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    Hi all , looking for some advice , I am considering the purchase of a new telescope and thinking along the lines of a Skywatcher ED80 pro, Skywatcher Mak127 or Altair Astro GSO 6" Ritchey Chretien all OTA's only as I will be using a Skywatcher EQ3 Pro SynScan Mount.
    My main areas of interest are planets and moon along with the odd DSO , will also be considering astrophotography at a later date.
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    Welcome to the forum, but I cannot answer your question. I have none of the above....
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    Default Re: Some advice please

    Hello mrpb. You must have done some researce already, as these are all fine telescopes. The refractor is an excellent all around instrument. The Ritchey-Chretien is primarily a DSO astrophotography telescope. The Mak-Cass scope is a long focal length, narrow field of view scope, and primarily best for lunar and planetary work. As to your mount, I do not know this model or it’s capabilities. Welcome to the forum, and best wishes on your decision on the scope.
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    Default Re: Some advice please

    Of the 3 the ED80 is probably the lightest and most suitable for Astrophotography later. With an EQ3 you would not want to be carrying too big a load. Normally for Astrphotography an EQ5 or better an EQ6 is considered the minimum. I don't know if the EQ3 can run giding of any sort but if not then you will be limited to wider feild pix and shorter exposures. If you have a DSLR and a good lens or any camera capable of 30 second exposure times you could start there mounting the camera on the mount. There are many examples of fine photos taken with barn door trackers and several minute exposures but as soon as you start to get in close and personal with objects up there the technical difficulties rapidly arise. I should know....

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