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  1. I'm now almost certain to get this scope and this EP. Seems like a perfect low power match.
  2. Thanks. I do have a pair of 10x50 bins with 7.5 degree FOV but they obviously lack in resolution compared to a reasonably sized scope. Is the colimation put out by the whole 'flex' end of scope errr... flexing then? I'm cheered to hear you've had half a kilo of equipment on yours as this would mean I could pair it with a good, wide (1.25") EP.
  3. The wider FOV is the chief reason I'm interested in this scope. I would like to get a bigger scope, 8-10", but at the moment the low price point and compactness of this scope fit my circumstances. I also have a wide feild itch that this scope will hopefully scratch. I'd be interested in knowing what exactly about the focuser was a pain?
  4. Thanks both, and thanks for the article link Craig.
  5. It's been a good while since I've posted here, but I'd like to get some opinions. I've decided to get a Heritage 130 to serve as a travel dob and as a rich-field scope that will also sit on my AZ4 mount. The only thing that is holding me back is the helical focuser. As this is the bit of the scope I'll interact with the most I'd hate to be so disappointed by it that I regret my purchase. I'd be interested to hear from people who own or have experience of this scope. I'm hoping you will put my mind at rest.
  6. Compact scope with useful aperture and great optics. What's not to love? I'm sure you will have lots of fun once the clouds part.
  7. Going on Merlin's advise for long FL... An AZ4 with ali legs should cope with a Skymax 127. Steel legs will take a150 or even a C8 which can be picked up second hand for around £500. With longer FL or course comes higher mag which can be tricky with the AZ4, although with some practice tracking at around x200 is very possible.
  8. Thanks all for the feedback. My mind is now firmly made up!
  9. That's pretty much decided it for me then. I'm still young(ish) and healthy so hopefully I'll find them comfortable to grab and use without the need to always set up with the tripod which I'd prefer. Thanks.
  10. I'm in the market for a new pair of bins. I've had on long-term loan a good pair of 10x50's which I was planning on replacing with a pair of Helios Weathermasters, but I've just seen that I can get a pair of Celestron Skymaster 15x70's for pretty much the same cost. I am conscious of the extra weight and bulk of the Celestrons, but I already have a sturdy binocular mount for my AZ4 if I find the weight too much for extended viewing. What do you think? Will the extra light grasp be worth the loss of light-weight and compact convenience?
  11. I'm always enthused by your reports and so often find myself slewing in your footprints for new targets. Bravo, keep it up please!
  12. FYI I noticed there is a 150pl for sale on astro buy & sell at the moment (I have no connection to the advert).
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