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  1. Hi all, With the advice I'm getting here, I'm planning to start my hobby with Skywatcher Maksutov 102 telescope. There are several models with this optical design, BUT it looks like they all sold out! Almost all... FLO still could sell a Mak on the older EQ2 mount. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/maksutov/skywatcher-skymax-102-eq2.html What would yo say about this combination - is it an obsolete scope, or the same as modern versions? How it this mount? I gather it can be also used as Alt-As, right? And one more question, with this long focal length I think as a beginner
  2. Hello again, what do you think about these offers: StarTravel 102 on EQ1 vs StartQuest 102R on it’s own mount? Which set would you think perform more stable? https://www.teleskop-spezialisten.de/shop/Telescope/Refractor/100-115mm/Skywatcher-Startravel-102-on-EQ1-Mount-Large-Field-Refractor-102mm-500mm-f-5-Telescope::217.html?language=en https://www.firstlightoptics.com/startravel/sky-watcher-starquest-102r-f49-achromatic-refractor-telescope.html they look similar, I’ve just read that EQ1 might be not stable enough. Would newer StarQuest behave better? on
  3. I’ve seen the review here on the forum by @Lockie, there the mount was transformed to AltAz thank for for the hint with plastic details - I will try to find a proper review or call the shop
  4. Hi all, As I'm selecting a new scope with a great help and advice from this community! As the optical system is getting clearer, I'm now checking the model. And really puzzled with the new SkyWatcher line: StarQuest. It looks on the paper as exactly the same as the telescopes from the other lines, but costs less. Example: 1. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-az-eq-avant/sky-watcher-skymax-102-az-eq-avant.htm 2. https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-starquest/sky-watcher-starquest-102mc-f127-maksutov-cassegrain-telescope.html Optical specs
  5. Are they so different? All three look very similar. By the appearance I would even assume Avant and StarQuest were developed based on AZ Pronto And Avant and StarQuest visually really look like twins with, you know, different haircuts. what am I missing? Are the Skymax 102 on Avant and 192 StarQuest really different (like mount and the tube)? Thank you for the feedback! And for sure for highlighting the downsides! With this I’m just thinking, how is the Maksutov 102 vs Refractor 102? Maksutov + Reducer 0.5x and StarTravel 102 + Barlow 2x will give more or less the
  6. So as Mak 102 looks like a common recommendation, what would you advice in terms of a mount? FLO offers Mak 102 on Az-EQ: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-az-eq-avant/sky-watcher-skymax-102-az-eq-avant.html Az Pronto: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-az-pronto/sky-watcher-skymax-102-az-pronto.html as StarQuest offer (cheapest of them all): https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-starquest/sky-watcher-starquest-102mc-f127-maksutov-cassegrain-telescope.html or something else, like bresser, or ota+mount separately?
  7. It’s a very cosy image I must tell Are these mounts sold separately? If yes, it might be an option to combine with 127 Mak...
  8. That’s what I also read - 150 is an all-rounder, and I have no idea what will be more interesting for me after I start looking - planets or DSO. I consider 150 because I thought it might serve longer than Mak 102 before I’ll figure out I need a second scope
  9. Thank you! Maks are very interesting indeed. But 127 is out of budget, therefore I am in the choice between 150 reflector and 102 Mak. How would such Mak 102 would be against Newton 150P? I mean, is it worth to play around with a more bulky Newtonian, or image quality of 102 would be somewhat comparable for the beginner?
  10. Hello John Hello LeeHore7 Thank you for the suggestion. I am considering Maksutovs, also thought they might be good fit. However this one is a bit out of my budget (about 100£ more). As a stretch I can go with 400€ what including delivery means about 325£ for the scope and mount.
  11. Dear community! First of all - thank you a lot for the advices you are giving here, this is really helpful to getting started! I'm searching for my first device to observe the night sky. I've read several threads here on the same topic and as I can see that the common recommendation is to consider Dobsonian 6" as a starting device for a budget around 300€. Mostly this one was recommended: a 6" Dobson from Skywatcher e.g. https://www.astroshop.de/teleskope/skywatcher-dobson-teleskop-n-150-1200-skyliner-classic-dob/p,15559 But in my situation (a balcony), I think this device
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