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thanks both. I saw the helios arthur. Yes, looks good, but once you get the return trip to leicester.... I doubt I'll be able to convince him to post.

Blinky, I hear you, but also considering portability, which for the time being is an issue, a 6" is preferred.


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I emailed alistair, who's had this ad on astro BS for ages < http://www.astrobuysell.com/uk/propview.php?view=8520 >. The 102 SLT is still on sale and he's offering it for £175. I just had a revolution. I could buy it and use it for astrophotography for the time being, then maybe buy a planetary one or light bucket later. Would you recommend the scope as an upgrade from the 4.5" Tasco (sorry, I know anything's an upgrade from that!)? I mean is it any good for observing? And what's the mount like?


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Heads up andrew.. heres a nice little orion mak on ebay, 102mm and the price isnt to bad either.. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Orion-Apex-102mm-Telescope-carry-case_W0QQitemZ270065271616QQihZ017QQcategoryZ3636QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Theres also a rather nice little stellarvue nighthawk 80mm frac' going failry cheap at the moment. http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=013&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&viewitem=&item=230060512665&rd=1&rd=1

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You get the best bang for your buck (or punch for your pound, I guess) from a Newtonian, in terms of aperture vs. cost. A 6" newt is a nice starting point. If you are going to do astrophotography, you should really get a goto equatorial mount, or at the very least, an equatorial mount with an RA drive. Celestron puts its C6N on an equatorial goto mount for less than $1000 in Canada. I think that would be a nice package for you, or you could get a used 6 or 8" Newt and motorize the RA drive. That may be your best option, considering cost.

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