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  1. Hi, and welcome to SGL. I’m in Southampton so in Hampshire too.
  2. Is it possible to get the thing back together and in reasonable working condition? You might be pleasantly surprised at what you can see even with a mirror in poor condition.
  3. Well done! I think that’s a great result, especially with the equipment you were using.
  4. I use this one too. It’s been great. So much so that I bought another for my daughter or for guests.
  5. That sucks! I’ve just been out with the binoculars and had a scan about. It’s not bad but the cold and wind is enough for me. Orion is up and got a good view of the pleiades. However the stars are twinkling like mad and I wasn’t tempted to get a telescope out!
  6. In my book it’s definitely sensible! Similar weather here in Hampshire. Although with the wind chill it’s forecast as -7C later on. And this kind of damp northerly wind can make it feel even colder. However, in my limited experience every time I’ve tried to observe in windy weather the seeing has been rubbish.
  7. Well, I’m jealous. From my garden Venus is behind a neighbours tree
  8. Yes, my daughter (at the age of nine but she’s ten now) says she can see some colour on the Orion Nebula. She says that she can see a bit of pink in some parts of the cloud. To me it just looks totally grey. And I’ve had other examples too. Eg she was the first to see the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. I got a “Daddy I can see the spot”. At first I didn’t believe her and it was a “let me see that” moment. Sure enough when I looked carefully it was JUST appearing on the limb of the planet and as such still hard to see. Now I’ve learnt to ask her “what can you see?” Rather than telling her what she should see.
  9. Very good! And a nice idea, basically an observation table. I’m relatively new to this but there’s hardly a nighttime session where I don’t drop something. There’s got to be a better way, although simply being a bit more organised does help. Out of interest. Where do people put eyepiece, focuser & finder caps? I’m forever searching for those on the dark. Sometimes trying to shove different size caps from one make of eyepiece onto another.
  10. Well done! The primary mirror cell is a tight fit. Harder to get back in than take out. Any hits, tips, dos & don’ts when applying the flocking? And can you see any difference/improvements?
  11. I had some good views of Jupiter and Saturn in my 8” Skyliner in the summer and early part of autumn. But since then and recently the seeing has been poor to terrible. Not sure why but for me (every time I’ve tried) it’s no where near as good as it was earlier in the year.
  12. OK, you’ve convinced me now Can you tell me how much you used/needed to flock the whole tube?
  13. @Spile interested to see how this goes. I’m thinking of doing my 200p in the near future as I’ve got to take the mirrors out anyway.
  14. This is brilliant! Wish I’d seen it earlier. Should be a sticky/pin.
  15. Yes, that’s it. It’s getting on for how you might see them with your eye at the eyepiece IF you can. Although in this small telescope I could not see M82 (the top galaxy) at all using just my eyes. It was just too faint. M81 (at the bottom) I could JUST make out with averted vision. It was only when I took a picture that they both appeared. The phone camera, especially with a little extra exposure time, can bring out details and objects that your eye cannot see.
  16. I don’t see binoculars as an alternative to a telescope. They are an addition. Having said that my daughter is also interested in wild life. And you can’t use an Newtonian for that! We have a Skywatcher 1145p on a wobbly EQ1 and a Skywatcher Skyliner 200p which is obviously a Dob. The 1145p might have been a typical beginner mistake although we’ve had an enormous amount of fun with it. With that I have to do most of the “work”. An EQ mount (nothing to do with it being an EQ1) isn’t great for kid to use on their own. With the 200p I have to set it up (it’s too heavy for a small child) although once done she can now find things using the finder scope. However, it took a long while for her to get the hang of nudging the mount. In fact she still struggles at high magnification. With the EQ she found the slow motion controls far easier and intuitive - all I said was move these knobs and she got it. Maybe a smaller Dob would have been easier for her but I doubt it would have made much difference. Now the binoculars. When she spots the moon from our garden she whips the binoculars out, finds the moon in an instant, focuses herself (she had trouble with that at first on a telescopes) and is telling me what she can see. Meanwhile I’m lugging the 200p into the garden, then waiting for it to cool down. The binoculars actually give a better view of some objects than our telescopes. Eg The Pleiades - all I did there was say to her “see that smudge, point the binoculars at it”. And in an instant she found it and I got “I can see it… I can see it”. On holiday on Crete (the sky was so dark it was amazing on its own) but we could not have taken our telescopes there. Binoculars easy. Here another example… I spotted Andromeda in the binoculars - first time I’d seen it to - and I gave her instructions on how to find it using the patterns of the stars. She had no problem finding it on her own and as soon as she did I got another excited response. No setup, no waiting for mirrors to cool down, on nudging, no fiddling with eyepieces.
  17. She seems to. Although I haven’t got much to compare them with. Apart from a 7x50 old Russian set that I inherited from my late father. Built like a tank and obviously unsuitable for a child. And for astronomy unsuitable for anyone. Maybe something lighter would be an advantage but I haven’t noticed her struggling with the weight.
  18. I got the Opticron Adventurer 42mm T WP Binocular for my 10 yr old daughter. Long eyerelief as she wears glasses and has no trouble with them. £69 from FLO.
  19. There’s an example of a right-angled finder fitted to a 130p here…
  20. Here in Southampton I’ve done my best to help by taking week to do telescope maintenance and modifications. Although at my rate it’ll probably take a bit longer. Usually when that happens they sky magically clears
  21. @Kon is correct - without tracking star trailing will show on anything but the moon/planets. Although at low magnification you can get a reasonable image of something like the Orion Nebula. If nothing else the colours picked up by the phone that cannot be seen with the eye are certainly interesting.
  22. And don’t quite give up on galaxies, although your are not going to get anything that looks like a Hubble image. Here’s my first attempt with the same Skywatcher 1145p - galaxies M81 & M82 from earlier in the year. Used a cheap £29 motor to “track” for a single 30sec shot on an iPhone. Circle cropped to get hide some unpleasant edge distortion . This was in a Bortle 8 sky, so if taken somewhere darker it would surely be better.
  23. Not quite up there with @Dark Vader lovely shot but I got this last spring with a smaller aperture telescope than yours. This was with a 114mm - a Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145p - on a wobbly old EQ1. So you should be able to get something in between
  24. I have these cheap snow boots for £15. With thick socks they are enough to keep my feet warm. Even in the Alps, walking in the snow at -15 to -18C. https://www.decathlon.co.uk/p/men-s-warm-waterproof-snow-hiking-boots-sh100-x-warm/_/R-p-108105?mc=8344304
  25. Yes, I saw your moon pictures. They did turn out well! Much of this, inc phone adaptors, are what you get use to. I haven’t given up on the NexYZ and will certainly give it another good go. It’s probably better suited to something like my and your 200p.
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