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    Default Re: New member looking for some helpful advice...



    Hello Red and Welcome to the Forums!
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    Default Re: New member looking for some helpful advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Merle View Post
    Good evening all!

    My family and I will be going on holiday to deepest rural Wales in October. The cottage is literally miles from anywhere. It’s 4 miles by country lane from the nearest village, with a further 4 miles accessible by off road vehicle only. As you can imagine, there’s no light pollution and it’s popular with astronomers.

    We know nothing about telescopes, but quite fancied buying a useful starter’s telescope and were hoping for some advice. Used would be fine and bulk isn’t a major problem. We only use iPhones for photography now, so we don’t have a proper camera to connect to it.

    We would be grateful for any help or links to any threads that you might recommend.

    PS My limited research so far picks up the AstroMaster 76. Is this a good starting point?
    An idea: check the internet for astronomy clubs in that area, as well as near your home. They may have Friday or Saturday night events you can visit and get an idea of which telescope would work for you.

    Good luck
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    Default Re: New member looking for some helpful advice...

    Hi Red. We're all happy to have you on board with us. I too recommend the binoculars as a start. Beyond that, a 6" or 8" Dobsonian telescope is a great crossroads of aperture size, cost, and transportability. I hope this helps Red, and the best of wishes on your excursions to the dark sky site.
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    Default Re: New member looking for some helpful advice...

    Thanks again for the help chaps!

    I'm currently experimenting with SkySafari on iOS and am just about to order a planisphere.

    I experimented with a pair of 10 x 50 binoculars, but I have a benign condition called an "essential tremor" which mean that steady hands are something that other people have! If I focus on cows in a distant field they rotate in large circles

    Fortunately, I've found my daughter is very interested too and she's currently lost to a new book on stars, space travel and the solar system. So, it's time for a telescope...

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    Default Re: New member looking for some helpful advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by Red Merle View Post

    I experimented with a pair of 10 x 50 binoculars, but I have a benign condition called an "essential tremor" which mean that steady hands are something that other people have! If I focus on cows in a distant field they rotate in large circles So, it's time for a telescope...
    Sounds like it's time for a mount for the binoculars. A parallel mount would be best, but a simple METAL tripod adapter ($10) attached to an old wooden mop/broom handle to use as a monopod will GREATLY stabilize the binos for CHEAP!! People frequently make this mistake, see the shaky image in the binos and then disregard them believing they are not appropriate for them. WRONG!! Get them stationary and you will be AMAZED!!

    I still say you need a scope, but don't just pass the binos by thinking you will not enjoy them.

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    Default Re: New member looking for some helpful advice...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    Sounds like it's time for a mount for the binoculars. A parallel mount would be best, but a simple METAL tripod adapter ($10) attached to an old wooden mop/broom handle to use as a monopod will GREATLY stabilize the binos for CHEAP!! People frequently make this mistake, see the shaky image in the binos and then disregard them believing they are not appropriate for them. WRONG!! Get them stationary and you will be AMAZED!!

    I still say you need a scope, but don't just pass the binos by thinking you will not enjoy them.
    A mount for the Binoculars and a nice scope would solve the problems totally. Anyway I hope you find the perfect fit for everything.
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    I agree with Gabby76. I started out just learning the constellations I could see from my back yard and that kept me busy for a long while. I then spent a couple of years with a pair of Celestron 15X70 binoculars. They are inexpensive and helped me learn how to find things that are not visible to the naked eye. Not I am well and truly hooked . And just ordered my first telescope.

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    Unfortunately, the issue that I have with the steadiness of my hands is difficult to overstate. Even bracing both my elbows against two solid walls, I am unable to hold the binoculars steady enough to look at cows in a field that's probably only a quarter of a mile away. A friend passed me their DSLR camera, with their new zoom lens, to try a few days ago. I've not handed one for 2 or 3 years. It was set to 200mm or less and for me, it would have been unusable.

    Fortunately, it seems to be only my hands that are affected, so I can look into a fixed eyepiece with no problem at all.

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    Default Re: New member looking for some helpful advice...

    My mother also has essential tremors so I understand what you are dealing with.
    Binoculars mounted on a tripod would work if the tremors do not affect the head or neck.
    Luckily viewing with either a telescope or binocular you do not have to touch them while viewing other than to occasionally move the target back to center.
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    Default Re: New member looking for some helpful advice...

    I think you're probably right that a tripod is what's needed for your situation.
    However, depending on the scale of your tremor, you may find that a pair of IS binoculars might be suitable - particularly if you have a rapid but small scale motion.
    The Canon 10x30s are very good optically, quite apart from the IS aspect, and Stephen Tonkin (author of Binocular Astronomy) is impressed by them.
    See if you can try them out in person, of course. If they do work for you they'll be a lot easier to use than a tripod.
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