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  1. Well, I'm waiting for this to arrive in the mail from FLO i'm not sure if it will work on your 127, but I'm sure you'll find one if you google for it. Send a request to FLO and ask them, I find them very helpful.
  2. Aha I see, I was out the other night viewing the moon and Jupiter. I forgot my moon filter and thought "oh, what the heck!", so after a minute of viewing the moon bathed in sunlight, I was about as blind as a bat Talk about ruining your night vision in an easy go...
  3. On my Explorer 150PL's front dust cap, there are two small removable caps. 1.25" or 2" or so. Do they serve any viewing function or are they simply there for easier removal of the front dust cap?
  4. I see, Astro_Baby. Isn't that a Sky-Watcher I see on your profile picture? Mind if I ask which one it is?
  5. Why would it be tough call? what advantages do the PL have over the 150P and vice-versa?
  6. Also keep in mind, there's no up/down in space! Hoobz, do you have the 150P or PL? You said PL but your sig says P....
  7. I have the 150PL and it's quite sturdy on the EQ3-2 mount. I am however thinking of investing in a motorised focuser - when viewing at high magnifications, adjusting focus do create some vibration, although it isn't annoying. I believe I have seen somewhere barlow lenses that will flip the image upside/down again, but I'm not sure if the image is flipped horizontally.
  8. Out of curiosity: what's the biggest scope an EQ3-2 mount can handle, including adding potential counter weights if that's what it takes? I mean, can it handle a 200"? 250"?
  9. By the way, does anyone know what kind of eyepieces the two that comes with the 150PL are? FOV, etc? Got the same scope as you; how's the motorised focuser, samtheeagle?
  10. Hah, I can answer my own question An autofocuser would be nice...
  11. I know what you mean, it's beginning to dawn on me that buying a telescope is just buying the basic fundamentals. THEN you need all the accessories which costs about as much or more, if you're unlucky I have the Meade Series 4000 eyepieces and filters kit waiting for me in a NYC address, which a friend will pick up for me on his vacation and bring back. No customs or VAT - lovely. But THEN I realise I need motors and a collimator - and I'm starting to wonder, what will be next after that?
  12. Well, I've only had it for little over a month and thanks to the worst summer I can imagine, I haven't been able to use it too often. But when I have, it's been a joy to use. Not that I can compare it to anything else, mind you. I bought mine from Sweden (I'm in Norway), but I assume you're in the UK and Firstlightoptics sell this scope for £229 - a real bargain if you ask me. I paid £370 for mine in Sweden, but since there's little to no competition in Norway, the Explorer 150P (not PL) goes for around £500 here. Thiefs.
  13. I have the Explorer 150PL and am very happy with it. I had a look at Jupiter the other weekend, and was amazed that I could actually make out a fair amount of detail, for having both untrained eyes and a lot of atmosphere inbetween. I did a lot of enquery before I decided on the scope, and nomatter which forum I asked in, they all said the 150PL was a fantastic scope and I couldn't go wrong with it.
  14. Oh I see so Synta own both Orion and Sky Watcher? I found an article from 2005 saying they bought Celestron too... MikeP: Yes, one can find tons of info on web sites such as the one you mentioned, I'm just surprised that the Explorer series isn't even mentioned in some archived news/articles/support documents on Sky Watcher's own web site.
  15. I bought an Explorer 150PL about a month ago. Very happy with it. However, there's no info about it on Skywatcher's web site, nothing about the Explorer series at all, heck, if you search for explorer, you'll get zero hits. Nor on skywatchertelescope.net or skywatcherusa.com. I also noticed when googling, there seems to be no US stores carrying the Explorer brand, so does this mean the Explorer series are sold in Europe only, or has it a different name in the US or are the series discontinued? No big deal, I'm just curious.
  16. I feel like such an idiot newbie for asking, but I just have to be sure Regarding collimators for my Skywatcher 150PL newtonian, I guess that a laser collimator will be the best bet? Will any one do? In order to save an arm and a leg, I'm ordering from a US store (I'm having it all delivered to some friends in the US so no 'not shipping outside of the US and Canada' woes) and was actually thinking about the Meade Laser Collimator for Lightbridges. It's 1.25", says it will work on any Newtonian reflector scopes so now I feel even more silly, but will it do?
  17. After doing a lot of Googling (boy, sure is quiet at work nowadays!), I did actually set for the Meade Series 4000 set. Then I just now went back to this thread and remembered that most people recommended the Revelation eyepiece set, which is a lot cheaper. But, in a perfect world, would I chose the Revelation over the Meade or the other way around? EDIT: In a perfect world I would chose among a few eyepieces and not buy a kit at all, but I don't live in a such; I'm a beginner and there's no astro parties around here where I can try other people's eyepieces in my scope for comparison. So since I don't know what's best or what to expect, I'd rather "waste" money on a full blown set than an expensive eyepiece which doesn't suit my needs.
