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Hey everyone, need some newb help please.

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Hey everyone!

My name is Sam and i have decided to take up Astronomy, and i ordered a Skywatcher Skyliner-150p 153MM (6") F/1200 Parabolic Dobsonian telescope. I am really excited to get it, but after reading a lot about it, 2x Barlow's sound like a 'must have'. I am just wondering, would all Barlows work with this scope? And if anyone knows a Barlow that would fit this scope and it £50 or less i would appreciate it. Thanks guys and cant wait to start! :)

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a barlow is not a "must have" at all. use the scope for a bit before spending any more money. there are some other things you might decide are more "must have" eg collimator, red dot finder or right angled finder, woolly hat....

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I agree with kniclander. Don't over blow the magnification at first. It gets hard to track in a Dob and 'smaller, brighter, sharper and in the eyepiece' beats 'bigger, dimmer, fuzzier and lost!!!!'

Olly

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a barlow is not a "must have" at all. use the scope for a bit before spending any more money. there are some other things you might decide are more "must have" eg collimator, red dot finder or right angled finder, woolly hat....

I completely agree with this. A barlow is a good adittion as it in theory halves the e.p.s you need but you should use your scope for a while first to decide what you want. I was only recomending a barlow that i've heard good reports on.:):)

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Thanks a lot guys, great advice. Im glad i wont need to get one for a while then, i thought it was the only way to see things very well haha :)

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If and when you decide to update your existing barlow, the TAL here would also be my choice and is reasonably priced. Two great red for finders (RDF) that I would recommend would be the Telrad here and the Rigel Quik Finder here although the latter would suit the size of the scope. Both are under £50 and good performers and together with your optical finder, will help you find objects very quickly.

James

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Id go for a more powerful eye piece before a Barlow. Something between 5-8mm. As already mentioned, you're in NOOOO hurry! Get to grips with what you have first, you'll quickly figure out the next step!

Enjoy the scope.....pray for the drought to return! :)

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funny thing - when I first got my scope the rush was to get magnification quickly but now I seem to spend most of my time in low powered E/Ps so as the guys have said I think the secret is to take your time- better still get along to a local observing group and meet some like minded people- astronomers are a pretty friendly bunch I've found and only too willing to help and make suggestions.

Good luck with your new scope - theres plenty of help to be had just ask.

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