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Hello stargazers, I've been stalking this forum for a good couple months now in my search for a telescope. My main focus will be the visual observing of planets and DSOs. I like photography might plan that later if possible (i'd like it to be). The skies where i live is somewhat polluted but not so much. I can easily spot most constellations with the naked eye if my drive my car on a hill outside the city. I was thinking about one of the models below. I'd like the get the best bang for the buck and minimize the risk of being disappointed and then wanting a more expensive tube later on. I'd like to learn the sky by heart thus steering clear of a GOTO for now. I'm not going to buy anything right now because I'm putting some hard earned cash in a pair of binos first. My options: (but I'm open to any and all suggestions!) Skywatcher Skymax 150 PRO €569.37 + Skywatcher EQ5 Deluxe €269.02 Objective Lens Diameter: 150mm Telescope Focal Length: 1800mm (f/12) EQ5 because it's a good stable mount that I basically can keep using if I ever upgrade the OTA Skywatcher Skyliner 250PX Dobsonian €463.49 Diameter of Primary Mirror: 254mm Telescope Focal Length: 1200mm (f/4.7) Celestron Omni XLT 127 €647.16 Objective Lens Diameter: 127mm Telescope Focal Length: 1250 mm (f/10) Skywatcher Skymax 127 OTA €274.42 + Skywatcher EQ5 Deluxe €269.02 (Or EQ3-2 for €442.96) Diameter of Primary Mirror: 127mm Telescope Focal Length: 1500mm (f/11.81) I might also get the less stable EQ3-2 for a 100 euros less. But again, the EQ5 is a good investment I believe Skywatcher Explorer 200P EQ5 €504.55 Diameter of Primary Mirror: 200mm Telescope Focal Length: 1000mm (f/5) I got all the prices from FLO. Some questions that I still have: (thanks for staying with me so long) - Would you be able to see some DSOs with anything up from f/10? - Is a dew shield necessary if i live in the Netherlands? - I know its been asked a lot but what eyepieces would you recommend? FLO recommend BSTs. Then again which lengths? I thinks thats all for now:) Thanks so much for checking this post out. Clear skies to you all!
Hi Everyone Like many others I imagine, I am destined to be a 4 scope family! I currently have 80mm ed and 127 mm mak. However, I know their limitations. Basically aperture! I intend to obtain a heq5 goto mount later this year, providing nothing unexpected on the finance front messes that up. I'm also 95% certain, I'll get a secondhand 180mm mak after being very impressed with the 127mm. BUT, I'm very greedy! I feel a gap will still exist. I live in a suburban area. Average darkness on a moonless night. I've not assessed the limiting magnitude yet for naked eye. But we're not talking sugar dusting on black velvet! In the future I'd like to do observation AND AP. I'd also like to keep option of transporting equipment (heq5 and scope) to darker sites although more likely to do majority of observing/AP in my back yard. I'm 54. Not too weak yet! Question.: would it be better to fill gap with 150mm F5 or 200 mm F6? Take into account that I expect the 180mm mak to be weapon of choice for lunar, planets, double stars where I doubt either newt would match it. However, I'm also aware that the viewing experience will be different in the newts (probably brighter and wider fields?). I'm believe long newts are more painful on eq mounts in terms of looking through the eyepiece, or is that a myth? I'm also aware that it may be more of a pain to transport an 8" to a dark site. If this is true, it is likely that a 6" would be better because it would most likely see fainter objects at a dark site, than the 8" in my back yard. Plus, the 150mm F5 would probably be better for AP than the 200mm, due to better balance on mount? So, I guess I'm relying on real world experience from members who have " been there, done that!" with respect to these two scopes. Hopefully this will help others in similar situation. Thanks for taking the time to read this Mark
Hi Can anyone help me with my proposed setup for planetary imaging? I have bought a used Mak150 and plan to use the following ... Mak, SCT Adapter(came with scope), SW SCT focuser (yet to buy). TV 3x Barlow, flip mirror, ASI120MC Will this work or is it too long? If so what should I take out. Thanks for your help. Barry