I am planning to buy a small telescope to my country house, to complement a S-W ST-80 with an AZ-3 that I have there. I also have a sturdy Photo Tripod (6 kg payload for the head/mount, and 12 kg payload for the tripod) to use for mounting.
Due to a rather limited budget (nowadays I am retired) my choice is a S-W SkyMax-127 Mak, for which I also have an Intes Micro 0.6x Telecompressor (which I think is 2" though, so maybe it cannot be used here).
Yes, I do have a lot of Astro gear at home, at my permanent, every day place, but I would rather not (for certain reasons) like to split the "kit" I have here (and transporting, back and forth, is out of the question).
Thus, my choise is the SkyMax-127 Mak, and a few Eye Pieces, and a Tele Vue 2x Barlow. Yes, a better Diagonal, and a good Amici Prism too...
And yes, a SkyMax-150 (also including a bigger mount) would (at this point) be beyond my budget, and it would have been a better choice, but I hope to be able in the future to (possibly) get a third scope to my country house.
(Maybe I can one day finalize this with an 8" SCT or Dob...)
There seems to be a possibility though that the SkyMax-127 comes with a 2" Diagonal, which it, for some reason, does not (or did not) allways do. I have started a thread in "Cats and Casses", to ask if anyone knows if there is a recent (permanent) change here to the bigger Diagonal, and what about the (true optical) Aperture that (according to some) used to be less than 127 mm.
I have read that that limited Aperture has been upgraded…
Now, my question is, does anyone know if the Orion Q70 Eye Pieces, 26-32-38 mm, are the same (Erfle ?) as the Agena SWA, and the TS-Optics TS WA, for that matter ?
All these different Eye Pieces seem very similar, not to say (almost) identical.
What do you say ?
Thank you very much !
Clear Skies to you,