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    Default Taking the plunge - is this a good scope ?



    Hi

    I'm looking to buy a good quality telescope & am willing spend a significant amount of money on the right model.

    I'm a pathologist, so have some experience with assessing optical quality (albeit microscopic !).

    I'd like the best quality I can afford, probably with automatic computerised mount / tracking, big aperture etc.

    Something that would potentially give a lifetime of viewing.

    After some research I was thinking maybe this:

    Celestron-C11SGT-XLT

    Is this OTT for a first scope ?

    Would this be easy to move around in the back of my Honda Accord Tourer & quick to set up.

    thanks

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    hi and welcome to the forums.
    that is a quality telescope you are considering.
    however,it is big and heavy!!!!
    have you actually physically seen one?
    the are not what i,or anyone here would
    consider portable.
    there are members here who have similar scopes
    permanently housed in an observatory or
    pemanently mounted on a pier because of their size.
    fwiw,if you are looking for something to put in your car,
    that is easy and quick to set up.i would be looking at something
    smaller.
    i reiterate,go look at one first,then decide if you can physically
    cope with the size/weight,on a regular basis,otherwise you could
    end up with an expensive coat rack.
    the best scope is the one you will use the most.
    hope this helps.
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    Swayzak:

    Welcome aboard!!! I know we've previously had ER, FP, Pulmonology/Intensivist covered - good to have Pathology covered as well.

    Anyway, I want to chime in to say that there is no single best telescope. They all make compromises, the question is which compromises fit your purposes best.

    The absolute best thing you can do is to go to some star parties with a local astronomy club. You'll almost certainly get to try out a variety of telescopes and learn what you want/need. It is highly unlikely that you will ever be satisfied with just one telescope. . .

    We can give you some pointers if you tell us a bit more about your astronomical budget, viewing conditions, the types of celestial objects you most want to see, your physical condition (back problems, etc.). Choosing telescopes is a little bit of an art form.

    Understand, Orion sells a Dobsonian telescope which costs over $100,000 - and that is without a place to store the monster - and you'll need a trailer to move it along with a ladder or cherry picker to look into the eyepiece.

    So mode of use and priorities along with your budget are very important bits of information in helping to figure out what you might find suitable.

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    Hi, Welcome to the Astronomy Forum and to Astronomy. We have many members in the UK. If you let us know where you are located, someone can let you know if an astronomy club is nearby. Take the time and attend one of their gatherings. There you can physically see different telescopes, their size, bulk, and transportation issues. This will make your decision much easier to make.

    An 11 inch SCT like you mentioned is heavy and very difficult for one person to move and setup. These scopes typically go in a home observatory. A 10 inch telescope is about as large a scope that one person can handle alone. Also, the mounts and tripods for these telescopes are heavy and bulky. Yes you can move one about in your Honda but it will need some space.

    Also when thinking about optical quality. Very often the optics are identical between lower priced telescope and their expensive counterparts. The extra money goes into the mount. A high quality mount is not needed for visual viewing but is mandatory for photography.

    There are a lot of people in astronomy who believe that a computerized telescope is a waste of money ... I'm not one of them. Some people get a lot of pleasure out of finding objects in the sky on their own. Others find it a chore and frustrating. Only you know where you fall. You will hear that you can't learn astronomy unless you do it the manual way .... this is not true; however, manually finding objects is an excellent learning tool.

    Again, Welcome to the Astronomy Forum.
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    That would be a good setup-- you are aware that the 11 inch tube is just about at the TOP weight that one person can handle safely.

    You are in good shape I hope. Yes you can get this all into a car-- some in the trunk and some on the back seat. The EQ mount that comes with that scope is OK for visual but NOT the best choice for doing any astro-photography -- it's a little bit light once you add cameras- guide scope etc etc--

    A better setup would be the same tube or even better the 9.25 inch tube on an EQ6--- Atlas EQ-G mount. Like this one-- that AstroBaby has--

    http://www.astro-baby.com/EQ6%20rebu...own%20Home.htm

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    Many thanks all - some good points to consider.

    I'm based in the Midlands (Leicester).

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    PS

    One thing I'm getting from forum advice is to hunt out a local astronomy club to get a better idea as to what might suite me best.

    PS I live on the edge of a city so I assume light pollution could be a major issue here - and possibly mitigate against investing in a C11 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swayzak View Post
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    One thing I'm getting from forum advice is to hunt out a local astronomy club to get a better idea as to what might suite me best.

    PS I live on the edge of a city so I assume light pollution could be a major issue here - and possibly mitigate against investing in a C11 ?
    The astronomy club is a superb idea. Do it! Admittedly, it was my idea, but I still think it is a great one. . .

    The light pollution is a reason to get a nice big telescope (and the C11 is one of those). It is not a reason to avoid a big telescope.

    Light pollution is also a reason to greatly prefer getting a computerized/GoTo telescope. If you can see only a few stars in your sky with your naked eye it can be very difficult to find your target by star-hopping. But if you can align a nice GoTo telescope by using a few bright stars, you can tell your telescope to find that "faint fuzzy" you want to see - and it will put it into your eyepiece for your enjoyment. Net effect is that for light-polluted areas I would make lots of aperture a priority and consider GoTo functionality to be absolutely essential.

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    I can see no reason not to buy the scope if you are fit.
    My friend (also female) runs a 10" meade lx200 on her own - and she's ok with it (though her hubby is a big guy and usually gives her a hand).
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    Quote Originally Posted by OleCuss View Post
    The astronomy club is a superb idea. Do it! Admittedly, it was my idea, but I still think it is a great one. . .

    The light pollution is a reason to get a nice big telescope (and the C11 is one of those). It is not a reason to avoid a big telescope.

    Light pollution is also a reason to greatly prefer getting a computerized/GoTo telescope. If you can see only a few stars in your sky with your naked eye it can be very difficult to find your target by star-hopping. But if you can align a nice GoTo telescope by using a few bright stars, you can tell your telescope to find that "faint fuzzy" you want to see - and it will put it into your eyepiece for your enjoyment. Net effect is that for light-polluted areas I would make lots of aperture a priority and consider GoTo functionality to be absolutely essential.
    Thanks, that's useful to know.

 

 
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