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Just dropping in to say hello to everyone. 

I'm returning to the hobby after a break and just bought a new starter scope, a Skywatcher 102 StarTravel. I used to own a 10 inch Dob but I ended up not using it very often because I found it so difficult to move around. Great scope but just not suited to me. 

I picked the 102 StarTravel because it is super light, easy to store and very quick to setup. Obviously this scope comes with plenty of limitations but I guess we'll find out how I get on with those! My first impressions is that I enjoy using it and performance is fine for me.

What is the saying, the best telescope for you is the one you use, right?

Anyway, a quick hello to everyone here. 

Justin

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On 10/02/2023 at 13:09, Glued said:

Just dropping in to say hello to everyone. 

I'm returning to the hobby after a break and just bought a new starter scope, a Skywatcher 102 StarTravel. I used to own a 10 inch Dob but I ended up not using it very often because I found it so difficult to move around. Great scope but just not suited to me. 

I picked the 102 StarTravel because it is super light, easy to store and very quick to setup. Obviously this scope comes with plenty of limitations but I guess we'll find out how I get on with those! My first impressions is that I enjoy using it and performance is fine for me.

What is the saying, the best telescope for you is the one you use, right?

Anyway, a quick hello to everyone here. 

Justin

@Glued Hi Justin! Welcome back! Mate, that 102 refractor is a brilliant little 'scope to get you back into the hobby! I totally understand your sentiments regarding the big heavy 10" dob, I live on 3rd floor of flats with no lift, just stairs, and I have to carry a really heavy Skywatcher HEQ5 Pro Mount, along with my 200/1000 Newtonian Reflector telescope, and my Power Box, Laptop, Cameras, accessories, cables etc etc etc all way down those stairs outside, then carry everything back upstairs again when finished imaging and/or visual sessions! So recently, I purchased a belter little 66/400 APO Refractor telescope, which is MAGNITUDES lighter than the big 8inch Newtonian Reflector! LOL. I'm planning to also purchase a lighter Skywatcher EQ3-2 GoTo Mount to use with the little Refractor for astro-imaging. 

Best of luck this time around Justin, just take your time and find your passion for the night sky again mate. 

Clear Skies! 

Wes, Liverpool ( Bortle 7 ) 

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