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Everything posted by ArtJourney

  1. Haha! I've already looked up the astronomy/night sky weather forecast for post Christmas (31st is showing as excellent for stargazing... I never liked Auld Lang Syne anyway!) Will get those books ordered and Stellarium downloaded - Thanks. I'm eagerly awaiting the first viewing session... Will definitely share!
  2. That's what I was thinking, the EQ1 seemed like the low-end model and was paired with much lighter scopes. With knowledge of trying to balance my DSLRs on wimpy tripods, I thought the AZ3 looked sturdier. As much as I knew hubs would 'get' the theory of an EQ mount, I wasn't confident in the sturdiness of the EQ1. I have a feeling that if hubs doesn't take to the skies... I just might.
  3. Well the deed is done, ordered from FLO, should get here when he's at work on Wednesday... But gawd knows where I will hide the box, I bet it's a large one! Thank you all, sincerely, for your help. I know these kinda questions are awkward (I work in IT and get, "what laptop should I get?" ALL the time and my answer is, "depends what you want to do with it!"). I'm sure I'll stay around the forum, maybe let you know how he gets on... Most likely asking for more advice. Merry Christmas and Clear Skies to you all xx
  4. Right I think I've made a decision, the Skywatcher Startravel 102 (102mm/f5) on an az3 mount. Not too huge, portable enough, bigger lens than the 80 or evostar 90, should let him see enough... Not be overwhelmed. Final thoughts anyone?
  5. Is there any benefit in getting a Goto mount for ease of finding stuff, or does it take away the joy?
  6. Thanks for all the info, I'm not sure if things are clearer or more muddled now, but tomorrow I shall buy one...or the other... Or maybe something different still!
  7. I must admit I was just looking at the Mak's... They seem to be shorter versions of refractors, like hybrids, is that right ?
  8. My goodness! Just looked at the 150 Dobson, it looks like an anti-aircraft device! I'm a tolerant wife {*cough* 60" TV, complete 3rd floor mancave etc...} but that's a beast!
  9. Would the field of view be so restricted as to lose positioning easily? I know what looking through extended photography lenses are like, I get lost looking at birds in the trees! What would you choose if you were at the beginning of your Astronomy journey again? The Startravel or the Evostar? Also, just looked at the Celestron 90mm, same kinda specs as the Evostar, is one manufacturer better than the other?
  10. Ok... Makes sense. I'm now looking at the StarTravel 102... Shorter, more portable for when the LP gets too much for him but a bigger lens.
  11. I guess, now I've determined that he'll be sitting outside on the deck, not obscured by windows or compromised by rising heat, that my initial main question still stands... ...would there be a marked difference between the views from the two scopes? I know there isn't much difference between the lens sizes but will the startravel short tube compromise the images?
  12. Thanks Ronin, Planets will be his main focus...so this is a good point... I'm edging nearer the Evo 90 now. Thanks for the link, they are a long way into Essex, we're the London End. This is why I'm heading for a refractor... Thanks for the info Dan, the scope would definitely be extended out the window. Even if he was to use it in the conservatory, he'd be sitting out with it on the deck (should have clarified that too, the conservatory opens out onto a full width deck, so he'd be sitting out there, smoking, looking at stars, happy as Larry, I'd be in the warm, eat chocolate and watching Strictly!) Hi Glynn, thanks for the info, but I've already decided I'll be going for an EQ mount. I have plenty of ball headed tripods that tilt and swivel, roll etc and the AZ mount would feel a bit lacking in movement after using those. He used to be very keen on astronomy, physics etc so the EQ mount would be logical to him. The budget is not totally open ended, but both scopes I mentioned are around £140. I don't want to spend £200+ if it's just going to sit I the corner gathering dust.
  13. Thanks Paul. I should have clarified, the loft is not a normal loft, it's a proper third floor, we just call it the loft... Long story lol! My hubs is Scottish and it's so cold in the mancave, it's almost arctic. Well maybe not that bad, but it's doesn't have a great deal of heat rising due to the insulation between floors. Thanks Martin. I wasn't suggesting star gazing through the closed windows, that would seem pointless! When we first moved in here, we used to sit up there star watching though the open velux windows, in our coats, with our binoculars and it was very pleasant! For him, it would be mostly, if not all, for visual use. He's not into cameras or photography at all (that's my area, I have a couple of DSLRs and some meaty ball head tripods). This will be his hobby, just looking at the sky Ack no, good idea though it is, I hate giving vouchers...they look so Rubbish wrapped under the tree! And he'd be worse at making the decision than me! That's a reflector scope though isn't it? I had pretty much decided on a refractor, unless there was a compelling reason for a reflector.
  14. I've spent days looking, reading reviews, measuring, umming and ahhing and I've decided to ask for help! {Turn left at Orion?} Hubs has always shown an interest in all things astronomical, so I thought it was time to finally get him a scope (he's 50, I reckon he's old enough!). The scope will mostly be used indoors (he has a large loftroom/mancave with velux windows although I'm guessing initially he'll set it up I'm the conservatory) but I guess if he gets hooked, he may venture out with it (I reckon it's an unlikely but ya never know!) The two scopes I've been umming and ahhing over are the Skywatcher StarTravel 80 (short tube) (80mm lens / 400mm focal length) and the Skywatcher Evostar 90 (90mm lens / 900mm focal length). (I think I've decided on a refractor as they give better pictures, esp of planets? Please correct me if I'm wrong!) Looking at unboxing videos I can see the Evostar is quite large in size (it looks like a bazooka!) and I'm wondering if the size will be offputting. I like the sound of the Startravel 80 as it can become a guide scope later (if he gets hooked) but, for now, will it suffice as a decent scope? I don't want him to be put off by blurry or nondescript images but I also don't want this huge box of tricks to sit in the corner scarily. So I guess my main question is, would there be a marked difference between the views from these two scopes? I know there isn't much difference between the lens sizes but will the startravel short tube compromise the images? For reference we live in the East Surburbs of London (some may call it Essex!) we have a fair amount of light pollution. Thank you for your help in advance, it's much appreciated! Oh... And if you recommend a better/different first scope (well it's not his first, he had one as a teenager), then I'm all ears!
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