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    Hi everyone. Sorry I haven't been here for a while. I went on holiday for a bit longer than expected. Lol. Anyway, after many, many hours of agonising searches I have decided to buy one of 2 scopes. I really wanted an eq mounted scope for the tracking capability but I suppose its not essential and I may be better off choosing more aperture. . The 2 scopes I want to choose from are the Skywatcher explorer 150p eq3 or the skywatcher skyline 200p Dobsonian. Which is better as an all rounder? I will be buying one next week. Thanks for the help again guys. Oh, plus I don't want it for astrophotography.

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    Get the 8" Dob! That is an easy choice for me.

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    Thanks mate. I was leaning to the 200p because you get 2 inches more aperture for about £80 less cash. Bargain.
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    I also would not have a reflector on an EQ mount. I like the EQ mount, it is a good one (I have it's equivalent with 2" tubular steel legs) but forget a reflector on it.

    The slightly slower speed of the Dob means it is not as hard on EPs. The planetary views I have seen through many different 8" Dobs have been much better than those I have seen through the very few 6" f/5 reflectors that I have looked through. And of course the 8" has a distinct advantage on DSOs.
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    Can I buy a right-angle for the finderscope? Or would I have to buy a right-angle finderscope?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chef alan View Post
    Can I buy a right-angle for the finderscope? Or would I have to buy a right-angle finderscope?
    You would have to replace it with a RACI (right angle correct image). That is generally one of the first things to be replaced. The RACI is much more comfortable to use than the straight through PITA (pain in the...astronomer).

    Your most important accessory though is a comfortable variable height observing chair.

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    Hi Alan from a half Welshman.
    Dad was from Cwmaman ( I assume it's the Welsh Aberdare!) where I spent many a happy summer.
    On my DOB I started with a direct finder, moved on to a right angled and then because even the right angled caused me directional confusion I went for a laser pointer.
    Never looked back since. So easy.

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    Your dad was from Cwmaman? I am about a mile away from Cwmaman. Small world huh?

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    Speaking of finder scopes, I put this finder scope on my 8" SCT and absolutely love it. It has dual crosshairs so you can fit even the tiniest star exactly dead center and the illumination is just the right brightness without being obnoxious. Not sure what type of FS mount your dob will have, but I'm sure you can find the appropriate accessory dovetail. Either way, hugely ergonomic and functional upgrade over the crappy straight throughs that come on most larger aperture scopes.

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    What should my first purchase be after getting the scope? New Eye pieces, a right-angle finderscope or a laser collimator?

 

 
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