Skywatcher Skyliner 200P Telescope £238.50 at Jessops
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Skywatcher Skyliner 200P Telescope £238.50 at Jessops

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Found 12th Apr 2015
I've been searching for a telescope recently and think this is a great deal for a really good telescope.

It's currently £278 from Jessops, which seems to be the price pretty much everywhere but using code 'BINOS10' brings the cost down to £250.20.

update: Jessops have dropped the price to £265 so the code now brings it down to £238.50.
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10.99 at aldi lol
I wish they were only £10.99!
Great scope for viewing
The EQ5 mount makes a huge difference to using the telescope. Hot.
paid 285 for mine 2 years ago

hot
can you spot moon landings with this?
same price other stores google.co.uk/sho…519?hl=en&output=search&q=SKYLINER-200P&oq=SKYLINER-200P&gws_rd=ssl&prds=hsec:online,paur:ClkAsKraX8TxtI-CnO-rajzhMqqaLyOrAq-mKy82Ji1Kx9R1RdwaNP3QVuRfpeLx196fzqxdycNTG5dwH3UpYtIOVV-wa0qyWqt0TI7h6gf26bIH-bfr5-BqjRIZAFPVH70XLZhS5wIpY0L28CBovNfp_Iyinw,scoring:tps&ei=rUIqVf9GgaCwAaHggWg&ved=0CG8Q2SswAA
Even the low orbit lunar reconnaisance probes can hardly see the moon landings, but only see the trails left - so no chance

space.com/128…tml
cootuk2

Even the low orbit lunar reconnaisance probes can hardly see the moon … Even the low orbit lunar reconnaisance probes can hardly see the moon landings, but only see the trails left - so no chancehttp://www.space.com/12835-nasa-apollo-moon-landing-sites-photos-lro.html


That space.com link is interesting, but by god they stuff the page with so many ads... It's painful viewing...
If I had the cash etc,etc. Good price though.
bilbob

That space.com link is interesting, but by god they stuff the page with … That space.com link is interesting, but by god they stuff the page with so many ads... It's painful viewing...




Try weblock if you use an IOS device.
simonloren

same price other stores … same price other stores https://www.google.co.uk/shopping/product/10937348419991955519?hl=en&output=search&q=SKYLINER-200P&oq=SKYLINER-200P&gws_rd=ssl&prds=hsec:online,paur:ClkAsKraX8TxtI-CnO-rajzhMqqaLyOrAq-mKy82Ji1Kx9R1RdwaNP3QVuRfpeLx196fzqxdycNTG5dwH3UpYtIOVV-wa0qyWqt0TI7h6gf26bIH-bfr5-BqjRIZAFPVH70XLZhS5wIpY0L28CBovNfp_Iyinw,scoring:tps&ei=rUIqVf9GgaCwAaHggWg&ved=0CG8Q2SswAA



The op did point that out but it's £28 cheaper with the code.
cracking scope, defo £250 when I tried adding to basket with code - but the o.h. would kill me!
chapchap

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I recommend going to your local Astronomy society to try something like this. The mirror is about 8" across, 210mm which is quite respectable but there are limitations as to what you will be able to see and £250 is £250!
chapchap

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I am on Windows, but I don't like adblock apps... these pages rely on advertising, I get that, and wouldn't want to deprive them of income. What I DO do, is when I see a page like that, I just don't visit it...
It's a good scope if you like starhopping.
If i chose again I would probably choose a GOTO system with a smaller scope.
I don't know which one to go for now! I was originally looking at the explorer 150p on the eq3-2, but now I have a bit of a dilemma...
If anyone has any advice I would be grateful! This would be my first telescope and I would like to view the moon and planets and some deep sky viewing would also be great. I can see in future I would like to get into a bit of astrophotography and I know the pds series are better for this but I'm very confused now!
NaterciaDC

I don't know which one to go for now! I was originally looking at the … I don't know which one to go for now! I was originally looking at the explorer 150p on the eq3-2, but now I have a bit of a dilemma... If anyone has any advice I would be grateful! This would be my first telescope and I would like to view the moon and planets and some deep sky viewing would also be great. I can see in future I would like to get into a bit of astrophotography and I know the pds series are better for this but I'm very confused now!



If you're looking at astrophotography the mount is definitely the most important part of your setup, especially for DSOs.

An EQ5 is probably minimum, but you can grab some short exposures of our solar system on the 150p/EQ3-2 Combo.

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t0ny

If you're looking at astrophotography the mount is definitely the most … If you're looking at astrophotography the mount is definitely the most important part of your setup, especially for DSOs. An EQ5 is probably minimum, but you can grab some short exposures of our solar system on the 150p/EQ3-2 Combo.



