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    Default New scope advice for observation and lunar/planetary photography



    Hi friends,
    I want a new scope and need some advice.

    I'm currently using my trusty WO Megrez 72 on a HEQ5. It's a handy little scope for limited observational astronomy but great for DSO photography.

    Here are my criteria for the new scope:
    Firstly, I'd like to stay below the €500/$625 mark, so it's likely I'll be looking for something second hand.
    Ideally, it will serve two purposes; general observation, and planetary and lunar photography.
    It would need to be something I can mount on my HEQ5.

    I have done a good bit of research and I'm leaning towards an 8-10" Schmidt or Mak cas. However, I'd love to hear any opinions or advice on this.

    Will
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    Default Re: New scope advice for observation and lunar/planetary photography

    An 8 inch SCT will definitely fit the mount. With a 0.63 focal reducer, it will also complement your WO Megrez 72 handily to photograph objects where a large image size is advantageous.
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    Default Re: New scope advice for observation and lunar/planetary photography

    Orion sells a 180mm Mak with a 2700mm FL that would be fantastic for planets, have tossed around the idea of getting one myself but I have access to a 11" SCT so I have a hard time justifying the cost.

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    Default Re: New scope advice for observation and lunar/planetary photography

    Thanks for your advice, you guys.

    @sxinias: I think I've decided on a C8-A XLT. Seems to be a very versatile scope with great imaging prospects with the options of 0.63, 0.8 reducers and Crayford focusers.
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