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Was looking for a telescope to buy and came across this. Might not be the best one in the category out there but for the price I guess worth the risk.

I'm after a Sky-Watcher Skyliner 200P Dobsonian and the cheapest I can find new is £288. If anyone knows where to get this cheaper please let me know
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This unique and portable Jessops 300x76 Telescope is a high quality 76mm reflector telescope mounted on a Dobsonian style stand. Its table-top design makes it easy to store, transport and can easily become your first telescope for anyone interested in astronomy. The image quality of the telescope scope is excellent.

Specifications

  • Objective Diameter: 76mm
  • Focal length: 300mm
  • Focal ratio: 3.9mm
  • Max magnification: 150x
  • Height: 30cm
  • 6mm (50x) and 20mm (15x) Eyepieces
  • Dobson wooden stand (360°Rotating)

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You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock these cheap introductory scopes, consider what Galileo had to work with. I had a £20 telescope for my 10th birthday over 40 years ago and it fired my imagination and started a lifelong interest in the cosmos. I am now a billionaire and live on the moon, so there.
JonF99201/02/2020 08:53

Honestly, I wouldn't buy one of these, a pair of Olympus 10x50 binoculars …Honestly, I wouldn't buy one of these, a pair of Olympus 10x50 binoculars for about fifty quid is much better. However, if you really want a scope, you don't actually have to start with a 200p Dobsonian. You can start to get good views with a 130. I think the best starter scope is a Skywatcher Heritage 130p, which is a lot more compact and easy to store than the 200, which is a pretty big thing. Views from the 130 are good and it is very easy to use. It is a load more money than this one new, so not directly comparable, but if you can find one used you should be able to get it for well under £100. £70 or £80 on a 130mm Newtonian scope is a far better use of money than thirty quid on this one.


Agree, you can get some good views with just 5". My SLT maksutov is 127 (actually quite a bit less because of the secondary mirror) and can get some decent views of the moon and planets. This is with a £5 PS3 eye cam and a £30 2.5x barlow.

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RschUK30/01/2020 20:26

Anyone know if they are any good?


Don't know about this in particular, but you can get any telescope now as you'll only be able to see Musk's Starlink mesh of satellites LOL
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Anyone know if they are any good?
RschUK30/01/2020 20:26

Anyone know if they are any good?


Don't know about this in particular, but you can get any telescope now as you'll only be able to see Musk's Starlink mesh of satellites LOL
This is only gonna be good for a couple of months maybe, but you're gonna see its limitations very fast and you'll want something better.

Even worse it could put you off entirely which I hope won't happen but can see how many people could be put off by this thinking this is it and it can't get better.
Edited by: "b00gyman1" 30th Jan
Get the Sky-Watcher Skyliner 200P Dobsonian. I paid £300 5/6 years ago, I think they go for about that still. Great for seeing Saturn’s rings / Jupiter red spot. Although don’t expect NASA quality (or even close) pictures but amazing none the less. Only downside, it’s big and heavy (requires patience) and nowadays used mainly as a piece of “art” in the Dining room (great conversation starter though!)
Just to add, I started with started with similar spec to one posted, but swapped for the Dobsonian 200 the next day as you won’t get much out of it. You may see Jupiter closest moons as dots, and be wanting more. They do suggest you start of with some good Astro Binoculars. Good luck.
At this price I'd get some binoculars instead of this telescope. You'd get more use out of them as they can be used for other things.

Check around for used 200p telescopes. They regularly go for under £200 on ebay. I managed to get a 130m (motorised with eq2 tripod & mount) for £70 off ebay. Still getting used to it! I want to try astrophotography & have recently managed to get from cash converters a Canon 1000D for £100 and (my bargain!) a eq5 tripod with skywatcher star adventurer astro pack for £140!

Seems ill have plenty of time to learn to use them with the current wind & cloud cover
You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock these cheap introductory scopes, consider what Galileo had to work with. I had a £20 telescope for my 10th birthday over 40 years ago and it fired my imagination and started a lifelong interest in the cosmos. I am now a billionaire and live on the moon, so there.
philbot31/01/2020 08:55

You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock …You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock these cheap introductory scopes, consider what Galileo had to work with. I had a £20 telescope for my 10th birthday over 40 years ago and it fired my imagination and started a lifelong interest in the cosmos. I am now a billionaire and live on the moon, so there.


