Hello everyone. I feel like I just found my long lost family
I am a mother of five children, ages 5 to 18 and I need help. Please. My kids and I spend hours sky watching, star gazing... we are constantly looking up. We watch all the launches live, we set alarms for 3 am and go outside together for sky "events" to catch those moments as they happen. We LOVE space. We are a family that is in love with the sky.
I have been saving up and I finally, finally just ordered a 10 inch Dobsonian. It is our very first scope. My kids have no idea. I am hoping I made the right decision on a 10 inch Dob as our first scope. I went with the Sky Watcher, mostly based on reviews on numerous sites and that sweet younger girl in her backyard observatory from youtube, Helena I believe. Zhummel was sold out. Orion 10 classic I could not find. Apertura was sold out as well. Those would have been my first choices. Was going with the Celestron Nexstar 130 at one point. May have been a good call but I didn't want to mess with the electronics yet. Why I love old cars and trucks, less parts to break and things I can work on myself. I had an Orion 8 inch ordered and then I saw that young girls clip / her review and changed it up. Although, I think I ended up with a lesser scope, unless the Skyline is a UK thing? Regardless, decided to dive in to a 10 inch. I am not scared of the size. I have a huge Chevy to transport. I lift weights. I am good. Figured I would like the extra light.
It was just shipped and is on the way. I do plan to set us up for Astrophotography next. This is a love of ours. My 11 year old takes his Iphone SE and tries and tries to capture planets. He got an amazing picture of Mars recently when it was close in and although it was just a bright, orange, blurry blob, we were so excited about it. It was like seeing into the past. I was amazed by it. That is the plan moving forward but for now, It's kind of like learning the guitar, you have to learn the chords first of you ever wish to play well. I want my kids to learn the sky, manually, before we have a bunch of high end equipment. I want to as well. I am hoping the Dob was the right choice for that. I know we won't get great shots but that will come down the line.
So I am budgeted fairly tightly. I just paid for the scope and now I want to make sure we have the lens or any accessories we need to get going. I know from stalking all of your forums here for many months now (you are all so helpful), that I need a barlow lens. A few other eye pieces. A 2 inch would be amazing but my goodness are they costly and I THINK my scope comes with one?? What it looks like. I know I need a moon filter. Right angle scope? Culminate? Ready set for that already?
Could someone PLEASE recommend a few key and crucial quality items, very specifically set for the exact scope I am getting? It's information overload when you search for eye pieces and accessories for a 10 inch Dob. I do not yet understand half of what I am reading. I have zero experience with any of this. I would really appreciate the tips.
Skywatcher, Classic Dob, Model 250P 10”
10” (254 mm) Dobsonian-style Newtonian / 1200 mm focal length (f/4.7)
2” single-speed Crayford-style focuser w/ 1.25” adaptor
9×50 Straight through finder scope / Solid rocker-mount w/ Teflon bearings & tension clutch for altitude.
I appreciate you all in advance. Doing my share to share the skies with the next generation. Hoping it has a ripple effect. I'll be grateful, always for your advice. I hope I made the right call on the scope. Trying not to second guess myself. We are not wealthy by any means so it was a big decision to make. Wealthy and rich in all other ways however and this addition to the family is absolutely EVERYTHING to me. Sorry this turned into such a lengthy call for help.
THANK YOU all so much. Star Fam