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  1. I looked at that earlier thanks and found that the ones recommended were not available at flo. Might go for thr barr and stroud savannah roof prism 10x50 ED. Nice and light weight as there arent any decent porro prisms listed. Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  2. I sold most of my gear at the end of the last winter as i decides that stevenage was way too polluted for any decent observing but i occasionally find myself in far flung places with work now and thought about getting some bins. I remember the nice views i had through my 50x8 finder and enjoy wide angle views so wondered what the best options were for under 200? I went looking for an ED monocular but founs them to be more tham the equivelent bino, confused. Many thanks Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
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    I found the polarscope impossible to use, just point the north leg north with a compass and its fine for visual. The bst explorer eps are a good cheap upgrade and work well with the 200/1200, i bought some and never used the supplied ones. If youre looking for things to buy with it you'll need a collimator, a cheshire works well. i also upgraded the ra and Dec knobs with flexible ones from flo, much easier to use as you're not constantly hugging the scope trying to find the knobs. Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
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    new telescope

    Of course you could save some money and get the do version and buy some eps Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
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    new telescope

    The 200 will let you see more. wouldn't worry avout goto. the eq5 with the 200 on is close to the limit but its a very smooth motion and a joy to use. my first scope was the same, it is big but worth the space it takes up. Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  6. The barlow can be used with either of the eps you have, it'll double the power. so a 25 will become a 12.5 and the 10 will become a 5. The sw one isnr great and on a 200 the 10mm with barlow may be next to useless as thats 240x magnification (1200 fl / 5mm) Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  7. I can't answer all of your question but i had a 12 flex auto for a short while after owning an 8 for a year. The additional aperture showed a lot more background stars and a lot more light obviously faint fuzzies. didn't get much time on planets. Collimation was a concern but it held between being collapsed and setup so long as i made sure all the posts were pulled tight up. I was constantly worried about dropping an eye piece into the opening and onto the primary when switching eps! don't know about stray light but a shield would stop that and the careless handling of eps. On another note, its a serious lump even with the flex option. I had the auto which wasn't very good due to the play in the motors so it kept moving, id imagine that the manual version doesn't have this fault. I found the ep height pretty much perfect for me, im 6ft. Maybe could be a tad higher but much better than the smaller dobs due to the much longer tube (its 1500 not 1200 like the smaller ones). I did find that the focusser wasnt fine enough so a dual speed would have been my next choice. Due to size and price and the Rubbish motor play in the auto i sold it on and going to get a gso 880 10". it comes with a dual speed focussed but its a solid tube. Hope that answers a bit of your question and gives a bit more insight. Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  8. I have one and never found it any help in heavily light polluted skies. i have whole areas where there are no visible stars with the naked eye so its impossible to use. i can't star hop without magnification, either that or a huge telrad to bridge the expanse! Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  9. One quick note on the telrad, as it doesn't magnify, if you can't see many stars with your eyes alone then a telrad would be next to useless. Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  10. Stellarium, sorry, im on a phone! Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  11. Also download stellar for your pc, get used to finding it on there, itll also show you what you are looking for Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  12. Also try for pleides (sp?), a nice open cluster which should bring visible with averted vision even in London. very nice with a low power ep too. Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  13. Congrats on the scope. you may find andromeda challenging from a heavily light polluted site. i can barely make it out 24miles north of London. I first found it by removing the finder from the scope and using it by hand. it will also look brighter in the finder. Find the square of pegasus and go up two bright stars from the top of the diamond. you should just be able to make out a line of 3 stars abreast to the right including the one you started with. just off of the 3rd star you will see a faint smudge. dark adapted eyes are essential as is viewing it when its as high as possible. Once found with the finder you should be able to put it back on the scope, align and off you go star hopping again. Use a low powered ep. eg the 25mm which came with the scope. Best of luck, suggest you don't try with scope until you can be sure you can get it in the finder. also don't expect too much, its pretty dull to look at, the fact of what it is makes it interesting. Dave Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  14. It does make me wonder about the success of the human race when common sense seems to allude so many. Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
  15. Hi, Either im missing something or people are just plain silly on ebay. I've been watching two sw 200p dobs and one went for 295 and the other 301. they're that price new from flo! Fair enough one had a few accessories but im astounded at the second hand prices these sell for. Sent from my GT-I9100 using Tapatalk 2
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