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    Default can you help me out what do you think is the best telescope 4 a beginner



    i need some hlpi bin a fan of stars n the planets 4 a longtime but i think its time 4 my first telescope what do you think is the best 4 a first timer

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    Hi Mate,

    I guess that I have to ask you for more info, to be able to make any reasonable suggestions.

    Where are you, as in a city or in a country area? Is there a dark sky where you are, or a lot of lights?

    Do you have a budget, how much would you be prepared to spend on your first telescope?

    Would this telescope be used mainly from home, or do you need it to be portable? For example, do you live in an area where you can set it up from your back yard, or do you need to carry the thing up and down flights of stairs in an apartment building before you can use it? Do you need to be able to conveniently transport it in your car?

    More than happy to help, but help us out here as well with some more info.

    Oh, and welcome to the forum!

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    Thumbs up OK

    WELL UM i live in belize city a small country in central america the sky are very dark so i see the stars pretty good i want to set up the telescope on my roof so is dat nuff info or do you need more

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    Assuming that you have a flat surface to set up on,
    here is a scope that will let you see plenty

    Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian - Telescope.com

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    hey tanks a lot for the help it's rite in my price range too what other stuff do you think that i might be needin

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    You'll need some form of collimating tool, and you will need to be able to find your way around the night sky.

    Download this software, its free Stellarium

    A comfortable adjustable height chair, a red light torch, some charts or sky atlas.

    You will want to add some extra sizes of Eyepieces, and a Barlow lens, but they can wait until you see how you get on with the scope.

    The "Dob" (Dobsonian mounted Newtonian Reflector) is quite basic and simple to use, and 8" is a good all round aperture for a small scope. Also about the cheapest way to get a reasonable size scope. It is a little bulky, but not overly so. I gather that you would move the thing up and down from the roof and you would do this OK with the base separated from the actual scope.

    HTH

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    The XT series used to come with a laser collimator, and the deepmap 600 sky map. Unfortunately it does not look like those are included anymore. The deepmap 600 is priced at about $18.00 (u.s.). You might want to order a higher power eyepiece, as it only comes with the 25mm now (used to get 25mm and 10mm). Vinnie is right about the adjustable hieght chair, makes things a lot easier. I would also recomend a small table for your charts etc. (mine rolls up and fits in a small bag).

 

 

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