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  1. Thanks again. The scope came with the Skywatcher 25mm and 10mm eyepieces. From what I have been reading the 10mm is alright to get you started, but seems to be the one most users replace first. My budget allowed for the Cheshire, Barlow and 7mm so I decided to get everything delivered together. This will be my set up for the foreseeable future. I have been reading up on what to look out for because it hasn't stopped raining since it was delivered! The section in the back of Turn Left should come in handy,and the polystyrene packaging has been stored in the loft ;-) The forecast looks a little more promising for tomorrow night at least
  2. Thank you all for the encouragement and good wishes. Once my daughter and I become competent with it and the sky we intend to have a star party and have friends and family around to see what is out there. We thought the 7mm eyepiece would be a good choice for planetary stuff in UK skies.
  3. Looking forward to getting out there with it. Its quite dark in my garden, but I'm only about a twenty minute drive from the Derwent reservoir too for some very dark skies. Should go in the back of a Fiesta with the seats folded down I reckon.
  4. Hi there, after much deliberation,hesitation and procrastination I have bitten the bullet and bought my first scope. Thanks to reading through multiple threads on this great resource I decided on the Skywatcher 200P Dob with additional Celestron eyepieces (7mm and a 2x Barlow). It arrived yesterday whilst I was at work from First Light Optics (great service). I thought it wise to get a Cheshire collimator at the same time. I knew it would be large after viewing some unboxings etc on YouTube, but when it has been assembled and is right there in front of you,wow,the thing is a beast! Everything builds up easily in no time at all, and the whole set up seems extremely robust and well made. Due to the bad weather in Co Durham I have not had the chance to align the finder scope yet or view the night sky. When the weather improves I hope to get back with a report of a complete newbies findings. I have been reading Turn Left at Orion and have found it invaluable, went straight to M31 with 10 x 50 bins. Thanks for all of the advice,and clear skies. Tim
  5. We had a drive up onto some moorland near our home at around 1145 to a dark spot. There was one car parked up already so we were tempted to drive on,but decided to risk it. Then another car arrived with a family on board and broke out the flasks...phew. Perfect clear skies and in 40 minutes or so counted 25+ Perseids,3 satellites and magical views of the Milky Way. It was a bit colder than we expected so maybe the pyjamas and dressing gowns weren't the best idea!
  6. I spent a good 45 minutes in the garden looking for it through binoculars (10 x 50) up and to the right above the central star in the W of Cassiopeia. I think I got it as a very faint grey smugde,and ony then with averted vision.Still,at least it is mild where we are tonight and I have a hedgehog for company.
  7. Cleared up nicely here and tried with binoculars but didn't manage to see it. Was looking at the Plough from 830 onwards. At least a shooting star zipped across my bins.
  8. Met Office forecast hopeful for my location. No telescope yet but will give it a try with binoculars. Thanks for the information :-)
  9. Thankyou all once again.Haven't seen a single star since I joined,and the five day forecast says I won't be until at least Monday. Ah well, the universe isn't going anywhere ;-)
  10. Thanks again for the warm welcome. I have been offered the chance for around the same budget an Orion Skyquest 14" Dobsonion from a colleague of my dads. I realise this is a great offer for this sort of equipment but I think it might be a bit too big and technical for my needs,experience level and obviously will not be very portable.
  11. Not a Donkey,an Alpha 55. I thought I was going mad there for a minute.
  12. Hello there, I have been lurking around this forum for a couple of weeks now picking up lots of useful information so I thought it was time I joined to say thankyou. I have always had an interest in the night sky but was always a little put off by the complexity of navigating around the stars and fumbling around in the dark with star charts etc,but since the advent of smart phones apps it has made things a lot more accessible to people like me who knew a few constellations but not much else. I am currently using 10 x 50 binoculars which are great for zipping around the sky but I am thinking about getting my first telescope over the coming months for my daughter and me when finances allow. Favourite at the moment is the Skywatcher 200P EQ-5 which seems to get the thumbs-up from pretty much everyone who has used it. I would also like to dabble in astrophotography eventually once I know what I am doing! I have a Sony Donkey which would hopefully be suitable for this. I live in a small village with a south facing garden and there isn't a great deal of light pollution so hopefully the Orion nebula should show up well on clear nights. I am reading through the Sky at Nights Beginners Guide to Astronomy magazine and am finding it very useful. Highly recommended. Well,that's about it,and thanks again for a great forum. Tim
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