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Right chaps need help with this one?

Got some money coming next week, decided to get a new setup, but what to get???

Narrowed down to these.

1. HEQ5 Pro with skymax 150 both new.

2. EQ6 Pro new and Orion Optics 200mm newt second hand.

3. Meade LX200 10" Classic with a few accs.

4. HEQ5 Pro with the Orion newt.

Admit its a nice problem but its driving me mad!!

To let you know my sessions are usually 60% Photography Canon DSLR, 40% visual.

All four setups are about the same price, so that won't help

Please help in my decision??

Cheers

Ian

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Just to give a couple of reasons... :)

2) gives you the best mount and a great alround scope but doesn't tie the scope to the mount like the LX200, you can mount other scopes on the EQ6. The Skymax maybe a bit of specialised lunar/planetary scope and is still only 6" of aperture either way.

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Without question No 2

with No 4 as the fall back plan

Or how about No 5 .......... the EQ6 Pro with the 8" Meade Schmit Newt from Pulsar. If it's DSLR imaging the Meade will give a flatter field than the Newt, especially if that Orion Optics Newt is f6 or faster.

Or ditch all the above and get the EQ6 Pro with the 100ED and the 80ED piggyback.

Russ

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Or ditch all the above and get the EQ6 Pro with the 100ED and the 80ED piggyback.

Russ

May as well get a big gun for that sort of money to put inbetween the EQ6 and the ED80 IMHO. At least a 8" Newt/SCT or 6" refractor.

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Thanks chaps

i forgot to add

I have an ED80 to use for most of my photos

and it has to be piggybacked

Ian

2 it is then!... I like the Lx200, the EQ6 is a fantastic mount. Warning its quite heavy, go to the shop and check it for yourself first!.

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Last time we met you had a EQ6 so you must know what a big lump of a thing it is. Whilst I like my HEQ5 and have no major problems with it, I would go for the bigger one every time. 'Scope wise, I think its down to your target choice.

Maybe its time to consider the quarry, it could be NGC7000 or M31where you need a short focal length (like REALLY short) or tiny little double stars.

Whats the plan?

Captain Chaos

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Did anyone just see Jupiter? GRS and a transit.....very impressive. Although i only got 15mins of clear to view.

Yup - watching last night through a 16" dob - very nice and the transit clear as day!

Arthur

PS - I nearly forgot, (2) for me too :)

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EQ6 if you can cope with the weight / have a pier. The Orion Optics newts can be excellent, but you have to make sure you know what your getting, their tubes can be a bit Rubbish. The skymax 150 is a cheap(ish) 6" mak of average quality and as others have mentioned is specialised to planets. If your into planets thats great if not, you want a wider field. As you already have an ED80 i'de go for as much aperture as you can get, and thats the newt IMO. So No.2 from your list :)

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