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    Default Looking to get into Sky Watching. Scope Help.



    Hello.
    Name is Brad.
    With the couple of events that happened just a week apart, the Geminids meteor shower and the winter solstice lunar eclipse. My interest has been drawn into a little sky watching. I recorded the eclipse with fair results, had to move the camera every two min to keep the moon in the frame, very jerky.
    So I started looking at entry level scopes that have auto tracking.
    Which is why I am here.
    Here are the few items that I would like a scope to do for me I just don't know what to look for to get what I want out of a scope.
    My wish list.
    1) Price range $4 to $6 hundred.
    2) GPS positioning (Plug and play no centering no adjusting)
    3) Auto Track the desired object. (Follow the moon during an eclipse)
    4) I want to see really far LOL. Not sure how far I can get with the price range but I would like to be able to see the rings of Saturn with out much problem.
    and lastly
    5) I would like to be able to record directly to my laptop, with live video and still images.
    What ever else comes with it Ill take. LOL.
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    To me that seems like a tall order for a scope under $600, But I come on bended knees and I am at your mercy
    I won't be in the market for about 6 to 9 months but I am doing early research and some banking.
    I thank you for your time and look forward to hearing your feed back.
    Thanks.

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    Did you see the sun today? Then you SAW really far --- 93 million miles --- WITHOUT a telescope!

    For $400-$600 you CAN Buy a nice telescope. No problem. Read the posts "pinned" to the top of the beginners forum, for advice on your telescope.

    This one would be very nice:

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    Welcome to the forum and thanks for joining. I don't do astrophotography so I can't help you there. I do know it can be quite expensive. Check out the stickies at the top of the beginners forum. There is a lot of good advice on various scopes and such. Cheers.
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    Joe and I must have been typing at the same time.
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    Thanks for the direction. I Completely over looked the beginners sections and went straight to scopes.
    Do I need to move this post? Or does someone do that?

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    I'll move it to the intro forum.
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    Thanks a bunch.

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    Welcome vector. I am a new to this as well. I am not really going to be able to offer much advice as I have now owned 1(one) telescope but I wanted to share with you that I received excellent ideas from the folks here. I also did a fair amount of reading from reviews to articles like this What Can I See In a Telescope.

    Take your time and enjoy the hunt for a new scope.

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    These two web site articles may help you--

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    Excellent reads Joe I enjoyed them.

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