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  1. The EQ-3/2 is essentially a EQ-4 and is a good mount depending on the size of tube you are putting on it. I do not think it would do well with anything larger than a 150mm newtonian or 150mm f/5 refractor. I know a couple of people that have a 200mm SCT on the AZ5 and they like them.
  2. Not everyone wants/ needs a GPS on their goto mount. Just personal preference and I for one am glad that there is still options available that do not require it. Even though I have goto mounts my favorite is still a older CG-5 with a single tracking motor and occasionally I may even plug the Argo Navis in. I seem to be in a growing minority though as I do not take electronics (phone/ tablet/ laptop) anywhere near my telescopes when viewing.
  3. The Stellarvue Access line are imported but must meet SV QC spec and then they go through the telescope from focuser to lens cell to bring it to their standard. All I have talked to have found them to be excellent telescopes. The X series of refractors are made in house with a guaranteed Strehl ratio of 98-99, a friend just received his SVX 102mm which is at 99.6!
  4. The telescope seems to be slightly cheaper if purchased from TS: https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/product_info.php/language/en/info/p10133_TS-Optics-PhotoLine-125mm-f-7-8-FPL53-Lanthanum-Apo---2-5--Focuser.html They most likely are made by the same manufacturer, the Photoline series are normally good telescopes. Manufacturers will build and re-badge telescopes for many different retailers, the difference comes down to what level of QC the customer has paid for/ maintained. I tend to go with the retailer with the better reputation for high QC for purchases like this.
  5. Though I am using refractors I prefer the Feathertouch over the Moonlite though the Moonlite is a very good focuser. I have a multi decades long issue of "steering" my refractors by the diagonal which puts a lot of stress on the drawtube. The Moonlites I will have to adjust at least once a year due to slippage but the Feathertouch focusers have never had to be adjusted at all and my oldest FT is 13 years old now.
  6. Another good zoom is the Antares Speers-Waler 5-8mm though getting harder to find on the used market. My top 5 favorites in no order: 1. Baader Mk IV 8-24mm 2. Vixen LV 8-24mm 3. TeleVue 3-6mm 4. TeleVue 2-4mm 5. Speers-Waler 5-8mm
  7. The filter also works well for lunar observing.
  8. I tend to use the continuum filter over the eyepiece occasionally to pull out some extra detail. As good a filter as it is I prefer the “white” view.
  9. Gabby76


    Hello and welcome to the forums
  10. Hello and welcome :)
  11. Hello, the mount will have 2 separate knobs/ bolts that it uses for clutches on this mount. When they are tightened (not overly tight) you can use the slo motion controls. They are not slip clutches though, if you tighten them and then force the mount by hand you will scratch the holding surface. Get the telescope pointed towards Polaris and you should be able to track fairly well, it just takes some practice If you have not done so, read the Astro- baby guide to collimation a very good write up. Remember to remove the corrector lens from the focuser before collimating this telescope, replace it when done. (pay attention to which direction it goes in!) The Meade 15mm is a good choice with this telescope as the included eyepieces and barlow are quite poor quality. I would actually suggest replacing them with a 9 or 10mm and 25mm GSO or Revelation Plossl, good quality for the price. The 3x barlow is more power than the telescope is capable of so set it aside.
  12. Hello Chaza, do your binoculars have threads for filters? A O-III, H beta and UHC would be good for nebula viewing. The Baader Neodymium is a bit of a “jack of all trades” filter when starting out.
  13. Hello Kronos, this is a bit late as a reply for your trip. Use a rocket bulb blower to get the dust off of the mirror, the only time you definitely need to look at cleaning is if something organic like tree sap, bugs and such are on it. The old adage for cleaning mirrors is if you are unsure if it needs cleaning is to wait a year, then decide A very soft camel hair brush (woman’s makeup brush) can also be used to get rid of some dust on the mirror or along the edge of eyepiece lenses. (Gently of course) When not in use keep caps in place, shower caps work well on newts to keep dust and insects out of the tube.
  14. I use the aluminium/ pluck foam for most accessories and eyepieces as well as a few HPRC cases for more expensive eyepieces. This is my HPRC2700 travel case, it holds the SV80mm refractor, BV/ OCAs, various eyepieces and filters as well as my Herschel wedge, Zeiss/ Baader prism and mirror diagonal. Under the blue foam section are 3-2" eyepieces.
  15. It comes out to “around” ND4.8/ 4.9
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