Hi guys, I got a Celestron Sky Watcher Classic 200P (8" aperture, 1,200mm focal length) a few days ago, and just had my first look at the night sky through it last night. The moon looks more beautiful than I could've imagined close-up Managed to box Jupiter and Saturn as well but couldn't see them very clearly. I've spent the past couple days (and most of this morning) Googling up a storm about how I can squeeze a sharper image outta this scope.
Naturally I have a few questions... maybe more than a few So many options with these things it makes the head spin lol. What are some good eyepieces you guys would recommend for planetary viewing? Lunar viewing? How about nebulas, clusters, and galaxies? Should I use a Barlow or try to view things using just the eyepieces? The telescope supports 2" hardware natively, is that worth looking into? How about collimation? I have a laser collimator, but I've heard look-through collimators are more accurate. Will the laser be sufficient for this scope? I also found out about the star test today so I'll have to give that a go tonight. On that subject, would an artificial star be worth looking into?
Very much newbie questions I'm sure, but I gotta start somewhere after all I'm reasonably technically-minded so don't be afraid to lay it on me. I'll mostly understand. Probably.
P.S. Anyone know any good local shops in the Victoria, B.C. region to buy telescope hardware at?