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  1. Finally been to a shop & had a really useful conversation with no had sell etc. I have decided that the Nexstar evolution is the way to go. Debating between the 8 & 9.25 but leaning towards the later at present...
  2. Thanks guys. Going to try some out in a shop on Friday. Shall report back after that....
  3. Thanks guys. Nexus looks interesting. If not a goto is the way forward. Like the look of the avx mount but slightly intimidated by it. Need to have a look at one in a shop! Thanks,
  4. Had thought of that - was thinking that a equatorial mount me be too complicated & hard to set up? I like the relative 'simplicity' of the Nexstar setup. Would it fit on a Celestron Advanced VX mount? Is that easier to align?
  5. Hi Guys, Would like some advice please. I have been interested in Astronomy for a few years & bought a 200p Dob after spending time on this forum etc. Had some good sites through this - especially plants as well as some stars but have failed to really view many DSOs. My problem is I can't star hop well. I know the advice is going to be stick with it, it takes time, I couldn't do it to start etc but I have limited time to master this. I visited my nearest astronomy shop to discuss alternatives - I was particularly interested in n Nexstar evolution 8. I thought that the GOTO function would be great to see some of the DSOs & help me see more of the wonders of the solar system! They tried to put me off this - saying that a SCT is not good for DSOs & only for planetary stuff & that I should get a used GOTO 200p Dob that they had in as an ex-demo - a skywatcher flex-tube. I have read mixed reviews on this & still am keen on the Evo. I have some star maps & a Tetrad but really struggle to see the same view in the viewfinder as the map. I can find stars reasonably well but then get lost! I really on sat nav in my car & wonder if GOTO would help. I am not interested in AP - the most I may do is get a webcam type device. Any thoughts or advice? Thanks,
  6. From a fellow new 200p owner, welcome. Only used mine twice but enjoyed both outings! Weather forecast is bad at present so may be sometime before viewing again but look forward to hearing your first light experience. Enjoy! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Thanks guys. Using sky safari 4 - an excellent program & have TLAO as well as star watch - both great & prefer the latter. The water but base looks great & agree, will put the eyepiece at a better level. Next time we have clear skies shall try to find M13 - forecast rain for the next week :-( Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks guys - have posted my first light report: http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/217557-first-light-sw-200p-dob/ A lot to learn but a good nights viewing :-) Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Well, my first proper go with my first telescope. A fun night viewing but a lot to learn. Planetary viewing was good - Jupiter was seen but not much detail due to light pollution & really low in the sky. Mars was bright & definitely red. Saturn stole the show - clear views & think could see 2 rings with a darker band across the centre of the planet. My max lens was a 10mm - I think that it could have coped with more magnification? Then tried some stars. Spica, Arcturus (really bright) & vega. Tried to split Izar but no joy with that. The telescope: good light bucket and easy to move, though not always completely smooth to move with some jerkiness. Telrad was good for finding stars but fainter ones were problematic due to red 'target' and dew. Dew was a big issue & the telrad came off in the end due to the dew. Didn't manage to get a good position for the telrad - finder scope got in the way - should I ditch this?? No DSOs seen despite a few attempts - more to thus than meets the eye! Overall an enjoyable first light - need to get a good position for the telrad & persevere with DSOs! I had planned the viewing but was still difficult. I hope to get better at this..... Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. Well, am now a fully payed up member of the dob brigade! Received the scoop last weekend, set it up and managed a v brief session with it last week! Managed to see Saturn which was amazing! Hoping that will have clear skies today so can get my telrad sorted & go star hopping tonight. Have a plan in place so fingers crossed! Many thanks for all the posts helping me so far and am sure will have lots more to ask re equipment, star charts etc.... Clear skies... Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. Saw my first Saturn last night too - really exciting. Can't wait to see it again - hopefully tonight :-) Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. Sky Safari 4 is fantastic Luminos is also really good Don't like the lack of landscape mode in stellarium Sky walker et al more basic than sky safari Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. Thanks for the replies & apologies in advanced for any cloudy weather! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  14. Thanks Charic, am avoiding getting many extras. The Rigel to help with star hoping and have stellarium but pref sky Safari 4 on the iPad - great piece of software. Excited to continue to learn about & navigate the sky....what interested me in the beginning, along with the physics of it all! A friend is going to lend me some eye pieces - don't know much about them all yet but will keep your suggestion in mind - is this one that has some magnification but not too much and keeps a decent FOV? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  15. Thanks Brantuk - one of the reasons for finally going for the Dob was so I can try star hopping etc. been trying it with Bins - only problem with the LP was couldn't see the intended object that was searching. I have bought a Rigel to help with this.... Can't wait to see if I can do any better - can't blame the equipment now :-) Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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