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  1. Just had the same dilemma myself for my 250px dob!! I was inclined towards a nice orange/gold one, till I had a good look at the scope and imagined it - all white with black trimmings, finder etc. So I thought it really should be black.

    The girlfriend originally thought pretty colours too, but came down on the side of black as well, and she's the style secretary :D

  2. I agree, you do get those awe inspiring realisations sometimes, this is such a great hobby despite the difficulties!

    I do just have to be a bit pedantic however so forgive me - photons have no mass :)

  3. Just setting up last night and uncapped the 10mm Ethos. As I held the bottom part, the 1.25" extension came away in my hand. It had somehow become unscrewed from the main body of the eyepiece.

    I just had visions of the fact that it could have happened just after I'd put it in the focuser - potentially a shattered secondary, primary and Ethos! Broke out into a sweat!

  4. Not exactly my first sessions with this kind of scope, but a rediscovery. I "upgraded" from a 250px dob to a goto version 18 months ago, and guess what, hardly used it as didn't enjoy the faff of setting up and electrics, and missed the fun of star hopping. So, the goto was ebay'd, and I took delivery of a shiny new 250px from FLO, and managed a couple of sessions so far.

    First one was at the local dark sky site last week. Unfortunately, anything faint was washed out by haze, which intermittently thickened to proper cloud, but we still took advantage of the huge skies there to catch some brighter objects. Jupiter showed great detail, with all four moons also on view, despite the low altitude and haze. Venus was beautifully clear at just under half phase. Mars kept coming and going in the cloud, but glimpsed it from time to time. And later on Saturn emerged from the gloom, always a lovely sight. We also enjoyed the moon, a few double stars, the Pleiades and the Beehive cluster.

    Then last night was my first chance to get out into the back garden with it, with the family also having a look. Crisp views of the Moon and also Mars showing detail this time. Had a look at a few doubles again (I like doubles!) and then Saturn peeked out from above a neighbouring roof, so stole the show again. Finished by spotting Vega low in the north, so swung the scope over there - very pretty twinkling with multicolours - and while I was there, split the double double at x120, a sign summer is on the way!!

    All in all, so so glad that I swapped back to this scope, it's such a great piece of kit. And I made money on the transaction, enough to place an order with FLO for a Moonlite focuser :) If anyone is still considering a dob but isn't sure, go for it!!

  5. I've used different scopes, and for me the dob is the easiest and most satisfying. Setting up is a matter of plonking the base down, putting the tube on top and securing with two screw in handles. Yes you have to find things yourself, but I find that's half the fun! Wixeys can help as suggested, but I just use a red dot finder to line up on a visible star and then star hop. There's enough friction such that a tap won't move the tube, and it becomes second nature to nudge and keep objects in view. We dob owners are enthusiastic because they're great :icon_salut:

  6. After selling my goto dob and buying a 10" manual, I'm in the lucky position of having made a bit of a profit, which obviously I intend to invest in toys for the scope ;) I'm currently thinking of a nice Moonlite focuser; having looked at that I just have a couple of queries, so wondered if any owners out there might be able to help.

    Do both the single and dual speed Moonlites fit 1.25" and 2" eyepieces? The standard SW focuser I've got allows me to get my eyepieces to focus easily, so would the standard 50mm travel be appropriate? I'd only be using it for visual. And does the installation kit fit the existing screw holes perfectly without the need for any drilling of the OTA at all?

    Thanks :)

  7. That was a 10mm, which gives a x120 magnification. I find that gives a nice general view of most objects. I do also have a 6mm William Optics SPL eyepiece, which I bought recently and wanted to try out, which gives x200 (about the highest useful magnification on most nights in this country) but - long story - I don't seem to have a 1.25" adapter for my focuser, so I couldn't!

    The 8" skyliner has the same focal length as the 10", so will give the same magnification for a given eyepiece.

    Choosing eyepieces is a minefield! First I could recommend reading this primer to give some background to the subject:


    Then I would try out the eyepieces first that came with the scope and see how you get on with them. A lot of people do then choose to upgrade in one way or another. And then there's an eyepiece for almost any budget! That WO one I've just bought was £69. Some people like the TMB planetary eyepieces which I think are a bit cheaper. Or you can go for something like the Skywatcher Nirvana, which are very very good for the price of around £130. The more meet ups you can have with folk, the more chance you'll get to look through different eyepieces.

    When you get to that stage, ask around on the eyepiece section of this forum, as you'll find folk who've used every conceivable eyepiece and have all sorts of opinions on them!

    Another point to note is that eyepieces often come up second hand, and are usually in very good condition.

  8. True, but you'll find the 200p is more forgiving when it comes to eyepieces than the 250px, as it's an f6 scope rather than f4.7. I did splash out when I bought those eyepieces a couple of years ago, and I love them, but while they're great, they're not 10 times as great as those costing 10 times less. You'll still get very good views without spending a fortune.

  9. I hear that people are always upgrading hence selling their old ones where is the best to look for one instead of brand new ??

    There used to be a great buy and sell section on here, but it closed last year, however it's supposed to be re-introduced when the board goes to new software soon.

    In the meantime, try UK Astro Buy Sell. Otherwise, it's ebay, but scopes seem to be going for silly prices on there at the moment. Having said that, you may pay over the odds for a second hand 200p dob anyway currently as there seems to be a supply problem on new scopes.

  10. Well, finally made it over to the farm for the first time in absolutely ages, and yes as Chris says, big let down with the cloud, but still enjoyed the massive skies there and seeing bright objects including those that would have been well behind the houses at home!

    Started off with some good views of Jupiter, which was surprisingly clear given its altitude, could see good banding and all four moons on show, before it was lost in the murk later. Almost "half moon" Venus, Mars and the wonder of Saturn completed the haul of four planets.

    Only bright clusters were worth doing, and we took in M45 and M44. Thanks to Steve! - he picked out M44 in seconds somehow from a large patch of apparently featureless haze between Gemini and a cloudy Leo!

    Hunted down plenty of double stars too, especially enjoyed gamma Leo. Fair few satellites spotted during the evening.

    Gave up around midnight in the end, and when I got home we just had white cloud cover.

    Cheers to everyone for a good night, yes hopefully properly clear skies soon :(

    viewing in wulfrunians dob has wavered me over to saving up for one what an awesome peice of kit

    Another possible dob convert :( can't beat them!!

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