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I'm tempted to go down the route of getting myself a brand new reflector... My friend's old Meade 114/900 is a good telescope, but I want something of my own and with a bit more light gathering power. To this end, I've been looking at a couple of different models and manufactures.
I must admit, the Skywatcher Explorer 130M floats my boat, as it's motorised with a speed controller.
Any thoughts or observations?🤔
Celestron C8 XLT + extras and SkyWatcher Star Travel 80 (ST80)
I have a Celestron C8 with XLT Starbrite coatings. Will include the full length base plate, both visual and imaging backs, scope rings, front 8" end cap and the finder scope with it. No box I'm afraid. Optics are good and clean, focal length is huge - 2300mm from memory. This lot would cost close to £1300 new and one with less spec went for £750 on fleabay recently. Might be interested in a part exchange or will let it go for £450 collection only.
Also, I have a SkyWatcher Star Traveler 80 - good optics, used as a guide scope - just the scope itself (does not include the barlow in the photo) - now including dovetail bar and scope rings looking at around £50 for it.
I have decided to save up for another refractor, WO, Equinox or even toward an Esprit. However, I would also consider p/ex for an Intel NUC and/or Pegasus Astro Pocket Powerbox.
Please excuse some of the colours - I used my astro modded 6D which was in the observatory so the "nice" purple is actually black !!
Both these are collection only.
By Clear Skies!
I am going to buy Skywatcher EQ5 Pro Go-To mount. But, unfortunately, I am low on budget.
So, does someone know where can I buy the cheapest EQ5 pro mount?
Yesterday there was a low price for it (350 €), but they changed it.
Thank you for your time!
By Bruno Marin
I found this setup in internet and make me think, with AZEQ6 GT and 2 scopes, different weights and size, without counterweight in AZ mode!
- I can put a MAK100mm 3kg +- and a OO VX10l 12kg +- without counterweight?
Does anyone have this setup mount and already used without counterweight with two telescopes of different weights? Is it really necessary to have a balance using in AZ mode?
The problem to centralize the object with both scopes is true? With the SW AZEQ6 GT?
Follow the images
a TSA-120 with 6.5 kg i think and the other with 22kg i forgot the brand hehe you can help me?
The scope spec is firming up to be d93/f1000.
I'll either use flocking material or create a trillion indentations in the surfaces (with peening machine), and use matt barbeque paint.
A laser calibrator is on the aquisition list.
Consequently, everything should ultimately be at 'best possible'.
I will likely need some guidance on the doublet air gap.
Other than that ... with trembling anticipation...
May I ask for views on suitable eyepieces?
I've read a few of the threads on this forum.
It seems that many eyepieces fall short of expectations.
Also, Ive noted that people have talked about the effect of long focal lengths on specific designs.
Either way, I have an initial list, made up from what seems available at reasonable cost.
I intend to carry out both terrestrial, and extra-terrestrial viewing.
Perhaps these different fields require different eyepieces?
TMB/Burgess Planetary II
I've read the 'touchy subject' thread.
I understand the issues, but I'm not in any position to take sides.
The design seems to offer a 'free lunch', with remarkable 58 deg viewing.
However, I've read reviews on this forum, talking of ghosting, and scattered light.
My intention is to blacken the scope internals as much as is possible - perhaps this will be enough?
Kson Super Abbe
4 lenses - apparently popular for over a hundred years.
Celestron 1.25" Omni Plossl
4 lenses - apparently popular for a longer period than the Abbe.
In the same Omni range, Celestron offer a 2x Barlow (2 lens).
They all purport to be good lenses.
The Celestron range is cheaper, but hey, they might be just fine.
Are any of them good for both day and night viewing, or should I be looking for specific day and night eyepieces?
... and which eyepieces are better suited to a 93/1000 refractor scope?