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  1. Like this one, do you mean? http://www.amazon.co.uk/Draper-45801-76-Reflected-Telescope/dp/B001AS405M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400070280&sr=8-1&keywords=draper+telescope !!
  2. I had the GTF81 with the rack and pinion focuser (it was DDG too) and it was pretty good. William Optics actually replaced my focuser with a new one, as they'd improved their manufacturing tolerances and it was even better. If the new GT81 has the same focuser, it's very good.
  3. To be honest, I wasn't really that serious about it - but I am tempted to order up and try the smaller 130PDS. Still might be a bit of a challenge unguided, but I could drift align.
  4. Slightly off topic, where did you find a 130PDS for ~£150? It's more like £170+ wherever I've looked.
  5. That could be very interesting for camera + lens pics. I'd love to know it's capacity, but I'm guessing it'll be stealing sales of the Vixen Polarie and the iOptron Sky Tracker at that price.
  6. Just for kicks, I thought I'd try this: That's a 150PDS on there! The AT drives it without breaking a sweat, it could do with a smidge more counterweight, especially once I hang a DSLR on there, but a 130PDS just might be perfect.... Am I mad?!
  7. Thanks chaps - i've been interested in this for a while, I'd like to replace my GTF-81 with one to go on my Astrotrac Travel System. The GTF-81 is just a bit too big for it really, I think this would be spot on.
  8. Anyone know? They appeared to have suffered from pinched optics when cold, but reports of this were some time ago and have generally been getting decent reviews. Ta
  9. They're mine - for sale here too now. They're really VERY good (especially that 28mm beastie), but I'm trying to raise some funds for a CCD whilst not currently employed(!). If they sell, I'll be replacing them again in the future.
  10. I've been saying for ages if SW put the 130PDS OTA on a Heritage 130P base, I'd have their arm off.
  11. I bought a small (50cm) padded tripod case from Ebay from a Chinese seller, it's a bit big for the Astrotrac unit, but it was only a tenner.
  12. I've got the GTF81 with the DDG R+P focuser - it was good but suffered from some image shift. WO replaced it FOC with a new improved version (tighter manufacturing tolerances I understand), still DDG (which doesn't really do anything worthwhile oher than get a rough starting point for good focus), but it's a lovely bit of kit now so I'm sure this one is just as good.
  13. That's got to be a typo - the 'was' prices are cheaper on the 10" than the 8" CF.
  14. I'm no expert on the problem, but it'll be well worth researching EU law on warranty periods.
  15. Both are valid options, albeit for different purposes. The EQ5 isn't what I'd call portable, it's a great mount for observing and only ok-ish for imaging. Most people would go for the better HEQ5, which has higher resolution gearing and motors, can carry more load and can be autoguided. The Astrotrac option is very portable, will track MUCH better than an unguided (H)EQ5 and will happily carry the majority of camera and lens combinations but unless you go for the big (and expensive) Travel System you won't be able to add a telescope to it for longer focal lengths. If you think you'll only be imaging with a camera and lens combination, I'd say the Astrotrac wins hands down - you'll get much more use out of it, it'll take half the time to get set up and it gives excellent results. There are cheaper options too, such as the iOptron SkyTracker V2 - it's not as accurate as the Astrotrac, doesn't carry the same load (although the majority of camera/lens combos will be fine) but it's a fair bit less costly and slightly smaller. Damian1985 on here has one, so it might be worth messaging him for his opinion. I have the Astrotrac - I'd previously had an NEQ6 Pro which was great, but too much of a faff to get set up. It's my second one, after regretting selling the first one. I do have the Travel System though, which means I have the capacity to also use a small imagng scope, but I also own the same Holiday Special tripod and geared head if I want to just use a camera and lens so I have the best of both worlds.
  16. Agreed. The colours of the reflection match the lights on the horizon.
  17. Congrats - look forward to a first light report. Did you go for the new version?
  18. Yep, using FLO prices, the Polarie is £15 cheaper than the AT without the polarscope. When I did my research using both with polarscopes, like for like tripods and ballheads (one more ballhead for the Polarie, and a geared head for the AT) the AT bundle was only around £30 more expensive. For me, £30 was worth it for the better load carrying, more accurate tracking and the ability to guide in RA. To be fair, there's no need for a geared head for the AT either - Telescope Service do an AT bundle with a 3D head if you want to save a bit more money. For anyone interested, there's a seller on Ebay selling new AT's with polarscope for £450 shipped. No affiliation with the seller, but they're cheaper than I've seen anywhere else.
  19. Yes, but it's not necessary for just a camera plus lens, the Manfrotto geared head and ballhead are perfectly capable. I agree for just a camera plus <200mm lens, the AT is excessive - you're paying for the ability to carry more load, more accurate tracking plus the ability to autoguide in RA. Assuming it's any good, the Polarie's biggest competition has to be the V2 Skytracker. Only ~£400 for the unit and polarscope, plus you only need to add a tripod as the alt and az adjustment is built into the unit. I wish there were a few more reviews around really as iOptron stuff does seem a bit hit and miss.
  20. Yes, but the things you need to add (tripod, ballhead) apply to both.
  21. Not much help, but I run a QHY5 with Win7 with no problems whatsoever using the current drivers on the QHY site.
  22. I have the 150PDS on the same mount, and it's a great combination. I wish Skywatcher would put the 130PDS OTA on the Heritage 130P dob mount - if they did that, they'd have a customer.
  23. I'd go with James' suggestion. Rather than spending to ruin the resale value of your 130P, I'd put it towards the 130PDS. All problems sorted.
  24. I really wanted the V2 Skytracker, but elected to go for the Astrotrac (again - it's my second one!). The Polarie ends up being more expensive than the Astrotrac (£570 for the Polarie + polarscope, £510 for the Astrotrac + polarscope) - I suppose it's marginally more portable, but the payload is less. There's a good comparison here: http://www.ioastronomy.co.uk/2013/07/astrotrac-vs-skytracker-vs-polarie/
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