Thanks again John and Louis. I've got Stellarium but I am used to using a paper atlas from years ago - I'll probably use both. The telescope comes with 10mm and 25mm eyepieces which will probably do to begin with and I'll wait and see how I get on before getting anything else, other than some sort of collimation tool.
I can see the appeal of a GoTo system for teenage children, especially as it might use a mobile app, but I still remember the excitement and joy of exploring, unaided, the night sky as teenager. I was hoping, probably optimistically and nostalgically, that my children could have a similar experience. Plus I get more telescope for my money! Assuming I do go for the SkyWatcher Skyliner 200P are there any essential accessories I should purchase: filters? collimator?
Thanks everyone. I was planning on manual system rather than goto to retrain myself and help the children learn their way around the night sky. Rob and Louis' comments are reassuring and were in line with what I was thinking/hoping. I'm probably going to plump for the SkyWatcher Skyliner 200P. Gavin
I am looking to buy my first telescope, partly to get back into astronomy after a gap of 30 years but also because my children (ages 13 and 11) have enjoyed it when I've pointed out the objects or constellations to them. It will primarily used in our suburban back garden but would probably like to take it occasionally to a dark sky site. I was initially thinking of getting either a SkyWatcher Explorer 130P or 150P - probably would have forked out for the 150P. However, having read some comments here about equatorial mounts being fiddly to set up and a Dobsonian being easy to use and with the advantage of bigger aperture for the money, was about to order a SkyWatcher Skyliner 200P . I've just been put of from doing so by some comments that it can be a bit fiddly to track objects, particularly if switching between observers. If the scope was just for me I would almost certainly be buying the Dobsonian however I wouldn't want to put my kids off observing for the sake of me spending a bit longer setting up an equatorial mount. So the question is which is the greater problem - setting up an equatorial mount or using and tracking with a Dobsonian with multiple observers, particularly since some of the observers are used to the instant gratification of the internet and I would err on taking a bit more time to set up if it made observing easier. Finally would there be any problems taking any if the above scopes in an estate car with multiple passengers? Thanks