After much deliberation, I have decided to birthday treat myself to a full astronomy kit upgrade from my starter 130EQ. I am now sufficiently hooked and certain that this is not a fleeting affair, so have taken the plunge. My goals involve being able to take images as well as doing some proper astrophysics, so a decent mount was a priority. This ended up a choice between the Celestron AVX and the HEQ5. Both look to be great mounts for the price range I could go to. The AVX also has the bonus of coming with decent and cheap OTA options as well, but the EQMOD factor and my desire to observe as well as image at the same time has led me towards a bit of a Skywatcher love-in:
Evostar 80ED Pro
This gives me the ability to practice tracking, aligning all the other good skills an EQ mount requires, along with PC control and a scope designed for imaging. Once set up with a DSLR and subbing away however, what is one to do with oneself? Why, use a Dob and get observing of course!
As a cheeky bonus, I also bought a pair of B&S binoculars, the 8x56 ones on offer at FLO. I must thank them for my avalanche of questions they dutifully and uncomplainingly promptly answered.
Again apologies to all, but believe me when I say that if the purchase/weather correlation is accurate, no-one will be more frustrated than me.