Thank you! So between the explorer 200 and this skyliner the explorer would be the better option for me?
This is quite a large scope in some ways, 200mm dia tube, push pull around the sky on the 'dob' base. one of the most popular scopes sold in the uk and with the Jessops code a good price. (A few also on ebay secondhand - it's a popular starter scope).
(best site for secondhand astro - astrobuysell.com/uk/ )

I would advise seeing astrophotography as a whole other ballgame - too many options and you need deep pockets for good deep sky stuff.
Edited by: "mickjack" 12th Apr 2015
looking on line the 200PDS is the model for astrophotography, slight difference in mirror positions, better focuser etc, bit more cost etc. best british forum stargazerslounge.com good on line supplier firstlightoptics.com

So I am thinking you may have to modify the 200P to use a camera.
Edited by: "mickjack" 12th Apr 2015

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mickjack

looking on line the 200PDS is the model for astrophotography, slight … looking on line the 200PDS is the model for astrophotography, slight difference in mirror positions, better focuser etc, bit more cost etc. best british forum www.stargazerslounge.com good on line supplier www.firstlightoptics.comSo I am thinking you may have to modify the 200P to use a camera.



Thanks, the 200p explorer and the 200p skyliner both come with camera adapters so you must be able to do a little photography with them....
Sorry, you are correct - I looked again, "Direct SLR Camera Connection" so you can fit a dslr directly to the focuser, also, I would think pop a webcam into the focuser and connect to a laptop. Webcams are used to video planets/moon, cameras deep space. (as a btb, I have heard some skywatcher kit is due a price rise)
mickjack

Sorry, you are correct - I looked again, "Direct SLR Camera Connection" … Sorry, you are correct - I looked again, "Direct SLR Camera Connection" so you can fit a dslr directly to the focuser, also, I would think pop a webcam into the focuser and connect to a laptop. Webcams are used to video planets/moon, cameras deep space. (as a btb, I have heard some skywatcher kit is due a price rise)


I've never been so confused, trying to make a decision is very hard! Thanks for the heads up, I will try to decide sooner rather than later, it's even Stevens at the moment but I don't understand the price difference if they are similar scopes!
200p is a good place to start, I would be tempted to look for secondhand, it's a popular scope to start with but lots give up and sell. Quite often well looked after but possibly not delivered. Good luck with it.
An EQ5 mount is a pricey / weighty piece of kit (so think about how you will move / store and set up as they are more onerous with an EQ), if you want to use DSLR for astro photography it is a really good starting point. You will probably want to add motors to it in the future - if serious astro photography is your intent it is probably the choice

A 200P Dob wont make a great photo scope as it cant track the stars but it is a fab instrument to learn your way round the sky and play with webcam/video stacking. Set up is incredibly quick and easy, I have a small dob and love it for that alone

In truth I doubt you would be disappointed with either - but you cant have both
Edited by: "LittleSkink" 12th Apr 2015
Thanks mickjack and littleskink, and everyone else for the advice - there's so much to think about, wish I wasn't so indecisive!
NaterciaDC

Thanks mickjack and littleskink, and everyone else for the advice - … Thanks mickjack and littleskink, and everyone else for the advice - there's so much to think about, wish I wasn't so indecisive!



The only real difference between the 200p skyliner and the explorer is the mount. The scope is the same. If you are looking at DSO imaging, then you will really need the EQ mount. A 'Dob' mount is a basic up/down/left/right mount that you move manually. An EQ mount tracks the earths rotations and with motors can point at the same part of the sky automatically, allowing for longer exposures.

As astro gear tends to keep its value pretty well, one option is to get the 200p Skyliner for now and see if you like it. You could always sell it in the future and get an EQ mount and scope.

Also be aware, when it says 'Direct SLR Camera Connection' you will still need an adapter on you camera to connect it to the scope. Usually a T-Ring specifically for your make of camera (Canon, Nikon ect)

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stubbadub

The only real difference between the 200p skyliner and the explorer is … The only real difference between the 200p skyliner and the explorer is the mount. The scope is the same. If you are looking at DSO imaging, then you will really need the EQ mount. A 'Dob' mount is a basic up/down/left/right mount that you move manually. An EQ mount tracks the earths rotations and with motors can point at the same part of the sky automatically, allowing for longer exposures.As astro gear tends to keep its value pretty well, one option is to get the 200p Skyliner for now and see if you like it. You could always sell it in the future and get an EQ mount and scope. Also be aware, when it says 'Direct SLR Camera Connection' you will still need an adapter on you camera to connect it to the scope. Usually a T-Ring specifically for your make of camera (Canon, Nikon ect)



Thanks, I think that's what I am going to do! I feel it's better to spend £250 on the Dobson as a beginner and then if I do get really into it I can get a scope and eq mount, while looking through star gazers lounge I found someone that had actually mounted their Dobson on an eq mount!
Sound like the right choice to me, Dobson or Dobsonian is the mount (interesting guy worth a google) Newtonian is the type of reflecting telescope, good tracking mounts for imaging are expensive - you need to be sure what sort of picture you want to take, then there is software.....

First upgrade may be a better eyepiece, not to small, the BST Explorer ED are thought to be good value (ebay or secondhand). Canon dslr's are good (more software than Nikon/others) or modify a webcam cheaply.

Steep learning curve, then there's the clouds !!!!!!
Thanks, the skyliner is even cheaper now at £238! I'm still not 100% on which to go for though.
If you are unsure then maybe look for a stargazing meeting in your local area. You can check out their setups and see what works for you.
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