Hi All On top of the many months of research, I've spent today looking at scopes, learning polar alignment, researching calibration of a polar alignment scopes and identifyied Polaris in the night sky and I do believe an equatorial mount is the way to go rather than Go-to, so I'll be getting the Sky-watcher explorer 150P on an eq3-2 mount with the polar alignment scope, a laser collimator and a few other bits. I want to learn to be very precise when setting up and observing as this will make me better and help learn more. I understand its not the best mount for photography but I want to learn the sky and educate myself to gain experience, and the scope mentioned is a good all rounder to help me do this. This leaves me with future options. If I do end up wanting to go the photographic route then I can look at another mount at a later date, but for now I think I'd rather see the and learn the night sky and become more knowledgeable in this area, I can then go from there. Really appreciate all your comments, suggestions and guidance as it has actually helped me more than you know. Cheers all, will be back on line telling everyone what I've observed in the night sky over the next few weeks. Cheers All
Charic I have considered a manual scope and in fact I actually appreciate the equatorial mount engineering side too (I maybe a tad sad saying that ). Even my wife thinks I'd be better off with a manual scope on an equatorial (Dob really isn't convenient for me for a few reasons). I know I listed 3 goto type scopes, but I really have been torn between the goto and the manual and you are totally spot on when you say 'how quick do you need to learn the skies' , I don't have an answer and I do agree with the statement. Its meant to be an enjoyable and relaxing hobby taking us out of the daily hustle and bustle, well that's my reason for wanting to start. If I can get a little photography in too then that would be a bonus, but small steps first. You really have me thinking again which is very good, better to think and even change the mind now rather than when its bought and stuck with it, so I do appreciate your comments. There is one I looked at in depth which was the sky-watcher explorer 150P Eq3-2. Understand the tripod isn't the most stable, but there are plenty of options to better that side of things. The 150PDS is within the £400 budget I've given myself but the 150P is sufficient and theres also a bit of room for some accessories such as the laser collimator and some eyepieces of a sort. Think the 150P now comes with a 2" focuser and 1.25" adapter. Great price on FLO too. Right, so I do have some thoughts I need to take away with me to ponder on. I appreciate your comments and they are very helpful. Same for the others who commented on my post so thank you all. I'll add an update on here once decided and purchased. Cheers All and thank you for the welcome.
Hi All Firstly, appreciate the kind welcome All your comments do help as there are so many types and so many variables I think the first scope will be as much as learning curve as anything else. I'm South Wales near Bridgend and I have looked at local clubs and there are a few around so its definitely worth me trying. Ref the scopes, I've spoken to a few good Camera shops and astronomy shops which are a few miles of me and they have all proven very helpful and offer discounts and the prices I mentioned, and I believe they all have reasonable returns policies etc. I'd love the Dobsonian but without great knowledge of the skies I'd struggle to find anything which may frustrate, hence the go-to makes it a lot easier to start with. I'm sure a few years down the line I'll be more confident and invest in one, albeit I would have to take it to some near by places with less obstructions. Thanks for all your experienced help all and I'll let you know which I choose shortly
Hi All I'm a newbie and looking at getting my first telescope. I'm sure my question has been asked many times in one form or another so please excuse me for asking again. I'm not sure what type of field my interest will be as planetary, deep sky etc so I'm looking at some thing that is a good all-rounder and easy to use. I've excluded Dobsonian scopes as they wont work in my garden due to surrounding obstructions and which a tripod will be best suited . My budget is £400 and I'd prefer new rather than second hand (Snobbery not intended): Sky-watcher Explorer 130P go-to; this looks like a well made scope from my research. Appears to have a well made focuser, it can be collimated, it will take both 2" and 1.25" eyepieces, believe its F5. Best price seen is £315 and would mean I could purchase some accessories such as new eyepieces 2", laser collimator, filters and so on. Concern; aperture is only 130mm and may have limited viewing capabilities. Sky-watcher Star Discovery P150I WIFI; has a large aperture and is F5 so reasonably wide views. free intuitive app, Freedom find capable. Concern; cannot be collimated (Albeit there is a bit of room to adjust slightly via secondary mirror and also adjusting the primary mirror screws), focuser not greatest quality. Best price seen is £377 Sky-watcher Sky-Max 127 Maksutov Casagraine go-to; Looks well made and appears to have very good lenses/mirrors and has some really good reviews, rarely requires collimating etc. Concern; Appears to be more planetary specific, cool down period appears to be fairly inconveniently long, 90 degree piece looks a little cheap (being petty a bit). Best Price seen £388. Would really appreciate comments, and my current favourite is the 150 only due to the fact that I can upgrade the focuser at a later date. Thank you all