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Hi all iam new to all this so please could you help me out.

I have a budget of £300 to get a scope so what would you say is a good first one to buy ?? Would like to do a bit of planetary and deap sky stuff...

cheers Wayne

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Have to agree with the 200P dob. In my astro class, everyone starts with a dob, and they are the workhorse scopes that we do almost all of our lab work on.

A 200mm scope will give excellent views, great reach for Deep Sky Objects (DSO's) and terrific views of lunar and planetary targets. Light, rugged, easy to transport and sets up in a flash.

One of the best bargains in astronomy today.

Don't forget to budget for a 32-40mm 'wide angle' EP for deep sky, and maybe a Barlow lens to help with lunar and planetary work. A lunar filter, red LED torch, and a paper star map are also good choices.

Dan

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thanks for that lads. but i have had a look at a dob and they are a bit low for me as iam 6 foot.And i will not be moving from me back garden has i dont drive. and thanks i will download that now cheers

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If your not keen on the dob, how about the First Light Optics - Skywatcher Explorer 150P EQ3-2 ? I have it on that mount and it is brilliant, its shown me everything I've looked for so far and I'm now absolultey hooked! Heres my review for it: http://stargazerslounge.com/equipment-reviews/130071-skywatcher-exlorer-150p-eq3-2-a.html

There is also the PL which is the same scope but with a longer focal length, however some people say that the extra tube length is to much for the mount.

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thanks for that lads. but i have had a look at a dob and they are a bit low for me as iam 6 foot.And i will not be moving from me back garden has i dont drive. and thanks i will download that now cheers

Although it's out of your budget at the moment the SkyWatcher Skytee 2 Alt-Az mount will handle up to a 10" Newt OTA and the eyepiece will be more than high enough for you. You can adjust the height as the OTA is mounted using tube rings. Also you could mount a refractor for widefield on the mount at the same time. :D

John

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thanks for that lads. but i have had a look at a dob and they are a bit low for me as iam 6 foot.And i will not be moving from me back garden has i dont drive. and thanks i will download that now cheers

me too - I use my garden furniture to sit / lean on - it's steadier than standing and helps hold a good image in the eyepiece. Others use observing chairs - or lidl ironing chairs (other ironing chairs are available!) which are height adjustable.

when I had a scope with a tripod, I found that if extended the legs fully so I could stand upright to oberve the height increased the vibrations in the tripod, so I would set it low down and use a seat anyway.

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Raise the block on which you stand the Dob, lower the seat on which the large observer sits... Not difficult!

No axe to grind. I have most of these toys to play with, but if you only have one and your budget is limited you are into this for THE OPTICS.

Dob.

Olly

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This SCT campaign is not going so well! :p

You should see the Refractor campaign these days. Oops, just got confused, I don't think there is a refractor campaign? :D

I got a 'frac as my first scope, and I'd be willing to fight off a Dob any day ;)

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It isn't a refractor campaign - we are more exclusive than that!!! :D

The Refractor Club is open to all who appreciate the beauty of an unobstructed view of the heavens! ;)

Dan

President - Big 'Frac Club

California Chapter :p

You should see the Refractor campaign these days. Oops, just got confused, I don't think there is a refractor campaign? :D

I got a 'frac as my first scope, and I'd be willing to fight off a Dob any day :D

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