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    Default Re: New member looking for some helpful advice...



    I am reading everything here and taking it on board.

    Basic question relating to Dubsonian 150 and 200; what do people mount these on?

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    Default Re: New member looking for some helpful advice...

    I’ve taken this on board about binoculars too...

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    Default Re: New member looking for some helpful advice...

    The mount is the "dobsonian" part of the telescope. The telescope itself is a Newtonian reflector and the ground board that the telescope sits/ pivots on is the dobsonian part.
    dob.jpg
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    Default Re: New member looking for some helpful advice...

    Dobsonians are a metre and a bit high and they just sit on the ground (they have a box mount that allows them to rotate and tilt as required and hold in place). If you were looking at something low down (like the planets are currently in our night skies) it might help if you can raise the base altogether.

    It terms of the telescope, they're basically the same as a Newtonian.

    If you can get a 150 or 200 mm dobsonian and a couple of eyepieces (about 25mm and 10mm should be good for starters) you should have great views (clouds and rain permitting).
    I'd suggest getting a planisphere (about £10) as it'll help you navigate your way around the night sky, and a sky map app (about £2.50) for your phone.

    A good pair of binoculars is a pleasure to use - have a look at Stephen Tonkin's Binocular Sky website for good advice - here's his advice on choosing a pair. BinocularSky - Choosing a First Binocular for Astronomy - but basically it comes down to
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    * Big "astronomy binoculars" can look tempting, but they are big and heavy and can be tiring to use for long periods, so a smaller "ordinary" pair can be a better bet for starting with.

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    Default Re: New member looking for some helpful advice...

    Hi Red, and welcome here to the Forum!

    Here is a graphic to determine the size of a Dobsonian telescope according to its aperture:

    Classic_Dob_size_comp.jpg

    I also recommend perhaps starting out with a pair of 10x50 binoculars. They are not very expensive, and they will be a useful tool for you whether or not you continue in astronomy. No matter how far you go with astronomy, and no matter what equipment you may acquire in the future, the binoculars will always be a useful tool. A pretty safe purchase to start.

    Good luck, and I hope you have a great vacation in that dark site!

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    Default Re: New member looking for some helpful advice...

    Hi Red Merle and welcome to the forum. Gabby has given you good advice. I strongly suggest a pair of 10x50 binocs since you will use them long after you get a scope. They are good for planets, the moon (although it will be bright) and brighter does. Start with a manual scope so you learn how mounts work and how to find objects in the sky before jumping into the go-to scope pool.

    I'm sure others will give you specific recommendations.

    Good luck on your trip!
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    Currently looking in to star charts (what's available and how to read them), binoculars and Dobsonian and Newtonian telescopes.

    I see that there are various iOS Apps offering star charts. Apps such as "Star Walk 2" and "Star Chart" (with AR, Infinite and VR variations), "SkyView" and "Night Sky". All score highly.

    Are these worth using, or naff?! If they are any good, which is a recommended?

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    Sky Safari usually gets the best user feedback. Personally, I use Stellarium on my android phone.

    I'd still recommend a planisphere though. Philips do a good 12" version, but I'd avoid not the 'glow in the dark' one, that's just a gimmick that reduces the amount of useful info.
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