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    Hi there,

    I am from Durban South Africa and have been enjoying astronomy from 1994. Love my Meade family....

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    Hi all,

    I've just recently rekindled my love for astronomy which began at a very early age, although to be honest taking the time to gaze up at the Moon, planets and stars at night has never left me.
    I live just outside of Hermanus so light pollution is not really too much of a problem... yet.
    I dusted off the home-made 8" Dob reflector and purchased a "go-to" Celestron refractor a few weeks ago. It's been great to sit outside and revisit the wonders of the night sky again.
    Anyway, I'm really enjoying this forum and I hope to make some good friends here.

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    Hi and welcome to the forums!

    Hermanus is a beautiful place and a great setting for stargazing. Have a fun!
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    I never realized this sub forum existed until today. So I thought I'd throw my name into the barrel.

    I live in Nairobi (Kenya) and I'm mainly interested in astrophotography and ATM.

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    Hi All.

    I'm from Pretoria. I have a Celestron Astromaster 70AZ and saw Jupiter and 3 of its moons 2 weeks ago, now looking at getting an Astromaster 130eq to see it better, and came across a K-way 130 marked down to R1999.

    Googled that scope and landed here.

    For R1999 i can get it new, or i can get a used 130EQ for a similar price, advise please guys or gals ?



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    Hello and welcome to the forums MR.CO1, another member has posted a few comments about the K-Way reflector:
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    Hi and welcome to the forums!

    I would go with the Celestron.
    Although the K way range appears in many stores I am not sure there will be much in the way of backup or after sales service with it.
    They do appear to be celestron copies but I cannot be sure as I have never had a close look at or handled one.

    Also take a look at these websites if you have not done so already.
    Technopro.
    Eridanius.
    Also this website has some good secondhand specials now and again.
    Luc astronomy

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    Hi there and welcome,
    I bought one of these K-Way telescopes and was extremely dissatisfied. Fortunately I managed to get my money back from the shop. The build quality is very poor as well as the optics that come with the scope. The tripod is flimsy and it is difficult to get a stable platform for viewing. I opted to raid my piggybank and got a Skywatcher EQ150 instead. This was a good choice as it is a fantastic telescope that has served me many years already.

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    Hi All.

    I'm from Pretoria. I have a Celestron Astromaster 70AZ and saw Jupiter and 3 of its moons 2 weeks ago, now looking at getting an Astromaster 130eq to see it better, and came across a K-way 130 marked down to R1999.

    Googled that scope and landed here.

    For R1999 i can get it new, or i can get a used 130EQ for a similar price, advise please guys or gals ?



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    Hi there.
    From Eshowe KZN. After giving up many years ago from sheer frustration of using a cheap Konus refractor, but really enjoying wild life and scuba photography. A few weeks ago I realised that my business has an account with the Celestron agents. Bottom shopped and bought the 130 Astro Fi Newtonian reflector. Wow. I know not ideal for AP but great to learn the basics and the sky. Been trying my hand at stacking with a Olympus Epl5. Quite pleased.

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