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Everything posted by PlanetGazer

  1. Same here, tell me how it goes for you please.
  2. I'm very tempted to buy the Sky-watcher Explorer 130M EQ2. I need just a small push to buy it now It may not be as big as the telescope your after, but that's because I'm just starting the hobby. Planing to get the Cheshire collimating eyepiece and the sky-watcher dual LED. Also looking for a 6mm eyepiece but not sure which one should I get.
  3. This is way over the theoretical limit! with 6+x2 you are tying a 300x magnification. and by the way, how much did you pay to get the 6mm and the moon filter?
  4. So I guess i would be pushing it to the limit if I used a 5mm eyepice, since it gives 180x. Any reccomendations for comfy 6mm? Good informative post, AG. Thanks
  5. The amazing thing is considering roughly the size of the universe and realising that out of all objects, this one has an environment that can accommodate life!
  6. What if he tries the 10 mm with a good 2x barlow , shouldn't that give a magnification of 180 which is better than the 6 mm without the barlow?
  7. Wow what a smart program this is! Thanks James
  8. Agreed. You can always try a second hand tripod as well. I would say that you should get the telescope first ,check it out and see for your self if you need another tripod or not. That is if you are not sure whether you'll get into astronomy or not yet, otherwise you should increase your budget and look for a better set.
  9. So what is this plate solving? and what does astrometry do?
  10. Is not possible to rotate the tube about its main axis when an eyepiece is an odd position?
  11. Could be If that was the case, earth would be far away from the Sun then Saturn?
  12. Wonder why no other objects are visible in the images?
  13. I found another image from Cassini Spacecraft
  14. I was considering to buy this early on. by the way I'm in a similar stage as you are, looking for an intermediate telescope. I have to say the Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ MD has got good advertising. I've read lots of reviews and some people did not like the mount, and others found parts of the product to be faulty. This is why I tried to avoid it. At the moment, I'm looking at the Sky-watcher explorer 130 or 130M if you want few extras .The 130 has got a larger focal length giving a focal ratio of 7, which is supposed to be good for planet observation The 130 is in the same price range and looks fine to me, reviews are good as well. http://www.firstlightoptics.com/reflectors/skywatcher-explorer-130m.html If you want really good view of plants, you may want to increase your budget. Others have suggested to me get the Skywatcher skyliner 200p Dob http://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians/skywatcher-skyliner-200p-dobsonian.html , but size was the issue for me, it may suite you. I'm sure you will get better help from the experienced members.
  15. I'm a beginner but I have used this scope personally... First thing you should consider is how serious are you to get into astronomy? that will decide whether to start with such a scope or invest into more better one. The mount on this scope is really terrible, don't bother using it. I bought a normal tripod to use it with this scope. You get what you pay for. check reviews of the product in this page http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B001TI9Y2M/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1 As for the scope, it's good for the price. Can be used for fun and to teach the kids.
  16. wait a minuate? why does my mind tell me that the picture on the left looks fake?! has it been edited from orginal? hahahaha
  17. Gotcha. So I guess the there is no point of an Equatorial mount, except for the tracking. Unless you get a really good EQ mount.
  18. Thanks for the honest feedback! I think the 130p is a bit different than the 130M , the later has 900mm focal length (f/7). I've been thinking of getting the 150PL which includes the EQ3-2, I'm not sure if it will be a great difference between the two mounts, but scope will be better ofc. 200P is expensive for a starter, skyliner 200p is cheaper but size is problem. Thanks for the advice every one.
  19. Sorry you have to go easy on me as I'm a beginner. How do you exactly use the RA and DEC coordinates without the circles?
  20. Thank you for the reply. I'm considering the Skywatcher explorer 130M . What telescope did you get with the EQ2? and how do you mange to find objects in the sky without the circles?
  21. Nice find! Wonder if there are other images for earth from other positions?
  22. Hello everyone I would like to get some feedback from those who have used the Skywatcher EQ2 mount. I know it's not the best in the market, but I'm considering a economical starter telescope and the EQ2 mount is part of it. In terms of stability, I've heard it's good enough. But I'm worried about the accuracy of the setting circles. Any help would be appreciated
  23. Really looks nice and...tempting... I wish it was more suitable for me. I think the 130M will be more suitable for me at this point.
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