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    Default Before I pull the trigger



    So 1st in ages I drag the 60mm out for a wander through the cosmos.
    I did it as I wanted to make sure that purchasing the 80mm for the slt wouldn't be a waste of time.
    So knowing that my star hopping is rustier than my Harley I figured let's hit the really bright stuff, that I can see naked eye lol
    It's quite hazy out and not as clear as you would think, I also have my contact lenses in

    Arcturus - its bright and calling me, nice and bright and a faint orange glow to it , nope it's moved and it's back , the joys or cheaper scopes and contacts, mind the diagnol isn't the best and all plastic and I can see dodgy bits sticking in the edge view , if I can get the stars dead center they are nice and crisp otherwise it's positivity average.

    So it's off to see if I can see anything deeper - like the Hercules cluster specially as it's close to Arcturus well same patch of sky.
    Did I find it no - I don't think the sky was good enough to see through a 60mm LT scope all from plastic.
    So off to a brighter DSO - Andromeda
    Boom after about 3 goes at star hopping up the stars I find a smudge whooo hooo Andromeda in a 60mm department store scope - celestron Astromaster LT 60mm is not to bad to be honest, so I'm deffo going to get the 80mmfor the SLT mount
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    Default Re: Before I pull the trigger

    Great report, sounds like you had fun.
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    Default Re: Before I pull the trigger

    I keep the ETX60 backpack scope around for the canoeing/camping trips to the middle of nowhere because of it's very small size in a complete goto package and if I lose it, it's no big loss. It's accurate and good for what it is, but the 80mm scopes are vastly superior in performance.
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    Default Re: Before I pull the trigger

    Fun ride with the 60, Rob! I'll say you are ready for the 80.
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    Default Re: Before I pull the trigger

    You'll like the 80mm F/5 - most of us own one and should do well on the NexStar mount. I own the Nexstar 102 GT mount as well, though I haven't used it in a few years.
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    Default Re: Before I pull the trigger

    just remembered i have and EQ1 mount as well in the garage with mounting rings , was £20 if memory serves, should make a sensible grab and gone if needed
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