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  1. The Geminids are one of my favourite showers. Rich, nice speed and great colour. Not so well-known as the Perseids but that's a seasonal thing I suppose.
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    Lunar altitude.

    No, because the lunar orbit is not in the same plane as the Earth's orbit around the Sun. So it varies up to 10 degrees if I remember correctly. Good question though!
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    A Spectrum of Comet 46P Wirtanen

    This is very interesting, thanks for sharing! Can anything be concluded from the reflectance spectrum? Like dust components or density?
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    Don't know what your means of transportation is, but there are some reasonably dark locations in Flevoland and on the Afsluitdijk. In general, the northern parts of The Netherlands have the best skies you can get here.
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    Sky-Watcher Skyliner 200p

    I second the advice to first start observing and learn your telescope before deciding on accessoires. If it turns out you like deep-sky observing, a nice narrowband filter (UHC type) is a great addition to your set-up. If you're more of a plantetary or double star observer, a barlow of focal extender might be a good investment. Just enjoy your new scope, and you'll undoubtedly discover what kind of accessoires you need.
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    Sky-Watcher Skyliner 200p

    A Skyliner 200P is a great all-round scope that will perform fine on both solar system and deep-sky objects. Keep in mind that the tube is very large and the base is quite heavy, it might be a bit inconvenient if you need to move it around a lot. I have no trouble myself with the size and weight of this scope, but it's something to keep in mind. The eyepieces included are good enough to get you started and there's an incredible amount of nice objects to observe with an 8".
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    Skyliner 150 or 200p?

    Absolutely, this has 'dobson' written all over it. Both Skyliners are great scopes at a decent price, including fairly good two eyepieces. I'd still go for a 200p because of the larger light-gathering power and better resolution, but it's indeed a bit more expensive than the 150.
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    Skyliner 150 or 200p?

    If the difference in weight doesn't matter to you, I'd recommend the 200p. It's faster than the 150p, but holds its collimation very well. The planetary views are more detailed and there are lots of other objects visible that cannot be seen with a 150 mm Skyliner.
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    Name That Constellation

    If this is true, pattern matching would be very difficult. Stars are usually scaled by brightness, not distance, on star charts. I tried to match the position of the planets and some minor planets in October to this image without convincing results. An idea of scale may help a lot.
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    Quick naked-eye report, and a bit of darkness quality

    Thanks for sharing, very curious to see the results of your measurements. I take readings using my SQM-L for quite some time now on different observing sites. Very interesting to see day-to-day variations and the effect of moon phase and twilight. Mirfak and its neighbouring stars are a real open cluster, also known als Alpha Persei Cluster, Melotte 20 or Collinder 39. A beautiful sight naked eye or using binoculars. Is about 550 light-years distant.
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    A distant Mars!

    Really great picture, a lot of detail! I love how much phase can actually be seen on an 'outer' planet.
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    Which eyepiece is best for me?

    If you mean a 3x-5x barlow: that will give you far too much magnification for that scope under normal circumstances.
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    Dark Skies and the moon

    There's a lot more to see without moonlight, that's for sure. But there's enough 'left' to focus on: planets, the brighter open clusters, double stars, carbon stars, the Moon itself. But if your aim is to observe faint nebulae and galaxies, I'd recommend to pick out another night.
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    Which eyepiece is best for me?

    Why another thread? The supplied eyepieces are fine to start with. Maybe a barlow to get a bit more magnification. But as far as budget eyepieces are concerned: they come with the scope.
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    Which Lense to buy

    As far as I know the standard eyepieces shipped with the Skyliner 250px are superplössls too. They're fine to start with, to build up experience and to find out what the next step will be.

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