Everyone knows that the universe is expanding. This is why we constantly need to buy bigger scopes!
Orion 10x50 binos, 25x100 binos
Coronado Solarmax 40
Orion 102mm ED refractor
B&L Criterion 4000
Orion 120mm f/5 refractor
Celestron Omni XLT 150
AT 152mm f/5.9 refractor
Levenhuk 8" f/4 reflector
Meade 12" Lightbridge
Quote:HiThe telescope focal length is 1250mm (f/13.88)
You know you are there when you start thinking in terms of EXIT PUPIL rather than Magnification..
Quote:With mine, specifically on the Moon, I spend most of my time at 125x. The scope is especially comfortable there, sort of a 'sweet spot' for this particular scope (besides being a really nice view of the Moon). I think it comes with a 10mm, so don't spend a lot up front. You'll be surprised how little you need with this scope. I prefer a long eye relief EP, so I use an old Vixen Lanthanum, but the one it comes with is pretty nice for the price. Maks work well with the simpler designs too, so you don't really have to spend tons on the elaborate stuff unless you want something special like eye relief. Live with the scope for a while at first. Learn what it can do, learn what your skies are like. You'll be surprised how well you can do with just the set up as it comes. I've taken the scope to 250x on good nights with perfectly acceptable results. It's 'empty magnification', but the scope can take it. At least on the Moon where there's enough light. Don't run out and spend money to do that, but if you end up with a 2x Barlow one day don't be afraid to try it.
Quote:Pictures of the moon look great taken through almost any telescope irrespective of the design. The EQ1 mount you are considering is definitely not stable enough for any descent astrophotography.A telescopes potential magnification depends upon its aperture size, So both the 90mm scopes are capable of achieving the same magnification thought in the refractor the images may look sharper because of no central obstruction.A 15mm eyepiece with a 2x barlow lens will will effectively act as a 7.5mm eyepiece.I would suggest u have a look at this on too.. Celestron Powerseeker 114/900mm newtonian telescope.Clear Skies!
Quote: What mount would you suggest?
Quote:Thank's for the reply, the only problem with the Powerseeker is the size, and portabilty, or it deafinatley would be a consideration. What mount would you suggest?
Jc ATM 10" F6.1, 1/25th wave spec (max wavefront error +/- 1/12.6 in zone 4 of 6, sodium light ), 6" F7 spec, 127mm F9.4 achro Refractor, Criterion DX8, 10 x 50 bin, SP mount/Synscan goto. ETX80 (finder) Canon 20D, PST DSI 1, Butenschön 125mm F13.4 refractor, diy spectroscope and curiosity
Quote:Quote:Thank's for the reply, the only problem with the Powerseeker is the size, and portabilty, or it deafinatley would be a consideration. What mount would you suggest? I would always suggest an alt-az mount, easy to setup and use. Taking good pics of the moon is not difficult in a alt-az mounted scope even with a hand held digi cam. And yes I am aware the 114 comes with the same eq-1 mount like the others u mentioned, but along with them, I just wanted u to have a look at(and maybe consider) the reflector too which has more light gathering power.Clear Skies!
Quote:And what makes an eq mount stable too? It all depends on the design and the built quality for both the types of mounts. The dobsonian type which is an alt-az mount is one of the most simple and stable of mounts.Clear Skies!
Quote:If i was to get the alt-az mount, then it would be far cheaper, why would an alt-az mount be any more stable?