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    Default Re: Best beginner scopes for star clusters and planet viewing



    What advantages would they be exactly. Also is the scope available without goto to make it cheaper. I like the idea of star hopping to learn the night sky instead of goto. As for you post above being an engineer I'm sure I would be able to make one thanks for that I will have to look at threads on how this is done

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    Default Re: Best beginner scopes for star clusters and planet viewing

    The advantages over the reflector were the ones I listed. Better optics, no collimation, travels better, has the option of using 2" EPs for an even wider field, and the goto mount. You can star hop and find your own targets with a goto mount, you just push a button instead of turning a knob. But of course you can use it to find your targets and track them if you want it to. The mount is really versatile and will hold a variety of small to medium sized scopes.

    Here is the scope on a manual eq mount and alt/az mount.

    https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sta...l-102-az3.html
    https://www.firstlightoptics.com/sta...l-102-eq1.html

    Both of these mounts are very light weight and not as sturdy as the goto mount, but they will get the job done.
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    Default Re: Best beginner scopes for star clusters and planet viewing

    You probably aren't geographically far from RVO.

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    You probably aren't geographically far from RVO.

    Rother Valley Optics Ltd
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    https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/

    If I were you I'd drop in and speak to Adam.
    Thanks for that I have used them beforehand and bought all my previous gear off them. But unfortunately it looks as though second hand is the way to go with my current budget for a Telescope though I could buy the binoculars new from there if I went down that road.
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    Thanks for that I have used them beforehand and bought all my previous gear off them. But unfortunately it looks as though second hand is the way to go with my current budget for a Telescope though I could buy the binoculars new from there if I went down that road.
    In that case I'd go with one of Oz's recommendations.

    https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk...telescope.html

    I have an ST102 (although modified with a Crayford focuser) and it is very good.



    There is a slight amount of chromatic aberration on bright objects like the Moon. It's superb for rich field observing though.

    https://roslistonastronomy.uk/tag/skywatcher-st102

    One caveat, avoid the AZ3 mount, it's bollocks, trust me on this. It suffers from monumental altitude drift and is about as much use as a chocolate teapot. The SW AZ5 is what I use, although it's 225 quid to buy new.

    https://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk...nt-tripod.html

    The ST102 should be OK on the EQ1 ... just about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean90 View Post
    being an engineer I'm sure I would be able to make one thanks for that I will have to look at threads on how this is done
    That being the case, I would make the parallel mount and have a nice set of binos without doubt.

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    Ditto on the 102 with the EQ1 tripod. The other thing to note is that this scope comes with a 90° diagonal whereas the one on the AZ mount comes with a 45° erect image diagonal. The 90° diagonal is the better of the two (I have both these diagonals)

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    Hi all thanks for the views and opinions. Think im going to try second hand and see what i can pick up for the £250 mark. Hopfully il be able to get somethjng motorised and on better mount than an eq1. Not much about at the moment though

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    Not wishing to sound negative but if you are thinking about more children, your budget and time will be more limited. I only have one daughter but from her birth until she started school, I stopped hobbies completely. I would just enjoy using binoculars for now. There's loads to look at and the Messier Catalogue is a good place to start. If you have any camera, there are quite a few things you can do with that.

    Unfortunately, my "poppet" showed some interest in looking through my telescopes but didn't continue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Clouded Out View Post
    Not wishing to sound negative but if you are thinking about more children, your budget and time will be more limited. I only have one daughter but from her birth until she started school, I stopped hobbies completely. I would just enjoy using binoculars for now. There's loads to look at and the Messier Catalogue is a good place to start. If you have any camera, there are quite a few things you can do with that.

    Unfortunately, my "poppet" showed some interest in looking through my telescopes but didn't continue.
    Thanks for the advice it so happens that i have just had another boy 4 months old but i wouldnt allow it to stop me having hobbies every parent needs his/her alone time. This is my aim amazing things can still be done on small budgets.

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