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Re: New Telescope

Postby Gfamily2 » Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:04 pm

Jack101 wrote:Dave 48

You said "But can anyone really be a "total beginner" at the mature age which you and I both share?"

I was simply trying to answer your question and then you criticise me. Perhaps I should not have done so, and if I have offended anyone, I apologise. I agree it is not really a subject for such a forum.

Jack

I will keep to the point in future.

Rubbish, no need to apologise.

How are your deliberations going? Have you found an Astro Society nearby ?
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Re: New Telescope

Postby Jack101 » Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:39 pm

Yes, I have. I will go along as soon as I can

Cheers

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Re: New Telescope

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:23 pm

david48 wrote:
Jack101 wrote:Hi,

Thanks for all replies, I think you have saved me from a bad choice for me.

I have looked again and there are 2 models that might be better. They are:
Skywatcher Explorer 200PDS HEQ5 Pro Newtonian Telescope. and the
Skywatcher Explorer 250PDS EQ6 Pro Newtonian Telescope.

Based on the same comments as in the first post, what is your opinions of these models?
Jack


I've never used these models, so can't offer an opinion. But they can doubtless both give excellent performance. So there's no real need to "shilly-shally" around between them. They'll both do the job.

Assuming that the "job" has anything to do with astronomy. But probably, it hasn't. It's more like:

"Who's got the best telescope?"

Isn't that what these forums are about nowadays. Not about actually observing. Only showing-off about who's got the coolest equipment?


Well if it's down to who's got the coolest equipment, I'm bottom of the pile. I've always been on a low budget.
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Re: New Telescope

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Sat Oct 24, 2015 11:30 pm

There's A LOT that you can do with a NikonD3200 and I've barely scratched the surface. It takes great constellation shots. I've also snapped some brighter DSOs.
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Re: New Telescope

Postby Gfamily2 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:57 am

The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof wrote:Well if it's down to who's got the coolest equipment, I'm bottom of the pile. I've always been on a low budget.

Old thread I know...
Excellent attitude. :)

This is what I captured with a 'gumtree' bargain - a Skywatcher 127Mak for <£200, a £2.99 webcam and a '£12 off ebay' eyepiece adapter.

Free software for the processing (Sharpcap for capture, AutoStakkert for stacking, Registax for PP) - yes! all the way.
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Re: New Telescope

Postby Supercooper » Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:10 pm

Hi there,

On the subject of 'I have a huge telescope'... I think we all strive to operate the best equipment we can afford or physically operate. We would be rather unadventurous to settle for a small telescope and invest years and years of our lives learning our way about the sky if we didn't improve our equipment from time to time and steadily see more and more. We would be very dull and unadventurous people indeed.

There are advocates of all types of telescopes, usually with some very interesting stories about why that is the case. Each type of telescope has its advantages and drawbacks, its advocates and detractors. It is not our place to put eachother down for using different equipment to us. We should embrace the differences and welcome comments from all walks of astronomy.

In my astronomy guides I try to be indifferent to prejudice and give a balanced view, however, I too am only human, and can't bring myself to recommend certain optical equipment manufcturers. The question is, are you happy with your telescope? If the answer is yes - That's good. If not, you could try something different and see what the fuss is about! :o)

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