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  1. I remember the first time i saw saturns rings, it was an exiting moment probsbly due to the fact i was seeing something that was just not a round disc but had rings! This was through a cheap 60mm refractor, the image was very small and seeing conditions were very good that night. I have since moved onto a 200mm reflector so i am very looking forward to seeing saturn through the new scope
  2. Whenever the moon is out and interfering with looking for/at dso I try to tick some off the luna 100 list.
  3. What i trnd to do with some of the apps, skyview etc is to change the time and dates. I point the phone in the rough direction i will be observing say in the day time. Then by changing the dates and times i can see what will be in that area of sky in the future. For example i was planning a session for last night so was wondering where orion would be at 10pm so by changing the time i could see it would be low in the horizon below our house making it impossible to see. so this helps me plan my sessions a bit better.
  4. Well I certainly think collimating my skyliner 200p has made a big difference. I went out last night, seeing conditions weren't that great as the moon was out and not many stars were visible. I could even nearly read my star charts by moon light! Decided to try and have a good look at Jupiter as last time I looked at Jupiter was before the collimating. This time I could see a lot more detail but it was still a bit 'hazy' - anyone else see it as a bit hazy? But what I did see that amazed me was Io transiting Jupiter. Saw a black dot about half way across the planet, a quick look at an app on my phone confirmed what I was seeing, so very happy with last nights viewing.
  5. ^ I used a combination of the guide posted in this thread, astro babys guide and another guide I found. Its a straight forward process i can see, its just knowing what screws do what. I will have another go at some point, but like what has been said will I notice any difference.
  6. Well that did not go to plan. It was looking favourable at about 11pm, still plenty of small clouds but they looked to be clearing. Decided to go out to get a look at jupiter while the clouds fully cleared but they didnt. Instead more and more clouds appeared, then the fog came in!! so gave up and went to bed.
  7. I think i understand the collimating process now. It seemed very complicated when i first started reading about it but in reality it seemed quite easy when i had a go
  8. I have had a couple of clear skies but i needed to collimate the scope. Having never done it before i decided not to go out with the scope untill i learnt how to do it.
  9. Its not so much the tape but the holder its on. The hole is pretty much what I see through tue finderscope so i place that on the star chart
  10. Checked the weather earlier and around midnight looks to be 0% cloud. Also no work tomorrow means I can stay out as late as I want! Heading out in an hour or so armed with this, my trusty copy of sky atlas and my nearly empty roll of tape which is near enough the field of view of my finder scope. Wish me luck!!
  11. The next thing is figuring out how to do that. You said it will not effect the viewing so is it really necessary? I will still have a go though (i like learning :)) I have one central screw which i understand alters the distance of the secondary mirror to the primary thus enabling you to center the secondary in the focuser. I then have three allen screws to alternthe tilt of the secondary mirror. So what do I have to rotate the mirror?
  12. I think i know what you mean now. Are you refering to the dark ring that surrounds the smaller white circle with a dot in it. From my picture the black lone part that sticks out appears to point slightly down. Does this point to the right i.e. pointing towards the primary
  13. Hi thanks for that. Could you explain what you mean by 'the black offset points towards the primary'
  14. I have a skyliner 200p telescope. Just got myself a chesire to collimate. Could all you knowledgable people have a look at my before and after pictures to see if you think it is now collimated.
  15. Cloudy here in england as well. Its annoying just lately, blue skies all day then as it gets dark the clouds roll in