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I've just ordered a Sky-Watcher Skymax 150 PRO from FLO. It will replace my wonderful 250px which is simply taking up too much room amongst my kids' growing population of Peppa Pig and friends!
Will I miss the wider field of view and the light gathering capabilities of the big(ish) dob in my little backyard in averagely light polluted Bedford? I've read good things about the MAK but I'm nervous!
Part of my motivation was that I want to be able to share the joy of the night skies with my young kids (6 & 3). The dob is fabulous but it's not that easy for them to see through the eyepiece without knocking it off target. I have an HEQ5 Pro mount (which I've never used). I'm hoping that, along with the MAK, the kids might have a better chance of seeing things and being inspired rather than frustrated.
I'll almost certainly sell the 250px asap and free-up the space for 'Peppa Pig land'.
I hope I'm not making a grave (and expensive) mistake!
My seven year old son is showing an interest in astronomy, and I would like to support this interest. Consequently, it is time to buy a telescope. We've used some old binoculars 7x50, and the moon is a big favourite in these.
I'm hoping to buy a telescope that can show the rings of Saturn, Jupiter, and something that can split easier double stars. I am sure whatever we buy, it will show the moon in better detail than my old binoculars.
The budget is £500-£900. It must cover the postage to Norway.
My first thought was an 8" Dobsonian. It seems to be the "default" recommendation to any beginner. However, I've reconsidered due to the portability.
At the moment I am thinking of the Skymax 127 Mak. It seems to offer excellent portability, and from what I can read will work well on the targets above. The AZ Gti wifi mount looks tempting with this scope.
Am I on the right track here? Should I consider other alternatives? I looked at the Evostar 100ED, but it will not fit the budget unfortunately. I will buy the telescope from FLO.
I am currently using a 150PDS on an ES Twilight I mount and so far I am underwhelmed by the stability. I have gotten things to more or or less tolerable levels by using vibration suppression pads and bolting wood plates to the somewhat flexible dovetail arm. Also, i have tempered my ambitions regarding migh magnifications, and I don't dare to go above around 130x. The question is how do I get a better performance? I like working with the mount depite its shortcomings but I'm not too happy with the telescope - Newtonians don't give me the clean views my old mak used to give me. The scope is rubbish at double stars which are kind of one of the main things you can look at in a city
Moment of inertia of a bar increases as the square of radius, so a shorter telescope should help. The three that offer enough aperture are the Orion Optics OMC140 (3.5kg), C6 (3.5kg), C8 (5.5kg) and Skymax 150 (5.6kg). They are all short enough, and I tend towards the Skymax because I like Maks, and I haven't been that impressed by the views I've had through a C8. But the question is: has anyone had any experience with mounting any of these scopes on an ES Twilight I?
I've been stalking this forum for a good couple months now in my search for a telescope. My main focus will be the visual observing of planets and DSOs. I like photography might plan that later if possible (i'd like it to be). The skies where i live is somewhat polluted but not so much. I can easily spot most constellations with the naked eye if my drive my car on a hill outside the city. I was thinking about one of the models below. I'd like the get the best bang for the buck and minimize the risk of being disappointed and then wanting a more expensive tube later on. I'd like to learn the sky by heart thus steering clear of a GOTO for now. I'm not going to buy anything right now because I'm putting some hard earned cash in a pair of binos first.
My options: (but I'm open to any and all suggestions!)
Skywatcher Skymax 150 PRO €569.37 + Skywatcher EQ5 Deluxe €269.02
Objective Lens Diameter: 150mm
Telescope Focal Length: 1800mm (f/12)
EQ5 because it's a good stable mount that I basically can keep using if I ever upgrade the OTA
Skywatcher Skyliner 250PX Dobsonian €463.49
Diameter of Primary Mirror: 254mm
Telescope Focal Length: 1200mm (f/4.7)
Celestron Omni XLT 127 €647.16
Objective Lens Diameter: 127mm
Telescope Focal Length: 1250 mm (f/10)
Skywatcher Skymax 127 OTA €274.42 + Skywatcher EQ5 Deluxe €269.02 (Or EQ3-2 for €442.96)
Diameter of Primary Mirror: 127mm
Telescope Focal Length: 1500mm (f/11.81)
I might also get the less stable EQ3-2 for a 100 euros less. But again, the EQ5 is a good investment I believe
Skywatcher Explorer 200P EQ5 €504.55
Diameter of Primary Mirror: 200mm
Telescope Focal Length: 1000mm (f/5)
I got all the prices from FLO.
Some questions that I still have: (thanks for staying with me so long)
- Would you be able to see some DSOs with anything up from f/10?
- Is a dew shield necessary if i live in the Netherlands?
- I know its been asked a lot but what eyepieces would you recommend? FLO recommend BSTs. Then again which lengths?
I thinks thats all for now:) Thanks so much for checking this post out.
Clear skies to you all!