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  1. Thank you very much. That's just what i was looking for Ec
  2. Hello everyone, I'm trying to find an online star map, preferably one that allows you to input your location and time etc and then shows you how the sky will look. Any suggestions? Ed
  3. Thank you very much for the responses. I think I've made my mind up now. I think I'll be going for the HEQ5 syntrek. I'll just download some control software on my laptop. One other question. Presumably I'll need a generator or large battery to use the scope away from home? I'll have a look online for one now. Thanks again Ed
  4. Hello everyone, I'd like someone to clarify what the different variants of the HEQ5 mount are. I know that there are three variants: The standard HEQ5 The HEQ5 syntrek The HEQ5 pro synscan I was under the impression that the HEQ5 standard was a non got mount with manual operation, i.e no motors. The HEQ5 syntrek was a non goto mount but has motor drives which can be used to track objects. The HEQ5 pro synscan is a full goto mount. I have been browsing online and some adverts suggest that the standard HEQ5 has motor drives. Is this the case? If so what is the difference between the standard and syntrek variants? Hope someone can clarify for me. Many thanks Ed
  5. Wow, Thank you very much for all your welcoming words and the advice already given. To my girlfriends bemusement I've been flirting with the idea of getting a larger mount. I've got to say that I've been looking at the HEQ5 not the EQ6 becauase they do seem to increase in price quite dranatically with size. I was surprised to see the HEQ5 Pro synscan on a website in the past week for only £540. I immediately emailed the shop who quickly came back and told me that it was no longer available and would be removed from the site. I thought it was too good to be true. Unfortuately my budget is limited to a maximum of £700 all in so I'm not sure if can stretch to a HEQ5 manual mount. I'll have a look around. If i can then I could buy this with the intention to upgrade it later. On this note, I was wondering whether the EQ5 or HEQ5 with upgrade kit is identical to the Pro synscan bought off the shelf? If not what are the differences? Anyway thanks again for all your advice and welcomes Ed
  6. Hello everyone, I'm a beginner and this is my first post on this forum so be gentle please. I've been lurking in the sidelines for a while and have been keenly researching prior to taking the plunge and buying my first telescope. With my budget (£700 for scope and mount) and viewing intentions I'm going to go for the Skywatcher Explorer 200P EQ5 Pro Synscan Goto. I have been flip-flopping between the normal EQ5 and the Goto version for a while and have finally come to the decision that, as my intention is to do some astrophotograhy that the goto mount would be a good idea. Does anyone have any experience with this combination of scope and mount? And, also I'd be interested in other peoples opinions on my choice of hardware good or bad?? I live in a fairly light polluted area (Milton Keynes) but my girlfriend lives in north Norfolk which has dark skies so I'm planning to take the scope up there a lot of the time (Plus she has a garden which would be useful!) Anyway, I just thought I'd introduce myself and let you know my plans before I finally take the plunge into the world of astronomy. Clear skies! Ed
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