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    Default Noob can't decide on a telescope.



    Well, this is my first post. I've been reading a lot on this forum for the past few days and still can't decide on what scope to buy. I'm trying to keep it below $250 as I don't want to start too deep. I've been going back and forth between the Celestron 31045 astromaster eq and the Orion spaceprobe 130 eq as they are in my price range and seem to have the ability to do what I would like(I think?). I'm also considering getting a 2x Barlow (based on what I've read). I've also been looking at the Orion starblast 4.5.

    There's just soooo many options and I'm not sure what makes one better over the other. Can anyone help me understand what's different? Which one would you have started with?

    My son and i are both into stars/plants and outer space stuff, so I'm excited to do this together with him.

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    Default Re: Noob can't decide on a telescope.

    Welcome to the forum!

    I would recommend a Dobsonian scope. Dobs give you the most aperture for the dollar, and they are the easiest scopes to set up and use, with a miinimal learning curve. Aperture is the most important characteristic for visual observing, because it is what provides the light-gathering power, and it determines the maximum magnification that you can use.

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    Default Re: Noob can't decide on a telescope.

    I would save a little more and get a 6" dobsonian , it gathers more light for more targets to see.
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    Default Re: Noob can't decide on a telescope.

    In my role as resident curmudgeon?

    I'd recommend slowing things down just a little. . .

    Every astronomer needs a decent pair of binoculars. If you don't have them, get a pair and go to a few star parties with a local astronomy club.

    At the star parties you will get to try out a bunch of different kinds of scopes and start to figure out what you want/need. You can avoid wasting money this way.

    Also, you seem to live in Tucson? In Tucson you likely have a bunch of light pollution and that means that in order to find stuff you might need a computerized/GoTo mount/scope. A great scope does you no good if you can't find stuff (well, you might think it adds to the decor in your living room, but most womenfolk do not hold that opinion).

    Edit: If you don't have much light pollution, this should likely be your "new" telescope: 8 INCH DOBSONIAN TELESCOPE
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    Default Re: Noob can't decide on a telescope.

    This one should also interest you: Orion Skyquest XT8 Telescope

    It says that it has a "Computerized Object Locator". That means that it will help you find stuff in light-polluted skies. Just a tad above your budget, however.

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    Default Re: Noob can't decide on a telescope.

    Welcom to the forum Good luck to you (& your son's) choice. Great advice here above.
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    Default Re: Noob can't decide on a telescope.

    You know I did the same thing you are thinking of doing. I didnt want to spend alot of money at first because I wanted to see if I would enjoy the hobby and also I didnt know anything about telescopes except for what my friend was telling me. He had and still has a Celestron 114mm so I ended up buying a Zhumell 114mm because of the price etc. But what I soon found out was that the scope just wasnt cutting it for me and I wanted more and fast. I soon bought a 10" Dob and have been really happy with it. I ended up just selling the 114mm. So I would say even though you dont want to spend much money at first which is understandable, I still would look for Aperture. I would go with even a used 8" Dob to start with, you could get one for your price range(even new for$350) and its much easier to use the an EQ manual mount. You and your son would get alot better views out of it and would enjoy the hobby alittle more. If you do have bad LP in your area you could go with a small goto but would require alittle more on budget. Good luck!

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    Default Re: Noob can't decide on a telescope.

    You cant decide after a few days of reading? It took me 6 months to finally make a decision! I cant really say much because I just ordered my first scope, but from all my research for those who want great views at a low budget a Dob is the way to go. If you can be patient and save a few more bucks I'd recomend at least an 8" This is where most people say you can really start to see many of the DSOs. If your Ok buying used both the deals posted by OleCuss look to be good deals and I would take his advice any day of the week. If your going to buy used though take some time and do some research to know what kind of defects you should look for when going to inspect a possible purchase. Some people are honest, others are not. Good luck!

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    Default Re: Noob can't decide on a telescope.

    Thanks for all the great advice. I'm definitely interested in the dobsonian style scopes I just felt they were a little out of my price range and a little overkill. But then again what do I know? I'm going to try and save a little more, possibly sell some stuff I have around the house and get the dobsonian type based on what I've read here. I'm really impatient when I get an idea in my head and I just want to rush out and get one right now! But if everyone here is right it should be worth the wait. Thanks everyone!!
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    Default Re: Noob can't decide on a telescope.

    First scope I ever looked through is a Celestron power seeker 70az its very cheaper and most would call it a beginner scope....seems you have a little more money to work with however...if you have a steady cash flow you can make payments on orion telescopes at telescope.com my 10 in dob is on the way now its about 200.00 dollars for 3 months they charge shipping in the first installment....I would not normally be able to pay 600 dollar out right for a scope with the bills that I have..

 

 
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