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    Default Upgrading the Starmax 127EQ?



    I have had the Starmax 127 for several years now and have enjoyed it off and on since I purchased it. My recent purchase of a Canon T1i has renewed my interest in backyard astronomy and now astrophotography. Since I have connected the dSLR to the scope, I have learned several things when it comes to my equipment:

    1. The OTA is still really nice.
    2. Polar aligning is easy for visual observing, but I will have to drift align for astrophotography.
    3. Even with precise polar alignment, periodic error is a huge limiting factor for long exposures with the EQ3.
    4. Bahitinov masks are awesome!

    Given some of that, here is my upgrade wish list:

    1. New mount. The EQ3 just won't get it done. Is the Skyview Pro enough, or will I have to go to Sirius or even Atlas to get great shots?
    2. Helical focuser. Focus can never be too good.
    3. Flip mirror. Will help find objects and focus them.
    4. Illuminated reticle eyepiece for drift alignment.
    5. Guide scope - might be overkill for this rig.

    I am so bummed the Skyview Pro 127 wasn't a product yet when I bought my Starmax -the difference in $ is negligible. My Starmax doesn't even use a dovetail mounting plate - it has two screws that attach to the mount head.

    I have upgraded to a 9x50 finder and a Rigel, and the RA axis drive motor. What have others done?
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    That is a very good overviev. I was planning yo get myselt same thing as you (blue colored SW) but got a good deal by getting a little used astromaster 114 eq for mere 60€ but I still love those small mak-s

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    I can't answer your question as far as the astrophotography aspect of this, but I have an SVP127 and the mount/tripod is incredibly sturdy. One of my friends also has I believe an 8" reflector on the same mount I do (and it's more than enough for that, from what he says, it came as a package deal like mine did) and you know one of those bad boys weighs 2-3 times as much as my little Mak.

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    Here's mine Just waiting for the DSLR.
    Meade 16" LightBridge; Celestron G-8N Bird-Jones/motorized EQ5;
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    Quote Originally Posted by WWPierre View Post
    Here's mine Just waiting for the DSLR.
    Fantastic! So you do need an adapter for the Meade flip mirror? I thought the threads on the back of the Mak were compatible. Oh well.

    Are those the Orion tube rings that go for $29?

    Nice job!

 

 

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