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I've had my telescope for a couple of months now and I still didn't get the chance to try the sky align option, I watched some video and tried aligning my scope many times but it never seemed to work. I only use it to watch the moon and I have to manually move it every minute or so because it keeps getting out of frame, how can I set it to track the moon on its own? I wanted to see Saturn a month or two back but I couldn't do it, I'm planning on trying again tomorrow as I'll know where it'll be in relation to the moon and mercury. Any tips you can give me? I really want to see Saturn. (Also, will my 25mm eye piece that came with the telescope work to see Saturn?)
I am looking for a good beginner’s telescope that we could enjoy for years to come. My 10-year old son has wanted a telescope forever and is constantly reading up on the sky in encyclopaedias.
For my tight single-mom budget, I have found two options that seem appealing (I am enclined to go with a Dobsonian over a refractor, following comments on better image clarity):
1. Skywatcher 130mm/f650 with EQ mount (2nd hand for CA$125) including 25 wide angle, 10mm and 3.6mm.
2. Celestron PowerSeeker 127 EQ (new for CA$200 including taxes) including 20mm, 4mm and 3x Barlow lenses, The Sky software and a 2-year warranty (and although the website calls it a "refractor" telescope, I’m pretty sure it is a Dob).
Could you please advise me on these two options?
Thank you 😊
After having used my Meade Infinity 102 several times now, the piece that has been the biggest impediment to observing is the mount. The main issue has been with altitude adjustment, both course and fine.
There's some play in the course adjustment, about 1-2º worth, and the fine adjustment is a bit on the rough side. The azimuth control is ok in both course and fine adjustment.
There's also the fact that the fine adjustments have a limited range which requires re-centering them about a few times every hour or so.
I've tried various tweaks to the mount to no avail. At this point I'm not really inclined to put any more effort into improving the mount. It is usable and if I stick with this and am still observing a couple months from now, then I'll be looking for an upgrade. I want to stick with the alt-az design. I don't want to pay for goto capabilities. I'm currently not interested in imaging. Would the Vixen Mini Porta be too small for this scope? Would the Vixen Porta II be a more appropriate mount for this scope? Any other options I should consider?
By Lobo Cielo
Hello to all,
I have got a chance of going for a IOptron CEM25P that I want to use in my back garden. I also would like to take it on my travels around the UK and possibly abroad. I have organised a deal for this mount together with an 80 mm triplet refractor and guide scope.
I can order the mount with 1.5” or 2” legs; weight difference is about 3kg for the heavier version, extra cost about £100.
I just wondered if anyone could advise if the 1.5” legs would be good enough and stay stable in the wind? Does anyone own this mount and have either of the two sizes of legs? I would love to hear your experiences before I finally put in the order.
May I thank you in advance if you can offer any help.
Hello! i am seeking the help of those with experience in refractors please!!
I have been an amateur since i was just a wee lad, i have always owned catadioptric and reflectors of many types, unfortunately short of my current Lunt LS60PT and the department store pea shooter i had as a 12 year old and my which spent way more time peering through windows in the apartment complex across the street than gazing at the sky i have NO experience with refractors.
This is where forums like this come in, ok this is what id like to do, my budget is around US1,200, for this i would be looking at a doublet no doubt, i would like it to be in the F5-F7 range? this would offer some flexibility for both visual and future basic AP dabbling.
I mainly would like this refractor for planetary, lunar and double star observing, i do hear that nothing beats a refractor for these objects and I'm itching to see for myself.
I realize that this budget will not get me an NP101 or any other triplet for that matter, but i would like the best for that price in the 100mm range preferably since id love to stretch its legs on lunar and planetary. i also own a 12" lightbridge but this is definitely not a grab and go scope which is what id love to have now, CA would be an issue not so much for visual but future photo work id like something that performs reasonably well in the CA department.
if anyone out there has had much experience with refractors id love to hear from you!
Thank you all!!!