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Hi all i am wondering if there is someone or a few people that can help me with choosing the right and my first telescope any help would be great full thank you.
i intend to use it to look at deep sky objects like nebulas other solar systems if thats even possible and anything else out side of our solar system,
i also wish to view objects, planets and moons in our solar system,
i do wish to do some astrophotography in the future so if i can get a telescope that is brilliant at viewing and for photography that would be awesome
i have a budget of around £1500
the telescopes i have been looking at are these but i am so unsure i need some help with choosing the right one for me, if there is a cheaper option i am all down for that then i can buy some accessories to go with it,
thank you for taking your time to help me out
Managed to get this Telescope as my first (second-hand for £40, hardly used). Just wondering best objects to aim to see (I got a cheap moon filter which is all I have really had a chance to spot in the night sky so far).
Hoping as the hobby goes to invest in a more expensive one (any thoughts on next step up also welcome).
I have only had a few goes with it so far and found the Azimuth mount to be easy to use, but there is a metal rod which you can turn to slightly alter (don't think this is moving across the equatorial) however you can only turn it so far before the thread at the top falls out (is that normal?).
Any other random tips also welcome!
I'm looking to get a reasonably portable astrophotography set-up, using a 60-100mm refractor, with a suitable goto mount. I spotted the Explore Scientifice exos2-gt with pmc-eight goto system, which looks like quite an elegant solution, and wondered if anybody in the forum owns this mount, and what they think of it's performance & usability?
I am thinking on grinding my own lightweight mirror (first f4 16", later f4 24"). The lightest and cheapest option is to get a thin blank and slump it in a decent kiln.
Anyone has longer term experiene with slumped mirrors? Overall doesn't seem to be more work than a normal (not pregenerated) blank.
Do I have to grind the backside as in case of normal flat back mirrors to avoid astigmatism? How do people support a convex back while grinding? Does it make sense to grind a hole in the middle for additional support? I am remotely considering a convertible Newtonian/Cassegrain system anyway...
By Kevin Francis
Purchased the Orion Astroview 6 three years ago. Found out later that I could not attach my Canon EOS XTi and obtain focus. Everything I saw online required sawing and drilling the OTA. That makes the scope a single purpose telescope. After reviewing the primary mirror holder I created a holder that moved the mirror 25 mm. This way I can keep the scope ready for visual observing and sell later if I desire. If you're interested in saving a few dollars in this hobby check out the link below.
How I Moved Prime Focus: Link to the detail.
Photo from this telescope