You haven't read the OP have you? :/

He said he wants a 200p & asked about getting one cheaper
philbot31/01/2020 08:55

You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock …You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock these cheap introductory scopes, consider what Galileo had to work with. I had a £20 telescope for my 10th birthday over 40 years ago and it fired my imagination and started a lifelong interest in the cosmos. I am now a billionaire and live on the moon, so there.


Was that you in the John Lewis Christmas advert the other year?
Please don't waste your money on this "toy" as you will be somewhat disappointed.
As for your 200P, try...

bristolcameras.co.uk/p-s…htm

Ever so slightly cheaper.
philbot31/01/2020 08:55

You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock …You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock these cheap introductory scopes, consider what Galileo had to work with. I had a £20 telescope for my 10th birthday over 40 years ago and it fired my imagination and started a lifelong interest in the cosmos. I am now a billionaire and live on the moon, so there.


Me too
philbot31/01/2020 08:55

You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock …You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock these cheap introductory scopes, consider what Galileo had to work with. I had a £20 telescope for my 10th birthday over 40 years ago and it fired my imagination and started a lifelong interest in the cosmos. I am now a billionaire and live on the moon, so there.


Mate you are talking out of Uranus
For newcomers, honestly if you want a telescope (and won't settle for a decent pair of binoculars) then 2nd hand is the way to go. Ebay, astrobuysell are best places to look, can get amazing bargains in there. When you do upgrade you'll probably get most of what you paid (after initial depreciation it's pretty flat)

If you're just in to visual astronomy, then an alt az mount or dobsonion scope best choice - no need to align, just plonk down and off you go, if you're thinking of dabbling in astrophotography too (which you will, believe me - you'll start googling how do I fit a DSLR to my skywatcher scope and then realise you have to start from scratch), then motorised alt az like the celestron SLT (I have one, love it) will allow you some excellent shots of the moon, planets with even a £5 webcam. For a pure astrophotography rig, you'll need a ton of cash, no kids, even more patience and a good vocabulary of swear words.
Edited by: "MrKrabs" 31st Jan
I have a Skyquest XT8, but when I first got into astronomy I picked up a pair of these for £40 off Ebay. These are far better than this scope, although you'll need to have some upper arm strength to hold these for longer than 2 minutes.
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Is this any good for moon and other planet spotting?
Thanks for posting, we have added this to the Highlights pages
there are much better ones for similar money on AliExpress.

Jessops stuff is always overpriced, stuff like this is just some cheap toy they got cheap and best avoided.
andywedge31/01/2020 23:18

Thanks for posting, we have added this to the Highlights pages


Thank you
Found Skywatcher Skyliner 200p a bit cheaper on Amazon £267.80 delivered.

After placing my order decided to check out the seller's profile and noticed that the seller (from Germany) is asking to contact them first via email. Something's not right here.

Edit: Never mind, they've cancelled my order as I expected. Probably best that way as I'm not contacting them outside of the protection of Amazon just to save a few quid.
Edited by: "sgs222" 1st Feb
For OP if your not in a major rush, keep an eye out on gumtree for a second hand one and spend the savings over new on good eye pieces. Most people get a scope and then want bigger and better so even bigger scopes like the 200Ps come up for sale. Theres not alot to go wrong except either manufacturing defect or it getting a rough delivery company which is always a risk when buying new. So as long as it can be seen working correctly and it's been looked after I dont really see having a warranty on a new one making much difference. Might require patience in find one though! Good luck
The_Ramrod01/02/2020 00:45

For OP if your not in a major rush, keep an eye out on gumtree for a …For OP if your not in a major rush, keep an eye out on gumtree for a second hand one and spend the savings over new on good eye pieces. Most people get a scope and then want bigger and better so even bigger scopes like the 200Ps come up for sale. Theres not alot to go wrong except either manufacturing defect or it getting a rough delivery company which is always a risk when buying new. So as long as it can be seen working correctly and it's been looked after I dont really see having a warranty on a new one making much difference. Might require patience in find one though! Good luck


Yes, that's what I've been doing for a while with not much luck unfortunately.
MrKrabs31/01/2020 21:40

For newcomers, honestly if you want a telescope (and won't settle for a …For newcomers, honestly if you want a telescope (and won't settle for a decent pair of binoculars) then 2nd hand is the way to go. Ebay, astrobuysell are best places to look, can get amazing bargains in there. When you do upgrade you'll probably get most of what you paid (after initial depreciation it's pretty flat)If you're just in to visual astronomy, then an alt az mount or dobsonion scope best choice - no need to align, just plonk down and off you go, if you're thinking of dabbling in astrophotography too (which you will, believe me - you'll start googling how do I fit a DSLR to my skywatcher scope and then realise you have to start from scratch), then motorised alt az like the celestron SLT (I have one, love it) will allow you some excellent shots of the moon, planets with even a £5 webcam. For a pure astrophotography rig, you'll need a ton of cash, no kids, even more patience and a good vocabulary of swear words.


