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Which scope

Hi All,

I'm looking at getting my next scope, which would be a Meade or Celestron SCT goto type, with Celestron being my primary choice.

The Celestron CPC 800XLT has good reviews and would most probably be a great scope.

However I guess that if you wanted to upgrade at a later date to a bigger aperture your stuck due to the fork widths.

Alternatively the Celestron Advanced S series 8" SGT is comparitively cheaper ...
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maksutov cassegrain - should I?

Hi all,
I'm looking for advice please. I've currently got a Skywatcher 130m (excellent pics on you site by the way g4aqb) and am looking to upgrade. I'm thinking about getting a Meade ETX 105PE Maksutov-Cassegrain. I have about £700 to spend, am I doing the right thing? Any help about what I should get greatfully received, definately want a computer controlled one (I'm v. lazy!!).
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Bresser Messier Refractors

Hi to everyone. Has anyone out there recently bought a Bresser Messier refractor, if so what is your opinion of these scopes? I already have a Dobsonian 6" and 12" reflector for deep sky viewing, but I am considering buying the 5" refractor for planetary work. On the whole the Messier scopes, build and optics sound pretty favourable on paper, but any user comments would be most welcome.
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Tal 1

Hey iv got a Tal 1 for sale. Scope is clean and well looked after. Comes with finder.
Open to offers
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Hi all,
Can anyone help me with some advice on software, I have heard that starry night pro is good. I am new to astronomy, I don't have a laptop and at present have no intention of operating my ETX 90 via software, I just want to explore and learn about the subject.

many thanks
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What Barlow lense?

Hi all,

I'm awaiting delivery of a new Explorer 150 (EQ3-2) telescope, should get it this weekend. I'm looking to get a Barlow lense for it, but don't know much about them? Are they "one size fits all" or do I have to get a particular kind? On this page, 3 are shown, can anyone let me know the difference, and what one I should get?

Many thanks!
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Wanted Deep sky imager
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Skywatcher Explorer 200 [HEQ5]

Hi All,
I would like some feedback/oppinons on the Skywatcher Explorer 200 . I've looked at other scopes and this one came out on top . But would much appreciate anyones 2 pence.
Thank's in advance.
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connecting tasco starguide 4 to laptop

hi, im having trouble connecting my tasco starguide 4 to my laptop, I've got Starry Night Pro Software and use it to drive my brothers Meade scope so I know the cables and com port settings etc are fine. I've loaded the ascom drivers, but I don't know if there are any drivers for this scope. Is there any other software that could be used. I'm new to this and would appreciate any help in ...
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Attic Observatory

I've seen a few observatories in gardens out there but has anyone tried viewing from an attic? I am planning to put a window in my attic, enclose it in a small room insulated from the house to stop heat disturbing the viewing and poke the telescope out of the roof. It would get me above street lights and household glare. Any problems with that approach ? Why aren't others doing this?
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