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Re: Re: I Want To Buy A Nice Meade Telescope, Is It Any Good

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Posted by Peter Hermans on February 26, 2001 20:48:12 UTC

Thanks for the fast and plain response. (But I still have a few questions)

I thought the goto function was really nice, because I'm not that good at finding object (tonight I saw Orion Nebula for the first time trough my 60mm Bresser, great!). Can I find objects by reading out the R.A. end Dec. on a star chart, and then set the scope to these settings (eq-mount)? If that is the case, then I don't need a goto function.

I agree that I should spend more on the optics then on the goto function, but are the optics of the Celestron 114GT (for instance) that bad, compared to a non-goto newtonian of larger aperture? Do I really need more aperture?

Should I go for a 6" or 8" Dobsonian then? Or should I spend a little more, and take a 6" Newton on an equatorial mount?

What exactly is the difference between a single- and dual-axis drive system? Do I need a dual-axis drive system for astrophotography, or will a single-axis do?

Thanks, Peter

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