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Skyhawk 1145

Postby mach1123 » Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:13 pm

I am totally new to the world of telescopes. I am thinking of getting the recommended Skyhawk 1145. How good is this starter telescope? and the big question is what will I be able to see? and how clearly? Rings of saturn? Jupiters red spot? Thank you for any advice.
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RE: Skyhawk 1145

Postby deeds » Wed Feb 22, 2006 5:46 pm

Hi Mach1123

It all depends on what you want to achieve with the telescope and what your budget is. If it is just for viewing then I can recommend a Europa 200 f6 from Orion Optics ([url=][/url]). This scope was a great starter scope for me and at a reasonable price of £550.
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RE: Skyhawk 1145

Postby les » Wed Feb 22, 2006 7:43 pm

HI Mach1123,
You'll probably get several differant answars to your question,Tim is an Orion man while I'm Skywatcher.I would suggest a skywatcher 6" reflector,that will show the GRS on Jupiter the Cassini division in Saturns rings along with at least 5 Saturian satellites quite easily,and also hundreds of deep sky objects.Many observers have their bias veiws but thats my tuppence worth.[:D]
Regards and clear skies Les.
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RE: Skyhawk 1145

Postby mach1123 » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:06 pm

Thanks for your answers - I do not wish to spend more than £200 first time - just a nice easy to use telescope which I can see clearly the main planets and a goodish image of galaxies/nebs for me and the kids to get started. Skyhawk 1145 sounds great - any other advice - Thank you
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RE: Skyhawk 1145

Postby Chanctonbury » Wed Feb 22, 2006 9:23 pm

If you have a budget of £200 why are you looking at the 1145 when you can easily afford the better 130P? This 'scope has greater light collecting power and a more sturdy mount, both highly desirable and you could use the balance to buy a Barlow lens and a Philips Planisphere.
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RE: Skyhawk 1145

Postby g4aqb » Thu Feb 23, 2006 1:00 am

I agree with Steve here...

I have a Skywatcher 130M and for 160 pounds it's a great starter scope. (The 130P does not have a tracking motor but has a parabolic mirror) depends if you are intending to do some imaging with a camera or webcam. If you are imaging you will need the motor.

Have a look at my website to see the Skywatcher 130M in action:


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RE: Skyhawk 1145

Postby qu54856bo » Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:00 am

I am also considering either the 130M or the 1145.
There seems little doubt that the 130M or P are great value and will show more than the diminutive 1145. However one of my criterion is portability as I am going to have to seek dark skies away from the city lights. The 130 + mount is quite a beast whereas the 1145 is much smaller and lighter.

Eventually I hope to get a more powerful compact smith-cassegrain but until I can afford it, I may need to go for the portability of the 1145.

Still pondering...

Good luck
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