I've recently bought myself, and have been playing with a SkyWatcher Skymax 102mm Mak-Cass Telescope on an AZ-GTi Mount (my very first one )
So far, I've only really been able to get good views of the moon (obviously) and the Pleiades, which has been great (I live in the southern hemisphere in Western Australia)
However I really wish to try to see (and eventually capture) deep sky objects, nebulae etc
I've so far added on the following in an effort to improve the views
- SVBONY 7-21mm variable focal length eyepiece
- Celestron XLT 2X Barlow lens
- Telrad Reflex sight (incoming)
- Explore Scientific Red LED (incoming)
I've been watching all sorts of videos on YouTube to get up to speed, which in itself has been a fun process, learning both theory and tips and tricks here and there.
I've come to realise that perhaps this narrow field scope wasn't the best option for a beginner (I've much to learn!)
Would you guys have any advice on improving views with my current setup?
I would like to get a refractor, of which there seems to be two main choices, one for observing (achromatic, large aperture) and one for imaging (apochromatic, smaller aperture for the same cost, and I'm guessing poor views for observing, but good for AP in the future). Ideally, it would be good to find a reasonably priced one that does both.
PS I've attached below my very first view and shot from this scope (just with an iPhone pointed into the eyepiece lol)
Edited by Mandolins88, 02 March 2021 - 11:22 PM.