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    Just for information but Saxon is Skywatcher sold in Australia normally.
    You do see them in Europe occasionally.
    Refractors: Antares 105 f/15, Celestron 150 f/8, Stellarvue NHNG 80 f/6.9, TAL 100RS f/10, TS 102 f/11, UR 70 f/10, Vixen SD115s f/7.7
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    Default Re: Hi from a new member

    Welcome to the forum Nick and good luck with your scope purchase
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    Default Re: Hi from a new member

    Hello Nick and welcome to this great forum. Clear skies.
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    Default Re: Hi from a new member

    Hi again. Guess I didn't specify. But that budget was $400 AUD which doesn't equate to much seeing as we're so far from anywhere.

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    Default Re: Hi from a new member

    You can check here for what is available. We have a lot of members in Australia so hopefully some of them with comment on where you might be able to find a good deal on some equipment.
    Most used scopes are well taken care of so this may be the better way to go when on a budget.
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    Mounts: Celestron SLT w/ pier mod & EQ-3 tripod, Celestron hypertuned CG-5 w/ tracking motor & Argo Navis, Manfrotto 028B w/ Stellarvue M2C, Manfrotto 055PRO w/ 128RC, TAL-1 HD EQ, Vixen SXP w/ HAL-130 SXG & half pier
    Diagonals: 2" Astro-Physics MaxBright, 2" Zeiss/ Baader prism, 2" Baader Herschel Wedge (Photo Version), 2" Orion Amici prism, 2" Stellarvue Dielectric, 2" TeleVue Everbrite
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    Ya gotta keep this Apo/Achro thing in some balance of perspective. Apos are awesome, but long focus Achros aren't that far behind them - Siriusandthepup (CN)
    Refractors kick arse precisely because they don't hide behind excuses. That is, they have no obstructions to hide behind. - Jon Isaacs (CN)

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    Hi there Nick, Welcome to the forums!

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    Default Re: Hi from a new member

    Hi Nick welcome to the forum,hope you decide on a scope as it can be quite daunting which one to get as I did alot of research before getting mine.
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    Thanks Gabby. I will have a gander there before I buy something.

    I know what you mean Andrew, I've been searching for a while now and there is almost too much to chose from, and a lot in my price range, all with slight differences in their spec.

    I guess I want someone to basically decide for me if I should stick with the user friendliness of a refractor, or go to a reflector which for the same money will have a much larger aperture and from my research will allow me to see much more detail due to the extra light it can take in.

    I could get something like a Celestron 130EQ reflector for the same money as a 90/900 refractor.

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    Default Re: Hi from a new member

    Thanks Gabby, I will have a look there before I purchase something. While I might get a better scope for the same price I am leaning towards new from a shop for that after sales service they can provide. And you know, supporting local businesses.

    I know Andrew, theres so many slightly different options all with similar specs. And there is so much in my price range too.

    I guess I basically want someone to tell me if I really do need a refractor because of my newb-ness or can up the anti and get a reflector as I will see more.
    Money wise it seems like I'll get a better reflector (bigger aperture etc.) than a refractor. Eg: Saxon 90/900mm refractor vs a Celestron 130EQ reflector.

    My head hurts. LOL

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    Default Re: Hi from a new member

    Is portability a factor?

    Do you think you might get into astrophotography later on?

 

 
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