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    Hi
    picking up 2 telescopes during the week a bresser skylux refractor 70/700 & a skywatcher 130 reflector not sure what eye pieces I will get with these but would they be worth changing.Also been reading up on a clock drive R C motor are these worth investing in and once fitted how are they controlled be grateful for any feed back
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    Default Re: new scopes

    Hi there.

    As for the EPs you'll have to see what comes with the scopes. I have the skywatcher 130 reflector and the supplied EPs are ok....not the best but usable.

    I've not used a clock drive but I think it would be worth it to view your target for longer. If you want to take images or videos then I'd say it would be essential.

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    Default Re: new scopes

    The supplied EPs will be OK fro getting started, and I suggest you use them for a while, but they are usually replaced fairly soon.

    The only real advantage to having the tracking motor is to take pictures. But with this setup, it is not really practical as there are SEVERAL issues with this setup concerning that. You could do some wide field AP (astrophotography) by attaching a DSLR alone (no scope) to the mount if you got a tracking motor and learned to do a good drift alignment of the mount.

    But for visual use, tracking by hand with the slow motion controls works very well.

    To use the motor, you would first have to find the target by hand and then attach the motor and start it. Then you would need to advance the motor quickly (faster than normal tracking time) to catch back up to the target that has drifted out of view while you were attaching the motor. The motor obviously has a tracking speed to match the sky, a pause to let things drift through the field, and usually (depending on which motor) a couple of faster speeds to advance the field. It takes a little while to get accustomed to but is not difficult to use. All of this requires the mount to be polar aligned.

    I would not get the motor. You really don't need it for visual use and if I were doing AP, it would be with a different scope and a different mount.

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    Default Re: new scopes

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    thanks for the reply I'll leave the motor as at the moment AP is not on the agenda just yet,what eye pieces would you recommend for the sky watcher as I am still in the learning process with telescopes I see some posts mention a 10 & 25 mm eye pieces
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    Default Re: new scopes

    Quote Originally Posted by paul63 View Post
    what eye pieces would you recommend for the sky watcher as I am still in the learning process with telescopes I see some posts mention a 10 & 25 mm eye pieces
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    I'm not sure where you are located or I would supply some links to a local to you vendor if I could.

    If you are on a budget, I would look at some plossl eyepieces (EPs). I would probably get a 32mm plossl as it will give you the widest field of view in the 1.25" format. Likely something in the 20mm range and possibly a 2x Barlow (preferably with a removable bottom element that also provides an additional 1.5X when directly attached to an EP).

    If you can afford more, the Celestron X-Cel LX series is a very good performer with a wider field of view than a plossl EP.

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    Here is something that will give you some pointers about choosing eyepieces.
    Article: What Astronomy Eyepieces should I get for my Telescope?
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    Default Re: new scopes

    Why are you getting two scopes?
    I see the Bresser 70mm comes with an EQ-1 mount. What mount are you getting with the Skywatcher 130?

    A RA motor/ clock drive has some benefits for visual, if you observe intermittently or are observing with others. It has some problems too for beginner mounts where it disables the RA slow motion control. But some better mounts/motors have ways around that with a clutch for the motor. The cheaper RA motors are on/off motors where you turn them off for tracking and off when you don't want it. The more expensive ones have mutliple speeds and and a hand controller with buttons to use for moving the telescope, instead of the slow motion.
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    Default Re: new scopes

    Hi
    A friend of mine saw on an advert in his local news agent advertising skywatcher 130 when he went to pick the skywatcher 130 up the seller said take the skylux as well all for £130 so thats way I have 2 scopes won't know what the mount is until friday when I meet up with him
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    Hi
    Picked up the 2 scopes yesterday & the 130 came with EQ-2
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