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    Default Beginner Astronomer - Spotter Scope advice!



    Hey guys,

    I'm just getting into astronomy and have been to a few observings with the local Astro Society. I am thinking of buying the Celestron 100-45deg scope. It normally costs about £250-280 but I can get in on ebay for £160, and possibly lower as have made an offer. Could be a bargain.

    Anyhoo....just wondering what everyone thinks about this for a beginner astronomer? I have some sakura 10x70 binocs but wanted something a little more with a tripod.

    All opinions welcome - thanks!

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    Hi Oli,

    It would be a good deal if you can get it for less than £160. However, you are going to be limited to 66x magnification, as most spotting scopes do not have the capacity to change eyepieces. A scope of that size that takes 1.25" EPs would get you up to the range of 200x under ideal conditions.
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    Hi! Thanks for your reply.

    I fully intend to purchase a telescope later on this year (whole new kettle of fish - will be on here begging for advice on that one!), but when you say stuck on 66x, is that not great? Apologies, i'm still not totally competent on the whole magnification and what I can or can't see with a certain pair of binocs.

    What would I be able to see with this scope? I'm wanting excellent lunar views and potentially good views of some globular cluster and so forth - is this feasable? He rejected my offer, but I can buy them now for £160 for definite...!

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    Also, if you think there is a better spotter scope/binocs to buy to obtain these views, by all means divulge everyone! I plan to buy a good telescope later in the year, this scope is just to give me that little bit of a nudge up the ladder as it were until i buy my new scope!

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    Yes, you can see lots of neat stuff at 66x and below. Most of my observing is done below 100x.
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    good to hear. So do you think I should go ahead and buy them for £160? Just had a quick peek at your ginormous 'which telescope' thread - very very informative! Will check that out later!

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    I think this one may take standard eyepieces, and seems close to your budget. Of course, then you will need to get eyepieces.......it never ends.
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    damn those eyepieces! thanks for the heads up. The guy's just countered with £145 - i know it's not much less, but I might go with that and put that extra £15 towards his big brother scope later this year! (Will have to study your guide!)

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    Default Re: Beginner Astronomer - Spotter Scope advice!

    Geez, I am dying to get one of the C90MAKs to play with. I just ordered the Celestron Regal 100 F-ED from OPT. I'm upgrading from my older Eagle Raven 20x60 scope. They're offering a really good price. Better than anything else I've seen. Reviews were really good and it offers a couple of options. Eyepieces can be changed out. Plus it should double as a wide view telescope backup. Also, I would recommend downloading the manual from the manufacturer if possible. You can find a lot of information by reading that. Good luck.

 

 

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