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Dark Vader

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  1. I went out for an early one tonight just to try out using the SkEye app as a push to for the Dob. Total failure, even with a supposed 3 star alignment on Rigel, Sirius and Betelgeuse. Its probably nature's way of telling me to put my hand in my pocket and get a Rigel or a Telrad! Anyway, while I was out I went through some targets in Orion for an hour. Trapezium E&F both visible at 150x Rigel A & B very clear at 150x ETA Orionis clear split with 8mm barlowed Hyperion IV at 337x 52 & 32 Orionis, and Meissa all clearly split at 226x Sigma Orionis, 4 stars clear with the
  2. I use the Lunar Map HD app. You can zoom right in and customise it in other ways, views, object label sizes etc. Andy
  3. Pretty sure I got it tonight with the 200p. Barlowed the Hyperion IV zoom at 8mm with the dedicated 2.25x at (I think) 337x. A very faint speck of light trailing Sirius A at around the 4 o clock position Dob view. It came and went with the seeing but I went back to it after a look around Orion and it was in the same position. Got the best views yet of Trapezium E&F tonight at 150x as well.
  4. Just got one of these, 5 height adjustments, padded seat and very stable: https://www.bax-shop.co.uk/sit-stand-stool/stagg-mt-300bk-musician-stool-tall
  5. Opticron do an L shaped bracket for around £10, and I ordered one of these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/AmazonBasics-177-cm-Pistol-Grip-Tripod/dp/B01LQX0P8Q/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=amazon+basics+pistol+grip+tripod&qid=1613822967&sr=8-1 The pistol grip ball head unscrews from the tripod and I put it on a monopod with the Opticron L bracket. It takes my 10x50s and 15x70s with no problems. You can of course just use it on the tripod but I find it easier with the monopod, especially in a garden recliner. Hth Andy
  6. +1 for Starguiders if you're on a budget. I have the 25,15 & 5mm. I got some good views of Mars last year through the 5 but it gives me 240x so at the top end of useful magnification most nights. The 25, while a step up from stock EPs is ok, but my favourite is the 15. In terms of zooms - the Baader Hyperion IV with matching Barlow is very good.
  7. Advice I was given on here as a beginner last year was to avoid an EQ mount. Will you be visual observing only or looking to get into Astrophotography? For low maintenance and ease of use visual only, I can recommend (you've guessed it) an 8" Dob, but they are big heavy beasts. Andy
  8. I had one with the matching Barlow for Christmas and with the appalling weather and still having to get up for work, only got 1st light with it last night through my 200p I am very impressed - it knocks my fixed BSTs out of the park. Had some great views around Orion, finally bagged Uranus and finished with the moon. Didn't try the Barlow yet... It works well in the 200p - do it!! Andy
  9. +1 for taking the Barlow off. It's effectively making the zoom a 10.5 - 3.5 and might not be helping. I have a Starguider 7-21 zoom. It doesn't Barlow very well and the FOV at the 21mm end is a lot smaller. It is easier to look through at the higher power end. The fixed focal length Starguiders are a really good upgrade for the money to the stock EPs. Andy
  10. First thing to do is take it outside. Viewing through a window open or closed won't help. Forget about the erecting EP for Astronomy, put your 20mm in. Align your finderscope, assuming it came with one.(best done in daylight). For now, forget about the Barlow as well. All they do is increase magnification by the amount shown e.g. 2x or 3x. Only try the other EPs once you've been able to find what you want to see and focus on it.
  11. It's easy to get tied up in the search for perfection. Just to help put your mind at ease a bit, here's my 200p through a collimation cap. Yours doesn't look much different at all to me. If your happy with the views and star test then just enjoy
  12. That is nothing to be concerned about. Another recommendation for BST Starguiders - I got the 15mm and the 5mm. The 15 in particular is a beauty, pop one of those in, aim at the moon and prepare to be blown away!
  13. Managed 15 minutes through monopod mounted 10x50s after a heavy shower and between clouds. My SW view consists of a bright orange streetlight and a garden fence and they were already below "scope height". I even managed to extract my boy from his tech long enough for him to get a look through his bins. Lovely looking moon complete with earth shine as well.
  14. I got one of those, along with a premium Cheshire from FLO. Does the job.
  15. No problem at all. It's a lower mag image with the 15 but the clarity is better so more detail visible when the conditions allow.
  16. Have a look here https://skys-the-limit-108154.square.site/shop/1-25-bst-starguider-ed/8 looks like they still have some... Tbh i find the 5mm is pushing it a bit most nights. The difference between that and the 3.2? - it will push your magnification up by 135x and very often at the expense of clarity. I've seen more detail on Jupiter with the 15mm than the 5.
  17. I only had the 25 and 10 that came with my 200p, and apart from a 21-7 zoom, I got 2 BST Starguiders - the 15 and 5mm. The 15mm may only give 80x but it's a great bit of "budget" kit. The 5mm gives 240x and I've had good views of Mars with it, but even 240x is on the limit of "useful" magnification most nights. Both are great on the moon, I much prefer the clarity of the 15mm. It Barlows well too. Sometimes less can be more. They do a 3.2mm that would push your scope up to 375x but only when conditions allow, and in the UK that won't be often.
  18. Just had one of these drop through the letterbox - has a magnetic base so sticks nicely to the 200p.
  19. Personally I'd wait for the 200p but that just me. When mine arrived I didn't say " I wish I bought a smaller scope" A 9mm eyepiece is a medium high magnification and will give 133x in the 200p. Wide angle (degrees) and magnification (mm) are different. Low magnification for DSOs I think something 25 - 35mm and 60 - 82° FOV might be more use to you. Andy
  20. I put the scope out about 5pm on the off chance the fog warnings were wrong. Managed to get out from 6-8 until that horrible damp cold got the better of me. Some nice views of Mars though. I got up to 240x with the 5mm Starguider (as high as I've got). Switched to the moon, nice sharp views along the terminator. Then a change to the 15mm Starguider giving 80x. The clarity was astonishingly good and this EP is fast becoming a favourite. Anyone looking to upgrade from stock EP's - these BST's are great for the money. Andy
  21. I'm in a Bortle 6 area in suburban north Bristol. The council in their infinite wisdom sited bright orange street lights at East, South and West all within 10-25 yards of my "orange" back garden. One of the houses opposite has a 500w "insecurity" light that comes on if a cat coughs within 30 yards of it, and it is angled 90° to the vertical so I never have problems finding eyepieces in the dark! I have the 200p and can recommend it for viewing in pretty bad light pollution. I'm still quite new to this and not the best at finding my way around the fainter objects, including Uranus and Nep
  22. That's great, I saw a few reviews saying the 15mm was a good one. Had some good views of the moon last week with a cheap Celestron 6mm but I struggle with the small eye holes - like looking through a drinking straw!! Mars - I've not had good views yet. Largely very wobbly with the odd second or so of "almost" stability so far. Andy
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