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Author Topic: hi i think i asked the wrong question re what scope should i buy now meade 14in  (Read 1913 times)

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Offline carper1325

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hello everyone colin here from darkest cornwall
i was fortunate to own a meade 14 lx200 gps scope   a few years back i was spoiled  but now i want to buy a new scope i want to start by getting back into imaging palnets with a view to progressing forward to dso what scope should i get celestron meade  revalation   im posting here as i can see you r very much into imaging colin

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What is your budget Colin?  If you have previously owned a 14 inch SCT, you will have a fairly good idea of what is available to you, or not as the case may be with the uk atmosphere
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hi budget approx 2500 pounds all in ie barlows    powermate   then 399 for laptop which i havnt got at mo so on a scope 2000?

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daft but i have been told that the celestron 9.25 is the bees knees for imaging and also another is the edge 8inch both fall into the can afford catagory but i was told by a someone that does sell them lol so having heard this i looked around at varios websites selling celestron scopes and on telescope planet they give scores for their scopes < dont know where from but anyhow , and the both these models get good scores on seeing and imaging dos and planets   so i took it they were ok
BBut wen i came on here and asked the question i didnt get much feed back about them . now mistakinly maybe astro imagers dont use these telescopes as much as it appears colinkk

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No telescope is the "bees knees" for imaging.

Big SCTs are great on the Moon and planets, but less suited to DSO imaging unless converted with a Hyperstar. For deep sky imaging a lot of people on here use shorter instruments which are better matched to pixel pitch of modern CCD cameras.

A would imagine a "score" on a retailer's website has got little to do with the performance of the scope and everything to do with the retailer's current stock and sales margin: Therefore not worth paying any attention.


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Colin

In that other thread you asked for an opionion on the 8 and 9.25 so you very much gave the impression you were wedded to an SCT. As Tom says, a big SCT is great on Moon and Planets and can be made to work for DSO's (Hyperstar £££ or Focal Reducer) but its not what they do best. Unfortunately there is no one scope that does everything well. Its all a matter of compromises.

If it were my 2k I would look seriously at a big Newtonian, maybe something like the Orion Optics CT10. f4.8 for DSO's is nice and it would take a Powermate for moon and planets.

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Offline carper1325

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hi chris so a newtonian and a power mate / barlowa would be good yea

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hi also where do u go to find such a scope cant seem to locate them

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hi found it 1700 pounds carbon tube then mount accessories on top too much aka for me im afraid

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Colin, I feel that your questions are not being answered as you want, because you haven't defined exactly what you want yourself..?

There are a few threads on this forum where people have asked how to start into astro imaging, and there is a lot of helpful advice in answers from the members, I suggest you go and do a bit of research, as we cannot advise directly until you have some direction yourself

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Offline carper1325

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Hi thanx o have imaged for a number of years  I just havnt got a scope at moment  . I need to get back I to it  I had a meade 14 inch lx200 bfor  but not heaps of time  now I have heaps of time but no scope        would a newtonian reflector b a good starting point as someone suggested  maybe skywatcher 

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It's probably spread out all across your posts, but can you pull together a list of what you have to do with a scope, what you'd like to do, and what you don't care about ?

Maybe that will let us give you some feedback on what is best in the must-do and nice categories ?
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hi again i used to own a 14inch lx200 around 8 years ago time didnt allow me to use enough so i sold it with all accessories huh oh well cant afford one now so im going to get back into it i have more time but less money ....
i aim to capture images of planets and then move on in a year or so as i get back into it and try my hand at dso.  so i was hoping to get a scope that would cope with all. !  impossible i know.     first i thought of sct but now guided toward newtonians   the skywatcher quattro 10 cf  seems a good choice

 

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