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#1 AstroEdge

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 06:56 PM

I was wanting to know if this is okay for a auto guiding setup?

The total cost is $166.67 including shipping.

Here is the scope link.

Here is the camera link.

 

I was supposed to keep my budget of 150, but this is a pretty good deal if it works out. I don't know about the scope, it has good reviews, but i don't know how it focuses.

 

Thanks a lot,

Caleb Melton

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#2 rkinnett

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 07:30 PM

Are you imaging with your T3i on your Nexstar Mak on the EQ-G?  It will be difficult to get satisfying results with that long focal length, but the experience will be worth the expense. 

 

That 50mm guide scope is a little undersized for your imaging setup.  Look for a 60mm or an OAG. 

 

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Here's my calculator:  https://docs.google....lw58fGYa98/copy

 

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 07:32 PM

That should do the trick just fine, but one must remember that you get what you pay for.

 

A helical focuser works by turning it, and when you do the draw tube moves in/out but the camera doesn't rotate.

 

I think this is just what you should get. The scope my not be the best and you may want to replace it sometime in the future, but the camera is a keeper and should be excellent for tracking for your whole AP career.

 

 

Very nice job. You get 10 stars for "Astro Shopping"!   smile.gif

 

 

 

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#4 AstroEdge

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 07:35 PM

I know the 127MM mak is a high focal length, but i am going to upgrade to the Skywatcher 130PDS soon. also going to get a coma corrector for it.

 

Thank you for the advice. Ordering it now laugh.gif

 

I cant wait to see the results.

 

Clear Skies,

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 07:36 PM

Are you imaging with your T3i on your Nexstar Mak on the EQ-G?  It will be difficult to get satisfying results with that long focal length, but the experience will be worth the expense. 

 

That 50mm guide scope is a little undersized for your imaging setup.  Look for a 60mm or an OAG. 

 

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Here's my calculator:  https://docs.google....lw58fGYa98/copy

 

Good luck

These number are for imaging setups, not for tracking... and they really are not all that important even for imaging.

 

 

Miguel   8-)

 

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#6 AstroEdge

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 07:38 PM

I did just find this scope, Seems to have a better focuser.

But the tube ring screws are plastic, so maybe not.


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#7 PirateMike

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 07:50 PM

I know the 127MM mak is a high focal length, but i am going to upgrade to the Skywatcher 130PDS soon. also going to get a coma corrector for it.

 

Thank you for the advice. Ordering it now laugh.gif

 

I cant wait to see the results.

 

Clear Skies,

Caleb Melton

If you really want to take some nice images I would recommend an 80mm main refracting scope or smaller. Anything bigger than that will certainly get you thinking about shooting the operator.

 

A Sky-Watcher 130PDS is not what you need for starting out.

 

Something along this size would make things MUCH easier...  https://www.astronom...6.html?___SID=U

 

 

You are spending your limited resources wisely with the tracking setup, don't blow it with a SW 130!

 

 

Miguel   8-)

 

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Edited by PirateMike, 22 July 2019 - 07:52 PM.

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#8 AstroEdge

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 07:58 PM

Whats wrong with the 130 PDS? i have seen great images from it.


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#9 PirateMike

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 08:11 PM

It will difficult for the mount to control due mainly to it's length.

 

You may have seen great images taken with it but I very much doubt they were taken by a first time imager. I have seen great images take by the Hubble Space Telescope, but that doesn't mean that I would venture to image with it!

 

 

Search this site and read about equipment for beginning imaging.

 

 

 

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Posted 22 July 2019 - 08:23 PM

I would certainly recommend learning this craft in the correct order.

 

Learn to roll over first, then crawl, then walk... you will be flying before you know it.

 

Trying to walk before you can turn over just won't cut the mustard.

 

 

Miguel   8-)

 

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Posted 23 July 2019 - 07:55 PM

I'm a bit concerned that might be a knock off? But if not see if high point scientific will price match it!!

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Posted 23 July 2019 - 11:14 PM

I'm a bit concerned that might be a knock off? But if not see if high point scientific will price match it!!

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What is the point of getting the same price from some place else? Now, if the other place would price the scope 15% lower, well that's another thing.

 

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 09:37 PM

Couldn't you use a barlow on the guide scope to double the FL?



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 01:03 PM

The camera came in, and it doesnt seem to be a knock-off, but i still need to try it out when i receive the scope.



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 02:57 PM

The camera came in, and it doesnt seem to be a knock-off, but i still need to try it out when i receive the scope.

Awesome! Ive been waiting to buy one but wanted to wait until you had gotten yours.

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 12:11 AM

Get the 130PDS. This thread speaks louder than hearsay. No offense Miguel but the SW is a phenomenal first AP scope if you can collimate. 

 

I say that as someone who started and spent years using one. 

 

https://stargazerslo...ith-the-130pds/


Edited by JP50515, 06 August 2019 - 12:12 AM.



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