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    Well as requested, here is my review for my recently purchased Skyliner 200P

    Well, firs impressions: Jeez its heavy. Me and a friend put it together in no time atall, brilliantly made, everything fit together beautifully and all the tools needed to build the base were provided.

    Carrying the scope downstairs I lost my balance and ended up lying on the stairs with the scope lying on me, was rather funny situation to be in and we laughed, again, the scope is damn heavy!

    Took it out on the first night and straight away jupiter was in the eyepiece, what can I say, the scope had already been worth the money I paid for it. To see the planets colours and markings, and 3 of its moons was a great sight. I even managed to grab an average photo with my mums camera pointing through the lense.

    Also looking at the moon, it was slightly bright (going to get a filter) but the first thing I realised, was when you look at the moon through a scope - you realise it isnt a flat disk in the sky, but a ball, you can see its dimensional depth through the scope which just makes it look even more impressive.

    (Aren't you jealous? I get a clear night and full moon on the first night of taking the scope out!)

    I had it out for the 2nd time tonight properly, and fought against the clouds for an hour or so, but still jupiter is beautiful, and I even found andromeda, which I'm really happy about - the white cloudy fuzz covers the whole view of the lense piece - amazing. Sadly I tried to find andromeda a 2nd time but failed.. it kinda got away from me i think, so i soon went back to jupiter.

    Have brought the scope in for this evening and given it a smile and a thank you that it deserves.

    For the money I paid for it, i am very happy with the results already, and i'm yet to hunt down some nebula and saturn yet (limited to what there is in the sky right now) but as soon as the chance comes I will take it!

    I deffinately recommend to anyone else starting in astronomy with a telescope, I've bene looking at the sky for years and this is my first telescope and i am very pleased with it.

    Thank you to everyone who recommended it and helped me chose which one to buy

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    thanks for the wrte up buddy.

    love reading these

    No ,I'm happy that you got full moon and stars in the first night with telebbay !

    clear skies !

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    Thanks for the review isherwood. I'm ordering one of these in the next couple of days and can't wait. I must say it's reassuring that it sounds like i'm making the right decision, read a review on the same scope from someone didn't have the same experience. They did buy it 7 years ago mind so the optics may have been improved. You get 2 EPs right? How are they? How big / sharp do the moon and Jupiter appear in them?

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    Here are some photos of it, with me and with my dad.

    You can also see some photos i took of Jupiter here:

    4 Moons on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    ps. My telescope is called Jane :-)
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    You need to put a tarp down to protect the base from moisture and make it easy to retreive dropped eyepieces, etc.
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    Photos are fantastic. Out of interest, where did you purchase it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grecian View Post
    Photos are fantastic. Out of interest, where did you purchase it?
    i got it from cameracentre.co.uk - really fast delivery too

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    Thanks for the great review, can you give us some indications how good the motor is on tracking objects? If you leave it on a planet or star, and leave for a few minutes is it still on/near the center view?

    Also have you used the Goto quite often and does the motor move the scope to the right locations?
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    Quote Originally Posted by admin View Post
    Thanks for the great review, can you give us some indications how good the motor is on tracking objects? If you leave it on a planet or star, and leave for a few minutes is it still on/near the center view?

    Also have you used the Goto quite often and does the motor move the scope to the right locations?
    i would love to tell you about the motor and GoTo...

    however I can't beacuse it doesn't come with either of them

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    Heya! I just ordered a 200P skyliner for christmas. I can't wait! The only experience I have so far is with a 3 1/2 inch reflector, so I'm really looking forward to expanding my horizons. The scope looks HUGE. I didn't realise that it was that big. But it's ok

 

 
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