I am a newbie astronomy looking to buy a decent telescope for mostly planetary and some stellar observation. My budget is around US $1000-1200. After a lot of lurking in CN threads and analysis paralysis, I have settled on the following collection:
Orion 150mm Mak-Cas (OTA only): $599
Skyview Pro (Manual) mount: $299
High Point RACI finderscope: $59.95
GSO 1.25" dielectric diagonal: $68
Agena Starguider 1.25" 8mm, 12mm, 25mm EP: $180
Total: ~ $1206
Does this seem like a reasonable ensemble?
Some background rationale:
- I didn't want to get the Skywatcher version since I figure the diagonal/eyepiece/finder may need to upgraded anyway, so it would make sense to get better quality components to begin with.
- I was looking at the Skyview Pro GEM since I wanted to keep the system somewhat luggable (I understand it will not be lightweight) though sturdy. I couldn't find a reasonably priced, robust, manual Alt-Az mount around the same price point.
- I didn't want to get a zoom eyepiece right away. I was hoping the 8/12/25 combo will cover planetary/double stars/some DSO
I am not planning to do AP, but hope that the system can be outfitted appropriately if I decided to get into it.
Any thoughts/suggestions? Thanks.
[Edited 8:57PM US/EDT: Corrected Celestron to Orion OTA]
Edited by ny65, 03 August 2020 - 07:57 PM.