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  1. Ah fantastic, thanks for that! I'd seen that book mentioned a few times so will definitely pick that up. I've held off ordering a scope as I'm edging towards ordering the SpaceCat and Star Adventurer instead (based on the pricey mount I'd need for the 130PDS)! Going to listen to that now and get the book on order
  2. Haha - it's a slippery slope! Yes it definitely sounds like it! I think I need to take baby steps to start with and actually get the hang of the telescope first
  3. Yeah I think I'll have to keep an eye out for a second hand one - I had no idea choosing a mount would be just as tricky as the scope!
  4. Thanks everyone - wow yes those mounts are pretty pricey! I'll have a look at some but I think in that case I'll probably start with the 130PDS scope for observing and then add these bits on later for getting into the photography side of things!
  5. Thanks Kyle - I was considering the Star Adventurer initially as I really got into doing long exposures in my garden. Definitely need to make a trip to some dark skies when there's the next clear sky - I'm desperate to try a milky way shot!
  6. Thanks Carole. I definitely think I'm leaning towards the 130PDS. Do you mean an equatorial mount like the Star Adventurer Kyle mentioned? I was looking into getting one of those, but maybe I should wait until I have the scope, then start adding on.
  7. Thanks for your reply - I imagine I’ll want to image straight away
  8. Hi everyone! So I’ve been lurking on this forum for a couple of months and thought it was about time I made an account as I’ve been back and forth deciding on which scope to purchase. I only got into Astro a couple of months ago when I took my first photo of the moon on the night of the ‘flower moon’, with my Canon 700D. I don’t know why it had never occurred to me to try and photograph it, but I think lockdown prompted me to look around and notice the sky a bit more! Since then I’ve been trying to get photos of the stars whenever there’s been a clear night (rare in Manchester anyway, plus my garden is Bortle 8 on pollution). I’ve succeeded in a few nice snaps but it’s time I invested in this hobby now I think. Having never owned a scope I’m completely new to this so trying to pick something that isn’t massive (for storage purposes), that I can get a good view of the planets but mostly something where I can see and hopefully photograph deep sky objects from my garden if possible. I’ve recently been looking at the SkyWatcher Explorer 130PDS or 150PDS, and want to spend £400 max. I’m leaning more towards the 130PDS due to cost, and based on some photos I’ve seen on here, although I imagine the 150PDS would be better, although appears to need a mount purchasing separately. I nearly went for the William Optics SpaceCat 51 at one point, then realised I was probably trying to run before I could walk! Any help at all would be fantastic. Many thanks, Nat
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