GoTo kit to my EQ3 or new GoTo telescope for less?
Posted 12 July 2009 - 04:58 AM
Maybe the place where I do most of my observations will decide? Read on please.
The typical price for a Skywatcher GoTo upgrade-kit for the Skywatcher EQ3-2 mount is about Â£329. Overpriced it seems, for a computerized handset, two simple motors, a control-box for the motors, a simple cable-kit, and two plastic holders for the handset and the control-box.
For less you can have a complete GoTo telescope like the Celestron Nexstar 130 SLT, for Â£285 it comes with a 130mm f/5 reflector and two eyepieces,or Skywatcher's clone with the same 130mm reflector and two eyepieces, the price for this telescope is about Â£270.
For good measure, these two GoTo telescopes uses more or less the same handset as the upgrade kit, Skywatcher owns Celestron, so it is just cosmetic differences between the handsets, I believe the datasystems are also much the same for Celestron and Skywatcher.
I have the Celestron SkyScout 90mm refractor f/7,7 on my NEQ3-2 now, my 90mm refractor gives me nice views of the planets I think.
The place where most of my observations take place, is my concrete balcony with view over the city. It is conciderable light-pollution and skyglow from my city, and local light-pollution from my residencial neighbourhood.
My NEQ3-2 mount can be used with a 150mm/750mm f/5 reflector, but would deep-sky observation be possible from a light-polluted site like this anyway?
So would it be any point in upgrading my NEQ3-2 with GoTo and a 150mm reflector if deep-sky observations is made difficult by light-pollution?
If not, will a GoTo telescope like the SLT with a 130mm for less be a better choice for me from the place I do my observations?
A 150mm/750mm f/5 reflector cost Â£150-Â£175 in addition to the Â£329 for the GoTo upgrade kit.
What would you have done? I very much appreciate comments and suggestion from you.
Posted 12 July 2009 - 01:47 PM
Posted 13 July 2009 - 05:55 AM
I have not really thought of doing astrophotograpy, I should have mentioned that in my post.
Posted 13 July 2009 - 05:57 AM