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Olaf2

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  1. Sparkjon, sorry for not having replied to your post. I was unaware of the scope you linked to so thank you for that. It's maybe now down to a choice between that and the Evostar. Thanks to everyone who has replied
  2. Andy, thanks for your post. The reason I'm not going for the Heritage 130p is that for the money, I feel I'd end up with a more robust and portable scope if I got the Evostar. I thought that the 76 would be a nice alternative view. We're looking to move in the near future and then I could start to consider a bigger newtonian/dobsonian. Even now, I can hear people railing at my choice! Thing is, there will always be a scope that's 'just a bit over budget but will be 'so much better'. I've stretched as far as I can for a starter scope and my 10x50 bins are not really doing it for me! Phew, sorry about the length of this post but it was a bit of a stream of consciousness!
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    Hi Stuart, I'm new to this too and the questions I've asked over the last few days are probably the same ones that have ben asked many times over! Everyone, however, has been very patient and friendly so it's been a very happy experience. I haven't yet bought my first scope. Like you, family life prevents a great deal of time being spent on this hobby but I took our daughter (5) to a stargazing evening run by the local astronmoical society last weekend and she was made up when she realised that she'd seen Jupiter ("a real planet!") and the moon. She knows that saturn has rings round it as well so I'm hoping that a decent scope will get her really interested in the coming years, as well as our son who's only 17 months). Welcome, I hope you have fun and good luck. Alex
  4. That is a fantastic result! It's the kind Of thing I'd aspire to. Not sure how successful my D3100 will be but if I can get anything like that I'll be pleased.
  5. I have just posted the following elsewhere on these pages, so please forgive the duplication. Like the night sky, I still have to learn my way around this site! Having mulled the whole 'scope buying idea over for a few days now, yet more questions spring to mind! I do,however, have, a better idea of what I want to do. I want to see the planets. DSOs will be for later. I want to be able to take photos (I have a Nikon D3100). So, here's my current thinking: I can't go for a Skyliner or equivalent at present; I don't have the space (!) to store it, nor the budget. A 130p newtonian may be good but still, storage would be an issue. I seriously considered the ST80 before reading somewhere on these pages that it would not be a great planetary scope. I can stretch to around the £150 mark and so I found the Evostar 90. This looks like it will do the job, will be portable and one one description I read, has an SLR connection. Perfect? But which mount?! The questions never end! I may consider the Heritage 76 dob in addition. Smaller and no-one has a bad word to say. It would be easier for the kids until they're a bit bigger. Well chaps, you've been spectacularly helpful and friendly to a complete novice, so thank you. Any thoughts?
  6. Having mulled the whole 'scope buying idea over for a few days now, yet more questions spring to mind! I do,however, have, a better idea of what I want to do. I want to see the planets. DSOs will be for later. I want to be able to take photos (I have a Nikon D3100). So, here's my current thinking: I can't go for a Skyliner or equivalent at present; I don't have the space (!) to store it, nor the budget. A 130p newtonian may be good but still, storage would be an issue. I seriously considered the ST80 before reading somewhere on these pages that it would not be a great planetary scope. I can stretch to around the £150 mark and so I found the Evostar 90. This looks like it will do the job, will be portable and one one description I read, has an SLR connection. Perfect? But which mount?! The questions never end! I may consider the Heritage 76 dob in addition. Smaller and no-one has a bad word to say. It would be easier for the kids until they're a bit bigger. Well chaps, you've been spectacularly helpful and friendly to a complete novice, so thank you. Any thoughts?
  7. Once again, Thanks for all of your interest. I am now convinced; I shall save up for a few more months. It was quite clear in Hawkinge last night so I got the bins out to see the moon. Not a bad view but I know that better is now not far away! I also saw Jupiter but, as you can imagine, not well. I'd left the bins outside for a while, to let them cool down but even so, it was abit of a blur. Thanks again for all the advice, much appreciated.
  8. Once again, Thanks for all of your interest. I am now convinced; I shall save up for a few more months. It was quite clear in Hawkinge last night so I got the bins out to see the moon. Not a bad view but I know that better is now not far away! I also saw Jupiter but, as you can imagine, not well. I'd left the bins outside for a while, to let them cool down but even so, it was abit of a blur.
  9. Thank you Ronin, that sounds sensible. I have a few things to consider now.
  10. Damnut, Roger, Fred, Thank you for all your replies. Fred, I really like the look of that set up. A couple more months and I can see that on the patio in my house
  11. Thanks guys. I do have a pair of 10X50 bresser bins; they're pretty good when attached to my camera tripod. I may delay my decision for the present. Thanks for your input.
  12. Thank you very much. More to think about. I do have a pair of 10X50 Bresser Binos, with a tripod mount (tripod used for my camera too). Maybe I'll persevere with those for a while before making a decision. Thanks again.
  13. Hello all. My name is Alex and I am very new to this. I have read lots of reviews and opinions (newtonian vs refractor; mirror diameter etc) and have concluded (sort of) that: I have neither the budget nor the space (at present) for a decent sized (130mm +) Newtonian and that Skywatcher refractors semm, in the reviews I've read, come out slightly ahead of Celestron, if only for the quality of the tripods and mounts. With this in mind, I was proposing to buy the Skywatcher Mercury 607 refractor. I know it has limitations but from what I've read, I should be able to see Jupiter, Saturn and the moon with reasonable clarity, possibly even the Orion Nebula. This scope is only around £60.0 but it may just be the start. I want my young children to be able to use it and, with a house move in the planning, I might be able to upgrade to something more spectacular. What I'm asking, very circuitously, is; do you think it's worth it? I know there'll be those of you who will say pay more if you can - I understand that you get what you pay for but this scope, as a starter, has very good reviews. Grateful for any/all input. Thank you
  14. Hello all. I am very new to this and have read lots of reviews and opinions (newtonian vs refractor; mirror diameter etc) and have concluded (sort of) that: I have neither the budget nor the space (at present) for a decent sized (130mm +) Newtonian and that Skywatcher refractors semm, in the reviews I've read, come out slightly ahead of Celestron, if only for the quality of the tripods and mounts. With this in mind, I was proposing to buy the Skywatcher Mercury 607 refractor. I know it has limitations but from what I've read, I should be able to see Jupiter, Saturn and the moon with reasonable clarity, possibly even the Orion Nebula. This scope is only around £60.0 but it may just be the start. I want my young children to be able to use it and, with a house move in the planning, I might be able to upgrade to something more spectacular. What I'm asking, very circuitously, is; do you think it's worth it? I know there'll be those of you who will say pay more if you can - I understand that you get what you pay for but this scope, as a starter, has very good reviews. Grateful for any/all input. Thank you
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