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Celestron NexStar 127 SLT Maksutov-Cassegrain OR Nexstar 130 SLT Reflector?

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Hi im new, just registered and im looking for some advice.

I've been shopping around on the net for weeks and weeks for a good first telescope and Ive managed to narrow myself down to two that both look pretty good but just cant decide which one to go for. Can anybody offer me any advice between the two telescopes in the title? From what i can gather, putting design and aesthetics aside, these two are quite similar optically, despite the 127 being slightly more expensive. any help would be much appreciated.

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Your choice of scope will depend on your observing prefs. There is no hard and fast rule but the received wisdom is that the Newtonian is good for general viewing and the Mak-Cass is designed for higher power viewing of the Moon, planets and stars. They are also a good choice for astro imaging.

As a visual observer my own preference would be for the 130. This was my first scope when I started in astronomy as a hobby and although the scope itself was fine I had trouble getting used to the GoTo set up and ended up changing it for an AltAz mount.

Hope this helps.

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There certainly is. I bit the bullet last Wednesday and went ahead and ordered the 130 . 2 days later it arrived! unfortunately though there hasnt been a clear night in bristol since then so havent had a chance to test it out. that didnt stop me setting it up in my living room though, and in terms of build quality/ ease of assembly i cant fault it yet. im also awaiting delivery on a barlow lens and moon filter so hopefully they'l arrive in time with a good clear night and i can finally get out there and enjoy the night sky in a bit more detail.

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