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ianpwilliams

Skywatcher Heritage 130P or somthing just a little bit pricier?

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Yes the more I think about it the more sense it makes. The Eq5 sounds a lot lighter than the HEQ5, and I don't want to put myself off by having a hugely heavy mount to carry up and down stairs. And I still get to enjoy 8" aperture goodness. And QM says he learned a lot with the EQ5, which gave him a good knowledge base when upgrading. Just got to wait til pay day now :)

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Looking back at my chart, I suppose I shouldn't completely rule out a 150PDS on an EQ5 instead though, seeing as that is 66% of weight used instead of 103%.

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150mm for visual is not a shoddy size for viewing there is always bigger and better with every hobby it is finding the balance between all factors, use, budget, weight.

You might like this thread.

http://stargazerslounge.com/topic/211861-skywatcher-eq5-mount-and-imaging/#entry2264721

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Yeah that's a great thread. I'm definitely set on an EQ5. The tricky bit is which OTA to choose. And guiding is the real pain. People talking about how it needs to be Pro etc, and there's no way I can be doing Pro really what with the power requirements. Then there's laptops, also a pain. But its sounds like just using motors wouldn't produce the greatest results either. And then there's Synscan, which can apparently use batteries, and might be a good compromise (but is usually always part of Pro)?

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Do you know how many posts you have to reach before you can access the classifieds on this forum?

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You should see a link to the classifieds at the top of the main page underneath where it says Stargazers Lounge. Also, on the right hand side of the main page you should have the Latest Classifieds above the Recent Topics.

If you are not seeing these I would PM one of the Mods.

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I'm now considering going to one of the weekly events in Liverpool, to see if I can speak to some people about it, and maybe even look through some scopes if I'm lucky. It seems like that really needs to be done.

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A great idea and you get to appreaciate the weight and size of some of these things.

I had an excellent viewing last night with my simple Az3 and 80mm refractor.

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Yeah that's the thing. I keep thinking I'd rather go 200 than 150, but I still get the feeling that I would be blown away by some of the views with a 130 or 150 if I actually had the chance to see something.

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I have a Celestron Omni XLT 150,bought from First Light Optics about three years ago which is in excellent condition.

£250 collected from Southport or Preston.

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That's ok, I'm only considering second hand for mounts really. Definitely want to go new for scopes.

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Hi, I have been following this thread with interest, as I have thought about getting a 150, still haven't made my mind up yet.  But anyway, have a look at the attached site, there is a good review on the 200, if you haven't already read it.       www.astro-baby.com

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Yes I have read that review. Unfortunately it sounds like he had a lot of bad luck with the equipment he received! Although he very much liked it in the end.

I'm still erring towards a 150PDS OTA on a second hand HEQ5 non-GOTO Syntrek (if and when one becomes available), because that's £234 for the OTA, and possibly around £300 for the mount, which I would consider to be a good starting point, because then I would have a smallish, light scope which will still give great views at 150, but will also be easier to track with (using SynTrek) because of the smaller size and lighter weight than the 150P, 200P, and 200PDS OTA's. It's just a case of trying to find a second hand HEQ5 SynTrek.

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Yes, I agree from all the reading I have done, like yourself on the 150 the PDS seems to be the model to choose for AP, just the mount as you said to choose.  Keep a close eye on FLO's clearance sale you never know you might just get lucky and pick one up!!  From all accounts you would have to be quick off the mark if you did see one, the products go like hot cakes.

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Yes I try to keep an eye on those FLO sales, but I tend to forget. I will have to make a point to take my lunch breaks at the right time!

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Well, good luck with whatever model you get. I'm following this thread, so you will no doubt keep us all updated.  I won't be getting a scope for a couple of months till nearer my birthday!  By the way, I think Astro Baby is a woman.

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Oh don't worry, once I've bought the scope I won't be able to stop talking about it!

And apologies to Astro Baby :grin:

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I'll wait in anticipation!!  This has certainly been a popular topic, there has been plenty of comments and viewings.

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And thanks to everyone (especially kat) for the help!

I'm sure I will have more to say after going to my local observatory on Wed night. I'm quite excited at the prospect of actually doing some real stargazing!

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