Author Topic: Some advice please on a scope for my granddaughters birthday.  (Read 91 times)

Joel Hall

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Re: Some advice please on a scope for my granddaughters birthday.
« Reply #30 on: February 02, 2018, 02:16:38 PM »
It was said she does a lot of sweeping and that she doesn't use the computer that much.
Ergo, a non-computerized scope might be just fine.
I mentioned a 6" dob, but it was mentioned a wide field could be useful.
That makes a Celestron Omni XLT 6" f/5 newtonian on CG4 mount hard to beat.
A RA drive motor can easily be added if desired.
6" is a full magnitude deeper reach than her 4", and it's possible the eyepiece height might be comfortable for her at 12 years old.
That mount has decent setting circles on it, too, that can be used with a low power eyepiece to find nearly any target.
And RA sweeps are possible that can find a lot of objects, like one sweep in Scorpius that crosses 11 DSOs without moving declination.

Kunjan Blanco

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Re: Some advice please on a scope for my granddaughters birthday.
« Reply #31 on: February 09, 2018, 12:06:02 AM »
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What do you guys think of a explore scientific 127 f6.5. On a vixen porta mount 2 ?

For improved stability...

http://agenaastro.co...ltaz-mount.html
Very good scope. It will resolve more than than 102gt. But it will have more false color. Not an issue if she is looking at mostly DSOs. Even bright stuff like the Moon is OK. Lots of folks are not bothered by the color

I really like mine

I agree with SkyMuse on getting a sturdier mount

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Re: Some advice please on a scope for my granddaughters birthday.
« Reply #32 on: February 09, 2018, 09:26:04 AM »
Is that mount going to be better than a porta II? Maybe, I am not familiar with it personally. But it is about the same weight as a porta II so unless it is designed to higher tolerances I doubt it will be much better. Fine for a 6" F5 newt but not so great for an AR127 I would think. Granted the AR 127 is 16lb and the mount is rated for 20lb but then my CG5 was rated for 35lb but no one in their right mind would put a 35lb refractor on that mount.

The CG4 mentioned by Starman would be a good match for an AR127 though if that is the desired scope.

Scott