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stormblooper

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  1. Found it on Saturday night with an 8" Dob w/ 25mm ep, moderate light pollution, but I could only barely see it with averted vision. Really looking forward to a chance to drive somewhere dark!
  2. No worries, sorry for being a bit sarcy ;-) Thx for the info.
  3. I'm a new owner of a Dob, and the couple of times I've had chance to take it out, there has been patchy clouds and occasional spots of rain. I wondered how catastrophic it is if you get any rain drops on your primary mirror? Is it something to absolutely avoid (and therefore not take your scope out if there's any chance of even a few spots), or is it OK just to promptly get your scope indoors if it starts?
  4. Thanks for the advice guys. I decided to grab a Telrad for now and see how I get on, and maybe get a RACI later if I need. It arrived at work, and somehow ended up (temporarily) being put to another use...
  5. Hi all, Yesterday got my first scope, a Skywatcher Skyliner 200P Dob, and had a great time last night with some amazing views! However, I found its straight-through finder scope really hard to use, especially for looking at things higher in the sky. The position required to look through it seems to put a massive strain on neck and back, and I couldn't do it for more than a few seconds at a time. Am I doing it wrong? Should I be getting a Telrad or RACI finder scope? I don't really know much about the various types. Thanks, -- Matt
  6. Hi, I'm thinking of getting my first telescope, hoping some experienced astronomers can share some advice ;-) I'm looking for something around £300. I'd like to view planets, the moon and deep space objects. I live in a town, but might be able to make some excursions to escape light pollution. I don't anticipate getting into photography any time soon. After a bit of research, I've come across a couple of options: * Skywatcher Skyliner 200P Dobsonian * Celestron NexStar 130 SLT The attraction of the NexStar is the SkyAlign + GoTo features: for a beginner like me, it seems like it might let you spend less time hunting for things, and more time looking at cool stuff. But I presume the trade-off is that the optics are going to be less good? I also wondered if Dobsonians are a pain to use, because I gather you have to keep nudging them periodically to track the sky's rotation? Or is it not really troublesome in practice? What would you guys suggest (or any other options)? Many thanks, -- Matt
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