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  1. It's a skywatcher 200p. I'm in the South West. Was thinking I'll probably look at joining a club once lockdowns are over. In the meantime I'm just relying on online guides and this forum for all my questions.
  2. Thank you, I appreciate the pictures. I'll use them as a comparison in future. Took the scope out tonight and its significantly better than it was. Still not perfect but I can get a clear focus again which is nice. Was able to find M81 and M82 for the first time which has really made my night. All in all I feel like I'm just about getting the hang of this now. Will try to get the collimation even better tomorrow.
  3. Does this look any better? Apologies for the poor picture quality, can try again if it's not clear.
  4. Ok thanks. I'll have another go tonight and see how I get on.
  5. Thanks very much! It did cross my mind that the fuzziness was down to the atmosphere (or my scope still cooling) but I just couldn't shake the paranoia that I'd completely screwed up the collimation. I've got a laser collimater coming this week which I hope will help.
  6. Having read a few more guides I think my primary mirror is off?
  7. Hi all. I'm really struggling with collimation. I've read multiple guides and watched videos but I just cant seem to get it right. Pic attached is as good as I've managed. I know it's not perfect but is this at least usable? I've gone out with it and everything is a little fuzzy so I guess not? Unless I'm just imagining it? Any tips would be much appreciated
  8. Thanks all, lots of good advice here Hoping to get outside and have another go tonight. Kids go to bed at 8ish and its supposed to be clear until 10 so fingers crossed!
  9. Hi all, so my telescope finally arrived this week. It's the skywatcher 200p dob, so far everything's going smoothly. Set it up ok, checked collimation which looked fine to me, got the finder scope lined up. Perfect. Just 2 issues so far, was hoping for some advice. 1. I'm struggling to find any objects in the sky. I managed to find mars and the moon, but I've failed at finding specific stars/m31. I know the best way to find things is to star hop but when I look through the eye piece I struggle to work out which star is which. Any beginner tips? 2. When I was out tonight I got dew on both my eye pieces. I know I can get a dew shield for the telescope but is there anything I can do to stop it happening to my eye pieces? Or is there a way to dry them while I'm out? The scope was fine. Thanks as always!
  10. My guess is they've discovered a planet similar to our own. Similar atmosphere composition, maybe oceans like ours.
  11. There was a journalist on twitter saying it was to do with "astrobiology" but theres an embargo on reporting until Monday.
  12. I may be missing something but first light optics has that exact telescope for £289 I believe. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians/skywatcher-skyliner-200p-dobsonian.html
  13. What do you mean by the scope being unforgiving? A more powerful score requires better quality eye pieces?
  14. Thanks for posting this, I've been watching as many documentaries about space as I can find recently. Still new to all this and I'm trying to learn as much as I can before my scope arrives. I've just finished watching The Planets on BBC Iplayer and I thoroughly enjoyed that. Brian Cox documentary, worth checking out if you've not seen it.
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