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  1. i havent had clear skys for over a week now so looking fward to tonight!!! pity it shouldnt clear up untill 9pm but ill probably be out most of the night!! clear skys and happy veiwing to everybody tonight
  2. i would save up and get the 130p AZ GOTO its only £275 delivered from First Light Optics and you arnt loosing any apature as you are used to the 127mm
  3. all our street lights get turned off every night from 12 - 5am and i live in a suffolk small town so im lucky i suppose
  4. kool good luck!!!! if you need any help with mesamunts etc i can take them off my scope it might help ya as its tecnically the same but i dont know what help is around with how to place the dovetail etc good luck though
  5. i must say that where i live we have downward LED lights which get turned off at 12am every night untill 5am so personally im sorted but i understand the great trouble this causes to others though
  6. its still cheaper on First Light Optics which have it for sale at 274 delivered!!! ive used both before and both offer great service
  7. the Skywatcher Skyliner 150P Dobsonian at £197.00 is at the top of your budget but is the biggest scope you can get for your money and is on a simple ALT AZ mount push it in direction you want to go and your off!!!
  8. first light optics (the fourms sponser look at the top or links below) is deffintly the cheapest UK supplyer trust me ive just brought one as of Monday!!!! anyway i actually got the 130p Synscan GOTO at 274 including delivery and it will probably be delivered direct from the distrbuter (Optical Vision Ltd and dont deal to public by the way) links for the GOTO page for Skywatcher: First Light Optics - AZ GOTO i must say the 130 is a great scope and ive had it on a EQ2 mount but im getting into it again so ive just ordered this again so to speak and its a great scope deffintly recomend!!
  9. very usefull info there all the research ive done like you came back that it had a normal serphical (sorry i cant spell!!) primary although its very bad publicity that they havent advatised this as im sure people have gone along the skywatcher route just because of the parabolic mirror. and supposdly the parabolic mirror gives a better veiwing ive had a skywatcher 130 (sperichal) and im getting a 130 parabolic so ill be able to compare the differance!!! but as its not adding any magnifaction or size etc i doubt the differance will be that noticable to be honest ill keep you updated when my new scope arrives
  10. no it cant ive had the skywatcher 130 on a eq2 before and this is my 2nd scope and its a totally differant scope!!! for starters the GOTO mount uses a dovetail joint not tube rings and also the 130p only has a tube length of 650mm where as the 130 has a tube length of 900mm (i think its 900 pretty sure!!) you could do it in thory but would require you to drill and screw the dovetail attachment and to work out where to screw it and its 2 much work to be honest!!! how much is your budget and what will it streach to? if you get the 130 GOTO then you arnt loosing any apature but then you are stuck with your old 130 and for that price you could eaisly affor the 150p dob or the 200p dob is only about £10 more than the 130 GOTO. if you have ur heart set on a goto (which it sounds like it!!) then just get the biggest scope that you can happly afford if you need any more help ill help ya as much as i can
  11. if you have a android phone (dont know about iphone) theres a app called google skymaps its a great bit of kit especially if you hold it to your scope to use as a guide you will find polaris in a snip you can also make everything in red so it will save you night vision i recomend setting it up indoors before hand tho
  12. ive just ordered the skywatcher 130p synscan from FLO and at £274 including delivery its a bit more expensive BUT its the same size that you have now just shorter focal length and its a parabolic mirror. i was thinking the same when i brought it as the 114LCM is £229 from ebay even the skywatcher 114p is £230 delivered!!! and its parabolic so gotta be better all round to be honest i would recomend having a look here i spent ages looking through it!!! and i can garantie they are the cheapest as i looked around before buying and the cheapest 130p i could find was about £300 neway check it out the synscan is harder to use as you need to know the name of a bright star but theres Stellarium for PC that can help or even google sky for android phones will help as well good luck deciding!!!! First Light Optics - AZ GOTO
  13. the celestron astromaster 114eq is available at the top end of your budget for 100 its got a 114mm mirror and is a reflector its the biggest scope you would be able to get for your money i would rekon but also have a look on ebay just make sure you collect it yourself if you can and you can have a look at the condition of the mirrors etc before purchasing from ebay link for 113eq £100 free delivery or amazon have it for £107 ABC Digital Cameras>C21045 Celestron Astromaster 114EQ
  14. ok thanks i was thinking i would need a RCD but wasnt sure thanks
  15. does anyone know of a power supply that will power a skywatcher 130p synscan goto? i have a shead with power in my garden and want to use that BUT an important BUT!!!! wouldnt it need to be weatherproof as its going to be used in the damp or outdoors and i dont want it to blow and blow my goto up!!! ive been looking around but i cant find any thats weatherproof :s thanks in advance
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