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I bougth a skywatcher skyliner 200p (a newtonian dobsonian telescope) and I should receive it in 2 weeks.
Since I know nothing yet of the practicalities of astronomy I wonder what accessories I should get initially for it if any.
I would love to hear your advice.
From what I gathered, collimation seems a necessary thing to perform, even with new telescope, right?
I read a lot of good and bad thing about laser and only good thing about cheshire.
Since I ll be alone operating the telescope, which one should I get if any ?
a cheshire like this one https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Ascension-1-25-Short-Cheshire-Collimation-Eyepiece-UK/322431518490?hash=item4b126a871a:g:VYkAAOSwWxNYrXEi
or a laser (in which case which one would you recommend )?
Any resources on how to perform collimation. That sounds a bit scary
I heard a lot about telrad and I am considering one
is a rigel quickfinder similar or better ? (https://www.firstlightoptics.com/finders/rigel-quikfinder-compact-reflex-sight.html)
Can these be installed without hassle on my skywatcher ?
I also heard that the default straight finder installed on the skywatcher is not very nice to use as you need to bend yourself (and the image is inverted)
Should I get a right angle one like :
How would I install it? Is it as simple as replacing the straight one ?
In order to find objects in the sky, I though first to buy a push to telescope like the orion xt8i but because of the price, I decided to go with the simple skywatcher skyliner 200p.
This now means I have to learn to navigate in the sky, which is probably a good thing anyway.
Finders helps here but to be precise, I thought about "setting circles" and inclinationmeters but these would require some time to built it and attach it. What do you think? Any good resources ? Probably something I can reconsider later?
I might instead try the "skeye" app (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lavadip.skeye) but I ll need to find a way to fix my phone on the telescope.
Protection / care:
Is there any precaution I should take when storing my telescope (while not in use)? Any useful accessories ?
Since the moon is such easy target and fascinating on its own. should I get a moon filter ?
What about planetary filter, are they worth it ?
Any other thing I should consider getting ?
Any recommended books ?
This is my first astrophotography with my own scope (and first light for this scope). I've always been fascinated with this galaxy, and it was my childhood dream to capture it. It finally happened ;-)
You'll find all the technical details on the description on flickr.
Overall it's the first light of my skywatcher Quattro 250mm/1000mm f4, NEQ6, with an unmodded Canon 6D.
Integration time: 1h59
Processed with PixInsight.
link to flickr for the full resolution and description:
Skywatcher Skymax 127 Synscan AZ GOTO
Barlow Lens (1.25")
90° Star Diagonal (1.25”)- Repaired
SynScan AZ GoTo Computerised Alt-Azimuth HD Go-To Mount with Handset
Stainless Steel Tripod with Accessory Tray
Skywatcher WiFi Adapter (This is so you can use your mobile phone for control to control the scope instead of the handset)
Celestron Powertank with cable & charging plug
T Adappter & Ring for Canon 1300D Camera
Meade 8- 24 Zoom lens
Bahtinov mask x 2, One for telescope and a small one for canon camera lens
L Bracket for attaching a camera to the mount rather than piggybacking onto the scope
Plastic carry case for lenses masks etc.
Diy Solar filter using Baader Solar Film
Turn Left at Orion Book and The Sky at Night paperback Patrick Moore
This telescope and accessories are only 6 month old and I have only used it 3 times, so it is like brand new except for the star diagonal which has been repaired.
Powertank was bought at christmas and has only been charged once
The star diagonal got dropped and the silver insert (the bit that you put the eyepiece into) that screws into it became slightly loose
in the threads so I repaired it by putting superglue on the threads and screwing it back in.
It is held solid now and no glue is visible and all the eyepieces fit perfectly.
All instruction manuals and tools still in bag.
Non Smoking Household
Location Bolton, North West England. Collection or I can do local delivery in person. I would prefer this as postage would be expensive also the risk of damage in transit. If needed then I estimate around £15 due to size and amount of items if sent by courier.
Skywatcher 14” FlexTube Dobsonian GOTO with extras
Skywatcher Skyliner 350P 14" F/4.5 FlexTube GOTO for sale.
Comes with :
Skywatcher PowerTank 17Ah.
Heater strip on the secondary mirror. does NOT come with the Dew Controller.
Telrad Finder and Telrad Riser Base.
Skywatcher 9x50 Finderscope
25mmSkywatcher Super Plossl eyepiece
Skywatcher 2x Barlow lens.
Dual-Speed 2" Crayford Focuser with 1.25" adapter
Astrozap light shroud for Skywatcher FlexTube
Cheshire Collimating Eyepiece
Laser Collimating Eyepiece.
this a big scope with great views. can be used as a goto or a push to scope.
in excellent condition.
The scope can be assembled and disassembled in about 10 minutes or so.
Buyer collects. Nottingham Area.
EDIT: Decided to put a reason why I am selling this scope. It's been a fabulous scope (some of you folks may have seen it at the last SGL star party). But fitting this and my 11" sct in the car is a massive squeeze (I did have a 9.25 at SGL and just managed it, with the tents and stuff).
So I have decided regrettably to sell. More images can be arranged, and by all means come and view it (no obligation).