Hello, I would like to thank you all for your replies. I respect all opinions, even the ones I strongly disagree So, after taking into serious consideration what you've written, portability, tight budget, imaging and viewing characteristics, I decided to go with skywatcher 130pds on a AZ synscan goto mount. Besides, a battery 12V pack, do you have anything else to suggest, in terms of eyepieces, barlows, filters, etc, that in your opinion are going to be needed from day one, or soon enough that I might just buy them now?
Thanks guys for the tips! Really appreciate the suggestions! However, let's try to have in mind that I am not going to buy an EQ mount anytime soon. So let's focus on these two questions: - is the 150pds too heavy for a AZ synscan mount? - will there be any significant differences in observation between 130pds and 150pds, to justify the price difference? Looking forward to hearing your answers
Hello all! i've been reading you for quite some time, in order to gather info that will help me buy my first telescope. I am on a tight budget (~500 euros), and I wanted something that will do fairly good both on observation, and later in astrophotography, which seems a logical step after observation. At first I was about to buy a 5'' mak, but after reading you, I realized that it will not serve any of my future AP endeavors. So I came down to sw 130pds and 150pds. A friend suggested that the 150pds will be better, since the details from DSO reveal when you go from 5 to 6 inches. Will the difference be so obvious?Does the money investment in 150pds really worth it? Let's examine the mounting thing now. In the scenario that I am going with 150pds, is a AZ Synscan Goto suitable in terms of weight? Or am I going to face issues there. I know that AZ4 can hold the weight of the 150pds, but there is no goto mechanism. Can an amateur survive without the GOTO mechanism? The budget is strict so an EQ mount (especially with GOTO) is currently out of reach. And I know that almost everybody suggests that AP is incompatible with AZ mounts, but I am ok with this. I am not looking for perfection, just some plain amateur AP. Furthermore, if I go with the 150pds which is not compact exactly, i want at least the mounting to be as compact as possible. On the other hand, I think that 130pds can well fit to AZ Synscan Goto mount. And it's more compact/portable. But will the difference in observation will be so visible?Given that I will keep the telescope for some time. Please feel free to comment in any way you like.Suggestions in terms of other models/brands (given the restrictions: budget, observation, AP), are also most welcome. p.s: i live in Europe, where prices are a lot more expensive that in US.