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    Default Is a skywatcher pl150 or a skywatcher p150 better for viewing galaxies???



    Just wondering which would be best to buy for viewing galaxies? skywatcher pl150 or skywatcher p150 or any other suggestions at similiar prices?? It's a present

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    Hi Donz, I'm De Lorme, Do you live in a light polluted sky like me? I would strongle suggest looking into a ccd camera and at least a CGN-5 mount by Celestron. Instead of a 6" refractor look and see what a 80mmED refractor can do for a little bit more money. The 10" Meade SCT I once had along with my current 6" refractor were not giving me clear pictures of anythin except open clusters. I started looking into imaging and soon realized that it's not how big your scope is but how good your glass is. Now the atmosphere will be a problem but the camera is much more sensitive than your eye and will over come with a few filters. The mount is what's important. An 80ED semi-apo can be bought for around $600 to $800 new, used $300 to 500. The Atik Titan for $640. I would move in this direction. Hopes this helps
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    Either telescope will do just fine. Both are true Newtonians with parabolic mirrors. The 150PL has a focal ratio of f/8 and the 150P has a focal ratio of f/5. What this means is that the 150PL will be a little better for objects requiring magnification such as planets and the 150P will be slightly better for objects that are very dim or cover a wide part of the sky. The difference will not be that much.
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    Seeing Galaxies (with minimal detail) is not exactly easy even in a 5 inch telescope . I'd buy the f/5 scope just for the wider FOV ...but knowing I'd have to keep it collimated much more then the f/8 scope which also has the advantage of not needing nearly as good eyepieces that would be needed with the f/5 scope...

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