Caution: two cents and general discussion to follow!
To add to your comments for people looking to get started, go and sit out in the cold by yourself for 30 minutes. If your getting annoyed, lonely or bored dont spend much money on a scope or get a go to version. This might seem harsh but I'm fascinated by space, and live in a rural area with little light pollution but realistically with time and weather I can only just dabble, maximum 10 times a year when its clear and crisp. Anything over an hour and I'm ready to come back in and that's without having to travel to set up somewhere. Its also nice experiencing things with others and my other half cant stand me fiddling for ages to show her a group of stars! I looked at very expensive scopes at the time as my philosophy is usually buy once buy right, but I'm glad I opted for a 130 Skywatcher in the end to get me going. I know now that spending many £100s would have been a total waste for me although I would like an 8in GO TO someday still! Spending a hundred to find out you like it, learning the ropes and selling on for a small loss to upgrade is better than spending a thousand, resenting it and it either gathering dust as it looks cool or selling for a bigger loss. I think a 130p is a great starter scope for any one!
philbot31/01/2020 08:55

You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock …You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock these cheap introductory scopes, consider what Galileo had to work with. I had a £20 telescope for my 10th birthday over 40 years ago and it fired my imagination and started a lifelong interest in the cosmos. I am now a billionaire and live on the moon, so there.


This is proof not to buy a cheap one as it can lead to psychosis
Edited by: "trex" 1st Feb
Honestly, I wouldn't buy one of these, a pair of Olympus 10x50 binoculars for about fifty quid is much better.

However, if you really want a scope, you don't actually have to start with a 200p Dobsonian. You can start to get good views with a 130. I think the best starter scope is a Skywatcher Heritage 130p, which is a lot more compact and easy to store than the 200, which is a pretty big thing. Views from the 130 are good and it is very easy to use. It is a load more money than this one new, so not directly comparable, but if you can find one used you should be able to get it for well under £100. £70 or £80 on a 130mm Newtonian scope is a far better use of money than thirty quid on this one.
pelaquin31/01/2020 22:19

Not really. If I was looking to get into astronomy I would bid on these …Not really. If I was looking to get into astronomy I would bid on these and see if you can get them under £50.https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184144820888


Thank you for the link. Managed to get these 15 x 70 astrobinoculars for £45 incl. delivery. Sorry if I outbid anyone else from here.

These can be mounted on a tripod and will hopefully keep the kids occupied while I'm trying to navigate my glorious 8" dobsonian to find those Saturn rings or the Jupiter's red spot. If and when I finally buy it that is
philbot31/01/2020 08:55

You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock …You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock these cheap introductory scopes, consider what Galileo had to work with. I had a £20 telescope for my 10th birthday over 40 years ago and it fired my imagination and started a lifelong interest in the cosmos. I am now a billionaire and live on the moon, so there.


You ARE the man on the moon?? Mystery solved.
sgs22201/02/2020 09:01

Thank you for the link. Managed to get these 15 x 70 astrobinoculars for …Thank you for the link. Managed to get these 15 x 70 astrobinoculars for £45 incl. delivery. Sorry if I outbid anyone else from here.These can be mounted on a tripod and will hopefully keep the kids occupied while I'm trying to navigate my glorious 8" dobsonian to find those Saturn rings or the Jupiter's red spot. If and when I finally buy it that is


Nice, great thing about those binoculars is you'll be able to sell them for what you paid. If I was you I'd try and pick up a Skyquest XT6 or XT8. Facebook marketplace have some under £180. At least in my area.
philbot31/01/2020 08:55

You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock …You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock these cheap introductory scopes, consider what Galileo had to work with. I had a £20 telescope for my 10th birthday over 40 years ago and it fired my imagination and started a lifelong interest in the cosmos. I am now a billionaire and live on the moon, so there.


I also got a £20 telescope for my 10th birthday over 40 years ago!

