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    Default NexStar telescopes The 127 SLT & 102 SLT



    I have had quite a few scopes SCTs, Dobs, Refractors and quite a few others over he past 15 years. I had to sell all of it including eyepieces etc. After quite a while under the knife and on hips and back I never thought I would be able top get into astronomy but with lite weight scopes etc I am able to handle either of these scopes. The NexStar 127SLT 1500 FL and F/12 FR or the NexStar 120SLT 660 FL F/6 FR. I do not expect either one to ever compare my previous scopes at all. I am not really hot on planets. Like deep space, galaxies, nebulas. Which one I end up with I will learn its limits and deal with it Eyepieces for either scope one thing I will get is the Celestron 8/24 zoom I had it before and was quite happy with it. Both scopes come with
    A 9mm and a 25mm eyepieces. I want to know how far can I push either scope above the 25mm it comes with for the low end it can handle 30mm or
    40mm? Not knowing either scope do not know the best eyepieces for the best views. I would think the 5 " SLT would be better at grabbing more light than the 102 SLT. Am I wrong not knowing either scope?

    All feedback on these two scopes and eyepieces that will perform with these scopes

    Thanks Bill

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    Default Re: NexStar telescopes The 127 SLT & 102 SLT

    Since you main interest are DSOs I think 102 SLT will serve you better. Mainly because DSOs come in all sizes and with 102SLT you will be able to get true field of view up to 3-5 degrees. With 127mm Mak you are limited to about 1 deg max. Not wide enough to fit larger targets
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    Default Re: NexStar telescopes The 127 SLT & 102 SLT

    The 102 is a nice scope, and it's nicely upgradeable. The weak point is the mount, which is quite shaky. If you put it on a different alt az mount it would make a great travel scope option!
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    Default Re: NexStar telescopes The 127 SLT & 102 SLT

    yes the 102 refractors is better on DSO and the 127 Mct is better for planets , the slt mount is great for both the shaky part is the tripod which can be improved with various means but will never be 100%
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    Default Re: NexStar telescopes The 127 SLT & 102 SLT

    Definitely the 102 refractor is the choice for DSOs.
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    Default Re: NexStar telescopes The 127 SLT & 102 SLT

    Dumb question here. Can the SLT mount be placed on a more stable tripod later?
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    Default Re: NexStar telescopes The 127 SLT & 102 SLT

    Yes it can, I have placed mine of a EQ-3 aluminium tripod to keep the weight down but have also the capability to attach it to a 2" stainless steel tripod from a Celestron ASGT.
    If you go to my album "tripod mods" you can see images of the SLT on both tripods.
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