Goto scopes

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Zeke
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Goto scopes

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I haven't posted on here for quite some time, Facebook and lack of sky due to a great big tree being two of the reasons.
So I have a question which I have asked before but now I have revised the question.
I have the possibility of buying a goto telescope and I have researched two which are:-
1. Meade ETX80 Goto Telescope Tabletop System
and
2. Sky-Watcher Heritage 114P Virtuoso Computerised Auto-Tracking Telescope.

My question is which if any of these two scopes is worth buying?
Thank you in eager anticipation.

Any other advice would also be welcome.
Never worry!
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Re: Goto scopes

Post by Brian »

Hi Zeke -welcome back :D

I have to ask whether the Skywatcher is actually a GoTo instrument. The reason is that in the description it says

"The Virtuoso mount can also be upgraded to full Go-To operation (finds thousands of celestial targets automatically) by purchasing a Synscan AZ Go-To handset and cable"

see here for instance
http://www.firstlightoptics.com/heritag ... tuoso.html

This suggests to me that the basic 114p maybe a tracking mount not a GoTo. Just a thought,

regards,
Brian
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Re: Goto scopes

Post by Zeke »

Thank you for the reply Brian.
After quite a bit of research I made up my mind for the Meade.
The Skywatcher is only a Goto if you buy the 'extra' goto device.
My wife is buying the scope for me for Christmas and her budget is £200 so it has to be the Meade.
I downloaded the manual and watched several videos describing the Meade and I/we are both satisfied.
I have read several reviews of the Meade and most are favourable, just one or two not so.
Thanks once again for the advice.

Can't wait for Christmas!
Never worry!
Konus 500.
8x30 binos.
Canon EOS 1000F.
Tamron 80-210mm telephoto.
Fujifinepix S1000fd.
http://coriantumr.wordpress.com/
Meade ETX 80
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Re: Goto scopes

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Let us know how you get on with your Christmas present :D

Regards,
Brian
52.3N 0.6W
Wellingborough UK.

254mm LX90 on Superwedge, WO ZS66SD, Helios 102mm f5 on EQ1, Hunter 11x80, Pentax 10x50
ASI120MC Toucam Pros 740k/840k/900nc mono, Pentax K110D
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Re: Goto scopes

Post by Zeke »

Will do.
Never worry!
Konus 500.
8x30 binos.
Canon EOS 1000F.
Tamron 80-210mm telephoto.
Fujifinepix S1000fd.
http://coriantumr.wordpress.com/
Meade ETX 80
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