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  1. Hello and welcome to SGL For visual purposes then your best scope to go for is the skywatcher 200p. This is reflector scope on a Dobson mount. These scopes are tried and tested on this forum by many members and get great reviews. This scope will have enough aperture for DSO and also perform great on planetary and lunar. The 200p skywatcher will be a great scope for the beginner and take you into the intermediate stages of the hobby. And will be within your budget especially if you buy second hand. These scopes do come up in the sales section on this SGL site and can be a great bargain for the novice. Great bang for buck telescope I hope you like the above and it helps☺
  2. Hello and welcome to SGL Probably the cheapest and most effective way of getting into both visual and then Astro photography is through a skywatcher 130p or the slightly larger aperture of the skywatcher 150pds with more light gathering ability. These are reflector based scopes. These would be great for an introduction to visual and take you into the intermediate stages . Really you will need a eq mount for tracking the object if you are going to do some DSO photography Also I recommend getting the book"every photon counts" as this will be a great aid for Astro photography I hope the above helps☺
  3. Hello and welcome to SGL The AZ4 is a cracking mount. I have a equinox 120ed apo ,this scope is no light weight and a good size. But the AZ 4 I find handles the size and weight of my scope with no problems at all. I find the secret is making sure the scope is already at a neutral balancing point when connected and then works great on the AZ principal. The AZ4 on a 2" stainless steel tripod would be a great mount IMO . And if you want to save some cash then they do come up second hand. I hope the above helps☺
  4. Pentax dedicated case eventually complete Has gone from this ,with a lonely place missing an eyepiece Luckily managed to get the missing element in the case And now completed😀 It has taken around 2 years to get this dedicated case to Pentax XW completed. But after a long attempt to get the last remaining niggle in the case a 5XW . I bit the bullet and got the 5XW new while they are still available(with all the rumours of their impending disappearance ?) The case now finally consists of the 3.5XW , 5XW , 7XW , 10XW and IMO some of the best eyepieces available. Find these work equally well in both the refractor and the Dobson reflector. Job done☺
  5. Hello and welcome to SGL The BST starguider/explorers are a great step up from stock eyepieces and within you budget. The BST get great reviews on this site and are a well respected and useful performer at their price point. The Baader Classic Ortho (the replacement for the late great BGO) are also worth a look as sharp optics but slightly less fov than the BST. I hope the above helps☺
  6. Baader wounder fluid is great for cleaning lenses, and a nice clean cloth. Go gentle and you may have found a diamond in the rough in your car boot find. Good luck and let us know how you get on☺
  7. Hello and welcome to SGL The above diagram will give you an idea of what you can see through an average amateur telescope. In general the larger the aperture the more magnification you can achieve and therefore the more potential for larger image size ,as long as you have quality optics to allow this. And seeing conditions In general the better the optical quality of the mirror or lens in the telescope then the finer the potential for a better quality image. Seeing conditions allowing Obviously to get the best out of aperture or optics/mirror then great seeing conditions are required, and therefore to achieve this you need great weather/atmospheric conditions to get the best out of your chosen aperture and optics. But also the darker the site you observe at then the more of the targets you will be able to see especially with DSO. I hope you like the above and it helps☺
  8. Hello. If you are seriously thinking of an upgrade and wondering if the extra cash is worth it then IMO see if you can "try before you buy" and to see if to your eyes the extra cash is really worth the benefit to your own particular eyes and budget. And a star party or maybe your local astronomy club usually have some great scopes for you to have a peek through, with the owners permission of course☺ But in general anyone who has a achro and then gets a nice apo does not seem to regret it. And a lot of the quality apo for visual people recommend are doublets and not necessarily triplets. Obviously you have the Rolls Royce of scopes like the Taks and their higher price tags. But the skywatcher range with the Ohara glass and the Scott glass in them in regards to lens like a sw 100ed or a 120ed, can produce great views at a fraction of the cost. So IMO if you have the scratch to itch with a apo for visual then i would look for a nice doublet either a Tak if you wish to push the boat out a bit or a cracking scope like the sw Ed if you want a quality frac but are more budget minded. I went for a equinox 120ed and found it a great scope, especially for planetary and lunar. I hope the above helps☺
  9. Hello and welcome to SGL The Dobson 8" is great for visual and their are plenty of people that do some planetary and lunar photos with a reflector. But if you are more interested in Astro photography in regards DSO you are probably better off going for something like a Ed 80 refractor on a decent quality eq mount to track. I hope the above helps☺
  10. IMO do not start wiping the mirror for a bit of condensation. You will more that likely scratch it( and these scratches may be invisible to the unaided eye, but will be there). A bit of condensation will dry naturally Also no no to using Baader wounder fluid on the mirror, do not attempt this. Baader wounder fluid is great for refractors, but not reflector. I hope the above helps☺
  11. BBC Four tonight at 11.35 " The Truth about Meteors" Professor Ian Stewart explains what meteorites and Asteroids are and where they come from. And the role they have played in earth's history and the possible danger they pose in the future. Hope you enjoy☺
  12. Hi. At least it's a televues powermate😀 Just hope the customising works for you in a positive way and does not have a detrimental effect for what you need it for. All the best ☺
  13. Maybe it's time to get the ultimate astronomy upgrade. A one way ticket to the Canaries.☺
  14. "Telescope Takeover" This time in La Palma in the Canary islands. Some of the words largest telescope's are based to see some spectacular sky's views BBC Four at 10.05 tomorrow evening I hope you enjoy ☺
  15. Totally agree with John. I have the Pentax 3.5mm 5xw , 7xw 10xw . These have Ortho like tack sharpness of views, but with around 70d fov and 20mm eyerelief. I use these in the 120ed apo equinox refractor and the OOuk 14" dob at f/4.6 with 1/10pv. I find these eyepieces excellent at these focal lengths. IMO these eyepieces are some of the best around and have no regrets in owning these as they are "keepers"😀