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    Default Astronomy Newbie 3/3/13 looking for 1st telescope



    Hi all I'm Phil from Preston, Lancashire.

    Not new to astronomy - I'm 50 & have always had the interest but never the inclination (or funds) to go the whole way.

    Have been seriously looking for almost a month now but my main direction has been geared to comments on forums such as this. Have now joined this forum because of all the excellent advice given here.

    In everything said here the overriding theme is no to aim too high or expensive for your first buy & above all get a lightweight portable device that would prompt me to use it regularly rather than it spend time locked away in the house. For this reason I had all but settled on a Skywatcher Explorer 130P on a non-motorised eq mount (would have loved a 150P but that will come later if my interest takes off).

    However all my plans have been thrown into confusion as I've literally stumbled on a TAL 150P second edition with the larger eyepiece. All parts there. Plossi's & Barlows. Plus some extras - Cheshire collimator and Telrad LED finder.

    Yeah it's built like a tank but that's a good thing too.

    All for £180 locally so easily picked up (not literally as it's a heavy beast too). But at this price a steal. I've read all the reviews. And the comments here - I think someone called Nick on here is an expert on all things TAL.? I think all in all this is a brilliant buy.

    But my concern is the ease of setup each time I want to use it - if it takes too much time to build up (it would have to be dismantled to store it in the house) I am concerned this will detract from the enjoyment & excitement of being an astronomy virgin.

    On the flipside I hear that those who own this scope never part with them so this may be a rare chance to own a good solid setup that could last me a lifetime.

    Any comments or advice? I have to make a quick decision here or move on & away from this one....

    Phil 3/3/13

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    Default Re: Astronomy Newbie 3/3/13 looking for 1st telescope

    I would probably get the cheaper one and see if this hobby is what I really want to get into.
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    Default Re: Astronomy Newbie 3/3/13 looking for 1st telescope

    Welcome from West Yorkshire. Like you, I have read some very good revues. If I were a fitter,younger man, I would snap it up.
    Set up shouldn't take too long, and the more you use the scope the quicker you will get, so not much to worry about.
    Please let us know if you decide to buy it, and don't forget to let us have a first light report, we like to know how everyone gets on with their new scope.
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    Default Re: Astronomy Newbie 3/3/13 looking for 1st telescope

    Hello Phil. Nice have you on here with us. Yes, those TALs are built like a tank all-right. If you decide to buy it, please give us follow up report on this scope. Welcome to the forum, and best wishes on your astronomy hobby.
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    Default Re: Astronomy Newbie 3/3/13 looking for 1st telescope

    Welcome. I have no direct advice on the TAL (sorry) but I guess if you went that way and did not get on with it, it would probably hold its value better...maybe.
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    Thanks @tillybobs. Still have a major hurdle to clear. The Missus. A big device & a big commitment so i have to convince her it will be regularly used & is not one of my fads. Space in our house is at a premium so it's very important that the item can be easily & quickly dismantled & stored away in a (relatively) small space.

    Likewise it must be easily re-constructed so as to feed my astronomy "fire". I promise to let you know if I get it & report back on my experience. I will probably need lots of initial help & guidance in all honesty.

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    That's a good point @ventoux. Will bear this in mind. It's cheap so it shouldn't have much further to depreciate. I note that you have the skywatcher model I would have liked to get :-)
    Maybe one to which i can graduate.

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