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  1. I'm leaning towards the GT102. It will accept the same flattener and reducer as my FLT132. Good chance that one of my spare Lakeside focus brackets fill fit too.
  2. Found the review on CN. Very interesting, Esprit gives the Tak a run for its money. Unfortunately its focal length is a bit short for my needs and only 20% longer than my Tak85.
  3. Sam - good points. Maybe it has something to do with the red color (it matches with my MyT). Do you have any links to the Esprit comparisons? I have nothing against SW - their mirrors are often fantastic.
  4. Thanks for the suggestions - the sharpstar quaduplet looks nice but is a bit short and close to my Tak85 native focal length. As already mentioned, I previous had a FLT98 and FLT110 (which I sold to buy the FLT132). I used the Flat 68 from the FLT132 on my FLT98 but I never found a spacing that gave a good outer field, so I only used it with a reducer making it only 500 mm FL. I sold both to buy the Tak85. Nice to hear about the rotolock, has to be better than my original DDG focuser, which wagged around like a puppy tail. Nobody used the StellaMira (or the Orion-badged equivalent)?
  5. I'm looking for a good performance and value 600-something focal length refractor for deep-sky imaging, which is relatively portable. Over the years I have had several WO scopes (FLT98 / FLT110 / Star 71 / ZS 73 ) and still have an FLT132 (feathertouch) and RedCat. I sold the FLT98 to get a Tak85 - but the Tak106 is too close in focal length and more than I want to spend. The FLT132 and Redcat have good optics, most of the others were good to ok optically but their focusers were a mixed bag. I have the new reducer for the FLT132 - but the assembly is a bit of a beast for portable use. Both the GT103 and SM104 have similar specs. I am not familiar with either of their focus mechanics or how they compare optically. I'm wary of fancy glass claims as it does not necessarily make for a better image. I wondered if anyone had insights into these two? Shame I cannot get Mr Reid to contribute!
  6. The major problem lies with how one defines 'beginner'. Some want to do astrophotography with their iPhone. Remarkable as it is and while some will get some images, it is not the right tool for the job. Some starters will want a full explanation of how to use a photo-editing suite like Photoshop. That is a book in itself. The subject depth is an issue with some books that cover a broad church. When you delve, however, there is precious little insight in any of the tricky subjects like guiding, autofocusing and image processing. Publishers restrict page count and it is a tricky decision on what to leave in and what to take out. I'm one of the few authors who includes a bibliography and acknowledges the work of others. In the list above, Charles' stands out.
  7. My book, The Astrophotography Manual, is intentionally not a beginner's book. It is aimed at existing practitioners who want to progress. Astro books go out of date very quickly and some of these are already showing their age. I have just published a new book, aimed at beginners, called "Capturing the Universe" which is bang up to date.
  8. To polar align - it depends on what reticle they are using. If it is a clock face, like the latest EQ ones, you would set a single orientation with 12 - 6 line vertical, center the reticle (once only) with the two adjusters by rotating RA axis and then just read off the setting from any smartphone app.
  9. My ROR came from homeobservatory.co.uk a company in Norfolk, for the price of a reasonable 4-inch refractor. Really nice job and well-built wooden obsy. Fitted with motor and remote control, which I then ASCOMized.
  10. There were several working units at Astrofest last weekend. I was told it was shipping.
  11. It is now a year on from the "November update" on their website, with no sign of saleable units. Anyone got news? I really liked the concept
  12. thanks all - I remember Maplin when they first started out in Rayleigh. clear skies Chris
  13. I have acquired one of these and need to make up a spare power lead. Does anyone know where I can buy the two pole locking connector? I just need the connector, as I use XLR connections for power distribution in my system.
  14. I think that is about it , the link in the subscription email showed the same- Teleskop Express informed me they would be getting units next month.
  15. Some new news on their website now. Looks like its electrical interface has developed. I'm guessing if you can control a modem or printer via a HTTP webpage, there is no reason why you couldn't do the same with a mount to align it and point it in the right direction. Full robotic control (via ASCOM say) would be the icing on the cake.
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