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  1. Really insightful posts there. Aperture is king but a Dark Sky is the Queen. I live in a semi-rural part of Yorkshire. The LP isn't terrible, but it's still some way of a Dark site. In my short time of backyard visual astronomy I haven't managed to take my scope out to a proper Dark sky. It's something to look forward to in 2019. I'm planning on taking the scope out to the Yorkshire Dales, just need to find the time to do it although after reading these posts I'm more compelled to make the trip. As a new entrant into this hobby seeing the amount of variations in scopes available can be challenging, but the responses in this thread have provided with a little more insight. Thanks a lot.
  2. Hi, I am currently the proud owner of a 200p skywatcher dob. A great scope that has so far served me really well and I'm really happy with the whole learning experience I have had in 2018. But now I'm beginning to get the itch and I find myself on cloudy nights browsing other scopes and seeing what the next level might look like for me. One thing I consistently see is that some of the long thin scopes are often times in the 1000s of pounds. Which goes against what I'd previously held as an absolute truth: Aperture is king. So why are these long thin refractors so much more expensive, and how do they compare against the performance of a scope like the 200p dob? Thanks,
  3. You got some real nice gear there. How does the moonlite focuser help? I'm in a similar position to you, I'm thinking of upgrading my skywatcher 200p. I currently have a dobsonian mount so would need to upgrade that as well if I was going to get a lot more serious about AP.
  4. I have a skywatcher 200p as well. I was under the impression to get focused images with a DSLR you had to adjust the primary mirror up the tube. I haven't tried this yet so don't know. Until now I have kept my sessions mostly visual.
  5. Hi, I'm looking to upgrade my Skywatcher 200p dob. My budget is £600, and I would mainly being using the scope for visual gazing. Imaging isn't the priority for me right now, I'm still getting to grips with this hobby. I would like a bit more aperture, and I guess a dob is preferable unless the deal was for a scope with a mount etc. If you have something that is fit for purpose let me know. I live in the Yorkshire region so I can pick up from most places. Thanks,
  6. Cheers for the responses to that guys makes a lot of sense. Just a follow up question to this. If there was a 8" aperture scope vs a 6" aperture scope and they both magnified on an object by the same amount would the bigger aperture show a brighter image?
  7. Hi, I notice that when I'm observing and switching between my different eye pieces some give a dimmer image than others. In particular my 9mm eye piece gives a much dimmer image when compared to my 21 mm. Why does this happen?
  8. I can really relate to finding m13 difficult to spot there are so many stars in that region that are a trapezium. So far in my short experience I am yet to see it!
  9. Cheers Paul, Got myself a rigel which will hopefully arrive in the next couple of days. I went for the rigel because I heard the telrad is quite heavy, is that the case? If so it would add too much weight to the front of my scope.
  10. It's a 50mm one. Thanks for the advice I'll stay away from galactic nebulae for the time being. Thanks for the reply guys. It's heartening to hear that I'm not alone in the struggle. Shaan
  11. Hello, For those that don't know I am very green when it comes to star gazing. However, I have a great enthusiasm to try and bumble my way across the sky and see if I can stumble across something whether accidentally or intentionally. So my session on 12th September 2018 started out like all my 5 previous sessions started, collimating unnecessarily and checking the weather looking for a gap in the clouds. I got lucky, there was a window between 9 and 11 shown on the app, it actually turned out better than the app initially suggested which goes to show that even when we know a lot we don't always get it right. I placed my 200p dob outside 30 mins before at 830, went back in and started planning my session. I was determined to finally find M13, I haven't seen it yet, and in all my previous sessions I have dedicated almost an hour in each one to unsuccessfully finding it. I made a list of some others in my app including the double cluster in Perseus. I went outside, popped the dob on my shoulder and walked about 50 m to the bottom of my garden to a spot that provides the best views of the night sky. I sat down and got ready. The sky at this point was still in that end of twilight period where it's not yet fully dark but some of the brighter stars are beginning to show up. Not to worry I thought I'll get the finder scope on Vega and then gradually start working my way across to M13. So the way I do this is to make sure I'm at a place in the sky I know, like Vega, and then gradually looking through the finder scope star hop slowly matching the constellations I see with my sky safari app. I'm painstakingly working my way toward M13 and it's slow work, 20 minutes later I'm still there moving my telescope cm by cm. Through my finder scope I see a fuzzy glow. Strange, I thought to myself, it's what I thought M13 should look like but not where I thought M13 was supposed to be. Not really caring too much what it was I dived onto my 21mm lens and had a look through. It was a site to behold, the more I looked the more I could see. The density of stars was spectacular, I loved being able to stare into the middle and try pick out individual ones. This for me was a big moment because deep sky wise I have only ever been able to see Andromeda, with my star gazing confined to lunar and planetary. I checked my app, and discovered that I had stumbled onto M92, not purposefully but accidentally because it was on the way to M13. What's that saying about destination and journey? I got back down to my telescope to carry on my quest. Unfortunately I Knocked the telescope with a wayward elbow and went out of position. Not having the heart or resolve to carry on I decided to try a different target. So M13 remains to be ticked off for now. Onto the double cluster. This was a comparable walk in the park to find. Finding it only 15 minutes. I first started trying to find the W in the sky and I was going to work my way down. I struggled. I probably saw one of the stars from cassiopeia plenty of times through the finder scope but because it is so dense there I never really know for sure if its one of them or something else. I opted to approach it from the bottom. Mirfak is much easier for my to find so I started from there, and very quickly worked my way up to the double cluster. Again I was amazed, the view was spectacular, the stars looked crisp and I was really happy with the variety of stars I could see. I could make out some reds which was really cool. Lens wise, I was using a Baader Hyperion 68 Degree 21mm Eyepiece, the FOV was just about perfect, and the brightness was where I wanted to be. Here is where I started experimenting, I thought I would try out my 9mm Takahashi Abbe Orthoscopic eyepiece. I thought I would magnify onto one of the clusters and see them one at a time. I was disappointed, the brightness was less and I found the image I was seeing a lot less crisp. I don't know but I assume that such eyepieces are for mainly planetary observing. I popped back in my other eyepiece and carried on observing. By this point I was happy, and also cocksure. I thought i'll go tackle a Nebula next. I saw that the soul nebula was nearby and listed as a bright nebula, which made me think there was a chance I could see it. I failed miserably even with being in the right place with the right FOV and an Olll filter I couldn't see anything. Not too sure why, I just assume that nebula's are tough to see. I finished off going back to Andromeda in a way a child hood sweetheart of mine being the first deep sky object I ever found. I gazed at it's fuzzy obscure shape and reflected on my session "How far have I come, and how much further have I got to go." Attached are some really poor quality photos I took on my smartphone of the double cluster. They are incidentally some of the first images I have ever captured of the universe. Who knows I might be better in a years time, or I might not! Thanks and good luck with your observing, Shaan
  12. How about supplements. Is there anything quick an easy one can take to maintain or improve eye health?
  13. Unfortunately not. I think I'm gonna go binos, which will be easier to travel with as well.
  14. Just downloaded it. Thanks it looks really good. Somehow I'm struggling to visualise what an 18 inch dob looks like. It must give u incredible views. Agree that being able to see and accurate FOV is priceless like you said. Thanks,
  15. Hi, What software or apps do you use to help you get around the night sky easier? Currently I might use starmap on my phone to help me when I'm out observing and I recently downloaded sterllarium, but I'm still getting to grips with it. Thanks, Shaan
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