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Everything posted by PlanetGazer

  1. 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
  2. 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!
  3. which one was more comfortable in your opinion? I wear glasses and consider this an important factor.
  4. You reckon they'll be better than the 5mm Celestron X-Cel LX Series Eyepiece?
  5. 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.
  6. Seems the best choice so far. Very good price too!Sent from my C6903 using Tapatalk
  7. Looks as if it was designed for this purpose! Nice find
  8. 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.
  9. Thanks everyone for the warm welcome
  10. Looks nice, but 129 Euros is a bit overpriced I think!
  11. I don't think I mind the FOV yet, but I do care about eye relief, not sure what EP will fit this category. Thinking of the 5mm Celestron X-Cel LX, any other ideas?
  12. I'm having the same problem, I bough the 130M Skywatcher and a red dot finder came with the telescope, I'm assuming it's the SW RDF. I can't align it with the telescope at all! The target is to the left of RDF and the RDF is on the maximum left , it can't reach it.
  13. PlanetGazer

    Hello There!

    Well it's about time I say hi to all. I've been here for a while but never posted in the welcome section. Here goes,,, Hiiiiii I really like the forum and how friendly, helpful and down to earth the members are. I'm enjoying my time here and gaining knowledge from experienced members. I would like to be part of this community. I find astronomy very interesting but I'm only a beginner. So go easy on me when you see me puzzled. AB
  14. I can see that for some it's not a hobby anymore, it's their life as well! I envy you
  15. Thanks for the replies all. I'm just not familiar with design names for the EPs and their specs. Would like to know the order from top to bottom, based on performance and FOV, like where does the plossil come in place? I do get your point, why not have the shortcut and save the money. But you'll never be confident enough to make that jump, you'll have to take it step by step , that's our nature X(
  16. May I ask why ethos? Im in the same postion, and would like to know mote about EPs
  17. Seems like a nice app, just wondering why would the app ask for "Phone Calls permission: Read device state and identity" when trying to install?
  18. Can you show us an image of the dirty primary mirror, because I've noticed a bit of dust on mine and not sure when do I need to start cleaning and how to as well. I just want to ignore cleaning it until I'm sure I can do it right. I'll get a picture of the primary later on.
  19. They are inside the eye not the surface. In the vitreous humour to be precise. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floater
  20. If I were you, I would stretch the budget a bit to get the 8" 200mm Dob rather than the 150 mm. I'm a beginner like your self, I chose the 130M (http://www.firstlightoptics.com/reflectors/skywatcher-explorer-130m.html) and I quickly have grown out of it, it's a nice scope for a beginner but if you think you will take this as a regular hobby you quickly realize that you want a bigger aperture and the 200 dob is a fine choice. http://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians/skywatcher-skyliner-200p-dobsonian.html know that dobs are not the best for astrophotography, while Equatorial telescopes are the best for ease of tracking and thus astrophotography.
  21. Great post esxste! Just to add a video explanation for the same mentioned in the instructive post, plus a video that will explain how to use the EQ mount after you set it up.
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