View Full Version here: : Meade or Skywatcher , what and why would you do ?
27-06-2012, 09:57 AM
Need help in deciding which one , Ive been Looking at buying the skywatcher GOTO 14" Dob or the Meade Lightbridge Deluxe 16" .
The skywatcher GOTO is currently on special for $2500 while the lightbridge is $2000 , how do these scopes compare in quality ?
Would I be better off buying the Meade and fitting a Quality goto of my choice , or do the goto systems on the skywatcher work well ?
Ive also heard that the GSO mirror on the 16" Lightbridge can be hit and miss as far as quality goes , if this is the case would I be better off with the 14 " Skywatcher ? :question:
So basically Im after a large dob with a goto that actually works well , any other suggestions on other brands would be appreciated .
THX in advance for any help :thumbsup:
27-06-2012, 12:15 PM
Goto is very handy to have. The extra light gathering of the Meade 16 inch would be ideal also with an Argo Navis fitted (push to not goto).
27-06-2012, 02:51 PM
i bought a second hand 16" lightbridge for star parties and to take to other locations away from home...i have a digital inclimator for alt and i use manual setting circle for az.i is very accurate easy to use.i can easy find 15 mag galaxies which are just faint whisps all for under $100.so for me the 16" was all about apeture the bigger the better...with a cheap setting circle.
27-06-2012, 03:21 PM
that sounds like a good cost effective option Mozzie , cheers for the info , gives me something to think about . on a side note have you compared your scope with a skywatcher ?
27-06-2012, 04:05 PM
i have a little 8" skywatcher and it's a great scope...but if you went the 16" you'll be glad you did...
also the skywatcher is heavier with both parts primary & secondary and the truss all joined together just slide apart..the meade is lighter and takes 5 mins to setup...
27-06-2012, 04:58 PM
:) Hi I dont have either but I have looked thru both , and helped set them up , so ,,,,, Apature RULES !!! go the 16 inch , you wont be dissapionted .
The 16LB's are easy to set up and take down and Mozzies idea is a good one .:thumbsup: .
28-06-2012, 06:43 PM
Yep 16" it is :)
Thx for the replys guys , Ive made my mind up to go 16" , now just to work out what one , :shrug::shrug::shrug: . GSO/lightbridge or skywatcher :shrug::shrug::shrug:
28-06-2012, 07:08 PM
great choice neil... you will be happy with the 16"..know which one!!!! the one that you can afford and manage by yourself even look at a good second hand..
29-06-2012, 06:04 PM
Hit the button on a 16" GSO from Andrews today :D a new shipment arriving in the next two weeks , now for the Argo Navis :thumbsup: can anyone recommend an aftermarket tracking mod for the GSO ?
29-06-2012, 07:04 PM
well done!!!!!!! gary from wildcard sells these argo navis...he is regular here on iis can give you the best advise as what to get.....
29-06-2012, 08:38 PM
Cheers Peter , Gary does looks like the guy to see , can't wait to get this sucker pointing at the sky :D
29-06-2012, 08:41 PM
yer' i had a look at it on the andrews site.... sweet.....
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