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    So something along the lines of a Saxon 909 EQ2 Refractor would be a good first unit? (90mm aperture, 900mm focal length, equatorial mount) Its in my price range on sale at a few places in Australia at the moment.

    A lot of you see to use Celestron scopes I've noticed. Are they generally the bees knees? Does anyone have anything good to say about Saxon scopes?

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    cant comment ive only ever used Celestron or Skywatcher
    a lot of scopes are made by the same people Synta - at least Celestron and Skywatcher are
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    Default Re: Hi from a new member

    I've not used a Saxon scope before, but the EQ2 is going to be too light weight for a scope that size, especially if you think you might want to attach a camera at some point. I would look for a CG4 (or equivalent) EQ mount. That will be quite sturdy (you NEED sturdy) and you can attach a tracking motor for some short exposure AP. I have many Celestron mounts (EQ, Alt/Az, goto, and manual) and all are very good as well as the Celestron scopes I have.

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    Saxons are Synta scopes, BTW...
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    What I understand from everything above, is that Saxon scopes are OK as they're made long side Celestron and others, but the mount used on that tripod may not be sturdy enough support that tube weight (2.5+ kg at least) without movement making photography pointless.

    If I did away with the photography requirement (as it was really an afterthought) would that mount be suitable or still too light weight to even just look through?

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    Hi Nick! Enjoy!
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    Hello and Welcome, Nick!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickParker View Post
    What I understand from everything above, is that Saxon scopes are OK as they're made long side Celestron and others, but the mount used on that tripod may not be sturdy enough support that tube weight (2.5+ kg at least) without movement making photography pointless.

    If I did away with the photography requirement (as it was really an afterthought) would that mount be suitable or still too light weight to even just look through?
    The mount would be marginally OK and would suffer from serious vibration because of the length of the scope. You COULD use it for visual observing but it would be very frustrating at least for me. It would be better with a shorter scope but I would much prefer a sturdier mount for that scope. Hearing the scope is a Synta scope, I wouldn't hesitate to get that though.

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    Hi, Nick and welcome to the forum!
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    I've never heard of Saxon, but Celestron has some great beginner options like the Nexstar 4SE ($500) or 90SLT ($420), both including GOTO mounts.
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