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  1. This was a quote from April 2010 and I too just saw this scope on ebay and wondered ... you guys. yet again, turned me away. Incidentally, they still have 'more than 10 available and six sold' Even though I am a complete idiot when it comes to scopes ... not yet bought my first, I was getting suspicious at the EQ4 mount being 'top of the range' and the comment about 'telescope is probably the most powerful telescope you will find, offered at realistic prices'. Back to the searching.
  2. Ah, ok well I suppose initially I am looking at keeping things to our solar system and nebulae etc., but I would like to branch out to deeper space at some time. So am I correct in thinking that the Skymax 180pro is OK for planetry viewing but not good for deep space viewing? OK so based on what many of you are saying I will need EQ6! I would definitely like to be looking at astrophotography later also but again, money needs accumulating first so that wont be for a while.
  3. Hi guys, I have been looking at a lot of scopes recently and trying to understand the differences between them all. I am particulary drawn to the 'Skywatcher Skymax 180pro'. It seems to me to be a lot of scope for the £800 price tag. What do you guys think? Secondly, more important, what tripod/mount would be best for this scope? I have read that EQ5 isn't beefy enough ... is this right? (Amazed if it is right!) Will I really need to go up to the EQ6? A huge price jump between the 5 and 6 (at least internet searches so far make it about £100 anyway) I am looking at motorised not necessarily GOTO at this stage. Any thoughts would be a huge help guys.
  4. Maybe I'll wait till I got my bought scope and using it then I will look at making my own. No pressure from moi to get viewing the skies. I can be a little impatient at times.
  5. Lankywolf using 'then' when 'than' should be used and visa versa is a common error in English. I don't understand why but I see it an awful lot! I am looking at getting WOTU next. Can't wait.
  6. The more I read about how you guys produce these images the more I realise how little I know. I will get there one day but for now, I am in awe!
  7. When the time comes for me to make images I'd be 'over the moon', so to speak, with that image!
  8. Thanks for all of your comments guys. I got a result though. Apparantly has been a revision and errors corrected I received a new copy today in exchange for mine and the Sun diameter error is gone. Not sure about the others though. Now to get into reading it. And preparing for the 'Universe' version!
  9. Thanks guys ... Paul: I am not concerned about the dia fo the Sun I know it is 1.4 million km, or just under. My concern was that if there were any other typos, would I be assimilating many errors. I don't know about you but once I have something in my head it is very difficult to change. Especially at my age ... lol Alowen: Thanks for that. Maybe it will be worth reading some Amazon reviews Hope there isn't too many!
  10. I don't want to sound pushy Guys, but is the lack of responce because no one has bought the book? or am I just being petty about my concerns? I know very little about space and astronomy and I need something that I can rely on to be accurate, interestingly presented and affordable. This book seemed to fit the bill.
  11. I have just bought the Wonders of the Solar System book by Prof Brian Cox. Love the DVD series which I also got but I have noticed an error in the book and was wondering if anyone had any thoughts about it. Are there many errors, of which I am not going to know. I only recognised this one because I know that the sun is 1,400,000 kilometres in diameter but the book says 140,000km. I have only just bought it but starting to think that maybe it will cause more confusion than help me to learn. Your thoughts please.
  12. I was just wondering, after seeing a few sites about making your own scope, how practical this might be. Is it a difficult task? I do build handmade guitars for a hobby so working in a worshop is not totally alien to me but I accept there is a world of difference between building a guitar and building a telescope. Can a good sized scope be built to required standards for the price of a manufactured one? If it is feasible, would it be restriced to building a simple Newtonian scope or would it be possible to construct a Cassegrain type? And finally, what is the difference between a Schmidt Cassegrain and a Maksutov Cassegrain?
  13. Thanks guys ... a lot for me to think about Dr Dan. Bizibilder, I will look at SW200P along with other 8" mirrors.
  14. Ok, so I apologise. You have heard this question a million times already in various forms. I am totally lost on what to buy. I am taking a university course starting in Oct to get a physics and astronomy degree with the OU. Now, I am going to want to get my first scope but I am totally lost as to what to get. Initially I am interested in looking at planets and Saturn with its rings is a must of course, and nebulae. I believe a reflector is the ?best? but am at a loss as to what size I would need. I have tried looking at others' posts but only get more confused. What size would you guys suggest would be the SMALLEST I should go for. I intend to purchase the best quality I can afford and that is likely to be around £750. Your suggestions would be very much appreciated.
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