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About Neil27

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  1. Stunning scope Rob and a great story and write up. I hope you have many clear skies and a long retirement.
  2. I'd rather wait and see what they are like when released to the market. I will be in position to purchase a high quality mount in 18 months or so, so time is in my favour. I personally echo Henrys comments above, another mount with a reasonable gestation period to help iron out any issues is far more preferable to releasing something not ready. I think it is brave of JTW to take that stance. If some people get cold feet, fair enough, we are all different.
  3. Another great value mount can only be a good thing in my mind. I’m looking forward to the early adopters thoughts and experiences of the mount. Certainly at the price they are proposing to sell the mount for and with a Sitech controller now being used it should provide reasonable competition to the ‘other’ mount. I just hope they can maintain a decent level of quality control and provide good back up when things will go south.
  4. If I understand the requirements of EEA you don’t really need an EQ mount at all as the exposures are so short- an alt az mount is adequate I believe - so something like the AZgti or the Ioptron cube may suffice. Obviously if you wish to progress to AP in the near future then future proofing your purchase by going the EQ route may be the best bet, an EQ5 is more than adequate for a 80mm refractor. The rest is a camera, leads, software and possibly a laptop to capture the data and stack your subs. I would think if you go the second hand route this is very doable for under £1000. The key to EEA is shortish focal length to maximise the smallish sensor you will have. I may have missed some points but as I understand EEA that would be my route to take. Good luck and if you have any more questions feel free, SGL are a great bunch of people. HTH
  5. Plenty of SH lenova lappies on Fleabay, been using one for the past 3 years still going strong, cost me £150, i5 SSd drive plenty of Ram and win7.
  6. I'm going new Jon, the AA scope is seriously good value, nice aperture, lovely focal length and a 'do it all scope', imho. Paired with either a sky tee2 or the AZ4, its a win win for me. Good luck shopping, hoping to get mine in the next month.
  7. I'm interested in something along these lines myself Jon. I think it's very similar to this scope from Altair astro - https://www.altairastro.com/ASCENT-102ED-F7-Refractor-Telescope-Geared-Focuser.html I'm sure it would perform as a reasonable 'all rounder' and be quite acceptable on planets even at high(ish) magnifications. Just waiting for my bonus to drop and i'll be getting one or something very similar.
  8. Thanks for the feedback guys, really appreciated.
  9. Totally agree, it’s a great time for us amateur astronomers with some of the choice around nowadays. Turn back the clock 10 years and the only people selling high end mounts were Astro physics and their ludicrous wait time and possibly Sortware Bisque and no offical UK importer. Or the tried and trusted Losmandy offering and also Takahashi and the sole UK distributor. Although many moan about its performance and dubious QC the EQ8 went some way in prompting manufactures to look at alternatives and ways to improve performance without increasing relative prices. And a well fettled S/H EQ8 can rival many of today’s mounts. And then there’s Gemini, ioptron, Fornax - one word competition ?. So I’m hoping the mount succeeds and adds another quality item to the market and further improves the competition and overall increase our choices. I just hope they pull it off in the time frame and at the proposed price point.
  10. The 100 ED is F9 though ...... ? Yep another vote for the 120 ED it’s on my short list as well, although I just love the portability of the 4 inch as well. Tough choices my friend, tough choices ??
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