope when I was growing up, I was around 12-13 so did not really appreciate what I was seeing and my father didn’t use it much and it never sore the outside, was always used inside shooting through glass. I think it had an EQ mount and I never understood the wheels and weights on that thing! We live in a very street lit area and suffer a lot of light pollution (Bristol, UK), but the front windows look north ish and the rear south. Our budget is about £500.00 give or take a little which I think should be able to get us something decent? Because of our location I think we would need something that is reasonably easy to transport (We have an estate car) so we could get it outside and find places in and around Bristol where the light pollution is not so strong. Bearing that in mind that it must be fairly easy to transport, the next requirements (I think) are... We would like a motorised mount, one with 'GoTo' I believe it’s called? I think this would be a good idea as it would track the objects easier (The last time I used my father’s eq mount I was about 12 and I’m now 27!) but I feel a motorised mount would be a good step to track and find objects to get us hooked into the hobby quicker. (Although I have read this bad as you do not learn the sky?) Additionally I have read that a GoTo or more importantly, a motorised mount is good for Astrophotography. This is something I am very interested in, although I understand this it’s not something to just jump into. I however do have a good SLR (Canon EOS 550D) I would also rather spend a little more to get a telescope that I would 'grow into' rather than getting something smaller that we would grow out of quickly and have to upgrade to see further etc I think I have provided enough information for you more well informed and knowledgeable to offer some assistance in what I should be looking to buy? I have seen this by Skywatcher, any good? http://www.firstlightoptics.com/az-goto/skywatcher-skymax-127-synscan-az-goto.html Many thanks for reading this.
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