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  1. Thanks for the advice, I will give Jupiter a go. So with my focal length would that make this scope more suitable for DSO? Or am I in the middle ground where I'm not carrying enough Aperture for DSO?
  2. Thanks for the quick replies. Glad that the strange donut(ness) is no major problem. The image I was seeing was definitely circular, just with the size of it I wasn't sure how you could make out polar regions etc. I see people on here talking of viewing the polar regions with 70mm refractors so assumed my 130mm would cope. Would I see more if I used a yellow/red filter? Waited for the moon to vanish, and waited until midnight+ for it to climb even higher?
  3. Hi, I was out last night around 9pm (Jan 1st) and was getting some alright views of the moon. I was using Skywatcher 130 Supertrak with a 2x Barlow and 10mm EP. As the moon was so bright I went to use my moon filter (this one: Moon & Neutral Density Filters - Variable Polarizing Moon Filter) How is this filter meant to be attached? I dropped the Barlow into the scope first, I then screwed the filter onto the end of the 10mm EP before dropping that into the barlow. Is this the correct way? As I assumed the filter would be on the outside of the casings so that it could be altered (darker/brighter) as I am viewing. After watching the moon for a while I aimed for Mars. (again same setup as above minus the filter). When I got mars into focus it was not much bigger than what you could see with the naked eye, just looked like a star. Then came the puzzeling part. When I changed the focus to either side of optimum the star became a donut....... When I continued to focus in it looked as if the centre of the donut had 4 lines stretching out from it (at 2o'clock, 5 o'clock, 7 o'clock and 11 o'clock). This looked much like the view you get when you look into the scope from the top and see the bottom mirror with the 4 wires holding it in place. Just curious as to what was going on. Why was mars so small and then acting so strange when i zoomed in? Thanks in advance, Luke
  4. Hi, I have a skywatcher 130 supertrak. I'm just looking for some advice on the best way to use it for moon views. I currently have a 10mm and 25mm super EP along with a 2x barlow lense. When looking at the moon last night the barlow with 10mm EP gave the best views but I would like to somehow get the views larger (if possible). Am I using the best EP combo that I have to get the best views of the moon? Would i get even better views with a 5mm EP (or are there even better options). On a side note, how many parts would i be short from linking this scope up to my laptop. So i could guide from indoors and view the results on my screen. I know I would need goto and i guess some form of camera too. What are the bare minimum cheapest of options or is this avenue not open to me with this scope? Thanks, Luke
  5. Hi All, Just wondering whether there are any amateur projects/websites for the budding astronomer to contribute to? Thinking along the lines of where large numbers of amateurs collect and contribute data sets for scientists Much like the SETI program i guess (but using telescopes).
  6. Thanks Brantuk! I guessed the MAK had the better optics due to it's higher price without tracking features and mount etc. I guess my main question is, would the MAK 127 provide better views than the NEWT 130. If so, what is it about the MAK that does this? Is it like you say, just the design and added focal length. Or is there some special coatings/mirrors etc that are contributing? Thanks, Luke
  7. With regards to: Maksutov - Skywatcher Skymax 127 OTA and Reflectors - Skywatcher Explorer 130P SupaTrak AUTO The later has more aperture and auto tracking.?
  8. Brilliant. This makes thing's alot clearer. In answer to the parents. They are both fit and healthy but with no astronomy background (apart from looking through their parents scopes as a kid). They would mainly use it in the back garden and would target the simplist of objects (moon, planets etc). I'm leaning towards the: Skywatcher Explorer 130P SupaTrak AUTO with a moon filter and laser collimator (I'm assuming the laser one is easier to collimate with than the cheaper options without laser). This brings me just above the £200 threshold but their my folks so it won't hurt (plus it gives me the chance to play with it myself Thanks everyone!
  9. Hi, Thanks for the prompt replies. With the DOB is it just a case of manually swinging it to your desired destination? Also I have never actually seen a DOB up close, with these do you look through the eyepiece from the top of the scope? Or is it as normal with the eyepiece mounted at the back, with the scope extending out infront of you? Thanks, Luke
  10. Hi All, I am looking into getting my parents an easy to operate scope for this XMAS. Initial thoughts were to keep it all under £200 but to also leave them with scope (excuse pun) for expansion. Initial thought are on the skywatcher 130....any feedback (is this a good choice)? Anything that give's the wow effect on the moon will be a winner(additional's like planets and DSO's will be a bonus). I see FLO has a number of options for this scope, any help would be much appreciated: Reflectors - Skywatcher Explorer 130 I assume this one does not track or GOTO? how would you aim it though? Is it manually or via a motor? Reflectors - Skywatcher Explorer 130M Same questions as above. Reflectors - Skywatcher Explorer 130P Am i right in that this one is different only by having a parabolic mirror (which i hear isnt a must have at this price range). Again is this motorised/manual controlled? does it have tracking and/or GOTO? These last 2 are both alt-azimuth mounts (would these be easier and quicker to setup/operate)? Reflectors - Skywatcher Explorer 130P SupaTrak AUTO Reflectors - Skywatcher Explorer 130P SynScan AZ GOTO Sorry for the long list of questions and thanks for any answers. Luke
  11. Well 39 views and 0 replies. I'll take that as a ringing endorsement then. Thanks!
  12. Hi, I have been trying to decide on my first basic stargazing setup and would like any feedback from those more experienced than myself. To start with I will just be viewing but would like to eventually move onto imaging. I plan to start on planets, lunar and other near objects. Budget in the region of £2000, but I would like as much kit as possible for that (i.e. Not just a £2k scope). Portability would also be needed (at least until I am deep into the hobby and have a secure observatory). So....... Scope: Skymax 127 I have heard nothing but good things about this scope and hear that it is good for lunar and planetary views. For my budget and desires could anyone recommend something to top the skymax127? Mount: I have been leaning towards the skywatcher EQ mounts. Main reasons being I have heard the drives for these are quieter. The EQ is so that I am already geared towards imaging at a future date. I would say EQ3-2 as a minimum (I hear the ones below are flimsy). Would the EQ3-2 be stable enough for me to move into imaging at a later date? Or would I be better off going for EQ5 or HEQ5 to future proof myself (or even EQ6). Drive: My knowledge here is lacking. Are drives and GOTOs the same thing? Would I be restricted to the skywatcher drives if I have an EQ mount (as mentioned above). Is it possible to go for the basic EQ mount now and upgrade with a drive later? I want something quiet and accurate (for future imaging). Camera: DLSR, webcam or CCD? What are the pro's and cons of each option? I was looking at webcam or CCD as it can link directly to my PC (I work in IT so would be great to one day have a remote setup controlled via laptop from the warm indoors). Also I assume CCD and webcams are alot lighter (thus reducing need for bigger mount with bigger max payload). This post now looks huge!! So I shall stop there. Thanks, Luke
  13. Hi John, Thanks for the prompt reply. I have sent skywatcher an email to follow up on the missing details. I am slightly confused with the mounts max payload and how the counter weights would work with this. Does the max payload include counter weights attached? Or does the max payload just show how much weight you can put on before needing counter weights? Cheers, Luke
  14. Hi, I have a few questions regarding the skywatcher EQ mounts. Is there anywhere that I can get the following information (or can you guys provide) with regards to the mounts listed at: http://www.skywatchertelescope.net/swtinc/product.php?class1=3&class2=302 Tripod weight Tripod min/max height Tripod leg diameter Tripod material Mount weight Mount max payload Mount counter weights Also, are the tripods listed and sold separately anywhere (do they have names)? Thanks in advance for any help
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