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  1. Hi, since i started work on my observatory there hasn't been much time for AP, but since lunar photography is done in minutes i had a go yesterday. Gear: SW AZGTI with the Skymax127 and Sony A6300 and Baader Neodymium Moon & skyglow filter. 100 frames taken and 50% used to stack in autostackerd.
  2. So I'm looking for the best grab and go planetary viewing (and maybe some DSOs) telescope that is relatively cheap (below 500$) that will also support some Astrophotography. I know the SkyMax 127 is a Maksutov and therefore has a high F number, but I'm okay with that because I'll just pop on a 0.5x focal reducer to bring it down to F/6 (still a bit high though.) With said Grab and Go I'm interested in viewing Saturn and Jupiter with high detail. What do you recommend? Clear skies, Leon. Edit: I need one that'll fit into the Sky Watcher EQ5.
  3. Would there be much of a difference in the viewing experience of the Meade Lightbridge 114mm and the Sky-watcher skymax 127 ( not goto ). I like looking at the moon, M42 and the Pleiades etc, with my 114mm. I'd really like to see Andromeda , but when I look on my iPad using Star Walk 2 it always seems to be in the west of the sky ......and I have a huge tree blocking that area. Would the likes of M42 be a lot better using the 127? I read somewhere that as you get older that makes a difference too ? Im 65 and just had 2 cataracts removed and can go about without glasses for the first time in 38 years !! Just need them for small print. Any advice appreciated. The 127 Im looking at costs £399 .......I did look at some of the "Goto's" but they seem to eat up batteries.
  4. Hi I finally bought my first telescope last week; a SkyWatcher Skymax 127 with EQ3-2 mount and I am enjoying it so far. After doing a lot of reading and searching for answers to my many questions (many of which were answered by SGL), I find I have more questions than I started with! It's amazing how the more you know, the more you realise you don't know. At the moment I am concentrating on my next eyepiece to avoid information overload. I have been using the kit 25mm eyepiece that came with the scope and have been enjoying the pin-point stars. It seems like an OK eyepiece. I'm sure once my eyes are better 'trained' and I've had the privilege of viewing through higher-end eyepieces I will understand the limitations of that eyepiece but for now it seems fine so I have decided to supplement my eyepieces rather than replacing the existing ones. I have a BST explorer ED 12mm already and am now looking to add a 32mm. Now, I understand that my scope is slow at f/11.8. As it is slow, am I right in thinking a simpler lens design such as a Plossl is better for more light transmission or would a well made more complex design be ok if it is well made? With a small, slow scope like this would I notice the difference between a modestly priced lens such as the Celestron Omni 32mm Plossl and a more expensive 32mm? Is the difference between eyepieces on this scope worth spending the extra pounds or is it a case of diminishing returns? Is the infamous Televue 32mm Plossl noticeably better even on a Skymax 127 (I might have to consider saving my pennies if it is)? After looking around, these are the ~32mm EPs I can find within my budget. The Panaview is stretching it a bit and it is also a 2" but I would consider it if the difference is worth the extra. I am leaning toward the Vixen 30mm (or would the 40mm be better?). I know there is an element of personal preference but I could do with a little guidance to get me started in the right direction. Revelation Plossl - https://www.harrisontelescopes.co.uk/acatalog/Revelation_32.0mm_Plossl_Eyepiece_1.25_.html Celestron Omni - http://www.wexphotographic.com/buy-celestron-32mm-omni-series-plossl-eyepiece/p1528190 Vixen NPL - https://www.firstlightoptics.com/vixen-eyepieces/vixen-npl-eyepieces.html Of course, please feel free to recommend any other EPs you feel may be more suitable I should mention that I wear glasses and can't view without them due to a rather impressive astigmatism that would turn all stars into doubles! Apologies for the many questions and many thanks for any help you can offer. Carolyn
  5. OK....thinking out loud but really looking for thoughts/advice from others. Last year I was looking at getting an Explorer 150p(ds) or a 127mak for my AZ4, but changed my mind at the last minute. Circumstances have now changed and I'm back looking at new toys for later this year! I would really like to get an AZ5 so was looking at the available bundles on FLO - already have an ST102, so that leaves the following options: https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-az5-deluxe/sky-watcher-explorer-130ps-az5-deluxe.html https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sky-watcher-az5-deluxe/sky-watcher-skymax-127-az5-deluxe.html Looking for something that will complement my ST102 and allow me to do some higher mag observing. Looking for something to give me better views of planets, moon and clusters (really like open clusters - but would like to try some globulars). I'm not a real DSO hunter (yet) so not looking for a big light bucket and I've not really got into doubles (again...yet) - but it would be good to be able to dip my toe in and see if I like it. Not looking at astrophotgraphy - just visual observing. And I don't want a dob just yet (please don't throw things at me) So....thoughts and questions on Explorer 130ps bundle: From looking at AZ5, I think a 150p may be too big for it (I thought I'm going to ask FLO for their opinion). The price of the AZ5 and 130ps is...pretty good in my opinion, only £60 more to get scope with mount! Does this mean the 130ps is a rubbish scope, or is it just a good deal? For visual only - will I notice a massive difference between the 130p and the 150p? I know 150 will collect more light, but I'm not looking for really faint things anyway...so might not miss that extra inch (no laughing now!) Would I be better with the dual speed focus version or is that really only for astrophotography? Sometimes find hitting the focus sweet spot at higher mags quite difficult (with current ST102 and 76mm newt). Would the 130p have a "bigger" sweet spot (if that is such a thing)? Not sure if amount of focus "play" is down to FL of scope or eyepiece. Currently selection of eyepieces would work fine and I already have a cheshire so wouldn't need any additional bits. Thoughts and questions on the Skymax 127 bundle: I know maks are meant to be "the dogs" for planet viewing. But would I notice a big difference between that and the 130ps? Is the mak worth almost £200 more than newt? Plus the fact that I'll need to get dew shield/heater...so additional money. My current selection of eye pieces are probably not the best for a 127mak, so I would need to spend more money on that as well. I don't always get a lot of notice that I'm going to be able to do some observing, so like to get setup in a few minutes and just start. Longer cool down time of mak might not be great for me - as some times I'm only out for 45 minutes so mak might get limited use as I'd have to wait until I know I'm going to be out for a session and can prepare. Can't keep it outside either, it'll have to live indoors. I know the 127mak is a well respected scope on here - but there is something in the back of my mind that's just telling me it might not the one for me. I just can't explain it....sorry. One of the main points I suppose is: with them being a similar aperture, will I get similar views? The mak might have slightly better contrast and sharper views.....but is it enough to justify the extra £200+ for scope, eyepieces and dew stuff? To be honest - I'm not looking for the best of the best....I'm looking for something that will give me better than I have at the moment and something that I will use (rather than sitting in the corner). Thanks for reading. Interested to hear your thoughts! Cheers, Davy
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