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Dov1962

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 Hi Folks    I'm David and I've been into astronomy for years , I am just getting back into it after five years as my wife is now disabled and  all my time was taken with her care  she is a bit better now so I can get back into my hobby.. I am now  buying another ETX 125 observer  to study my old pal the moon!  anyway I seen an opticstar refractor 152 x 1200 with 1300GT goto mount on the web  and was quite taken with it  (rebadged Bresser I think)  just wondering if its any good as I have not seen any reviews on it anywhere  any of you guys out there seen this telescope or have any  reccies on it  thank you    nb   this telescope was on youtube :TELESCOPE: Explore Scientific AR 152mm (6") f/6.5 Air Spaced Doublet Refractor   looks just like it

 

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Hello and a warm welcome to the SGL. Sorry I can’t advise about the scope as I have never seen one.

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 Hello my friend  thank you for your reply  and thank you for the warm welcome  very kind!  I used to stay not far from Glasgow before I moved down to prestwick.  I used to go to the Campsie fells  in particular TomTain  (Kilsyth)   above 1200 ft  the forth bridge can be seen..  I stayed up at tomtain  one weekend with my  125 ETX   powertank n' all.  absolutely pitch black  but the best place is  the isle of  Seil.. off the atlantic brige near Oban   absolutely Pitch black   you cannot see your hand in front of your face   I even could not see my white car  without my mobile ..Honestly!!   and the views with a telescope are  out of this world (excuse the pun).. worth visiting   the  Estate came in handy there!  just up from Balvicar..    I am just going to  stick to the ETX125   too many pictures of telescope on shop sites  Bamboozling!!   my main body is the moon of which there is always something else missed every time i  set up my scope..   I have a new  ETX125 coming  soon as my old ETX PE hit the floor ( the air was blue)  it was never the same afterwards the focuser small as it was started to bind as it was turned.. so it got set aside  and someone bought it and sorted it..  

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Welcome. Hope you have lots of fun on your return to the hobby. 🙂

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Hi David, welcome to SGL :smile:

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Hi @Dov1962/David, and welcome to SGL. :hello2:

At least I am not the only one that has an ETX that hit the floor. Below are images of my TeleVue Ranger and 're-modded' ETX105.  

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 thank you all gentlemen for wishing me well in my return to the heavens!  I'm still looking at Telescopes in websites!!.. I have seen so many new telescopes since my return its  hard to make up my mind.. i was going to stick to my ETX  but was looking at refractors  152's x 1200 etc and  the reports on these are practically nil even on youtube i managed to come across  the opticstar ARC 152 x 1200  even in Quad form its not looking good as it seems to get lots of fringeing and bluish tinges  as its not apo or acromatic  scientific and  the top end ref's  the mind boggles.. in short  all I am interested in is getting "really" close images of the moon  My old ETX was ok but I have heard other astronomers talking about  refractors   with Apo and triplets reaching   Jeez £ 1000 +!!   

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cheers Brown Dwarf   I see you got the scopes on a Tee...  not bad!..   I originally started with an argos special  Skywatcher  newtonian.. on the standard slo mo  EQ 1  shook like mad with the Nikon F90X on it  ..  

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 I think  the 90x was too heavy for the  Newt in the first place...   I have the  D2X now  no way thats going on the scope  i have a wee Nikon D40 en route  from MPB cameras   quite light  I've heard.

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2 minutes ago, Dov1962 said:

cheers Brown Dwarf   I see you got the scopes on a Tee...  not bad!..   I originally started with an argos special  Skywatcher  newtonian.. on the standard slo mo  EQ 1  shook like mad with the Nikon F90X on it  ..  

Are referring to me? 'Brown Dwarf', that is my status!  ...everyone does at some point... some sort of SGL induction process. 

The Tele-Optic Giro mounts are very smooth to use in both axes, (i.e. altitude and declinatation). I also use a Vixen GP.

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2 hours ago, Dov1962 said:

 Hello my friend  thank you for your reply  and thank you for the warm welcome  very kind!  I used to stay not far from Glasgow before I moved down to prestwick.  I used to go to the Campsie fells  in particular TomTain  (Kilsyth)   above 1200 ft  the forth bridge can be seen..  I stayed up at tomtain  one weekend with my  125 ETX   powertank n' all.  absolutely pitch black  but the best place is  the isle of  Seil.. off the atlantic brige near Oban   absolutely Pitch black   you cannot see your hand in front of your face   I even could not see my white car  without my mobile ..Honestly!!   and the views with a telescope are  out of this world (excuse the pun).. worth visiting   the  Estate came in handy there!  just up from Balvicar..    I am just going to  stick to the ETX125   too many pictures of telescope on shop sites  Bamboozling!!   my main body is the moon of which there is always something else missed every time i  set up my scope..   I have a new  ETX125 coming  soon as my old ETX PE hit the floor ( the air was blue)  it was never the same afterwards the focuser small as it was started to bind as it was turned.. so it got set aside  and someone bought it and sorted it..  

I don’t actually live in Glasgow, but near to the Campsies in Lenzie, so I know where you are talking about well. Lots of nice dark sites quite close to me, but unfortunately I can not drive now, so do not get to them often.

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 sorry Philip  many apologies! not been on these forums long.  nice set up you have!

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Dave

Welcome from land down under

Good to hear your wife is on the mend

John

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Hi, welcome to the lounge and welcome back to the hobby.

 

Rick

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Hello Guys thank you one and all for the warm welcome's from you all  to the Lounge! thanks John for the kind regards to my wife  very thoughtful  of you! she is ok but still gets wee bouts of depression now and then along with the Arthritis in the spine and legs.. takes a bit of care to understanding her situation day to day ..can be hard now and then.    going to be doin some viewing if the rain would stop.. been raining here off and on  that small stuff that soaks you to the bone.  anyway I'm gonna get my shed ordered so I can sit with my laptop and all associated gear in comfort . 

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Welcome to SGL! The natives here are quite friendly and some of the most helpful you can hope to find!

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