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Hello.. First of all would like to say thank you to everyone who has helped me narrow down and help me decide what scope I should get has been a long month trying to decide The scope I’ve decided to go for is the AZ Pronto and 130p as it’s the best one I can afford which suite my needs..( could’ve gone bigger but had to lower my budget ) im going to mainly be using this scope for hunting faint fuzzies ( Clusters and Galaxies). My skies are reasonably good, I don’t suffer badly from light pollution. As I have not used a proper telescope before as I have mentioned I wanted to know what is possible with this scope as I don’t want to set my expectations too high ( not expecting Hubble images). Would I be able to make out some of the ngc galaxies near Triangulum for example? Even if they appear to small and faint? Even if they don’t have any detail I just find it fascinating that we can see objects that are so far away.Would also hope you could give me some targets for me that I should look for when I get it which will hopefully be very soon I have turn left at Orion which I’ll have another read through but wanted some of you to tell me your experiences if you’ve had the 130p again thanks for all the help in the previous posts and of course in this.
Hi all, before I start I would like to thank Everyone on here for helping me and answering many questions that I had and also @FLO for the great service ordered Saturday night and came lunch time today. so today was the day ...my first telescope first telescope had arrived ( felt like Christmas again!). After a long wait the Fed Ex drive had finally arrived at my door with the scope and mount. The package itself seemed extremely light and after opening I was happy to see that everything was well packaged with a lot of boxes and bubble wrap this was a big relief for me as in the past ordering fragile stuff well I’ve had some bad experiences but FLO made sure that didn’t happen. As I’ve not seen many reviews or unboxings of this set up I thought that I should make one. As I did struggle to make a decision to get this or the heritage version. Once I opened the main box up there was another box and within that box were the scope mount and tripod and also included were the eyepieces red dot finder and slow mo controls ( was like playing pass the parcel!) . When opening the boxes I was surprised how well built everything was. Most of it was metal. When looking at the pictures online and on the videos I couldn’t really tell what it was made of. So first impressions seem to be quite good for the mount itself seems to be high quality and the tripod it has a bubble level on one of the legs which I didn’t know about and is a nice feature. On to the ota then. As mentioned above it seems very solid. However one of the big things that I liked about this version of the 130p compared to the others is that it does not require colimation as the back panel does not have any screws as you would see on a normal Newtonian. So this was a big plus for me being an absolute beginner to telescopes and is a nice feature to have. The ota came with a nice red dot finder scope as well with two standard eyepieces 25mm and 10mm. So, after opening everything up I’m quite happy about the experience and the build quality of everything. The weather seems a bit bad tonight and this week, supposed to be some clouds but hopefully there will be a break so I can write a first light report with the scope. Below I have taken some pictures of the unboxing process and some of the ota and Mount Thanks for reading
Hi All, Seems to be a pretty common opinion that the tripods on the new range of Skywatcher mounts isn't really up to much (don't know if it is the same tripod for all 3 mounts, maybe someone can clarify). I'm curious as to what tripods people have fitted to their nice shiny new heads (and what scopes are being used on them). The difference between getting just the AZ5 head compared to the head and tripod is ~£60, so I'm interested to find out if it is possible to get a more stable tripod for that £60? Personally I'm looking at getting the AZ5 and fitting it to my AZ4 tripod. However I would be interested in a lightweight tripod for quick grab and go (will be using mount with ST102 and 127 mak). Would something like the Ravelli APLT4 (cheapish on Amazon) be suitable....or would that be similar to the tripod supplied by Skywatcher? Cheers, Davy