Jump to content

sgl_imaging_challenge_2021_annual.thumb.jpg.3fc34f695a81b16210333189a3162ac7.jpg

My first scope: SW 100ED


Woking
 Share

Recommended Posts

If the views from this scope are as good as it looks aesthetically I'm going to be well happy:D

Been looking and reading up on a suitable first scope for a few months, SGL was a big help in making the right choice.

Boxes to be ticked were: portability for transporting and setting up at various sites; size for storage and not to take up all the car boot pace; easy set-up and care/maintenance; appropriate cost for a first plunge into owning a scope; sufficient quality and visual capability not to be wanting to upgrade not long after purchase.

Originally looked at a Newt (too big and require more care/maintenance than fracs.

Then the standard Evostar 120 (again too big for storage and portability)

Was ready to order in Jan a TAL-100 but none available till Oct 2011.

Finally settled on the 100ED and despite the extra cash layout over the TAL I'm expecting bigger and better things.

Glad I did'nt jump in straightaway and allowing time to know enough before making a purchase decision.

woking-albums-woking-picture9656-skywatcher-100ed.jpg

woking-albums-woking-picture9662-base-plate-9x50-finderscope-2-50-8mm-di-electric-star-diagonal-dual-speed-11-1-2-crayford-focuser-backlash-free.jpg

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Good to know you did your research and chose something that meets with all your criteria that's a very nice setup you have got yourself you made an excellent choice for your first telescope i am sure you won't regret your decision you are going to have many excellent nights stargazing with it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Hurray!

A fellow who does his research first, and enjoys what he purchases later!

I'm sure you will be absolutely astounded at all the nifty things you can do with your new baby!

If you check over in the beginner's forum here, you will find a lot of things to do with your new scope that you can download for free. Lots of fun, and you will learn a bit about the sky and your new kit, as well!

Enjoy it and let us know how first light goes! :(

Dan

Link to comment
Share on other sites

cheers and I intend on making full use of 'Turn Left at Orion', which is perfect for making good use of my scope and to learn something really worthwhile too. It has been amusingly frustrating reading when chomping at the bit to get out there with a scope (just been making do with a planisphere and my own eyes which was rewarding in itself).

First light may be a little while yet even allowing for the expected clouds. Think there's a defect with the RA control worm screw on the mount which I need to sort out first.

Will post a small report on first light when it happens, although it's likely to be very very basic and no doubt come with some confusion and minor frustration too:D

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Good choice - I have one and it's a great scope for the money

d

can I be cheeky and ask what EPs and filters you use with it?

I have the supplied 28mm and bought a Meade 5000 5.5mm (not sure if 5.5mm 60 degree FOV was the right choice or not for planetary visual use esp in the UK)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Excellent scope - you will love it.

Regarding eyepieces, the 5.5mm you bought will fare nicely for high 163x views, but to get a little bit closer in a 4.5mm (200x) or even 4mm (225x) will offer a great view for planets. You could buy a 8 or 9mm eyepiece and a 2x barlow for the same effect. Without the 2x barlow, the 9mm would function at a versatile 100x.

Some further reading:

http://stargazerslounge.com/beginners-help-advice/80772-eyepieces-very-least-you-need.html

http://stargazerslounge.com/primers-tutorials/63184-primer-understanding-choosing-eyepieces.html

Andrew

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue. By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.