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Hi all, So ive been looking for a long while now at upgrading from a SW Explorer 130p to a Skywatcher explorer 200p with the eq5 goto. My main interest would like to be exploring DSO's visually maybe imaging them, Ive just only managed to find the easier ones (Andromeda, Orion nebula and the 2 of the other nebula in that constellation.) Since then and now orions moved past viewing time ive moved to imaging the moon and Jupiter ( I use a Canon 100D) Is this scope and mount setup a good allrounder for my still undecided focus? Also with my 130p i needed a barlow to achieve focus, will that still be required on the 200p? i Think a Truss will always be too big for the space i have (Untill my children move out and they are 1 and 4 so its not going to be soon)
Just a quick report on tonight's observation . Got an AZ GOTO mount on Monday and have the 130p mounted on it ... to be honest , I was worried about getting it set up right , but after a look around SGL found the information on coordinates that were needed and it works 100% . 3 new Messier and NGC targets were found tonight , well , 4 if you add NGC7000 , but it was too faint to count as a catch - it looked like a very faint cluster . The big catches tonight were in the Ursa Major region : Bode's Galaxy M81 and the Cigar Galaxy M82 . Both were well defined and bright , even in the 5 inch reflector and I was very happy to see them for the first time . Up to now M57 was my favourite DSO , now it's joint favourite with Bode's Galaxy . NGC7635 Bubble Nebula was also a first and added to the list tonight . Several other targets , e.g. Pinwheel Galaxy , in Ursa Major region were attempted tonight but with no luck - maybe darker Winter skies will give better results with these .