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    My recommendation would be to purchase the highest quality pair you can afford with a 40 or 50mm objective lens and no more than 10 or 12x magnification. When I say quality, they should ideally have at a minimum of multi or fully-multi coated optics. Waterproofing and durability are a plus. Most binoculars with these features will at least be in the "good quality" range. Bigger isn't always better.

    My friend has 25x100 binoculars. They are like small telescopes, but they require a tripod which negates some of the convenience of being binoculars. Here is a good article:
    Binocular Resolution: Handheld vs Mounted - CN Report

    It shows that using 10 or 12x binoculars is generally as good if not better than 15x70 or larger when handheld. For your purpose I can say that I'm using 10x42 binoculars, and I've seen a few double stars clearly as well.

    If you get something smaller you will be more likely to use them. You may want to be able to see more, but if you don't end up using them because they're too big or heavy you're just wasting that extra visibility. Anyhow, just trying to help and possibly save you money in the process ;-)

    A good 10x50 is always highly recommended. With the nikon series in particular, you may like the 12x50 as they give you a little more resolution if you're looking at double stars, at the cost of a small loss in apparent brightness. Lastly, I'll be making a post in the beginner's forum soon of my gear and experience so far if you're interested. Good luck finding the right binocular! :-)
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    Anyway, i have bought for 69€ a small telescope from bresser, its have a magnification from 260x.

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    What kind of bresser? Tell me it is not rb-60 with the hideous alt-az mount that shakes like a drunk diseased giraffe on a walkway made of jelly.
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    MAGNIFICATION is the least important factor for a telescope. Quality optics and aperture size are much more important than magnification. Most of us use 80-150 power 90% of the time. For a widefield view we sometimes drop to 50 power or less! My 8 inch LX90 in the picture in my signature photo is usually run at 80-150 power OR LESS!

    I have no knowledge of the scope you just bought, but without knowing I can safely say it will NOT perform very well. You cannot buy a usable scope and mount for that low price- new.

    AND-- the maximum magnification of any telescope is usually defined as 50 times the aperture. So a two inch mirror or lens will give 100 power MAXIMUM, and only if the optics are perfect and the sky conditions are stable. So they probably LIED about the 260 power- another rule is NEVER buy a telescope that advertises magnification on the outside of the box, or has pretty pictures in color taken by the Hubble Space Telescope on the outside of the box!

    You would have been MUCH better off spending that money on a pair of 7x50 or 10x50 binoculars.

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    Thanks Joe for giving a good lecture on that subject. I barely holded myself back in the previous post of saying something in the same line but in much unfriendlier tone.
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    I agree with Joe. Don't feel bad that you have been lied to or tricked into buying a bad scope. It happens. Maybe you can return it? You could try it first, but you will most definitely see everything Joe said was right. :-/
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    this kid of bresser is it: [ame=http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B0006H38LU/ref=oss_product]BRESSER Teleskop SkyLux NG: Amazon.de: Kamera & Foto[/ame]

    what do you think about this kid of telescope( i think, for a amateur astronom like me its enough)

    ps:what do you think about my english?

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    .. an old thread with some info about that scope: Bresser Skylux

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    No it is not enough. You would waste money. You could buy a SW heritage. That would give you some smack for that money. Right now you get only 70 mm achro refractor (meek) on a meek eq-2 equivalent mount. This scopes max zoom is 135 and even that is bit plausible since its near the inches per aperture limit.

    As for this add... it is a typical "department store" add = it says it is shake free professional tripod and precice blah blah blah.

    if you can return it then do it now.

    you live in germany and yet use amazon? wtf??? you have two most comprehensive online telescope stores in europe and you order from amazon!

    Teleskope - Montierungstyp Teleskope: Dobson

    those are the scopes people around would probably reccomend you.

    if you can retun it then do it as soon as possible.

    i persinally recommend ti collect more money to buy a 130 flextube (everybody lovest it here and are ready to praise it) or collect even abit more money to get 150mm dob that can really zoom to 229x

    the link that was provided previously would help you if you are stuck with one and can't return it but you might save your 69€ for something more badass
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    anyway, i'm just happy, that i have enogh money to bought this(My Budget was only 65€!). And for me thats enough.

 

 
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