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« on: Jun 21, 2004, 01:06:00 »
Looking for a first telescope, have been coping with binoculars for years.  With a budget of around £1500 I'm down to two telescopes - Celestron C8-SGT (Goto 8") and Meade LX90 (also Goto 8"). Would like a telescope useable for both planetary and deep sky observing, but which is also portable and easily adapted for possible future astro-photography.  Am I on the right track with these scopes, how do they match up to one another?  
Any advice greatly appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 21, 2004, 04:45:00 »
Hi,

I have an LX90 and its ok for nearly everything I want, I got a package of the LX90 including the LPI; but, if your going to do serious photography I'd get a wedge (£200 extra).

also, portable? if you can pickup about 50lb and cart it around, you will need a reasonabel sized boot, but I'm ok with mine.

Go have a look at some of the images I've taken on http://www.jumpers4goalposts.org.uk there's a few LX90 one's there.

Paul, your turn :smile:
 

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« Reply #2 on: Jun 21, 2004, 06:23:00 »
Why do you say OK and not 'great or 'crap' ?
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 21, 2004, 17:39:00 »
also, what does telescope ownership have to do with the size of your feet?

On an aside, I have a friend selling a 10" LX200GPS and stuff. Anyone interested?

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« Reply #4 on: Jun 21, 2004, 18:21:00 »
Price? And WHY is he selling (honest answers on a postcard please).
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 21, 2004, 21:02:00 »
I take size 12s so my boot size isn't a problem.  Has anyone used both the Meade and the Celestron, how does the quality of the optics differ.  I've heard that the celestron tubes are carbon fibre, a fair bit lighter than Meade but would this compromise on stability.

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« Reply #6 on: Jun 22, 2004, 00:53:00 »
The carbon fibre should be just as strong as the metal ones. I guess it would be prone to distortion by heat as much, but would maybe take a bit longer to cool down?!
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 22, 2004, 01:24:00 »
CAR BOOT children, and its OK, not the best, you all know you need more than one telescope :smile:

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« Reply #8 on: Jun 22, 2004, 19:32:00 »
The word on the street re: Meade vs Celestron is that Meade usually have more toys but the Celestron optics have the edge, though I must add that I haven't seen any recent reviews. All the UK Supernova boys use Celestron scopes, but on $10,000 Paramount ME mounts.
Have you considered UK telescope makers Orion Optics? you could get more mirror for your bucks.

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« Reply #9 on: Jun 24, 2004, 05:24:00 »
Hmmm, thanks for the info.  Like the look of the celestron scope at the mo even though I discovered the tube is aluminium not carbon fibre.  I'll take a look at the Orion scopes though.  Anyone that has used the celestron scope or similar, interested to hear what you think.

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« Reply #10 on: Jun 24, 2004, 05:35:00 »
A tube that conducts heat well makes a scope that'll reach equilibrium quicker....

Unless the weight is an important factor, an aluminium tube is better than a carbon-fibre one.

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