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  1. You'd probably need a 10" or 12" reflector with a good mount and a good idea of where to find it. You'd need to plot the sky and then repeat a few days later. The spot that has moved slightly is Pluto. If you do imaging, you might make do with a smaller scope and get away with an easier plotting. I think Pluto's apparent magnitude is around 14 or so, which means that you either need a big aperture or a fairly big aperture and a camera.
  2. Great read. Thank you. What made the read especially interesting is that tonight I had a similar experience. I tried out my new Skywatcher 150p for the first time, targeting Jupiter. Not the greatest seeing tonight, but with a 10mm I could clearly see some of the cloud bands and the four Galilean moons. What a lovely, lovely sight. Thinking I want to go outside again.
  3. I have my new scope and mount (which both arrived yesterday) still in their boxes, waiting to be assembled. I want to, but I'm also a bit anxious and can relate. What scares me the most is to collimate the optics and so I'm browsing the net for tips rather than setting it all up. I say, do it. I will, too.
  4. I'm new to the forum and to the art of handling a reasonably modern Newtonian, but not to astronomy. This site was very helpful when I agonised over which scope to choose (I lurked and read lots of old threads rather than repeating questions that had been asked before) and what accessories I need now vs later, so I decided to join and participate. So far, it's a very friendly and helpful forum, and I don't really have any suggestions at the moment. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone contributing.
  5. Has anyone tried these? As someone with astigmatism, this sounds like the ideal solution, depending on what they cost.
  6. odeon

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    My 150p arrived yesterday. Today, as I am sure is the rule with these things, it is cloudy.
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    Hi and welcome from another complete newbie here.
  8. odeon

    New from Sweden

    Thank you, everyone. Really looking forward to my scope (although a bit scared of collimating it for the first time).
  9. odeon

    New from Sweden

    Hi everyone, Having decided to rekindle my interest in astronomy and buy a scope--a Skywatcher Explorer 150p is on its way, a decision made in part after lurking here--the next logical step was to join this place. I work in IT (markup technologies, more precisely) but was once going to be an astronomer and so studied physics and astronomy at the uni. I was eventually persuaded to take another direction entirely with my life once I realised there were about 20 or so permanent astronomer positions in Sweden where I live, but I never really let go of my fascination for the universe. Now, decades later, I finally have the time (and money) to do something about it again. Looking forward to reading more here, and maybe writing an occasional post. All the best, Ari
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