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Hey guys. After many years of waiting, I've decided to finally go for my first telescope. Yet, today find myself stuck between two excellent entry-level options, so I'm looking for some help.
Before I get straight to my questions, I'd like to share some information about what I'm expecting to do with the equipment (among other stuff).
- Objectives: Deep Sky, and some planetary observation. No interest in astrophotography, GoTo, or any other device (maybe/eventually in the future).
- Budget: Given complementary I'll be getting a 2x Barlow (SkyWatcher; achromatic), and a starguider laser collimator (1.25-2), these are my two best available options to fit on its range.
- Light pollution: Low-Med.
Being that said, here are my questions:
- Mount: After days of heavy research, so far hardly found a review about it; What do you guys think about the AZEQ AVANT type of mount?; Could it beat Dobsonians?; Would it be a better option in my case? and if so, why?
- Conventional Tube vs Heritage's Compact Flex Tube: What are the differences (pros-cons) I can expect from one and the other? (despite no difference between mirrors and diameter).
- Explorer 130P AZEQ AVANT (newbie question): Would it be possible to transport the whole structure armed from one spot to the other in my yard?
Any help/opinion welcomed.
I have set my sights on this OTA, as I think it is a good compromise between aperture and focal length. What I am struggling to find is some good reviews from people who have actually owned and used this scope themselves!
So - any of you peeps had this scope now / in the past? What are your thoughts, and are there any issues / problems I should know about?
It will be mounted on an EQ3-2 for the time being. I hope to have saved up enough by next summer to get a more substantial mount!
Thanks in advance
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!
By Eduardo Ventura
I hope this is the best place to post this...
I recently acquired a Sky-Watcher Explorer 150P DS and an HEQ5 Pro to go with it and couldn't find that much information regarding what was actually in the boxes, to know if I needed to buy anything else, etc.. So I made this unboxing video so that people can actually see what the boxes contain and get a bit more information regarding the kit.
Bear in mind that this is my frist unboxing video and that I don't have any intention of being a know-it-all... I just want to share information with people out there...
If you find these helpful I'll continue to do these (since I'm waiting for the arrival of an eyepiece and a Barlow, otherwise I'll just stop...
By Spaced Out
I’m a complete novice thinking of purchasing my first telescope for both viewing the night sky and astrophotography. I have a good telescope for birdwatching that I occasionally use to look at the sky, this has given me a taste for exploring what’s up there but I really need something more suitable to take me deeper.
I am very lucky to live in a part of Northumberland with little light pollution, so I intend to do most of my observing from the back garden. However, I may want to transport the telescope from time to time in my van.
I already do a lot of landscape astrophotography and I own DSLR gear for that purpose. As I already have an interest in photography I am sure that I will want to try my hand at prime focus photography through whichever telescope I end up purchasing, I would be particularly keen to try photographing some deep sky objects if possible.
I have spent the last few days online researching which telescope might help me step into the world of star gazing/astrophotography and I am thinking along the lines of a skywatcher 200PDS with a HEQ5 mount.
Everyone here will have more experience than me so I thought I’d ask whether this would be a suitable set up for my requirements as a complete novice looking to teach myself about the sky and bung a DSLR on it now and then ?! It costs a lot of money and so will involve some saving up before I can purchase, I did consider cheaper set ups but my mate told me if I was keen to use a DSLR then I should save my money for something more suitable or I might end up frustrated. I hope the 200PDS is suitable ?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice you can offer.