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#1 11 years ago

Hi im new to astronomy and telescopes and stuff and i wanted to know what would be best for me i wanted to see all the planets maybe even other galaxies what telescope do you recommend me and where can i buy one? thank you looking for something below $300




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#2 11 years ago

You'll be wanting a refractor (a telescope which uses lenses) if your aim is to focus on planets, their moons and other interplanetary objects. You'll be wanting to invest in a reflector (a telescope that uses a primary and secondary mirror) if your aim is to focus on interstellar objects like star clusters. Preferably a reflector with a larger than six inch mirror (any less, and your results will be less dramatic). Try a dobsonian-tube as these are cheap to make and maintain.

To view galaxies and nebulae, you'll be wanting to investing in either a maksutov-cassegrain or a schmidt-cassegrain telescope (I would personally recommend 'Meade' as an overall brand, however as I said, they're extraordinarily expensive; anything between $900-$14,000 depending on the specifications, notably the mirror sizes). These both use mirrors and lenses to focus on objects, however, they're both considerably more expensive than your average reflector or refractor, especially if you're going to get a motorized 'scope which can be used to track objects in the night sky.

The thing with astronomy is it's incredibly expensive. If you wanted an even better telescope than those I've recommended, you're going to be looking at advanced Ritchey Chr├ętian models which are $30,000+. If astronomy is truly something you have an interest in, invest a little more into it. Good luck.




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#3 11 years ago

Meade as Mr. Gav suggested makes top notch stuff for the beginner and advanced - My son just recently became interested in astronomy and we started him out with the AZ/EQ series telescope, which comes with a laser pointer, tripode two telescopic lenses and astronomer software for the PC. Since you are in Canada, you should have no problem getting customer assistance and parts fairly quick as they are one of the last companies that continue to fabricate the telescopes and lenses here in the US. We got it for $30 on Amazon but new they run about $100 -$175 or so, not a bad investment for gettting started, oh and you can buy additional type lenses, software, etc. for this telescope also factory direct. For quality, we were impressed. We just picked a star and, wow! you could see sun flares and spots!




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#4 11 years ago

:) Thanks alot guys. That help clear some things up. Awsome star very excited now. I found this telescope what do you think? Meade Telestar RB-60 Telescope - Meade Telestar RB-60 Telescope - Wal-Mart




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#5 11 years ago
cubankamikaze;4243886:) Thanks alot guys. That help clear some things up. Awsome star very excited now. I found this telescope what do you think? Meade Telestar RB-60 Telescope - Meade Telestar RB-60 Telescope - Wal-Mart

That's a negative. That's a cheap, unworthy refractor; and a pretty useless one at that.

Click here.

Out of the ones listed on that page, I recommend the following;

Meade 4.5" Telestar w/ Autostar: With an optical diameter of 114mm (4.5"), you should be able to make out planetary details on several of the larger planets (including both Jupiter and Saturn). You'll also be able to view the larger view star clusters with ease.

Meade 8" Light Bridge: For an 8" mirror, that isn't a bad price. I'd seriously consider buying this if I were you (though, it all depends on your budget). An eight inch mirror can gather quite a bit of light, so the detail you pick up with this thing is going to be twice (maybe thrice) that of the one previously listed - you may even be able to pick up enough light to view nearby galaxies. The downside to this 'scope is the fact that it will be next to impossible to track with.

Celestron NexStar 114 (or 130) SLT: A relatively average sized telescope, although, quite cheap, especially for a computerized 'scope. Celestron is another good quality brand of telescope and from what I have seen, they're considerably cheaper than Meade.

Meade ETX-80: For a maksutov-cassegrain, $264 isn't a bad asking price. Again, it all depends on whether or not you can afford it, but hey, astronomy is an expensive pastime.




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#6 11 years ago
Mr.Gav;4244000That's a negative. That's a cheap, unworthy refractor; and a pretty useless one at that. Click here. Out of the ones listed on that page, I recommend the following; Meade 4.5" Telestar w/ Autostar: With an optical diameter of 114mm (4.5"), you should be able to make out planetary details on several of the larger planets (including both Jupiter and Saturn). You'll also be able to view the larger view star clusters with ease. Meade 8" Light Bridge: For an 8" mirror, that isn't a bad price. I'd seriously consider buying this if I were you (though, it all depends on your budget). An eight inch mirror can gather quite a bit of light, so the detail you pick up with this thing is going to be twice (maybe thrice) that of the one previously listed - you may even be able to pick up enough light to view nearby galaxies. The downside to this 'scope is the fact that it will be next to impossible to track with. Celestron NexStar 114 (or 130) SLT: A relatively average sized telescope, although, quite cheap, especially for a computerized 'scope. Celestron is another good quality brand of telescope and from what I have seen, they're considerably cheaper than Meade. Meade ETX-80: For a maksutov-cassegrain, $264 isn't a bad asking price. Again, it all depends on whether or not you can afford it, but hey, astronomy is an expensive pastime.

Well, that's the one I was talking about (Wal-Mart link), and I wouldn't call it crappy, it is a nice starter telescope. My son enjoys it very much, but depending on your thrill, you might consider one of the others mentioned above also.:)




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#7 11 years ago

Im sure everyone would like their own private observatory but you have to go with what you can afford. That said I would get the ebst I could afford.

Do most telescopes have clock drives now? IIRC that was the little motor in the bottom that kept teh object lined up and compensated for the Earths rotation.

A number of years ago my father and I were talking about buying a telescope kit. It would have required many hours of final hand polishing of the mirror and assembly. My father could have assembled it correctly, I dont have the patience to do it correctly.




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#8 11 years ago
Anlushac11;4245250Im sure everyone would like their own private observatory but you have to go with what you can afford. That said I would get the ebst I could afford. Do most telescopes have clock drives now? IIRC that was the little motor in the bottom that kept teh object lined up and compensated for the Earths rotation. A number of years ago my father and I were talking about buying a telescope kit. It would have required many hours of final hand polishing of the mirror and assembly. My father could have assembled it correctly, I dont have the patience to do it correctly.

No the cheaper ones don't, but it doesn't take much to nudge the dial on the bottom to realign your viewing object.




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#9 11 years ago

There are a great many sources for beginner's advice. You definitely should read this: Advice for New Astronomers There are quite a few 'what scope should I get' threads here on this forum well worth reading as well, and most of them have some great links you should check out. And recently I also got this Celestron FirstScope 90EQ Telescope for myself, i think it's very easy to set up for a beginner. Easy to use and very stable for viewing. I really like it.