Hi there and thanks for letting me in! I have read many threads and looked at many questions but the time has come to ask my own. Hopefully I am in the right place as my topic covers a few things...
I have a few questions regarding upgrading my mount/tripod and possibly my scope.
I am a beginner and own a Skywatcher Starquest 130p (reflector) with manual eq mount, aluminium tripod.
This is proving a useful instrument for learning about the skies and I have been amazed to actually even get a glimpse of my first Nebula, even from light polluted London.
I have invested in some good eyepieces and seen the difference good equipment makes.
The scope I have is itself ok for my skill/current needs. Easy to move about too. However, the tripod moves to much and the image takes over 10 sec to stabilise.
I would like advice on what kind of mount to but bearing in mind a few considerations:
Eventually I would like to do AP and do not want to spend money the money twice when the time comes
I am interested particularly in DSO's and eventually want to get a scope with a bigger aperture for visual (200mm?)
1-I have considered buying a cheap but more stable steel alt az mount to sort out th problem now
2-Getting a more expensive eq mount capable of ap (I see this involves perhaps going eq5 although most people say they eventually get an heq5, I see cost begin to go up easily...)
3-Getting a 8" dob like Stellalyra (GSO) and worrying about ap later (I could use the Starquest as a travel scope)
I would appreciate your thoughts on the matter and would also like to as what people think of the Skywatcher 200p DS.
I understand many urge people to keep visual and ap separate but others also recommend this as a good compromise. The only problem I have seen is that this realistically requires a much better mount than the one it usually ships with.
Thanks for reading and look forward to replies!