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Skywatcher Explorer 150P Review

Hi,
Looking to buy my first serious telescope and looked at a Skywatcher Explorer 150P with EQ3-2 mount, just about the right compromise for my needs.
This months review of the 200 and an older review of the 130PM blow the review of the 150P out of the water. Why is the 6" version of this scope so inferior when compared to the 5" & 8" versions, especially optically.

Any comments, recommendations , experiences this ...
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Re: Nikon D90

I know the D90 got a great review in one of the recent issues, but does anyone know if the D90 suffers from the "star eating" phenomenon of earlier Nikons? I know it isn't mentioned in the test, so any help would be gratefully received.

Thanks!
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tTesting of Nikon D-90 in May's Issue

In the testing and Analysis section of your tests for the four DSLR's in the May issue, you stated that the video files in the D-90 were compressed. Being a D-90 owner, I thought this was wrong and when I checked the file extension of my videos which I had taken with the D-90, I found that they were '.avi' files. 'AVI' files from what I have worked with and understand are not compressed. I ...
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Group Test for 8" Gotos

I am a more recent subscriber to the Sky at Night magazine. I noticed in the index that in July 2007 a group test was done on 8" goto systems. Does anyone have the results of that, or would share a summary of the results. I am considering the purchase of a system like that. Thank You!
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group tests 'like for like'

I have noticed large discrepancies in the price of some of the contenders in the group tests.

The DSLR's in this months issue being a case in point.

The winning Nikon D90 is twice as dear as it's competitors!

Why wasn't it compared with the Canon 450D body (£479) or even the 40D body (£599)

Even the new 500D which has full HD movie mode (of questionable astro use I know, but the same applies ...
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Reviews

I really like the Sky at Night group reviews but what I would like to see is a group test of some recent MEDIUM mounts ( EQ-6 GoTo New versus CGEM ) and of some HEVAY mounts ( Losmandy versus CGE etc... ).
Any chance of getting such a test in one of the upcoming issues?
Thx in advance
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PST vs Lunt LS35

I'd love to see a shoot out between these two. Are there any plans? If not, I'll travel to a retailer who has an LS35 and do a head-to-head.

This could be a big fight for the entry level H alpha solar telescopes.
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Which Planetarium

Early this year or even the back end of last, the mag did a comparison of Redshift 6 and Starry Night Pro 6 in which the Redshift version came out top, just.

Up to and including version 4, I always preferred the Redshift, but having tried Starry Night Pro 5 I found this to be more useable as it also had telescope control (even though I couldn't at the time use it). My wife bought ...
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Mono CCD cameras under £650..are the photos anywhere?

Hi,

I am looking at CCD cameras at the moment and read the great article in the
magazine but wondered if the Dark Frame, M27 and H-Alpha test shots could
be viewed in their uncompressed states?
I looked on the CD but couldn't find them, it would be nice to view them in
detail along with the article.

Thanks

Neil C
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Help with buying giant binoculars

Could any one help me with some advice regarding buying some giant binoculars, I have two makes to decide from.
1: Revalation 25X100 giant binoculars.
2: Celestron SkyMaster 20X80 binoculars.
Regarding the Revalation 25X100 giant binoculars, they have been reviewd in a older issue of the Sky at Night magazine but I missed that issue. Could some one please post the out come of their review. Is there much difference with their performance and their ...
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