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    Default Celestron Newtonian 910: good beginner telescope?



    Someone is selling a used 114MM celestron Newtonian 910 MM FL. for $200.
    I don't know anything about telescopes, other than that there are lots
    of junk ones out there. Is it a decent one, and would it work ok for
    a beginner?

    Thanks!

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    Default Celestron Newtonian 910: good beginner telescope?

    BDB wrote:

    $200 will buy you more telescope brand new. Check Orion's website for
    ideas and shop around on-line.

    <http://www.telescope.com>

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    Default Celestron Newtonian 910: good beginner telescope?

    lal_truckee wrote:
    I agree.

    And to the original poster, how old is the beginner?

    --- Dave

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    Default Celestron Newtonian 910: good beginner telescope?

    >> $200 will buy you more telescope brand new. Check Orion's website for

    There was an episode of the "Barney Miller" TV show where Barney's boss, Lt.
    Luger, asks Barney to pick out a potential companion for him from one of
    those Asian bride catalogs.

    Being asked to pick a telescope for someone else is a similar "no win"
    situation. You are being asked to select something that someone else will
    like. It's different than an oridnary Christmas gift, where giver and
    receiver recognize beforehand that it's a crapshoot. In this case, you're
    being consulted because you're an "expert." It's easy to steer them away
    from department store refractors on floppy mounts and any scope that uses
    0.965-inch eyepieces. But once you're beyond that and point them to the
    Orion catalog, there's still the problem of a bewildering array of choices,
    and the fact that even an experienced amateur astronomer is unlikely to have
    looked through every scope they offer or even a good sampling of them.

    Alas, just within these last few days, I've been put in this situation --
    asked to recommend scopes, sight unseen. I can say this: two years ago we
    bought the Starblast 4-inch for our grandsons, and when I tried it at home,
    I thought the optics were decent at low power and the mount was simple and
    intuitive. It uses a red-dot finder. Many of the scopes in the Orion
    catalog use those dinky, cheesy, plastic finderscopes, and the equatorial
    mounts (which, in any case, I don't recommend for a beginner) have those
    damnable aluminum channel legs.
    --
    Curtis Croulet
    Temecula, California
    33°27'59"N, 117°05'53"W



 

 

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