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  1. Hello. From what I can see from the information above your scope focal ratio is quite slow. This means you can get away with less expensive eyepieces and still get good performance within a sensible budget. Therefore for slower ratio scopes , people on this site seem to get good performance and reasonable eye relief and field of view from the bst starguide eyepiece range. And sensible money to. I hope this helps
  2. Just to clarify for you , a Dob really is the mount set up , not a telescope. Usually a larger reflector is mounted on a dob mount . But the smaller reflector is also mounted on a AZ or Eq mount. Confusing isn't it Don't worry we were all beginners at some point ,so keep posting the questions. If I had your budget(but not portability restrictions) ie access to a car . I would get myself a good quality second hand 200mm reflector sat on a dob mount or a second hand AZ mount . A good quality 200mm reflector is a great scope for lunar , planetary, DSO. Suitable for beginner's and intermediate, A proper scope. Probably the best bang for buck scope available. And a reference book Turn left at Orion , to get you started on the night sky Hope this helps
  3. Hi Return the scope. Get yourself the best bang for buck scope out there IMO a 200 mm reflector. On either a dob mount or AZ manual mount. They come up second hand on this forum at very reasonable money. And in my opinion are a "proper" scope that will keep the beginner and intermediate amateur going in the hobby for years without the need to upgrade. A good 200mm reflector is the best bang for buck scope for planetary, lunar, DSO out there IMO. I hope this helps
  4. For your budget I would opt for something like the SW Ed 80. To which I understand many use to image with good results. Great optical ability so great for visual. Its in a reasonable small package, so portable. And best of all great value for the ones I have seen on the used market.. Treating yourself to something more premium. The SW 80ed , may not seem premium because they are widely known and used. But they have a track record of quality build, they produce the results both for imagers and visual for a quality refractor that is portable, and within your budget. In my opinion a serious contender for you to consider I hope this help with your refractor choice
  5. Unfortunately at my local McDonalds they never have telescopes, only cheeseburgers and alike
  6. But back then this was a "serious" telescope. And times have moved on .and I am sure Galileo would love to use some of the kit we have nowadays
  7. For an amateur astronomer. For me a serious scope it would be an 8" aperture reflector newt with a decent figured mirror first of all . As I class this as a "proper telescope" . Why first of all for the great all round quality of views that you can achieve on so many objects. Seeing conditions permitted then lunar and planetary then you really do see some worthwhile detail moments from a scope of this size compared to some of more restricted aperture scopes on the market. And at a true dark site the 8" of aperture on the fainter DSO can really bring to life those fainer DSO and wooow moments that a smaller aperture just cannot deliver .A good 8" reflector can be such a versatile and rewarding scope to have. It is also in my opinion so portable, so no shall I go out tonight because of size and weight issues. Such a versatile and worthwhile investment a good 8" that it can give you years of enjoyment without the need to "upgrade". And best of all so well priced. The best bang for buck" serious" scope available IMHO.
  8. Hi Nick , sounds great. I absolutely love it when you look up into the night sky and there is so many stars in the sky ,that you have difficulties making out constellations. When you get views like that you know you are in proper dark site area. Its like a sprinkling of diamonds in the sky . And makes this hobby so enjoyable. Once the scope comes out in these sort of dark site condition then the usually faint fuzzies in light polluted areas just change completely under dark site conditions, and DSO fuzzies start to pop to the eyes. Just great , enjoy
  9. Hello Unfortunately with the faster focal ration scope. Eyepiece selection becomes more critical. I take it your 8" and 12 " dobs handled your previous eyepieces fine as they were a slower focal ratio. But now with the 14" at a faster ratio, then eyepiece choice becomes more critical. Therefore unfortunately that usually means upgrading the eyepieces to cope with the faster scope and to get the best out of your faster ratio 14" dob. Gives you an excuse to buy more eyepiece's
  10. When it comes to faint DSO under truly dark Sky's , I think you will be shocked and most impressed by what all that extra aperture does for you mike. You will have some woow moments Maybe we will see the Tak for sale in SGL classified ads soon, or you could mount it on the Dob and use it as a rather handy finder
  11. Hi Don't get into the trap of magnification is everything on planets. You are far better off on using a magnification that is slightly lower, that gives you a clear sharp view. Than pushing your magnification as high possible, and getting a softer view. Planetary IMO is getting the sharpest view possible, and not the highest magnification possible.
  12. So just to make sure we are on the same page . I did not think your nv was a second hand unit at 2k. . So if you can clarify the cost of your own nv ,so we are not comparing apples with pears. As 2k is an awful lot for an" extra" even second hand . But my understanding was that your nv was a new unit ,and so so much more? But I may be incorrect on this Putting 2k on a second hand nv unit that may or may not be working correctly in a year or so seems to be a risk because of possible malfunction or repair bills. Putting 2k on a case of TV has little risk, the views will be there and also keep their value IMO. As I have said nv has its place if you can afford this luxury , But for the cost of nv I think it is out of the price point of most on this site. And getting to a true "Dark site" would still give you amazing views of DSO ,without nv , and so so much cheaper.
  13. Woow . I did not realise ethos are now 1k each. Maybe it makes the second hand 2k night vision look reasonable? I would still go for a case of second hand TV which seemingly you can pick up for much cheaper than "new". Good job my eyepiece shopping days are over as I am content with my case full of quality used glass. .
  14. Let me think . That's a brave statement considering the quality of the TV range. A second hand nv or a case of second hand TV. In my opinion no contest. In 5 years time. Then more than likely the second hand nv would no longer be functioning , or degraded to such a level that they are no viable. That 2k will be constantly losing money. But a case of quality second hand TV, will be still functioning nicely and providing quality views . And a case full of second hand TV if you come to sell them, you will more that likely get your money back on them. Free viewing for 5 years basically I am not saying there is not a place for nv , it does seem a interesting and worthwhile addition. But at the price point nv is presently at then you do need deep pockets. And IMO then a case of quality TV is a better option for the majority. Nv is an expensive luxury for the normal chap/lady in the hobby. Maybe in future when nv goes sub 1k mark then far more of us will take greater interest. But until then give me a case full of TV
  15. Still not cheap second hand . Maybe when they become available third hand, then they will be more in the price range for most of us
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