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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    Well let me make it a little harder still. Have you thought about a set of binoculars?
    I do have a few sets of binos at my disposal. Haven't really used them for star gazing, I don't stand still enough. Might invest in a small tripod to go with them.

    If you were me, would you buy the refractor or the Mak (lets assume they're the same price)? I guess I'll still need filters etc. for the Mak just as I would for the 90/900 eh?

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    I take my binoculars with me every time I go out at night. I think I spend twice as much time looking through binoculars as my telescope. Its so much easier to scan the sky than looking through the telescope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickParker View Post
    I do have a few sets of binos at my disposal. Haven't really used them for star gazing, I don't stand still enough. Might invest in a small tripod to go with them.

    If you were me, would you buy the refractor or the Mak (lets assume they're the same price)? I guess I'll still need filters etc. for the Mak just as I would for the 90/900 eh?
    Without a doubt, the Mak!! This is largely because of the SLT mount, but the Mak is better on the planets than the 90/900 refractor as well. The only filter you will need is a variable polarizing filter for the moon. You can get a ND (neutral density) filter cheaper, but the VP filter allows you to dial in the amount of filtering where the ND filter is set. I would still have my eye out for a future ST80 for the wide field observing regardless of Mak or 90/900. Also you can place a DSLR only (no scope) on the SLT and get some great wide field DSO shots keeping the exposure time below 30 seconds, take a lot of them and stack them with some cheap/free software. Get the ST80 and you can do the same, but most exposures there would need to be no more than 20 seconds, but some amazing shots can be done this way with the SLT mount.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickParker View Post
    I do have a few sets of binos at my disposal. Haven't really used them for star gazing, I don't stand still enough. Might invest in a small tripod to go with them.
    Get a cheap METAL tripod adapter and mount the binos onto the end of an old wooden mop/broom handle to use as a monopod and turn them binos into a great observing tool for CHEAP!! You will be AMAZED!!!
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