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So I have been an amateur astronomer since last few years and now I see that so many people have asking me about general telescope suggestions. (Guess the next step will be helping to set up small observatories...Ah dreams!)
We don't have many telescope brands available. The major brands that are available here are Meade, orion, celestron and skywatcher.
The confusion starts to rise when the other party is interested in little larger scopes like 8 inch sct or 12 inch reflector with eq mount or dobsonian mount.
Would like to know overall experience that you guys have had with these brands like optical tubes, mount, eyepiece etc. Sort of like "this is good, this is not so good" type.
For e.g. I have used celestron 6 inch sct, 12 inch (sort of) sct and 102mm short tube refractor. Although I love their optics, I haven't had good experience with their mounts.
Meade : Used their 8 inch sct with fork mount (and liked it). Used their 90 mm refractor and didn't like it much.
Skywatcher has given balanced performance overall. Decent mount, decent optics, decent supplied eyepiece etc.
Also, on the same topic, I am quite confused with how much importance does having a good telescope dealer has. As in we do have many dealers here, but many times I have experienced things like overpriced scopes, no decent guidance etc. If I suggest just one dealer with whom I hadam good experience then it looks like biased opinion.
I have just got a Star Traveler 102 / 600 Goto, and would be grateful if some of the more advanced members could give me some advice on eyepieces. It came with a 10 & 20 mm eyepieces.
I can't afford expensive ones, but if you could give me some idea of middle range models that will work well for Deep Sky observation and the occasional Planetary viewing.
Hi. I have a baader zoom ii and 32mm plossl which i use loads with my c8. Just for visual and 1.25. A WO dialectic diagonal just because it was really cheap second hand and a Barlow which I never use because the magnification is high enough with a focal length of 2000mm.
Is there anything I'm missing that might be really useful? I'm thinking about the 6.3 reducer and or a 40mm plossl, but I'm not really sure if I'm going to feel the benefit or not.
Advice welcome please. It's so easy to own seldom used kit in this hobby.
Hi, a few years ago I received a telescope, a vivitar 76700. I have a 2x barlow, an erecting eyepiece, a 20mm lens and a 12.5mm lens.
When I try to put it together, nothing quite fits. I can get the lens into the erecting eyepiece and the barlow into the telescope, but I cannot fit the erecting eyepiece either directly into the telescope or the barlow - it's too small and therefore doesn't perfectly line up which is preventing me from seeing anything.
Am I missing any pieces? Am I doing something stupid?
Any help appreciated