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About rwilkey

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  1. rwilkey

    Hallo from Bavaria!

    Hi Pierre, welcome to SGL, I have friends in Augsburg so have been to Bavaria on a number of occasions, a lovely part of the country!
  2. Hi Chris, Equatorial mounts (EQ) are always difficult to use by beginners, they are not very intuitive in my opinion, I prefer to use AZ (alt-azimuth) mounts (simple up-down, left-right movement). This video by David Fuller may be of help to you:
  3. rwilkey

    Hello From Bristol. UK

    Hi rmw, welcome from me too just down the road from you!
  4. rwilkey

    Hello from England

    Hi Dave, and a warm welcolme from me here in rainy Swindon!
  5. rwilkey

    Eyepiece upgrade - TeleVue ?

    Hi Kev, the Baader Morpheus look very good for the price, not tried them yet but last week had the chance to try the Baader Aspheric eyepieces 31mm and 36mm, dead impressive for their price, very comfortable to use and good eye relief. Great for the lower powers needed for many DSO's, M45 was particularly impressive.
  6. Hi there Eric, welcome to the Lounge. I think the Sky Watcher Evostar 90AZ would be a good start, my wife and I started with a Meade 90mm AZ and had lots of fun. Yes, the image will be back to front but right way up (north at the top). You will need to travel to a dark site to see some of the DSO's in TLAO. Good luck with whatever you decide.
  7. Hi Steve, the choice of a telescope often depends on your viewing priorities, so if you want to view DSO's in particular, then a reflector is the way to go as larger apertures are cheaper when compared to other types. A refractor is more suited to Moon, planets, double stars and bright DSO's, but a dob is a good all-rounder with very powerful light-catching capability. For me, I went for both at different times and they have given me a lot of pleasure. Good luck in your choices!
  8. rwilkey

    Barlow x2 Eyepiece

    Hi there, the telescope already has a long focal length (1500) and to tell you the truth a Barlow may be of limited use, especially with shorter focal length eyepieces, for example, if you used it with the 10mm eyepiece that came with the scope then it would yield 300x mag, more than the telescope could reasonably handle (254X). But if you would definately like to get one then I would recommend the following StarGuider (in the middle price range): https://www.firstlightoptics.com/barlows/bst-starguider-2x-short-barlow-lens.html If you haven't already got one, I would recommend your first purchase should be a dew shield as Maks are prone to dewing up quickly, found here: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/dew-prevention/astrozap-flexible-dew-shield.html One more bit of advice, always buy your gear from an astronomy supplier like FLO, the Lounge's sponsors, you will always get great advice and exceptional service. Good luck with your new adventure!
  9. rwilkey

    Barlow x2 Eyepiece

    To help us help you, please let us know what telescope you have plus aperture and focal length, also whether 2" or 1.25" fitting focuser, what eyepieces came with the telescope, and also, importantly, your budget. Cheers.
  10. rwilkey

    Finally got back to the fold.

    Hi John, a very warm welcome back from me down south, I am very lucky to have a 100ED refractor, great views!
  11. Collimation is always difficult at first, but it gets easier as you get more practice, but not worry, the telescope rarely goes out of collimation, unless you are humping it about on a regular basis. I always used this guide from Astro-Baby as my bible: http://www.astro-baby.com/astrobaby/help/collimation-guide-newtonian-reflector/ Good luck with your choices and clear skies!
  12. Hi there Starry, you can upgrade your current eyepieces with BST StarGuiders, which have a wide eye lens element and are very comfortable to use, they also have a twist-up eyeguard which is most useful, they can be found here: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/bst-starguider-eyepieces.html As regards filters, I wouldn't worry about pursuing these at the moment, get some good experience at observing first of all. Filters come in several types: Moon filter - which reduces the glow of the Moon; Light Pollution filters, which reduce the glow of sodium street lighting; Narrow Band filters, such as UHC (ultra high contrast) and also OIII (Oxygen III), both these help you to view nebula more easily, so it depends on what your viewing priorities are; there are also colour filters which are supposed to enhance planetary detail, but to be honest I have found them of not too much use. The Skywatcher 200P is a great scope and will benefit greatly by improved after-market purchases. Have you got a collimating tool yet? If not this is a 'must' for reflector telescopes, they come in several flavours, but my favourite is the Cheshire found here: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/other-collimation-tools.html Good luck with any choices you make, we have all gone through the same experience!
  13. rwilkey

    New telescope

    The 200P on an EQ5 mount is an awesome telescope, great for fainter objects and DSO's, but it is a little bit heavy and not all that mobile. It is, of course, not very good for terrestrial, where a simiple point and shoot refractor would serve the purpose much better. I don't like EQ mounts and prefer AZ mounts for visual use. EQ mounts can sometimes be awkward to use, especially if you want to maintain polar alignment. On the question of GOTO, you can always do that later with an upgrade kit (though not cheap!) found here: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/skywatcher-mounts/synscan-pro-goto-version-3-upgrade-kit-for-eq5.html
  14. rwilkey

    Hi New beginner here!

    The Porta II mount is a lovely mount, but expensive but would easily carry a 90mm telescope. I agree with the store, the SW is the better option in my opinion. The AZ4 mount is also good, but does not have slo-mo controls which are very useful, which is why I went for the Porta II option.

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