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    Default Re: Astronomy Newbie 3/3/13 looking for 1st telescope



    Thanks Paul,

    Yes the slowmotion controls are attached directly to the mount - very close & personal if you ask me. but you learn quick with a TAL. Good idea to start a new post - that I will do....
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    Default Re: Astronomy Newbie 3/3/13 looking for 1st telescope

    Quote Originally Posted by mrlovt View Post
    Hi Phil, we're glad you're here.

    I don't own the TAL, but my RV-6 (154mm on a steel pier GEM) is in the same weight class, and about as easy to set up. I have it permanently set up now, but moved it in and out for years. It is a bit cumbersome, and I've dinged more than one doorway moving it in one piece. It's better to move the OTA and mount separately, this makes it much more manageable. The mount is heavy, but a reasonably fit person can manage it easily. I wouldn't want to have to carry it too far, though, or up and down flights of stairs.

    That TAL has several advantages over the Explorer that you should seriously consider:
    #1 that motor drive will keep things in the eyepiece after you've found them
    #2 a quality pier mount (because there is nothing worse that viewing on a wobbly mount)
    #3 consistently great TAL optics (the reputation means you'll always be able to sell it, should you decide it's not for you)
    #4 aperture is also something you should consider, as 150mm vs. 130mm will give you an advantage in viewing

    If it were me and I could afford it, I'd consider that an awesome telescope to own. I'm still using my RV-6!

    Let us know how it works out for you!
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    I did buy the TAL with steel pier GEM & yes very heavy to carry up & down stairs I agree (but coping with that so far) & dinged the doorway first night out...doh. I do carry the OTA & mount separately - far easier.

    Agree with all your points 1 to 4. Especially 1 after "chasing" Jupiter at high magnification. But I don't think there's a specific motor for this GEM - am I right?
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    Default Re: Astronomy Newbie 3/3/13 looking for 1st telescope

    If I remember correctly (it's been 15 years since I had a similar scope), if you point your GEM towards true north, you will only have to use one of the two controls to keep your target centered. Let me know if I'm right. I can't remember for sure.

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    Default Re: Astronomy Newbie 3/3/13 looking for 1st telescope

    Thanks for the advice Paul. I had an eye operation Monday 18th March (my 4th in total for a detached retina). So I'll be "out of action" for a few weeks to let my eyes settle. And I was hoping to see that comet too!!!

    However I will put your advice to the test as soon as I can & let you know the result. Sounds like it'll make my observations a bit easier so can't wait...
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    I hope that your eye settles down quickly, and that you will soon be ready for action. Looking forward to your reports.
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