Polaris 114 EQ vs Polaris 130MD EQ

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Polaris 114 EQ vs Polaris 130MD EQ

Postby Teessky » Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:02 pm

I'v been interested in astronomy for a while and i am about to purchase my first telescope and have decided between 2, i'm not very good with the technical side of them so would like some advice on which would be better for me. I have copied the spec of each one from the website which is on currys, i appreciate any feedback.

MEADE Polaris 114 EQ Reflector Telescope - £109.00

Magnification 158 x
Magnification 2 111 x
Objective lens diameter 114 mm
Eyepiece 1 6.3 mm
Eyepiece 2 9 mm
Mount Equatorial
Coated optics Yes
Waterproof Yes
Fog proof No

Box contents
- 6.3 mm eyepiece
- 9 mm eyepiece
- 26 mm eyepiece
- Barlow Lens x 2
- Accessory Tray
- Autostar Suite Astronomy DVD

MEADE Polaris 130MD EQ Reflector Telescope - £149.99

Magnification 103 x
Magnification 2 72 x
Objective lens diameter 130 mm
Eyepiece 1 6.3 mm
Eyepiece 2 9 mm
Mount Equatorial
Motor drive Yes
Coated optics Yes
Tracking rates Lunar

Box contents
- Meade Polaris 130MD Reflector Telescope
- Eyepiece 6.3 mm x 1
- Eyepiece 9 mm x 1
- Eyepiece 26 mm x 1
- Barlow lens x 2
- Electronic RA motor drive
- Pre-assembled tripod with accessory tray
- Autostar Suite astronomy DVD
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Re: Polaris 114 EQ vs Polaris 130MD EQ

Postby Gfamily2 » Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:57 am

Of the two, the 130md is probably the better bet, but I would hold fire on buying anything for the time being.
Before you commit yourself, it is well worth finding if you have a local astronomical society and going along a few times, especially if they have observing evenings. At all the ones I've been to, people will be more than happy to let you try theirs out, and you can get an idea of how different scopes work on different targets.
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Re: Polaris 114 EQ vs Polaris 130MD EQ

Postby Aratus » Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:17 pm

The 114 has a focal length of 1000mm and the 130 has a focal length of 650mm. (information not provided by Currys!) That explains the quite different magnifications with the same eyepieces. Don't let that fool you though. The telescope with the bigger aperture (the 130) is the better telescope. You will get good brighter images with the 130, and plenty of scope to soup up the magnification, if you want to do that at a later date. There is no harm in checking out the telescopes in action at an observing session at your local astronomical society.
I use an 11" reflector (Celestron CPC 1100) and a 3" refractor, (Sky-Watcher ST80) mounted on an equatorial wedge, housed in a 2.2m Pulsar observatory. I use a ZWO ASI 120MM, ZWO ASI1600MC and Canon 1300D for imaging.
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