I now have a restraining order and live in belmarsh prison
JonF99201/02/2020 08:53

Honestly, I wouldn't buy one of these, a pair of Olympus 10x50 binoculars …Honestly, I wouldn't buy one of these, a pair of Olympus 10x50 binoculars for about fifty quid is much better. However, if you really want a scope, you don't actually have to start with a 200p Dobsonian. You can start to get good views with a 130. I think the best starter scope is a Skywatcher Heritage 130p, which is a lot more compact and easy to store than the 200, which is a pretty big thing. Views from the 130 are good and it is very easy to use. It is a load more money than this one new, so not directly comparable, but if you can find one used you should be able to get it for well under £100. £70 or £80 on a 130mm Newtonian scope is a far better use of money than thirty quid on this one.


Agree, you can get some good views with just 5". My SLT maksutov is 127 (actually quite a bit less because of the secondary mirror) and can get some decent views of the moon and planets. This is with a £5 PS3 eye cam and a £30 2.5x barlow.

39811667-64ZQa.jpg

39811667-CIxfW.jpg39811667-vHBvs.jpg
MrKrabs01/02/2020 10:51

Agree, you can get some good views with just 5". My SLT maksutov is 127 …Agree, you can get some good views with just 5". My SLT maksutov is 127 (actually quite a bit less because of the secondary mirror) and can get some decent views of the moon and planets. This is with a £5 PS3 eye cam and a £30 2.5x barlow.[Image] [Image] [Image]


Congratulations! Those are very nice looking images. The issue is your scope costs quite a bit more than I'm willing to spend at this stage. Not sure if the same size nutonian (non Maskutov) scope would deliver similar results. 200p is said to have 70% better light gathering capability compared to a 130p so I decided the extra weight is an acceptable compromise for that
Can you see my moon with this?
pelaquin31/01/2020 22:19

Not really. If I was looking to get into astronomy I would bid on these …Not really. If I was looking to get into astronomy I would bid on these and see if you can get them under £50.https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/184144820888



I don’t get it. The telescope is 150x but the binoculars are 15x. Why are they better (genuine question)
philbot31/01/2020 08:55

You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock …You can't compare this to a £200 telescope, and to all the people who mock these cheap introductory scopes, consider what Galileo had to work with. I had a £20 telescope for my 10th birthday over 40 years ago and it fired my imagination and started a lifelong interest in the cosmos. I am now a billionaire and live on the moon, so there.


Presumably the moon is a very low tax jurisdiction? but how much is the council tax?
coalfield02/02/2020 08:15

I don’t get it. The telescope is 150x but the binoculars are 15x. Why are t …I don’t get it. The telescope is 150x but the binoculars are 15x. Why are they better (genuine question)


The magnification isn't always the defining factor in the what's good at long range viewing. Take megapixels on a phone, a high number doesn't mean it's a good camera e.g a Carl Zeiss lens on an 8mp camera produces much better images than a generic 48 megapixel camera.

Just like these binoculars which have much better optics than this cheap scope.

Not to mention when you're viewing the stars having to sit down in one spot for long periods is not only uncomfortable but limits you to a specific FOV, the binoculars on the other hand you're much more mobile.

Yes you won't get the range of a scope, but you'll get crystal clear images. As you saw I own these and you can quite clearly see the moon's of Jupiter with them, no haze or blur.

That said I have an 8" Celestron Orion Skyquest XT8 and the things you can see with that will blow your mind.
Edited by: "pelaquin" 2nd Feb
I've always wanted one, but when it comes to shelling out £400+ I just turned to google and see the same images for free on a PC. For effect I sometimes look down a toilet roll tube and imagine it's the real thing.
Edited by: "Chiptivo" 2nd Feb
The million-dollar question: how similar is this Jessops telescope to the Sky-Watcher Heritage-76 Mini?

Many specialised sellers consider the Sky-Watcher Heritage-76 Mini as the best of the kids (i.e. beer money) entry-level telescopes. For example, it's the cheapest of the recommended beginners telescopes at First Light Optics (FLO), who are a darling seller on many UK astronomy forums. I buy my telescopes from FLO.

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For sure the eyepieces are different - other differences are anyone's guess unless they've actually tried both. In the absence of anything concrete either way, I'd suggest buying the SkyWatcher purely because of the company's excellent reputation amongst aficionados.

If kids are the main reason for purchase then get a telescope rather than binoculars - it's a lot less hassle for pointing, finding, and holding steady.
Edited by: "Jules.Tohpipi" 2nd Feb
All these different options.... Sounds exciting but what shall I buy. Any eBay second hand recommendations for a newcomer binoculars or telescope in the region of £100 would be really appreciated x
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