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skywatcher mak 127 advive

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Please help..I need some advice on deciding which telescope to buy.My budget is around 300stg.Ive had my eye on the skywatcher mak 127 auto track....

I have read a few reviews on the 127 but im still not sure if its right for me..I am prity much a beginner, but I do own a terrible, budget refractor..My main aim is good views of the moon and planets for now....Once i,ve done my time with that I will start hunting the deep sky.

Is there such a thing as a good alrounder for 300stg?

Would the 127 be a good scope for keeps?

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The Skymax 127 is a great telescope for Moon & Planetary observing, as well as some of the brighter DSOs.

There isn't really a scope that does everything well, but yes the 127 will serve you well.

HTH

Ed

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Thanks OTH....Sound advice!....My plan is then buy the 127 now and down the line maybe an 8" or 10" dob for the brighter DSOs....

Would this be the way to go?

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Yea definately. I just got an 8" Dob, it shows good views of the Planets & Moon, it' good on DSOs and its more fun to use.

A 127 Mak should keep you going for a while though. :)

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Thanks OTH........Yea,the 8" dob was my choice at first,but a traking dob is out of my price range for now!....The ease of use with the traking skywatcher 127 changed my mind...A dob with traking would be great though!...Using the cheep refractor that I already own has totaly put me off manual traking...

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You will only need tracking on a Dob if you want to photograph the Moon & Planets. Otherwise it's pretty easy tracking stuff with a Dob.

If a Dob was your first choice, I'd say go for it, no need for tracking.

Have a look at this: http://stargazerslounge.com/equipment-reviews/132996-skywatcher-skyliner-200p-8-dob.html

Edited by Orion_the_Hunter

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im a newbie to this aswell,but i can say from the few times i have used my 127 that it is a great little scope. i have had some great views of saturn and the moon in the last couple of days.

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I think the fact that using an auto trak ,if I get distracted for a minute or two for some reason,when I return to the scope I won,t have to search for the object again...

Maybe this isn,t as big an issue as I think it is?

Also,Is Collimation more of an issue with the dob than the 127?

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i`ve also seen some absolutly amazing webcam images of Jupiter and Saturn taken with the 127 mak, i had the 130p autotrak and loved it, so easy to use and set up

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Also,Is Collimation more of an issue with the dob than the 127?

You do have to collimate a Newt/Dob, but again it's pretty straight forward.

If your preference is Solar System and you think tracking is a must, go for the Mak.

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I think your plan of a 127 now, maybe a big dob later is sound - and I don't think you would be disappointed with the 127. It is extremely good on planetary & less diffuse dsos.

Collimation being required on a Mak is rare - but don't let collimation alone put you off newts - it really isn't too difficult. But it is true that most newts (dob or otherwise) will require a lot more of it.

Enjoy whatever your choice is :)

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Thanks for the help...Im almost there!...Im not into astrophotography as yet ,so thats not a factor at all..I think if I can get good views of the moon,planets,and some of the brighter DSOs I will go for the 127...

In a few years time ,if I have both the 127 and 8"Dob I will be prety much well set up for most of what the heavens have to offer??

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I'm looking at buying his scope too. I currently have a Helios 130 Newtonian on an equatorial mount. Would this be a good upgrade?

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Thanks for the help...Im almost there!...Im not into astrophotography as yet ,so thats not a factor at all..I think if I can get good views of the moon,planets,and some of the brighter DSOs I will go for the 127...

In a few years time ,if I have both the 127 and 8"Dob I will be prety much well set up for most of what the heavens have to offer??

Sounds like a good plan!

Edited by Orion_the_Hunter

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Thank you all very much...First time on stargazors and loving it already!...

P.S....can anyone tell me why my profile pic dosen,t appear beside my posts?..sorry for the trivia...

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I also have the 127, it's my first scope, and so far I've had some reall good views with it, it took me a week or so to get used to the scope and mount, but i'm very much in the same boat as you, and my next scope may be a dob, but for now the 127 is easy enough for me, but do save some cash (£40) and get a TMB or BST 8mm eyepeice, it made my scope so much better.

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Thanks for the advice Pakmoto...Will keep that in mind..

Other than the EP,any other negitives on the mak 127 ?

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Just to clarify on the eps - you should get a 10mm, 25mm and barlow when you buy the scope. The 25 is pretty good, and certainly doesn't need replacing straight away. The 10 is poor, so the suggestion of a TMB or BST 8 is excellent. The barlow is useable, but you would see a spectacular improvement with a replacement - say, a TAL.

Being a "slow" scope, the 127 is very tolerant of reasonably priced eps, which will produce much better results than they would on a "faster" scope.

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You will only need tracking on a Dob if you want to photograph the Moon & Planets. Otherwise it's pretty easy tracking stuff with a Dob.

If a Dob was your first choice, I'd say go for it, no need for tracking.

Have a look at this: http://stargazerslounge.com/equipment-reviews/132996-skywatcher-skyliner-200p-8-dob.html

Excellent informative review on the Dob OTH:.....Infact its maybe too good...Almost had my mind made up on the skymak 127...Now its a toss of a coin!....Aperture vs ease of use..:)

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One other thing thats bugging me about my choice is the focal ratio/field of view aspect.......

What would be the difference be say when looking at the moon with an F/5 scope compared to an F/12 ?

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