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  1. I am lucky to have 3 televue refractors. All are superb but to be totally honest for visual use you can get a bigger 127 or 132 scope for the same money and the light grasp will be important. I love mine and as Olly said they will last my lifetime but at a cost. If you want something of residual value to pass on then get a TV, if you want something functional and larger objective then look at some of the William Optics, TS or Meade scopes which you may find cheaper. Sky tour is a push to system and works on Gibraltar mounts. You still need to do the tracking etc as there are no motors. I use my scopes on my EQ6 and CGE but for visual only with goto you could use a lighter CG5 or maybe even HEQ5 if you could manage. Cheers Stuart
  2. Hi all Anyone know where I can get hold of a Synta style foot for a William Optics RDF? I thought TS did one but can't seem to find it.... Cheers Stuart
  3. The Televue scope, while no doubt excellent for observing is intended for imaging. If you were observing you could pick up a TV102 much cheaper and it is every bit as good or better for observing. I have no experience with the Stellarvue scope
  4. Ah. The William optics is the same. I bought a 2" feathertouch focuser for it and its just peachy.... That said, a rationalisation of scopes and cash squeeze means its currently for sale but not due to any fault of the scope...... Cheers Stuart
  5. As you have no other answers I'll give you my own 2p worth. It's not a direct comparison though as my 66 is a full triplet APO with colour correction to boot. At f7 it's also slower. However for wide field imaging its amazing with a great field of view. It does need a flattener and I suspect the equinox would too as all except the petzvals do. It can get away with a lighter mount and you don't need to worry about light gathering as its fine. Just might need some longer subs. Hopefully someone with the actual scope will pop up and give you a more appropriate comparison. Cheers Stuart
  6. I use both a Telrad and a 9x50 optical on my 14" dob. Sometimes the sheer number of stars in the eyepiece can be kinda confusing lol! Cheers Stuart
  7. I have never fully illuminated either the 11000 Atik or my full frame Canon 5D in any of the scopes I've tried. The TeleVue flattener works great for getting a flat image but it does form a circle over about 70-80% of the chip width (height is ok!!) But you can still image and crop, so it isn't a complete waste of time. Cheers Stuart
  8. With great size comes great cost... Or significant compromise. I would seriously suggest you try and look through one of these "fast" big refractors to see if you like or can live with the view and the physical size of the scope. Cheers Stuart
  9. For what it's worth I live in Glasgow city centre and drive 30 minutes to get out of the city with my gear. I keep my EQ6 in the boot and take my scope and gear on the back seat. I don't find the weight too bad for travelling. Cheers Stuart
  10. The GT is a new mount capable of equatorial and alt-az operation. In theory a better mount but I don't have one to comment on. It's more expensive and you should research it before buying one. Does it support eqmod if you go down that route? I don't know but I know the pro does at a cheaper price. Cheers Stuart
  11. Doubt anyone ever manages to have all they want for very long. And choosing what to do without is like asking which arm I don't want..... Cheers Stuart
  12. The EQ6 ticks sooo many boxes. Capacity, quality, cost are all acceptable and to get better costs way more.... My CGE is a better mount, it has slightly better capacity and smoother tracking but its 4 times the cost and not 4 times better. The EQ6 is plenty good enough if you are guiding and there is sooooo much support in terms of hardware and software for it. It must be the most popular imaging mount in the world. Sure if you can afford an AP or Tak or paramount then go for it. Otherwise an EQ6 just makes soooo much sense. Regards Stuart
  13. For astro photography the mount is key and there have been some mixed reviews on the one you have selected. You will also need to allow for guiding with either a separate scope or guiding system of sorts. The telescope is kinda last in the pecking order and something simple like an ED80 will give plenty targets before stepping up to longer focal lengths. Cheers Stuart
  14. Ohhhhhh what a question! I used to think 5 was the answer, at the moment I have 7 but that could easily be 6. I have a solar scope which is specialist but accounts for 1. I have my light bucket which is a 14" Dob. I have a 5", 4", 3.5", 2.75" and 2 2.5" refractors. This is where I'm over stocked and need to thin down a bit. Deciding what to live without is tough though. Regards Stuart
  15. You don't have your troubles to seek then Olly. Hopefully it will all work out worthwhile. Cheers Stuart
  16. There are special guide scope adjustable clamps available from skywatcher, Baader, ADM etc which you need if you want to align two scopes. You don't need to align in order to guide but if you want to for some other reason then you will likely need one of these gadgets. Cheers Stuart
  17. Clear skies and full moon :-( Always the same.... Thanks guys Stuart
  18. A quick shot from last night Jupiter, Io and Ganymede. TV102, DMK21, 4x Powermate, IR Pass filter Around 4000 images stacked in Registax 6 Cheers Stuart
  19. Use your finder scope first to get the align star in the fov before centring with your main scope.
  20. It's just refractors are so darned appealing. There's always a good reason to get one and rarely a good reason to loose one!
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