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Daf1983

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  1. Thanks, good to know what can be done, I just want to experiment a bit to begin with to see what's possible, I definitely plan on trying this. I have a barlow already, but need to buy a t-ring and adaptor. Out of interest, where did you get yours? Seems to be a lot of options on ebay/amazon which vary massively in price. I guessing a cheap one would do the job
  2. Hello. I've actually brought a second hand canon 600d by now, should be arriving this week. I've decided to keep the dob as a purely visual scope, although I might try a bit of lunar photography with it and the 600d, and maybe take videos of planet. I'm also planning on doing some non-tracking astrophotography with a 600d, a tripod and a intervelometer. I'm not expecting to get amazing results, but am mostly wanting to learn a bit about photography and astrophotography, and see how much I enjoy it, before investing in expensive gear. If I do find myself really enjoying it, I will
  3. I have been up there years ago, but not at night. I imagine it's a great dark site, but I don't fancy hauling my 8 inch dob up there
  4. Beautiful shot! Moel famau is not that far from where I live
  5. That's interesting, as I've been struggling a bit with jupiter. I can just about see the bands, but nothing much more. Not sure if that's because of poor seeing, their low altitude or a combination of both. But I think some sort of filter could help
  6. Not too expensive either, only £6 dearer than the unbranded version from flo. Surely it's worth an extra £6 for the pretty box alone
  7. Thanks, I will add that to my ever growing wish list
  8. I also managed to split the double double last week, but have bot got round to observing the double cluster yet, another to add to the list. I will definitely have another go at the dumbell, maybe from the inlaws garden, which is much more open. Which filters would you recommend?
  9. Thank you. I agree, star hopping is very rewarding, but very frustrating to begin with! I was pleasantly suprised how clear it was from my back garden last night, could even see the milky way by the time I had finished my session. It's also nice that the nights are getting longer, and I don't have to stay up until silly o'clock to have some darkness. Mars and neptune are next on my list. Mars pops up above my neighbours house about midnight at the minute, so should be more than doable
  10. Hi there. Did you wind the eyeguard the whole way up?
  11. Had a great night of observing last night, for the first time since I bought my 200p in May, everything felt easier, less stressful and a lot more enjoyable. It was also the first time I had a chance to properly use my Sky and Telescope pocket sky atlas, and along with the the Telrad, I think this is a good combination for me. I started off in Hercules with a familiar target, M13, which is fast becoming my go to DSO, and definitely a favourite! I then moved on to a second Globular Cluster in hercules, M92. Whilst, not quite as impressive as M13, I had some really nice view of this with my
  12. Hi. I have the same telescope, and have the the 12mm and 8mm bst, along with a vixen npl 30mm and a barlow. Personally, I would say that's more than enough to keep you going for a while. What I've noticed in my limited experience is that it's best to use what you have, and see if any other eyepieces are needed as you go along! For example, while I'm observing some objects, I find that I could do with something in the 15-18mm range, so this will be my next purchase when funds allow. With regards to recommended eyepieces, apart from bst's, I really like the vixen npl. But I'm sure others wi
  13. I'm sure you'll love the 200p. Looking forward to hearing how you get on. Cheers Dafydd
  14. 3 months ago, I was in exactly the same position as you, trying to decide between the 150p and 200p skyliner. I eventually ordered the 150p....then cancelled the order and ordered the 200p instead. I'm so glad I did, as I'm very happy with the 200p, and if I had gone with the 150p, there would always be nagging feeling I should have stretched my budget that little further.( The jump in price from 6 to 8 inch is not that big). However, I'm sure you'll be more than happy if you decide to go with 150p. As for accessories, as merlin says above, the bst starguiders ar very good, I have bought
  15. Agree, a bit early to get excited unfortunately. Have found that the forecast changes dramatically from hour to hour recently, let alone from day to day! But I'll keep my fingers crossed for you
  16. I'd probably do the same if I was buying again. Good luck
  17. I noticed, it's my first ever telescope, and I'm very happy with it. However, I have read that the focuser is not the best, and that might be causing the issue when rotating the cheshire. If you go for the premium cheshire, I'd be interested to hear if you have the same issues with that
  18. I have the cheaper of the two for 200p dob. It seems fairly well built but I've had 2 issues with it. Firstly, I can't see the 3 primary clips when centering the secondary in the focuser. I presume this is because it's a long cheshire. I've had to make a collimation cap for this part of collimation. Secondly, there is quite a bit of movement with the cheshire in the focuser, this means that the crosshairs don't stay exactly central when you rotate it. Please note that this is the only cheshire I've ever used, so I don't know if these are common issues with long cheshire eyepieces and the
  19. Bortle 4 according to co and the light pollution website. A lot of housing development going on in the area at the minute though, so I doubt it'll stay like that for long
  20. I have the 200p, and although quite heavy, I can easily carry it from where it's stored in the shed to my garden in one piece. I also occasionally take it in the car to a dark site, when I do this I disassemble it into its two main parts, and reassemble it at the site, which takes 5 minutes max to do.
  21. I have the astro essentials version with my 200p. I can't see the 3 primary clips at all using it, and I find there is quite a bit of movement when it's in the focuser. Is it's the only cheshire eyepiece I've ever used, so not sure if it's an issue with the eyepiece, the focuser or (most probably) me!
  22. I also have a 8 inch skywatcher dob, and the view from my garden sounds similar to yours. I live in a bortle 4/5 zone, have a south facing garden, but the view in this direction is blocked by our neighbours house. I have unobstructed views to the east and west, and my own house blocks the view to the north. I have done 90% of my observing from my garden, and have seen plenty of dso. However, to see saturn and jupiter I have had to take my scope up to the inlaws house up the road, which is much less light polluted, and has unobstructed views in all directions.
  23. Do you think that would be an issue with a manual dob? Does anyone have experience using zwo cameras with a manual dob?
  24. Thanks for your replies and advice. A lot to think about. With regards to sensor size on the zwo cameras. I am assuming its a lot smaller than a dslr? Would that mean the field of view would be a lot smaller, and therefore the target would move out of the fov quicker?
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