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I dont know much about the Sebens scope, but unless its really pants, £120 looks pretty good to me.

I bought this mount for £75 for a small refractor and I love it. Its no good for deep sky imaging as its an Alt AZ mount, but i love the goto.

Overall £120 seems fair to me, though not much higher. *shugs*

my 2cents.

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Hm, the SLT have a reputation for being a low cost GOTO mount for lightweight scopes that'll do the job. The Seben kit on the otherhand doesn't have such a good reputation and IMO that scope is too big for that mount, I certainly wouldn't put a 6" reflector on one. Personally, I'd steer clear and look for something else.

Tony..

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What about a Meade ETX 70 AT Goto Telescope PLUS ACCESSORIES? - Ebay #250318987643

70mm is just too little aperture for astronomy IMHO - you would soon get frustrated by the lack of light grasp and detail resolution. Despite the tempting prices on E.Bay it is not a good place to buy astro equipment unless you know exactly what you are looking for. 90% of the stuff on there is not a good buy - again thats just my opinion.

John

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70mm is just too little aperture for astronomy IMHO - you would soon get frustrated by the lack of light grasp and detail resolution. Despite the tempting prices on E.Bay it is not a good place to buy astro equipment unless you know exactly what you are looking for. 90% of the stuff on there is not a good buy - again thats just my opinion.

John

Yes, good advice. Invest a modest amount more and you could get a decent 6" reflector on a dob. That is if you're willing to spend a bit of time looking for things. ..A good book goes a long way (and far more rewarding) toward completing the "physical goto".

*edit* as I was typing this Ian replied. Enough said! :thumbright:

*edit#2* Good luck with the photography. It's on my list of things to do eventually, but according to "The Backyard Astronomer's Guide" an investment of well over $1000 is required for a modest setup. Surely there are others here that could dispute that, though.

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I know you guys are not keen on cheap goto's but what aboutMEADE DS 2090 AT-TC 90mm SELF GUIDED AUTOSTAR TELESCOPE

I have a small budget but am looking for something with a very minimum of tracking an object but i would prefer a goto if i could get it. I have at the most £200 to spend, I'd prefer to buy a slightly cheaper scope and have enough left for an SLR camera adaptor. Hence why i'm looking at ebay to get a good scope for a smaller price.

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I afraid if you want to get goto for under £200 you are going to have to compramise on the scope :hello2:

IMO as its the scope you look through this isnt where you should cut corners.

The question as always comes down to what you are planning on looking at.

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This one to get a larger mirror (but no motors)

http://www.firstlightoptics.com/proddetail.php?prod=150eq32

Or

This one that has motors (but a smaller mirror)

http://www.firstlightoptics.com/proddetail.php?prod=SW130PSupaTrakAUTO

This is why you will see alot of people have more than one scope , its not to show off , but its because they are used to observe different targets.

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I know you guys are not keen on cheap goto's but what aboutMEADE DS 2090 AT-TC 90mm SELF GUIDED AUTOSTAR TELESCOPE

I have a small budget but am looking for something with a very minimum of tracking an object but i would prefer a goto if i could get it. I have at the most £200 to spend, I'd prefer to buy a slightly cheaper scope and have enough left for an SLR camera adaptor. Hence why i'm looking at ebay to get a good scope for a smaller price.

Still, for long exposure photography you're going to need to include a wedge too. Planets and the Moon'll still be good without a wedge though, as will short-exposure shiz.

Under £200 I'd expect most of the money is going into the computer bits, rather than the scope and optics.

With eBay, getting a good scope for a cheap price - that is true if you know what you're looking for. Otherwise you're only goiing to get the latter, a cheap price rather than good.

HTH

Kurt

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If you really are limited to £200, the Skywatcher Explorer 130P SupaTrak AUTO would get my vote too. Ok, it's not a GOTO, but it will give a fairly decent amount of light grasping performane for the money and can track objects. For £250 you could get the newer GOTO version.

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Sounds like a plan to me. Make a Christmas present to yourself and get the GOTO version. You could tell the g/f that Santa brought it for you, or that you got it in the sales, or grow a pair of balls and just tell her it was what you wanted! :hello2:

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