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  1. sorry for this question, but won't the shield extend the focal length of the telescope? which could be an advantage for fast telscopes
  2. Thanks! Very good info. I already use a LP filter and observe objects that are only high and at a manageable angle, to tackle the atmosphere and LP issues. I will consider flocking and using a cloth, wonder what will my neighbors think of the blanket xD
  3. Would love to hear about the arts and crafts that would reduce the effects of Light Pollution
  4. Note that this is a Push to and not a GoTo, a goto track the object, while a Push to shows vertical and horizontal arrows pointing to the object for you to find. For your budget I would go for the scope in the below quote (250 Dob) , or maybe the 200 Dob with savings for other accessories. If this is your first scope, visit a shop or local society to try. Maybe consider a small scope to try before spending this budget. Best of luck
  5. not planing to use this magnification on my current scope. I just ordered a 10 inch dob and will give this magnification a go. though a Barlow is always welcomed, specially when it has a different magnification magnitude (2.25), could be combined with the 18mm & 32mm , to give "equivalent" eyepiece powers that I don't have (8 & 14 ) Thanks for the heads up, will use it on a bigger scope. Thank you John, a well informative review!
  6. Thanks for the feedback As for the 6mm I agree it's redundant, but could be better with a Barlow than the 5 mm I already have? though It will be cheaper to buy the whole set than get the pieces and turret individually
  7. So I stumbled upon the Baader Classic Eyepiece Set with Q Turret, https://www.firstlightoptics.com/eyepiece-sets/baader-classic-eyepiece-set-with-turret.html The content of the set: Baader 2.25X Q Barlow Classic Ortho 6mm Classic Ortho 10mm Classic Ortho 18mm Classic Plossl 32mm Q-Turret quad eyepiece revolver Baader Astro Box What I currently own: - Standard SkyWatcher 25 mm EP and the 10mm EP -Standard SW 2X barrlow (which i hear is good?) - The 5mm Celestron X-Cel LX EP I'm not familiar with quality of EPs, and have a weak background in this subject. I'm considering the set but not sure if they are worth the price? I currently use the SW 130 EQ2, but considering the SW 250 Flextube dob, which is F 4.7, are the Badeer sets good enough for the F 4.7 telescope?
  8. An update: I think I have been hit by aperture fever! Thanks to some of the comments here, I have changed my mind to the 10 inch dob and have stretched my budget xD I'm seriously thinking of buying the 250px SW Goto now, I've settled on the decision of buying a GoTo at some-point , tracking of objects is something I'm keen on, so I guess I should get it on the 10 inch I'm planning to buy. What do you think? Am I going crazy? is it worth the price or should I wait for a better time to buy? I appreciate your criticism and honest opinion.
  9. Straight to the topic: This may affect our skies and our hobby completely. The video:
  10. oh well, you are making me scratch my head for the 10 inch dobs, although not sure about their portability and ease of transport. The bresser base looks more fancy, but not worth the price difference compared to SW 10 Dob, imo.
  11. I think his point of a solid tube, was to have the option of using it on an EQ mount, since the eq mount connect to rings that hold the tube with friction.
  12. Further to what you have posted, I also found a goto one, but it's very expensive ! https://www.amazon.com/Orion-10134-Computerized-Dobsonian-Telescope/dp/B003E8K53C Did you buy the stand separately? Or did it came with another telescope?
  13. Sir, what you have done there is amazing! After reading your reply, I'm having second thoughts about the flex tube, but still would love a GoTo, which makes me wonder why I never found an 8 solid tube dob with a GoTo, how hard is it to assemble a GoTo to dub? wonder if GoTos are sold separately anyway?! Thank you all for the advise!
  14. well my max budget is 750 quid, but would be nice if I can get a 200mm with third the price. I agree the GoTo 42,000 objects is amazing feature. thank you for the feedback! wow amazing, any topics on how you built your self an EQ mount for it?
  15. I would not consider AP seriously at the moment, and would prioritise the convenience of a dob for the time being. I have an SWatcher 130 with an EQ mount. Thanks of the replies, and can use that Great to hear that! I would have to research EEVA more and I agree, flex would be more convenient for the car I have, but having the flex extended most of the time is not what I would I do where I live atm, dust is annoying here. May I ask why would the flex tubes bad for collimation? collapsing the tube disrupt the mirror? I read your point, but for me personally, I wouldn't go for larger than an 8 inch for portability reasons, and having a Dob is something I have been considering for a long time. I like the idea of tube rings for Dobs! found it https://www.bresser.de/en/Brand/Bresser/BRESSER-Messier-8-Dobsonian.html However, as I said, I'm not looking for an EQ, I know they are much better for tracking , but as you said the GoTo can help a little bit in tracking, I guess you convinced me of the Goto feature. I'm leaning towards the Sky-Watcher Skyliner 200P FlexTube GOTO
  16. Good Afternoon to all, Glad to be back to this community, after a period of inactivity in my best hobby. I may need your thoughts and help as I'm thinking of buying one of these 200mm/8inch Dobs: * Sky-Watcher Skyliner 200P Dobsonian ( £275 ) https://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians/skywatcher-skyliner-200p-dobsonian.html * Sky-Watcher Skyliner 200P FlexTube GOTO ( £749 ) https://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians/skywatcher-skyliner-200p-flextube-goto.html Both are Skywatcher 8 inch dobs, only difference is the collapsible/flex tube + the GoTo, as far as I know. The price difference is relatively huge, I understand that these two features are game changing but is it worth the difference? (roughly £90 for the added flex feature and £400 for adding a GoTo to a telescope) Personally, I'm after the flex-tube feature and couldn't find an 200 flex dob with no GoTo, which made me consider having a GoTo feature. Will the GoTo feature track an object ? as this may help me if I ever consider astro-photography. On another note, is it possible to add a GoTo to a dob stand later on? You help is much appreciated!
  17. which one was more comfortable in your opinion? I wear glasses and consider this an important factor.
  18. You reckon they'll be better than the 5mm Celestron X-Cel LX Series Eyepiece?
  19. Good Afternoon I was searching the web and i came across this EP Agena 1.25" Starguider Dual ED Eyepiece 60-deg AFOV, FMC - 5mm which happens to be very similar to the 1.25'' 5mm BST Explorer Dual ED eyepiece Branded ''Starguider'' . Wondering if they are the same specs,manufacture and quality but branded differently for US and UK ? Has anyone tried the Agena? I'm asking this because I still can't make up my mind for the 5mm EP I'm after. I have been told the BST 5mm is very good for the price, yet I can't find it locally, and that's why I'm looking at the Agena. and I'm also considering the Celestron X-Cel LX Series Eyepiece - 1.25-Inch 5mm. Which one do you recommend? your help is much appreciated.
  20. Seems the best choice so far. Very good price too!Sent from my C6903 using Tapatalk
  21. Looks as if it was designed for this purpose! Nice find
  22. I think part of the enjoyment is learning your war around the sky rather than using a goto, so for me I like it the hard way.
  23. Thanks everyone for the warm welcome
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