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  1. Hi everyone

    I've been using a Celestron ST80 (last one on this page: http://bit.ly/zGZ3lK) for a couple of years now and would like to upgrade.

    I would like something relatively compact and light while providing a wide field of view similar to my ST80 (i love looking at Orion's sword with this thing). My interests are DSO and open clusters.

    Based on the criteria above, should i be looking at a Mak at all?

    Thanks. G

  2. Hi all

    I'm totally confused about how to navigate between objects - i'm unfamiliar with star positions and on top of that most stars look pretty much the same to me through the lens so i end up swinging the scope around wildly.

    This is what i'm doing with the equatorial mount:

    Polar align:

    Set latitude to 52 (Oldbury, UK) and tighten screw.

    Set the declination to 90 and tighten screw.

    Rotate the axis until Polaris is centred and tighten screw.

    At this point, the pointer on the RA is just pointing to an arbitrary number on the dial. Do i now need to spin this dial to read zero? What do i do after that?

    Can someone point me to a guide on how to do this in simple terms please :)



  3. Hi derekm!

    I did a some research about my scope and found that it's actually an EQ80 WA (short tube with 400mm focal length). As I understand it, i won't be able to hit any decent magnifications unless i push it with a barlow+high power eyepiece.

    I do like the bright images produced by it though so i'm going to get hold of a Meade 4000 Plossl next week and get my basics/theory right before taking the plunge on a bigger scope.



  4. Hi all!

    I'm a complete newbie so please forgive me if i ask any silly questions!

    I've acquired a Celestron Powerseeker EQ80 and tripod (discontinued around 2001), it has a 25mm widefield eyepiece fitted. I managed to see M42 last night and could clearly see four of the brightest stars in the nebula as well as make out a very faint "cloudiness" surrounding them.

    I also tried viewing Mars but was very dissapointed (tiny red pin-point of light).

    I wanted to know if anyone here has got any experience of this scope and whether i should stick with it as a newcomer to this field (advice on upgrades would be welcome).



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