Quote:I will be deciding shortly on a new scope soon. One of the contenders is the Meade AR-5.Unfortunately this is only available from the local Meade outlet on the LXD-55 mount. (I wrote to Meade and they said it was most likely brand new but just old Stock). Fair enuff then.
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Quote:Thanks for the feedback. Confirms my initial misgivings.
The contender that has won out over the others is this little beastie: Sky-Watcher - 8SCT EQ5P
As it will be housed in a observatory in the backyard I wanted a scope that would lend itself to being used visually as well as AP. My legs aint what they used to be so I want a scope and mount that would allow use from a seated position.
The above combination has everything I require at the budget level I have set.
The new generation HEQ5 mounts now being brought out by Skywather are ones I'm familiar with and will do what I want for the immediate future, however done the track of coarse there are always bigger scopes to buy. Just dont tell the wife