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Meade 10" LX-50 with Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount

Meade 10 LX-50 with Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount
Meade 10" LX-50 with Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount

My flagship telescope. Bought this new back in 1999 together with a Meade Superwedge. The biggest advantage of this scope is its size. The biggest drawback of this scope is its size. Though it's nice to have big aperture it also gets pretty hefty. One day I will have an observatory, then the size of the scope won't be any issue. The optical quality is excellent and I've always been very happy with the optical performance of this telescope. My best memory is looking at Jupiter and Saturn one night from my mothers balcony with it. The sky was unusually stable this night and the views were tack sharp! To have full go-to capability I de-forked the 10" SCT optical tube assembly in 2013 and bought a Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount. This mount gave me a longed-for goto-capability and a really good working autoguiding functionality. The goto works like a charm, and when using 3-star alignment I get the object in the FOV even with large magnification. The autoguiding worked perfectly the first time I used it.

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William-Optics Megrez 88 and Astrotrac TT320X-AG

William-Optics Megrez 88 with Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount
William-Optics Megrez 88 with Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount

Without any doubt my mostly used configuration/telescope. The reason? It's lightweight and easy to setup. The refractor gives pinpoint stars and virtually no false colours, making it a real joy to use. The astrotrac system is extremely precise, and best of all its very easy to setup and start photographing the sky. In this picture I'm imaging the sun from my apartment in central Stockholm (not the ideal location). Typically, seting up the telescope together with the tripod and the astrotrac and setting it up to north pole takes about 10-15 minutes. This gives me such a good precision that I with the Megrez 88 (498mm focal length) without any problems can have something in the central FOV for around 45 minutes, no autoguiding and no other corrections. Setting up the LX-50 and aligning everything in order to be able to do the same thing would require at least 1.5 hours of preparations. This is the single most important reason that the Megrez88+astrotrac is used all the time, whilst the LX-50 is only used for planetary work (where the requirements for bigger light input is more important). I guess that when I will have an observatory and things won't have to be set up every night, the LX50 will be more used. The WO is also a great companion with the skywatcher NEQ6 pro mount thanks to the fact that this mount is way over-sized for this telescope and thus there are never any problems with overloading. When using this telescope together with the NEQ-mount I always use autoguiding together with a small 50mm-telescope (172mm focal length), which works just like a charm.

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Lunt LS60THa

Lunt 60THa with Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount
Lunt60THa with Skywatcher NEQ6 Pro mount

Even though I've used a standard solar filter for the WO-88 for quite some time, I've always wanted to have a h-alpha telescope. This type of telescope will sort out certain wavelengths of the visible spectrum from the sun. The H-alpha optics makes it possible to se granulations and prominences, something you can’t see with an ordinary sun blocking filter. Unfortunately these telescopes are usually pretty expensive. Now this telescope came out as a second hand for a really good price, and me and Leif bought it together. It's a really fantastic 'scope which gives views of the sun that you never forget. We have been lucky to being able to use it for the Mercury transit in 2016.

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