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    Hi everyone, I just joined. I was looking for a local astronomy club but could not find one, but I am looking for some help, because I would like to get a good telescope, I want something that will allow be to see things from the moon and planets to deep space objects. I really am looking for as much info as I can get. I am a super novice (no not super nova) So I am looking for something easy to setup and and will automatically find and track objects. So if anyone is interested in helping an old guy out I would appreciate it.

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    Hello robocop and welcome to the forum! Thanks for joining us!

    You betcha we can help you out! We are really good at spending other people's money.

    So, that said, what kind of budget are you thinking to spend, and how much weight would you be fairly comfortable with moving about a reasonable distance, say from one end of your yard to the other?

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    Hello and welcome to the forum.

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    Hi and Welcome to the Forum robocop!
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    Hi Rob, (are you a member of the Boston "O'Cop" family?)

    How are you on finding your way around the night sky? There's a range of telescopes that'll automatically find and track objects, but a lot of them do this by asking you to "Align with Vega" followed by "Align with Mirfak". If you're OK with that, then we can suggest a range of scopes.

    On the other hand, if you're not at that stage yet, there are a few scopes that are equipped with GPS and onboard cameras so that (most of the time) you can put them down in an open area and they'll find where they are, and align themselves with the sky in a matter of minutes. These cost more.

    It's also fair to say that the telescope you buy now, is hopefully, only going to be the first one you'll buy! There may well be more.

    In general, for deep sky objects, you mostly want large aperture - so "the more inches the better", whereas for planets and the Moon a long focal length helps (as it allows reasonable eyepieces to give a worthwhile magnification), so there "the more millimetres the better". If you don't appreciate the difference now, you will later

    All things considered, and in the absence of any more knowledge of your situation, I would suggest the following for starters
    Sky and Telescope Pocket Sky Atlas (book)
    Turn Left at Orion (book)
    a planisphere (though you can DIY your own here http://eu.montana.edu/pdf/outreach/s.../starwheel.pdf)
    A pair of 8x or 10x binoculars

    Personally, I like the SkyWatcher Synscan 127mm Alt Az scope - but it's a 'fast' scope (i.e. the aperture is small compared to the focal length) meaning that the field of view is fairly narrow, so it won't show you ALL the Pleiades or ALL the Andromeda Galaxy, but it'll not be too bad with Jupiter and Saturn.

    If your budget stretches to it, there are some 8" scopes that have similar focal lengths - with GOTO too.
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    Thanks Bryan, I am figuring top end about 3k, moderate or comfortable would be 1.5k, but one of my biggest questions is " would the difference be worth it?" As far as weight I can haul around 50# bags of feed with out to much trouble. but they go on the shoulder. If I have to hold something out in front of me that would be a different story, you know bulkyness or something just to hard to balance. Thank again, and nice to meet you.

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    Thanks.

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    Thanks, I like the grizzly peak observatory, Is that the one in California? I think I have been there a few times.

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    Hello and Thank you, I am not familiar with the O cop family. Robocop is a name I was given when the first movie came out. My name is actually Robokoff so you can see how they made the connection. Anyway, Thank you again you have provided some very good information. I have binoculars and a very good spotting scope as well as a 114mm reflector. My first scope was a 70mm refractor. I may be showing my ignorance here. anyway. My problems have usually been in getting set up. it has never been easy for me so yes, I think I am looking for something that will do that for me. I have been looking at a clestron 11 inch cpc. and the Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Computerized WiFi Telescope is about half the price. but smaller. There is so much to these things I don't know where the good money is. like more on the size and less on the driver but a big mirror with a bad driver is no good. and what about the computer how do you know if your getting something that will add to the scope or just give you headaches. That is why I need you guys to clue me in all this. Thanks for those additional resources too. that will be very helpful. As far as the fast or narrow view, I think I need some thing a little slower with a bit wider view. Thanks again for all the info, I really appreciate it.

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    ya know what, I realized I was thinking of the Griffith observatory, Sorry.

 

 
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