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  1. I'm back! And I've learnt some more lessons! Lesson no 9 - When revisiting collimation, *DO NOT* wind out all of the secondary mirror screws to see what happens. This is a bad thing and will take much time and many terrible swear words to correct. Lesson no 10 - There's a decent chance that the assortment of collimation tools now owned due to lesson 9 will all for some reason give slightly different results. Lesson no 11 - Whilst joining a a local astronomy club would be the solution to the above issues, these apparently don't run in the midst of a global pandemic. We're allowed
  2. Astro's article suggests this is less than ideal using turbulent UK skies Saying that, whilst I didn't get neat concentric rings, the fuzzy mess was perfectly circular!
  3. I pretty much followed Astro Baby's guide as it seemed to be where those asking got sent, she just has a cap on the end of the eye piece?
  4. Lesson no 4 - There are still places on the internet filled with helpful and kind people. Lesson no 5 - Not all Skyliner telescopes come correctly collimated Lesson no 6 - Collimation is a minefield of differing opinions, methods and equipment Lesson no 7 - Above can actually be done with a milk bottle top with a hole in + patience Lesson no 8 - Manage expectations, I won't be following the progress of Mars Curiosity Rover from my back garden. So thanks for all your replies so far, they've all been useful. For now, I'm going to wait for my cheapo eye pieces to arrive a
  5. Could anyone tell me if the eye piece kits are any good for a starter? The Celestron one seems to include a lot of options (5 eye pieces + barlow + filters) for the price. I've also seen that I can import the Zhumell kit from the US which seems well reviewed.
  6. @vlaiv- that's a really good answer, and the videos are great (if a little depressing ). Don't get me wrong, I'm in awe of the night sky, I've been lucky enough to travel to places where even with the naked eye, the views are amazing. I think the expectation vs reality part of the video really sums things up. There's plenty of posts here including nice images of the planets and galaxies so , like an idiot, I thought that simply buying a decent telescope would provide me with the same views. All hobbies needs some time and love to bear fruit, this will be no different. I suppose where things
  7. Thanks so much for warm welcome and taking the time to reply! I've picked up an unbranded barlow 2x, a 6mm eye piece labelled 'Astro Basics' and a laser collimator. The SkiView app has been on my phone for ages (one of those rare apps that just works) but my mini spending spree included SkySafari Pro (which doesn't 'just work') To be honest, I'd be more inclined to spend £50 on the BST StarGuider than half the scope price on the Baader whilst I learn the ropes. As for preferences, I'm on day two so have no idea! I know that if I can find a way to make good views accessible then
  8. Hello everyone, another new starter with a load of daft newbie questions I've had a telescope before but it was a cheap thing my brother gave me that was only truly good at taking up space in my house.... Move forward a decade, take a Saturday night, add in a documentary about Voyager, a nice bottle of red, and a laptop and I woke up to discover I'd purchased a Skyliner 250px! Setup was straight forward and got a bit of clear sky on the first night so pointed it at the things I really wanted to see, the planets. Unfortunately, it turned Mars from a microscopic red dot into
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