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  1. I have two skywatcher dobs, an 8" (200p) and 12" (300p) which is a flexi goto The 12" flexi goto is on the limits of a single person being able to move it around within small distances taking the tube off the base If you can live with a 12" then thats the one to get - pic shows size comparison between the two, the 300p is on a dolly making it look taller than it actually is
  2. Yep same here once I fitted a telrad and RACI it made a word of difference
  3. PaulM

    Hello from Norway! :)

    Welcome to SGL
  4. I'm pretty new to astronomy and bought my dobs a few months back, an 8" and then I bought a 12" goto Firstly, rather than dwell on equipment (you have a lot already) at this early stage (I did) get out there and start observing and learning the sky. Purchase a good star atlas and get into the routine of getting the scope out and ready and using the equipment you have and prep each observation session beforehand so you have a list of objects to observe and get the most out of your observing time Also download Stellarium (mobile\PC\laptop) and SkySafari (mobile) to help getting to know the sky Have fun !
  5. Managed to get out for just over an hour last night, first clear night in over a week and no moon with the 300p Goto SW Skyline so a small report after a very long day on the road visiting family in Cumbria Firstly I've fitted a low profile dual speed crayford focuser a few days ago. Was more fiddly to fit than expected, bottom two screws are a little akward but overall a 10 minute job to replace the standard focuser. As its low profile I extended the drawtube extension to get focus. This is a great enhancement to the 300p, apart from making the focusing more precise as you would expect it also brought fainter stars\details into view due to being able to finely focus Used the Synscan hand controller for the first time after the usual star alignment to navigate to objects I wanted to observe and it was consistently miles off, once I connected the tablet and SkySafari 6 Pro via bluetooth (as I have done for all previous observations sessions to date) I was able to navigate easily to objects via SkySafari and objects would be slap bang in the middle of the EP - whats going on here, can anyone shed any light? NGC404 Mirachs Ghost 24mm EP - was easily visible and relatively close to Mirach itself which I found bright and a little overpowering so moved it out of the FOV and was able to discern NGC404 a little more, circular compact fuzzy getting brighter at its center. M33 Triangulum Galaxy 24mm EP - had to use averted vision to firstly ensure it was in view. After observing for a few minutes I could discern some very faint fuzzyness and shape but overall very very faint but looking at the worst light polluted part of the sky M34 Spiral Galaxy Barely visible in the finder. 24mm EP nicely frames this open cluster. The brighter stars I presume give it its name although I'm not convinced ! NGC869\884 Double Cluster An explosion of stars in the 24mm quite a sight. Can see most of the two clusters in the 24mm EP. The 15mm and 8mm brought out the fainter stars and more clustered centers. I did manage to observe a few other objects including Mars (bright, getting smaller, higher int he sky and moving westerly now, but saw no detail), Neptune (small pale blue\white disc in the 8mm EP) Andromeda Galaxy and the Pleiades
  6. PaulM

    Planetary Binge

    Nice report - lots of objects observed
  7. Welcome - hope the new scope gives you many hours of enjoyment
  8. PaulM

    Saturn between 2009 & 2018

    Thats brilliant
  9. PaulM

    What did the postman bring?

    1.25" H-beta filter and Dual-Speed Low Profile 1.25/2" Crayford focuser
  10. PaulM

    First sketch - M45

    Nice sketch - so did you do this while observing if so do you sketch under red light?
  11. Looks better, more clean and quicker
  12. I've just ordered a H-beta filter as I've read this should help with the following objects; 1. IC 434 (HORSEHEAD NEBULA) 2. NGC 1499 (CALIFORNIA NEBULA, naked eye and RFT) 3. M43 (part of the Great Orion Nebula) 4. IC 5146 (COCOON NEBULA in Cygnus) 5. M20 (TRIFID NEBULA, main section) 6. NGC 2327 (diffuse nebula in Monoceros) 7. IC 405 (the FLAMING STAR NEBULA in Auriga) 8. IC 417 (diffuse Nebula in Auriga) 9. IC 1283 (diffuse Nebula in Sagittarius) 10. IC 1318 GAMMA CYGNI NEBULA (diffuse nebula in Cygnus) 11. IC 2177: SEAGULL NEBULA (Diffuse Nebula, Monoceros) 12. IC 5076 (diffuse nebula, Cygnus) 13. PK64+5.1 "CAMPBELL'S HYDROGEN STAR" Cygnus (PNG 64.7+5.0) 14. Sh2-157a (small round nebula inside larger Sh2-157, Cassiopeia) 15. Sh2-235 (diffuse nebula in Auriga). 16. Sh2-276 "BARNARD'S LOOP" (diffuse nebula in Orion, naked eye) 17. IC 2162 (diffuse nebula in northern Orion) 18 Sh2-254 (diffuse nebula in northern Orion near IC 2162) 19. Sh2-256-7 (diffuse nebula in northern Orion near IC 2162) 20. vdB93 (Gum-1) (diffuse nebula in Monoceros near IC 2177) 21. Lambda Orionis nebular complex (very large, naked-eye) 22. Sh2-273 "Cone" Nebula portion south of nebulous cluster NGC 2264
  13. Through my 300p both the OIII and UHC filters enhance certain DSOs (mostly nebula) so are worth getting imho

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