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I'm planning on getting a telescope for my son for Christmas (he'll be 6 by then). I want it to have some lasting potential and would rsther get a decent ish one so he can actually see things more clearly and retain his interest, although obv don't want to spend a fortune. However, we don't have a car, so in terms of opportunities to take advantage of dark skies, it would need to be portable. I was all set on the Skywatcher Heritage 150p and it seemed to tick so many boxes, and it kept getting tagged as very portable and great for travel, but I just noticed the weight is 7.5kg... so it may be portable compared to bigger ones, but I'm not sure about lugging it, a whole load of camping gear and two kids on a bus and a train!
Does anyone have any recommendations for anything similar spec-wise, where you can collimate both ends etc, that's also an easy set up and that's just a bit more lightweight?
Hi to everyone,
I'm new in the world of the telescope and as my first telescope I bought an used Skywatcher 70/700 with supatrak mount and I hope that someone can help to understand the equipment I'll need to connect (cable, bluetooth or wi-fi add) my telescope mount to a Mac and control it by software like EQMac or Stellarium.
OK, quick question - With a dome that has a push-to revolving top half would it be advisable / safe to open it up on a sunny day, point the dome opening at the sun and just point the scope (with the caps off) North so the sun should never track to it, in order to eliminate any fungus that has formed on surfaces? I realise the fungus would still be around, perhaps on interior surfaces that don't catch the sunlight, but warmth from the sun shouldn't affect the scope should it?
How often would you say this should be necessary to keep the fungus factor under control?
Similarly, should an eyepiece case be left open and exposed to direct sunlight, and should the eyepieces have both caps off in order for scattered UV to contact the glass surfaces? Will this be sufficient to kill off fungus etc (I read in a post that about 20 minutes should be sufficient)? Is there any danger from or to eyepieces so long as they are not directly pointing at the sun?
I know it may be a bit of a long shot but I'm looking to buy a HEQ5 Pro mount or an NEQ6 Pro or something similar. Preferably belt driven but not necessary as can happily modify it. Please let me know if you have anything! Thanks.