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Everything posted by philipw

  1. I struggled a bit to find these two but did find Andromeda. Pointed it out to other half then explained that there are 1 trillion stars in that galaxy and other bumf from Wiki.. We were both astonished. How does your head not explode when you think about the vastness of space?
  2. Thank you! This pretty much took me straight to them. Brilliant!
  3. I've been out with my 200p dob having a poke around the skies. Lovely view of Orion and Pleiades. Tried to find Rosetta but no luck. I thought I would be able to see M81 & M82 though my telescope, but couldn't find anything. is it possible and what should I be looking for? I have a romantic idea of seeing a nice swirly group of stars, but not a sausage.
  4. Based near Exeter - looking for good Binoviewer, Williams Optics or such like. Ta muchly!
  5. I'm 5ft8, so even with the skywatcher 12" i'm going to need a box to stand on?
  6. Can anyone explain to me in layman's terms what the Nexus push-to is? How would it work with my Dob 200p (hopefully soon buying 300p). Thanks!
  7. That's a beast, the flexitube 300p from SkyWatcher should be a bit easier to manoeuvre?
  8. Thanks everyone. I am still thinking the 300p SkyWatcher dob is what I will go for, thinking I might even put up a little shed in the garden to put it in. At £800 for a brand new one I think it's a good way of seeing more up there. Very interested in Binoviewing, but am I right in thinking I would then have to double up on all of the lenses I've got? THat might get expensive! I do like the idea of something specifically for planetary viewing, that I could perhaps dip toe in to taking pictures, nothing fancy, just to annoy the family with photo's of what I've seen.
  9. THis sounds really interesting, I'll give it a try before I buy another telescope. Although I am liking the idea of getting better images of planets and maybe even taking some photos..
  10. I'm not particularly wedded to a type, would like to get better planetary views, it's what I stare open mouthed at on a clear night with my 200p although I am interested in looking deeper but that's not the primary reason I want to upgrade so I will look at the one's you've suggested. thanks!
  11. I've been thinking about a shed in the garden with a removable roof. The 200p has been great, come on camping trips with me, fits perfectly across the back seats. I'll definitely be keeping it.
  12. I'll just have to be quicker dragging my other half from the sofa to come out and see something before it's vanished! Having the dob has really helped me find my way around the sky though.
  13. The one I would buy is the flexitube, it looks less cumbersome even less so than my current 200. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians/skywatcher-skyliner-300p-flextube-dobsonian.html
  14. Thanks for your quick reply John! Is there anything else for the same money or thereabouts that would be worth considering?
  15. I'm a bit of a fair-weather observer, having had my Sky Watcher 200p dobsonian for about 3 years, and seen some incredibly things in much more detail than I hoped - I am wondering now whether to upgrade and get something bigger. I've seen the 300p Sky Watcher for about £800 and I was wondering if this would be a sensible step up and whether it would provide much more detail of planets? Thanks!
  16. philipw

    Hello! (again)

    Scrap that.. I've found my original account! Hello anyway
  17. SO getting my laptop serviced, windows 8 installed and memory upgraded is more expensive than buuying a new laptop....

  18. Hi, the 200p dob is my first scope. I procrastinated about what to buy for about a year, spent way too much time looking into options. I wish I had bought this ages ago! Pros are, well I think you get a lot of bang for your buck. It's easy to set up and for observing which is all I'm really interested in it is fantastic (although admittedly I don't have any comparison). The first thing I saw through it was jupiter. Wow! Even when I lived in London I got a great view. 2 clear striped and all 4 moons. As for the moon, well it's just amazing. I feel like I can reach out and touch it. I've just bought some new EPs and they have made such a difference, improved on what I was already awestruck at seeing. As a newbie, I don't know my way around the sky yet so I use Stelarium. I have found it easy to find and track objects. Important to say for a beginner, you don't see what you see in books. Our eyes can't process all the color so for example Orion nebula looks like a silver mistly cloud with some stars in it. you don't see the wonderful colors that are captured through astro photography. Cons - Not many. It's not pocket sized so you need a corner for it to sit it when not being used, then lugging it about can be a bit cumbersome (well for 5ft8 me it is!) I've no regrets with my 200p dob. I have seen more than I ever thought I would and importantly it has captured my imagination and had me out in the garden (especially now I've moved to dark Devon) whenever there is a clear night. In summary... BUY IT!..
  19. Ok I've gone a bit off track and bought a used William Optic 6mm SPL (good comments about it on here), they're £69 on FLO and I've got it for £40. It's in unused condition so the chap says. I just need to get a 32mm and then I'll put my credit card away...
  20. Charic I see you have the same scope as me, I did wonder about the 5mm BST but wondered if that was stretching the scopes abilities a bit, I thought 6mm was the max I could go for. Am I wrong? If so I'll get the BST 5mm.
  21. Actually before I hit the 'buy' button, can anyone recommend plossl lenses, there's a lot to choose from!
  22. Thanks chaps. I've just bought a 3.2 and 32mm Skywatcher Plossl lense from FLO, they're 20 quid each! Probably the lower end of the quality spectrum but will be a welcome addition to my expanding lense kit! Just realised FLO are actually up the road from me too.
  23. I got a new 8mm, 18mm and x3 Barlow BST Starguider EPs. Chuffed! Oh yes indeed! I've been out the last 2 nights with rather lovely cold clear nights in South Devon. Both eyepieces are such an improvement on the bog standards I got with the scope. Sure the magnification is better but what I can see just feels crisper. Orion through the 8mm is just beautiful. The moon through both EPs again so clear and detailed. I think I got Neptune too! A tiny but very blue disc. Very happy indeed. I am quite new to this but I am already thinking of upgrading my scope to the 250. I am not entirely sure what I can use the Barlow for and would really value some guidance. Also is 8mm the limit for my scope, could I get a 6mm? would it make any difference to what I can see through the 8mm? Think I will be out for a while now, Jupiter should be coming up soon, never get bored of looking at that. P
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