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  1. Thank you for answering my question. I will order one then, I don't like the focuser the way it is on my scope.
  2. I got my scope a couple weeks ago (Second hand Explorer 150P) which I collected from Nottingham and drove it back to Manchester. After the car journey my mirrors were out by quite a bit and I was in the same situation as you as I wasn't sure how to use my Cheshire Collimator. I used the above video from youtube and had my scope collimated within about ten minutes. Here's the link again: If you still have no luck, maybe you could ask someone to show you how to collimate at your local astronomy society. This link may be useful to you: http://www.cornwallas.org.uk/ Good luck, Craig.
  3. As others have said, first align your finder scope, preferably in daylight. Astro-babys collimation guide is really good but I found this really easy to understand, it gives instructions for the standard & laser collimator.Craig.
  4. I'm thinking of buying either this or the SkyWatcher Auto Focuser for my SW Explorer 150P. Do you still have this fitted to your scope and if so, what do you think of it and would you recommend it? Thanks, Craig.
  5. Hi, I recently purchased a second hand 'Skywatcher Explorer 150P' which is in perfect condition but was missing the finderscope O-Ring. After some research I can see that this is common as the O-Rings will become brittle and break over time but I couldn't seem to find any telescope suppliers that sell replacements. I ended up buying some of an auction site but because I weren't sure about the exact size that I needed, I bought three different sizes that I thought may fit. Luckily one of the sizes do fit perfectly and the link for anybody else who needs them is below . 6x30 findercope O-Ring - 27MM ID X 2MM C/S Craig.
  6. Edit: Does fit, just me being a noob lol
  7. Thank you all for the welcome messages and thanks John for recommending the Stellarium software. I have just bought a dew shield but it's too big. The shield isn't made for my scope but because It was advertised as being 6" I thought it would fit the Explorer 150 but it's actually just over 7" diameter . I'm going to add another strip of velcro to reduce the size. This is the one I got: Astrozap Flexible Dew Shield - 6" LXD 75 SN so if anybody else has the 150P, don't make the mistake of thinking the shield will fit as I did. Craig.
  8. Hi, My name is Craig, I'm 31 years old and from Bolton. I'm new to astronomy and for my first scope I have just picked up a second hand Sky-watcher Explorer 150P for £120 . I can't wait for these clouds to go away lol.
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