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Lockie

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  1. As I have 3 kids and the following scope seems to be aimed at families. I think I'm leaning towards the Celestron Inspire 90az. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/celestron-inspire-90mm-az-short-refractor.html I also can't find much in the way of 3rd party reviews out there on this scope. I can't say this is what I initially imagined buying/loaning, but it might be a sensible option considering the above. You can also use the scope during the daytime due to the prism diagonal. This will add flexibility to the review as I can assess the scope both in the day and at night. I was very temped by the Avant also, but there are a few very good third party reviews already. I'm not sure what I can ad to these?
  2. Thank you Steve, really is very kind of you to help support amateur astronomy this way I'll kindly accept your offer to loan a scope for review. I think loaning rather than buying will help push me to produce a better review. If I just buy one there isn't any pressure. I'll let yo know which scope plus my details via PM once I've stopped making a meal out of deciding, I just need to narrow it down a bit further first
  3. Revised short list focusing on new on the scene telescopes, aimed at beginners, rather than strictly about budget. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-az-eq-avant/sky-watcher-skyhawk-1145ps-az-eq-avant.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/astro-fi-series-telescopes/celestron-astro-fi-90mm-refractor.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/inspire-series-telescopes/celestron-inspire-90mm-az-short-refractor.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/celestron-powerseeker-114eq-with-motor-drive-and-phone-adapter.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-az-gti-wifi/sky-watcher-skyhawk-1145ps-az-gte.html These are more recent scopes with likely less reviews, and the mounts aren't all EQ as pointed out previously. Thoughts on the latest list please. Ones getting bought. @FLO Please of course respond to this after the weekend if you wish (after all it is Saturday night), but I would really appreciate your thoughts on the above, and which to choose to review, if any of the above? thanks
  4. I remember now, it's this one: I've just re watched it. Kind of steals your thunder when you see such thorough reviews. Nice little mount though!
  5. Nice Ian, I thought that was really good discussing the issues and some fixes. The line about you rarely using it in EQ mode stuck with me, in my mind it would make more sense if the EQ mode had the option to be driven. Or in other words an SA mount with the ability to change to AZ mode.
  6. Nice one, Ian. The line about rarely using it in equatorial mode stuck with me, but it's nice to have the option. Can't believe they don't do a frac option with this.
  7. I didn't think of that one, good thought! The mount looks very interesting. Not so sure about the f4.3 mirror with the supplied EP's though It's a shame they don't have a slower achromat or Newt option considering the supplied EP's and the fact that the mount has a pier extension to allow for one. It's relatively new and there isn't much out there about these....it's going on the new short list
  8. 30 quid cheaper. I looked at both the Celestron Astromaster 90mm AZ frac and the Celestron Aspire 90mm AZ Frac. The former has been on the market for a lot of years and the Aspire has only been out a year maybe? I thought there might be more value in reviewing the newer scope. I do need to revise my list to reflect only new scopes with the latest input, then I'll ask FLO to decide, if they will oblige?
  9. I'll take that as a vote for the Astro Fi 90 then. It's above the budget I set, but it is clearly built with beginners in mind. There are a few reviews out there, the main complaint being the wifi dropping out. I think disabling your home wifi from your device usually solves this problem though. I don't know if Celestron have resolved this issue yet, but I know of people that have solved it by adding a coil antenna to boost the signal from the mount. The tablet/phone tech aspect does fascinate me somewhat, and I guess this is how beginners of the future will enter the hobby. For this reason I'm going to short list it. despite the budget and there being some reviews out there. I'll do a short short list and ask FLO to kindly decide.
  10. Poor things, but you've got to ask why they don't get used? An honest review would uncover this I guess.
  11. Louis, I'm affraid I don't have any other scopes for comparison at the moment. I idea was to buy a cheap beginner scope to review and use for a few months until I've moved house and I'm in a position to build my kit up again. I can't really do a comparison between a Dob, a CAT, and Frac at the moment for this reason. I'm also reluctant to do an Heritage 130 mini Dob review, as I'm sure you'll agree there are a lot out there already! and this is the only Dob in budget other than the 100p which I've literally just sold. I'm buying or borrowing a scope to review from FLO, maybe I should ask them what they would like me to review? As Grant said above, it makes sense to review a scope that doesn't have many reviews. I don't mind about the mount type, I just listed the beginner scopes from the FLO site in budget which weren't the 130p and 100p mini Dobs. I lot just happen to be on EQ1 and EQ2 mounts, but the last Celestron inspire scope which looks aimed at kids is on an Alt/Az. Should I get that one if you think an EQ mount is too much for a beginner to learn In this day and age? EDIT: Should I stretch the budget and get one of those basic tablet control scopes like an Astro FI? Would that be more relevant for today's beginner. I note there isn't much out there on these scopes. I'm just wondering if there is a reason for this? They do look aimed at beginners though. The cheapest one is the Astro Fi 90 at £295, but if FLO are willing to lend for review? I'm honestly looking for input, but can't have multiple scopes at the moment I'm afraid, although finding beginners isn't a problem
  12. The power seeker does look interesting, it's a spherical mirror, but at f/8 that shouldn't matter, and it comes with a motor drive and a smart phone adaptor. I could see a beginner being attracted to this. The inspire looks un orthodox design wise. Great from a review point of view I should imagine, there will be so many talking points. I think if my kids were choosing, this would be the one. Maybe I should choose it for that reason alone? I'd be happy to use and review either of these
  13. I'll just leave these here for your perusal https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/sky-watcher-capricorn-70-eq1-refractor.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/celestron-powerseeker-114eq-with-motor-drive-and-phone-adapter.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/maksutov/skywatcher-skymax-90-eq1.html (I did find one in budget!) https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/skywatcher-explorer-130p.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes/celestron-inspire-90mm-az-short-refractor.html (interesting design, is this pushing the budget for a beginner?) These are all from the FLO beginner page, apart from the 90mm Mak EQ1. Votes below please:
  14. Ok, thanks for the input everyone. It's focused my mind on what I should be looking out for, but I'll read through the comments again just to be sure. Time to go window shopping on the FLO site armed with this info. I'll be back with a short list before I discuss this further with FLO and order (still not decided if I'm buying or borrowing) Cheers
  15. Sounds good on the face of it Neil to buy one and borrow one and compare, but as I'm gearing up to move house I might get a bit of a stare from SWMBO if I suddenly bring two scopes back into the house lol I can get away with one for now. she knows I need something to tinker with even if it's a small one. (ok that sounds a bit wrong)
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