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    Default It's here! 16" of sky watching joy!



    Good day all,

    Well it's here!

    Three huge boxes arrived yesterday and after an hour or so of (very) careful unpacking, my 16" Dob is just about ready to go. It is quite the biggest telescope I have ever seen let alone used. Until now, my only experience with a Newtonian was a 6" I loaned from a friend a few years ago. This is... well... enormous - and very, very heavy!

    I followed the assembly instructions and the mount went together without any problem - if you have assembled an IKEA flat-pack bookcase, you can assemble a Skywatcher Dob mount. The mirror comes individually boxed and very well packed. Assembly is very straightforward and quite nerve-wracking, I was really worried about marking or otherwise dinging the mirror. In the end, the assembly was like the mount, very easy.

    I paired the OTA and mount outside and began collimating the mirrors. I used a laser collimator and started by checking the secondary - it was as you would expect, just about spot on - I should say that the primary comes with a centering mark. The primary took about 15 minutes of adjusting, re-adjusting and final 'tweaking' to get perfect alignment.

    The weather turned to pants so I dismantled the scope and put everything safely away.

    The weather is unseasonably stormy at the moment, but promises to clear for the weekend. I will complete the set up then. I will also take some images and upload them for the forum to check out.

    I have ordered a Skyfi, but that is on back order - hopefully should be here next month. I'm also about to invest in a 2" 12mm Nagler - should be an improvement on the standard 1.25" Plossls that came with the 'scope.

    I'm one very happy camper!

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    Hi Ian,

    congratulations on receiving the big Skywatcher. Will be a capable scope with lots of light grasp. Have you thought about the ES82deg series of eyepieces, these with TV nagler performance at a fraction of the cost. Anyway have lots of fun.

    PS. I have previously owned four Skywatcher scopes from an 80mm short tube refractor to a 12" collapsible skyliner. All good value for money.

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    Congrats very nice

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    Default Re: It's here! 16" of sky watching joy!

    Hello Ian. Congratulations on the 16" light bucket. When your skies are finally clear, you will see things that you only dreamed of seeing. Keep us posted as to your actual first light experiences. Thanks for your report and best wishes on clear skies for all of us.
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    Congrats, that sounds like quite a setup!
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    Sounds great, Ian. Congrats!
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    Congrats on the beast, I hope you get a chance to use it soon.
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    Default Re: It's here! 16" of sky watching joy!

    Wow, I am very envious right now, but with the crappy weather we've had all summer here in South Africa, it would probably have been a bit of a waste. Enjoy!!!
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    I am so jealous lol. Congrats on the monster scope, I too will get one someday lol. Can't wait for your fist light report.
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    Good for you !
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