nheather Posted June 3, 2017 Share Posted June 3, 2017 Hi, So here is my story. I have been interested in getting a scope for many years. A few years ago a group of my friends started showing interest and I got encouraged to buy something. I was offered a Skywatcher Explorer 150PL on an EQ3-2 mount by a work colleague - when I saw it I was very impressed so bought it and because I was so caught up in the moment I added a polar scope and a 2-axis motor drive. Very excited for a while, organising some outings with my group of friends but the outings never happened and interest faded. Then cold reality kicked in that I bought a scope that was too big, cumbersome and heavy for me to use. My garden is not suitable - it is small and tall trees at the back and the house makes the view of the sky extremely limited. So it has sat wrapped up in its box unused. I have decided to try and sell it and if successful maybe consider something else. But what should I get? My main requirement is portability - if it isn't easy to take somewhere then I doubt it will get used. I appreciate that portability will limit what you can see but I don't know to what extent. In terms of budget - I would rather spend to get something decent, but at the same time don't want to spend a huge amount - let's say up to £500 for starters. It would be nice to do some photography but again I recognise that portability and astro-photography may be mutually exclusive. Appreciate any suggestions. Cheers, Nigel Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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