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telescope shopping

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:38 am
by peter
Hi all,
Im totally new to astronomy.
On advice I did started with some binoculars (Celestron 15x70) and are more hooked then ever. Im looking around in future to take 'the plunge' in telescopes. Im in particular looking at the skywatcher explorer 200p (reflector) or celestron onmi 127 xlt. Im mainly interested in deep sky viewing and maybe going into astrophotography.
Any help would do. :D

Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 8:30 pm
by Brian
Hi Peter, and Welcome!

If your budget will stretch, I'd say go for the 200p. The extra aperture will bring in more deepsky objects , your main interest, but the 'scope will also give good resolution of solar system objects as well. 8 inches aperture is a good all-round size for the UK, given the erratic quality of the seeing here.

As a comment, the EQ5 mounting is OK for visual work, but if you really want to do imaging you are advised to get a heavier mounting (minimum HEQ5). Not a cheap option :)

Also I'd advise joining a local astro society if you can. Try to get a look at some of the kit others have. You'll be surprised how big and heavy a 200p and an HEQ5 mounting is...


Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:02 pm
by dazcaz
I have the Explorer 200P on an HEQ5 mount and it is simply stunning!

It is quite large, and the mount is very heavy, so be sure you have somewhere to keep it safely.

As Brian said, the HEQ5 is the minimum for this 'scope. Anything less will struggle.

The 200 is not a 5 minute 'scope. It can take a while to set up, but it's worth it. The views are amazing. It's a great deep sky 'scope. You won't be disappointed!

telescope shopping

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:21 pm
by peter
Hi Brian and dazcaz,
Thanks for the reply. The HEQ5 mount is a excellent advice, albeit rather costly. Having said that,I find it wiser to spend on the HEQ5 than on a GO-TO, besides I find it far more rewarding (and be amazed) to seek out all the jewels in the night sky myself.
Thanks again !!
Loads of clear skies