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Theres a lot of things that can influence what you see, how light poluted is your area? whilst i dont own one i have seen nothing but great reviews about this scope, it will show you a lot and is the number 1 selling scope in the country.

for price/performance ratio i dont believe you can get better than the 8" skywatcher dob.

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should i buy the skywatcher 8"????

are nebulae clearly visible throught it???

thanks, john

as mentioned it depends really on your sky quality. at dark sites an 8" scope will show hundreds of galaxies, nebulae and planetary nebulae. at light polluted skies the view will either fade to nothing or be really quite faint.

just ensure your expectations are at the right level in terms of what you will see of course. actually seeing a DSO is often the challenge as they are at best often faint grey whiffs of 'cloudy' material. detail is rarely discernible.

more aperture / darker skies = more objects and detail visible.

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Hi John, welcome to the Lounge.

The 8" is a cracking scope for the money, there are a lot of owners on here and it has had good reviews. You will see lots of nebula's and galaxies, planets, double stars and so on. Unfortunately they won't be in colour as when the eyes gets dark adapted, you only get to see in black and white really, you may get some grey or greenish tinge to bigger nebula, such as M42, although stars show some amazing colours, but remain pin points of light. As already mentioned, if you can get to a dark site this will help with finding fainter objects, light pollution just makes them hard or impossible to find.

If this is your first scope, it will keep you busy for a good while.

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Hi John and welcome to the forum.

To be honest, when you start looking through a scope that is 8" or more, that's when things become really interesting to view. They are popular primarily because they are very good scopes and if you are making a start in astronomy, this piece of kit will certainly guarantee for you some good views of all types of objects.

James

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Hi John and welcome to SGL :D

AN 8" scope is the most popular size according to a recent survey here. And it's a great size for a first scope - very capable piece of kit that will show you just about everything on offer in the night sky (including nebulas).

But set your expectations appropriately - stuff doesn't appear like the glossy magazine pics you see, or the tv stuff shown by Brian Cox. Everything's mostly black/white/grey with a little colour on planets and some double stars.

Hope that helps :p

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should i buy the skywatcher 8"????

are nebulae clearly visible throught it???

thanks, john

Hi John, it depends what your expectations are. By clearly visible nebulae, don't expect to see them as they appear in photos.

Have a look at the sketching section of the forum to get a better idea of what to realistically expect.

Also, here's my review of the http://stargazerslounge.com/equipment-reviews/132996-skywatcher-skyliner-200p-8-dob.html

HTH

Ed

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