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  1. I have a Skywatcher 200p dobsonian and want some advice regarding the most suitable camera I can buy for it. I have really enjoyed using my smartphone with my dob but I now feel I need something a bit more sophisticated as I move forward. I’m aware that I’m limited to lunar and planetary astrophotography with this kind of mount, but I plan on investing in a equatorial platform in the future when funds allow (if that makes any difference).

    I have basically zero experience in photography or astrophotography, so I don’t know much about cameras in general. I have a budget of about £200ish, and so far I’ve narrowed down my options to the following:

    1.       Zwo Asi 120MC-S

    2.       Zwo Asi 224MC

    3.       Canon 550d

    4.       Canon 600d

    As far as I can see, the main advantage of the DSLR route is that is doesn’t require a laptop to operate, and that you can obviously use it for everyday photography (which I’m not particularly concerned about).

    I hope someone can help me with the following questions:

    1.       What are advantages/disadvantages of a dslr verses a cheap dedicated astronomy camera?

    2.       Would I see a big diiference in quality between the 120MC-S and the 224MC, considering I don't have a tracking mount?

    3.       Is there any big difference between the 550d and 600d, apart from the articulated screen?

    4.       Are there any better options I have not considered?




  2. Tried the double double for the first time ever last night with my 200p dob. Found the stars pretty quickly, but took me a while to convince myself I was pointing in the right direction.

    Started off with x200, just to confirm that this was the double double, and could clearly see both split. Tried x150 and again could see both pairs split. Finally tried x100, but after spending a bit of time with this magnification, could only really one of the pairs split clearly.


    Really enjoyed this challenge. Will try again at x100 to see if it was the conditions or my lack of experience which prevented me splitting at this magnification.

    Haven't done much double star observation before, but couldn't stop thinking last night of how much easier this would with a zoom eyepiece, having not really considered one before. This might be next on my purchase list when funds/wife allow.😉


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  3. 1 hour ago, Pixies said:

    I've attached a pic of their relative location M81 (Bode's nebula) and M82 (Cigar galaxy)

    To star hop, my method is:

    • follow the two stars from Ursa Major to the triangular 'arrow' asterism (all very visible in a 6x30 or 10x50 finder)
    • then double-back to the 2 brighter stars that the arrow points towards
    • from there, it's a similar distance as the separation of those 2 stars to the 2 galaxies. I've shown the FOV of a 25mm plossl in a 1200mm 8" dob (I've got a Bresser)





    Great, I'll give that a go once I have some clear skies

  4. From another inexperienced astronomer, I can only share what I've managed to find and observe over the past couple of months. I've mostly concentrated on easy targets to begin with, so globular cluster (m3, m5 and m13), as was mentioned above is a good place to start. There are loads of double stars to observe, albireo and the double double being my favourite so far. M57 or the ring nebula is also easy to find, and is also very impressive. I have also had great views of jupiter and saturn for the first time, even though they are not that high in the sky this year.

    The next targets on my list in the dumbell nebula and I also want to try and observe a galaxy(not sure wwich one yet)  when the skies get a bit darker.

    Good luck

  5. 4 minutes ago, RossHicksPhoto said:


    I grew up in Cardiff... Penarth, Cogan and Danescourt

    Very nice, I went to uni there, and then taught in a school in Llandaf North for years. My parents and my sister still live there. Lovely city

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  6. 6 minutes ago, RossHicksPhoto said:

    Glad to meet you.

    What part of Wales are you based?

    I currently live on the north Wales coast, not far from Colwyn Bay/Llandudno. I did live in Cardiff for over 10 years until fairly recently. 

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  7. As Barry and John have already said, can't go wrong with the bst. I also have the 200p, and have brought the 8 and 12mm bst, and even for a newby like me, the step up of quality from the stock eyepieces is obvious. If you're looking for low power eyepiece, I can also recommend the vixen npl 30mm which is also available at a similar price to the bst.


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  8. My maplin case is starting to fill up, even though it's not half as neat or as impressive as most on here. Celestron xcel lx x2 barlow, 8mm bst, 12mm bst, 30mm vixen npl, telrad, cheshire eyepiece and a red light torch (and the stock skywatcher 10 and 25mm which I'm regretting cutting a hole for😏). 

    Still room for something in the 15-18mm range, and maybe a wide angle 2inch eyepiece when finances allow.


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  9. 5 minutes ago, gary756 said:

    I saw that and was getting excited for the weekend. Was planning to drag my son off to the dales for some dark sky stuff. Haven't had chance to check today so hadnt seen it had changed.  Looks like it could be another weekend hanging out the bedroom windows looking for a break in the clouds.

    It's happened a few times over the past month as well! I'm desperate to have a look at Satrun and Jupiter for the first time now they're up at a reasonable(ish) hour, but no luck so far😡

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