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    Default Re: Help with finding new telescope! No clue what to get



    Adding to everything that's been said, if you're interested in planets I'd recommend something on an EQ mount. I personally found tracking a planet manually on an AZ mount was hard, specially on cheap, wobbly mounts. EQ mounts seem to daunt beginners but they are not hard to set up at all, and they make the manual tracking much easier.
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    Default Re: Help with finding new telescope! No clue what to get

    Hi Triton,

    Welcome to AF!

    Your budget is very tight for something particularly good. Alas as with mist things, you get what you pay for.

    Some scope suggestions have been made. But from my reading of your posts, it sounds like you have a lot of learning to do about scopes.

    I see that portability is important for you. Makes stowing it at home easy too. Tricky combination on a modest budget for a good instrument.

    A lot of different scopes have been suggested. Can be daunting all the jargon too. I would suggest you try to get to an astro club or star party so you can see different scopes in action, small and large, portable and, well, more complicated shall we say.

    This will give you an idea of not just what different scopes lok like, but what the offer ease of use wise & aperture wise. Most scopes are available in "mini" versions too, and offer great image quality.

    But if you expect to see a planet the size of a dinner plate through a scope, that just won't happen. But as the quality and aperture increases, so will the image quality will improve and be a little larger.

    Welcome to the forum. I hope you find an instrument that best suits your requirements,

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    Default Re: Help with finding new telescope! No clue what to get

    Given your preference for portability I would suggest a 6" or 8" SCT, gives long focal length for planetary views while being somewhat more portable than a newtonian reflector with a dobsonian mount.
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    Default Re: Help with finding new telescope! No clue what to get

    An used 8" SCT.
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    Default Re: Help with finding new telescope! No clue what to get

    I recently jumped into the hobby as well and I love my used Meade LS 8" ACF - I would recommend getting something this size as it gets plenty of light to see dim fuzzy things even from my highly light polluted backyard and it is easy to use thanks to its built in gps and the camera it uses to align itself. I am glad that I spent the money for the apeture and goto / gps / autoalign features on this used scope than getting something smaller with the same features for the same money or even more money. Search online for a good deal on a used scope, I would recommend buying from a reputable dealer or that you be able to see it in person if buying used. Good luck and beware of the curse of bad skies when you purchase a new scope - 1 week for each inch of apeture is what the owner of the store I bought mine from told me. Fortunately it has not been that bad but I have had more bad nights than good since I made my purchase.

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    Default Re: Help with finding new telescope! No clue what to get

    I think the OP needs to elaborate on portability. If it is in a car than an 8" or 10" dob isn't out of the question (budget permitting) if it is public transport/walking or the like, than really a portable refractor is really the only option. No way can you take a bus with a 8" or 6" sct, mount, EP's etc... just not possible.
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