sgoody1 Posted July 11, 2021 Share Posted July 11, 2021 Hi, A few of us have clubbed together to buy a telescope for a friends 60th birthday. I have been in conversations with FLO (who have been very helpful) - and think I have narrowed the choice down to three options: 1. Celestron Nexstar v4 SE (which may be a bit over budget - but looks to be a great piece of kit) 2.Sky-Watcher Explorer 130PS AZ GTi 3.Celestron Starsense Explorer DX 5" My concerns are: a. He will mainly be using it in the garden - he is a bit outside London, but there is still some light pollution b. How important is it to have a motorised mount? (He is unlikely to do photography through it, but I dont know if tracking is going to be hard without a motor) c. He has limited patience - so will want something thats fairly easy to set up (less than 5 minutes), and find objects. On that basis choice 3 sounds best with the phone app option, but that kit doesn't have a motor. d. He mainly wants to view planets clearly, and some star clusters. I am not even sure what might be visible. And if you do recommend any of the above - what else would he need to have with it (eg is a dew shield essential / a Barlow lens or other lenses etc) FYI - I have a Meade etx 90 (had it for probably over 20 years and only used it a handful of times.)- It doesn't give me anything like the kind of images I was hoping for - Saturn is just about a faint smudge with a tin you can just make out) - and I know he would ideally like to see some planets, and star clusters much clearer than that So please - any help you can give (without confusing me too much more) - is greatly appreciated. Many thanks Steve Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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