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xvariablestarx

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  1. Yeah, I am not that young so I guess I will concentrate on the 10 x 50 binos. Hard to try binos in stores though, since the country here is locked down. I might buy a couple of cheap binos ffom a good store online, different brands and see if they are ok, if not then I guess I return them or learn to collimate binos.
  2. I have a 100mm Mak, it gives good planetary views, and is compact. Planets are easier targets than most DSOs and Maks excel at planets.
  3. Hi, I had a pair of Tasco 10x50 binos which I left behind when I moved back to Ireland. They weren,t expensive so I would like go buy either a 7x50 or a new 10 x50 in the same price range, which is 40 to 60 euros. I am looking at these binos: Meade Travelview 7x50 Celestron Cometron 7x50 Orion 10x50 Bresser Hunter 10 x 50 All are Porro prisms, all similar prices. Should I go with a 10 x 50 or a 7 x 50, and are any of these brands worse or better than the others?
  4. I did some research and the OTA of the 100mm MAk is 4 pounds which is under the 7 pound handling capacity of the iOptron cube e, so i might try that combination. Still curious on the weight of the OTA for the Heritage 150p though
  5. I would pick a small refractor on an alt azimuth mount, to make the experience as simple and enjoyable as possible for the kid.
  6. What about the Heritage 150p? The specs say the scope is 7.5kg, a couple of pounds heavier than the 130p but not sure how much of that is the wooden mount that comes with it.
  7. For deep sky objects, you need as much aperture as you can. You can see the Orion nebula even with the naked eye so yes your 70mm scope would see it, though it wont look like a Hubble image of course. Perhaps something like the Skywatcher Heritage 130p would be good general scope for you.
  8. 70mm is a bit small for Mars. You seem to be mainly interested in planets, so perhaps a Maksutov or larger refractor is in your future. 90mm is personally the smallest scope I would aim at a planet, in either a Mak or a refractor. With reflectors in the cheaper price range you need to be careful that you don't buy a Bird Jones type reflector, which tend to be of questionable quality. With a reflector you need a bigger aperture scope, say 130mm.
  9. Would the OTA of the Skywatcher Heritage 130P work ok with this mount, or would the tube be a little too long?
  10. I saw the GTI mount, but I know that the Celestron wifi go-to mount with WiFi has had complaints of the WiFi signal being too weak. Any such problems with the skywatcher gti mount?
  11. I recently moved back to Ireland, having been in the USA a long time, and I had to leave my 8 inch Dob behind. What i did bring was two OTA, a 80 mm Orion Goscope refractor, and an Explore Scientific 100mm Mak. Now i do has a basic alt az mount for these but i have a longing for a very basic GoTo system like the iOptron cube-e. Would that work ok? P.S. sorry if this shouldnt be a beginner question
  12. 3x CAN be too much, it all depends on the eyepiece you pair it with.
  13. Since no scope can do everything, find out what your friend wants to look at.
  14. My old Tasco scope from the early 90s is at my Dad's house, but I have no desire to use it. Last time I looked at it the mirror was badly degraded, and its a cheap design anyway.
  15. Tell us what type of astronomical objects you want to look at and we will advise a better scope.
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