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First kit and I feel like I'm starting with the biggest setup I can own. Picked up from astrobuysell.com for £125 including a 40mm and 25mm Celestron E-Lux. Finder scope will be replaced with right angle. It has a Telrad mount (as I found out by accident) and I've alreadyt found cheap one on FB so should have that soon.
Next pieces to get will be WA 6mm and 15mm.
There's a small mark on the main mirror, but it doesn't seem to affect the view, and at that price I can't complain. The base also needed some attention. Vertical movement is smooth, but horizontal rotation was hindered by the bottom board being slightly bent, and rubbing the corners against the telescope base. I have added some washers between the teflon pads and it's much better. Not buttery-smooth, but I feel like that would make it too sensitive to movement, In the current condition it lets me track Jupiter easily. I guess the real test will be when I get the 6mm piece
Collimating laser is also coming to make sure the mirrors are aligned after haling it home for 40 miles.
Other than that it doesn't seem like it needs any serious work, so for a 20-30 year old telescope this is amazing.
I purchased a skywatcher 200p dobsonion from first light optics a few weeks back. During assembly I found that the package containing side handle and the tension control handle is missing. I have contacted the first light optics but they are not sure when and how they are going to make it available for me.
Does anyone of you have these to spare??
Helios 8" Newtonian telescope OTA. Equivalent with Skywatcher Explorer 200P.
Has some cosmetic markings, but otherwise in excellent condition.
- 1.25" and 2" eyepiece adapters
- 9x50 finderscope
- long Vixen style dovetail
Price: £130 (negotiable)
Celestron Astromaster Kit is available for £20 extra
Mount not included.
Pick up only in Oxford.
Hi! I really want to get into watching the night sky. After a looking at the scopes that are available in my country, I chose to buy a SW Explorer 200P (haven't yet) and build a homemade dobsonian base.
I really like the aesthetics of the Orion Sky-quest dobsonian bases, so I draw a really similar design to fit the SW scope I want to buy. But while drawing it, I had tons of questions and I hope you can help me.
First of all, I just could get some aproximate measures of the parts of the scope out of the internet. If any of you has one of these SW reflectors, I would really appreciate if you can take some measurements for me to make the design more precise. Specially I really need the thickness and size of the holes of the rings.
About the bearing surfaces, I can't get anywhere the Teflon pads you usually use. What can I use to replace them? Also, what about the radius of the altitude bearings, Is it important?
Finally, which should be the height of a dobsonian mount? I don't want to be bent over to be able to see comfortably, nor I want it to be too tall. Is it supposed to be used on a stool or something?
I will really appreciate any other tip you can give me. I have never had a telescope, neither have I seen a dob mount. So I can be making a big mistake trying to convert this OTA to use with a dobsonian mount.
Anyway thank you very much. Cheers from Argentina
Almost forgot to add some pics of the 3D design I made!
By Anthony RS
Is anyone here using the TS Photon 6" F4 newtonian? I'm about to purchase it but I have some doubts and questions:
1- Does it hold collimation well, at least in a single session?
2- Is it impossible to balance in DEC due to its small dovetail or is it possible but harder?
3- Is the focuser rigid enough or does it introduce tilt?
4- Will collimating it be a nightmare?
5- I'm really picky when it comes to coma, should I expect some coma on edges even while using the Skywatcher Aplanatic F4 CC?
6- All in all, do you advice me to buy it or have some other option in the same price range.