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  1. Although it's a well loved and rated scope, I know I'm not alone in finding the focuser tricky for fine adjustments. I've read of DIY solutions involving clothes pegs, but I very quickly decided I needed to add a helical focuser. Made a real difference to my enjoyment of it.
  2. Hi Michael & Jaden, As others have suggested, tracking is a huge benefit for anyone who will be having "shared" viewing sessions with adults or any age/ability of child. The fact you can set the scope on a target and the object will stay in view for several minutes makes such a difference (speaking as a dad doings sessions with a now 7 year old for the last 3 years). My first scope was a small tabletop dobsonian mount but with motorised tracking (skywatcher Heritage Virtuoso) at around £180 if your budget would stretch to that. Comes in 2 versions - 114p Newtonian or 90 Mak. Bot
  3. Thanks. Have downloaded for a play later. Had previously given KStars a go and not got along very well.
  4. Thanks - and for the tip about sequator as I hadn't come across that before. Unfortunately (for astro stuff anyway) I'm a Mac user which is the other reason I've kept away from imaging as there seems to be a definite lack of Mac stacking software. And time. And technical skills. Which is why I stick to the single shot stuff. But please do PM me the settings you used and I'll maybe have a go over th Christmas break as I'm considering sticking a Windows partition on my Mac.
  5. Thanks very much for such a detailed reply - much appreciated. It explains a lot though as I'd assumed your shots were single images (or night mode style integrated "stacking"). It never even occurred to me that you could use a phone for that many images or use flats etc. I'd only ever been tempted to do something with video. Now I know the work and effort you put in I'm quite happy with mine I may be lured to the dark side of proper astrophotography eventually but for now I'll stick with point-and-click type images on my phone adaptor. But after your comment I'll give manual s
  6. Great pics. Can I ask what phone/settings you were using? I took some last night with 8” Dob and a Pixel3 using astrophotography mode but was having to stop the capture after a few seconds to stop overexposure and rotation. This was best I got but yours seem much crisper/sharper.
  7. Hi Synq, Firstly, I'm not into the astrophotography side of things, but I do have this camera. This is a bridge camera with a built-in long zoom (12x?), so there's no way to attach it directly to a scope like you would a DSLR. It's also probably too heavy/awkward to attach using a phone adapter behind an eyepiece. I think I tried at one point setting it up on a tripod behind a scope but was never able to align things correctly. If I remember correctly you'll also have the problem that the maximum exposure length is short to keep the sensor from overheating - 4 seconds maybe? As such
  8. Copy ordered from FLO for my 7 year old daughter. She'll love the book and the fact that a little boy only a little older than her wrote it.
  9. Unfortunately not. It seems to be rather a niche product - possibly because it limits the weight to small scopes. But if you have search on the forum you'll see there are quite a few of us very happy with it. It comes in two versions a 114mm newtonian and a 90mm Maksutov - both have their merits. But yes, stock before Christmas will definitely be an issue (as it will be for most good telescopes at the moment). I think the binoculars and cheaper tabletop is a good way to go if budget allows. There are a couple of 76mm tabletop ones available - a skywatcher heritage one and the celes
  10. Hi Alexiaqq2, As I've got a recently turned 7 year old who was the reason I bought my first telescope a couple of years back I thought my experience may be helpful... First, a few words on your telescope. I wouldn't comment on the optics etc without doing more googling, but I'd worry about it's usability for children just based on the size and shape of it. When on the tripod and looking high in the sky, the eyepiece is going to be locate at the top of the scope - likely to require kids to e standing on a stool etc to view. It's tricky for kids to look through an eyepiece at the best of
  11. Hi all, I'm unexpectedly about to become a the owner of an 8" Skywatcher Dob thanks to FLO's Black Friday sale. I know that depending on target height will be an issue fo ray 7 year old daughter who often observes with me. With my current tabletop mount we often attach a smartphone for basic pics and to let her see images on the screen rather than viewing through the eyepiece which she finds tricky. Anyone tried casting video from an android smartphone to a Chromecast device attached to a TV or some other way to live stream to a laptop etc? I thought of posting in the EEVA forum but that'
  12. Ok, so, thanks to FLO's Black Friday event I suddenly seem to find myself unexpectedly expecting the arrival of a Skywatcher Skyliner 200P. It was always a scope I intended to pick up at some point (doesn't everyone have have one in their scope history?) but hadn't been planning an immediate purchase. But given the current availability issues when a customer return popped up on offer I quickly hit the BUY button. Normally I'd have researched and worked out any accessories and new eyepieces required, but now need to do that in a bit of a rush. I've got various bits and pieces from a pre
  13. A few things in play here that affect the answer to that. In Glasgow I’ve certainly found it worthwhile getting the scope out for Jupiter and Saturn at times over the summer as long as you accept sessions will be late and fairly short. And shorter as you go further north. I’m in a pretty light polluted area, so even in the winter deep sky in objects are out of the question for me. But yes, if that’s what you are interested in, and your scope is capable of viewing them in winter, the lack of darkness in summer will rule out most of your targets. Personally though, I’m often happy with
  14. Hi samone, I’ve been very happy using the 127 on the Virtuoso mount. I’m just outside Glasgow so light pollution is pretty bad so my observing is largely the bright planets and the moon - which is why the mak was an attractive option. With my targets being low in the sky (for the foreseeable!) the issue of it hitting the base hasn’t been a problem If I was using the WiFi I think there is an option in there to limit the altitude to prevent any accidental bumps. I’ve just had a check and my diagonal makes contact with the base at 60 degrees - although I have a helical fine focuser in place bet
  15. I think you’ve done really well looking at the sky max and discovery options. Having been doing this with a 5 year old (now almost 7) having a scope that tracks makes a huge difference when sharing views. I’m also very happy with my Skymax 127 on a different mount although the narrow field of view definitely makes it tricker to locate things. You haven’t mentioned light pollution which may be the difference in your choice. If you are in a fairly urban area then you’re not going to see much in the way of DSOs anyway so go with the Mak, but if you’re rural the extra aperature of the 150 wo
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