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  1. Awesome - that was my plan as I want to get this scope as mobile as possible. I actually have the same tripod in one of those links (this post) - I had a go mounting it to that but found the tripod head quite frustrating. Planning on replacing with on of these when the budget allows! https://www.altairastro.com/Starwave-Mini-AZ-Mount.html
  2. Small update for anyone looking at a similar choice/dilemma - I went with the Heritage 130p and it's a complete gem. Well worth the price of admission!
  3. Interesting... https://www.engadget.com/2018/11/21/researchers-fix-purple-halo-effect-images-nanoengineering/
  4. Thanks so much Paul - really useful hearing from someone with experience of both. I'm going for the 130p. It seems perfect for what I want. Another plus for the 130p. I've stumbled across the epic thread on Cloudynights that's currently 3220 posts long (!) talking about the sister scope in the US, the AWB OneSky - it seems like a lot of telescope for the money. And ah yes, eyepieces - a whole new world of research and confusion!!
  5. Thanks - great to hear first hand experience with this scope. Have you had a chance to look through it yet? Thoughts?
  6. Thanks Geoff - great setup you have there! I was thinking of replacing the base with a sturdy tripod. I had actually considered a 127 Mak a while ago but think the wider views of the dob clinch it for me. Thanks Mike - good advice. I'm interested that the 102 refractor would leave the Newt in the dust for such objects - is this primarily a question of contrast? Unfortunately the Bresser is not an APO. From what I understand, the ED is the only way to get a serviceable image on such a short focal length. This is food for thought though - I'd just assumed the larger aperture on the Dob would be better. Thanks Moonshane - a good looking telescope but probably just a little too big for my needs. Would love the option of taking on a plane in hand luggage and I think that might be outside the allowance.
  7. Good to know, thank you - I think it has the edge although maybe not by as much as I'd hoped. Yes, agreed to a point and I definitely went about this the wrong way round originally! There are times I can get the larger Dob around in the car but I'm really looking for something I can get in a backpack or take on a plane - affordable (under £300) but with max aperture.
  8. Thanks John, that's what I thought but have read too much researching these scopes and gone down a rabbit hole of confusion! The reflector does seem to be the answer.
  9. I'm trying to make up my mind on a new portable telescope to get to dark skies (currently have a pretty immobile 8inch Dob in light polluted London). After a lot of research I've settled on two but can't make my mind up so would love some opinions! My primary interest is in visual observation of DSO's as I get good views of our solar system from my Dob. Basically I've landed on the Skywatcher Heritage 130p vs the Bresser Messier AR-102XS/460. I think my fundamental question is, am I going to see more with the Newtonian? In theory it's a no brainer as the larger aperture would suggest that, but I've read various articles that suggest between the two apertures of the newt vs refractor, and taking into account things like light loss from two mirrors as well as the vane holding the secondary mirror in the newt, there might actually not be much in it! Skywatcher's specs - https://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians/skywatcher-heritage-130p-flextube.html Refractor's specs - https://www.bresser.de/en/Astronomy/Bresser-Messier-AR-102xs-460-Hexafoc-Optical-Tube.html The Skywatcher seems genuinely awesome but the 2 inch EP potential in the Bresser is appealing, plus it is a tad smaller for travel. Thoughts and experiences very much welcome!
  10. Awesome - thanks Star Struck. That's what I thought and hoped!
  11. Anyone know if these are the same?! Apart from the price tag, they look incredibly similar! Anyone have any experience of either? £70 Revelation - https://www.telescopehouse.com/revelation-ed-2x-barlow-2.html £50 Altair - http://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/altair-ex-2x-ed-barlow-lens-2-barrel.html
  12. Hi Daniel, just pm'd you about the Cheshire
  13. Thanks for the ideas ronin - yes, the 3.7mm was a bit of a mistake for me. I think it was a question of wrong eyepiece for my scope. I haven't even looked into orthos! Might leave that for another day to keep more confusion at bay!
  14. Hi John, many thanks for the list - wish I could have been at the talk, couldn't be more apt! The BST's really are sounding like winners. On my list to now try! I think the way to go is buy and try - FLO have told me they'll let me do that which is amazing. So will get a few and pick the fave! Thanks Rick_It - a good guide and one I'll be working towards. It seems to be the case on the very high powered ep's that the exit pupil will be less than desirable, but I guess that is the price I might pay with the 8 inch dob?
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