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Hi all,

it's a while since I last posted on here.

i previously owned the skywatcher skymax  127 but unfortunately, I had money trouble and had to sell. 

I have £150 to spend on a new scope. Any recommendations on my tight budget?

thanks

darrell

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Perhaps keep a lookout for a secondhand dob you should be able to get a 6 inch for that and if your lucky even an 8inch.Theres bound to be some in the classifieds after the new year.

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Welcome back Darrell :)

Agreed, keep an eye on the secondhand market, you will get much better bang for your buck.

What sort of targets/objects do you enjoy observing?

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Thanks for your replies both. 

Ideally I'm hoping to view planets and DSO. I have seen the skywatcher 200 dob advertised on the FLO site. I'm very tempted by this but the price is £285. I might wait for a month or to and save the additional money to fund this.

Is the equipment provided with a 200 dob sufficient to get me started or will I need to purchase extra's? 

If I was to spend £285, would the dob be a good choice?

thanks

darrell

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Yes it really would be worth the wait and the upgrade. The 200 is a staple, and well respected. You might struggle to find one S/H.

I don't know about the 200 but normally Skywatcher kit comes with a couple of basic eyepieces. In time you will probably want something a bit better, but that is the beauty of these dobs, upgrades are easy :)

 

 

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You get a 25 mm and a 10 mm eyepiece with the Dob as well as a basic 2x Barlow. I started with these. The 25 is very usable, the 10 less so, but I persevered with both for the first couple of months before replacing the 10. They will let you learn to use your scope and give you a better idea what you might want as replacements.

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