  18. Don't know if this has been discussed in other posts (didn't find any, though), but the badastronomy blog Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine has a story about some weird anomaly found on Saturn's F ring. Go check it out, there are som spectacular images taken by the Cassini spacecraft.
  19. Thanks, all. Mine's an f8, does that means the revelation set will work better?
  20. I just got my Explorer 150PL Saturday, but thanks (?) to a rather dull, grey sky I haven't gotten to use it yet. However, I do understand that I really should increase the eyepieces to more than the 10mm and 25mm that came with the telescope. I have read the tutorials/primers, but since I haven't had a chance to use the scope yet, I don't know what I can expect or what I should get. So maybe I'm jumping way ahead to conclusion on this, but I thought about simply purchasing a full kit, so I noticed the Celestron kit: Celestron Telescope Eyepiece and Filter Kit - 1.25 Inch Format - Telescope Accessories at Telescopes which at $139 is not bad (it'll cost more than $360 in Norway). Is this kit any good? But then I noticed the Zhumell kit at $99 Zhumell Telescope 1.25 Inch Eyepiece and Filter Kit - Telescope Accessories at Telescopes and wondered if I should go for this instead? The video review says it's quite good; but then again, I wouldn't know As for my 6" f/8, is there a general rule of thumb for which eyepieces I should own? Also, I saw on Skywatcher's web pages that you shouldn't wear an eye patch when looking through the scope, but instead get used to have both eyes open. I found having both eyes open, at least in daylight, very difficult to get used to, so I'm thinking of getting an eye patch. Do you use an eye patch or do Skywatcher have a point (due to risk of something called lazy eye)?
  21. The telescope is ordered and hopefully soon on it's way. Thank you all, you've been very helpfull! :-) Just one final question, why isn't it suitable for solar watching? If it's just no big deal, is there a solar filter that will fit, i.e. a generic 150mm like this one: http://www.telescopeplanet.co.uk/ViewProdDetails.asp?name=Kendrick%20Solar%20Filter%20for%20150mm%20to%20160mm%20Telescope&prod_code=PON08J000025
  22. Thank you all, the 150PL is settled. I almost landed on a Zhumell Z8 yesterday, because some US dealers had this going for $380 - 46% off the retail price. But sadly, they don't ship to Norway, and considering the optics in these and how shipped items are sometimes handled, I guess there's a reason for it. OTOH, why can't I find this telescope on Sky-Watcher's web site?
  23. Multiple questions coming, please bear with me I've never looked through the eye piece of a telescope, but I've been fascinated with the universe and astronomy since about the age of 6, and decided to buy a telescope now before I hit the age of 40. I've spent hours reading about the different types of telescopes, and has decided that the 150PL may suit my requirements, as well as being within a tolerable price range, although at the end of it (prices in Scandinavia seems to hoover quite a bit over UK prices). Specifications: EXPLORER-150PL (EQ3-2) 150mm (6") f/1200 Parabolic Newtonian Reflector Magnifications (with eyepieces supplied): x48, x96, x120 & x240 Highest Practical Power (Potential): x300 Diameter of Primary Mirror: 150mm Telescope Focal Length: 1200mm (f/8) Eyepieces Supplied (1.25"): 10mm & 25mm X2 Deluxe Barlow Lens 1.25" (with Camera Adaptor) Parabolic Primary Mirror 0.5mm Ultra-Thin Secondary Mirror Supports 6x30 Finderscope Direct SLR Camera Connection EQ3-2 Deluxe Equatorial Mount Built-in Polar Alignment Scope Holder Aluminium Tripod with Accessory Tray 33% more Light Gathering than 130mm What I am looking for is a telescope that I can watch the moon and planets with, as well as (and perhaps especially) DSO like galaxies - the latter hopefully more detailed than just a blur. I'd love to see the cloud bands on Jupiter. Since I have never looked through a telescope, I don't know what to expect, but am I right in assuming that the 150PL will be a good all-round telescope for these things? Is there a web page that shows you what you can expect to see with the different telescope types and sizes? I landed on the Explorer 150PL because no matter what I searched for and sites I visited, Sky-Watcher was always at the top rank in Google as well as being items in stock with most dealers. But, are there any other brands which are equal or better, or even ... cheaper? Is it suitable for watching the sun with a solar filter? And finally, I can't find the Explorer series at all on Sky-Watcher's web site. Are these a discontinued series or are they simply named differently in Europe from the US?
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