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    Default Need Help Buying First Scope



    Hello my name is Michael. I'm new to star gazing.

    I'm seeking a telescope (whatever is the best price vs. performance value) 100% fully functional perfectly aligned and ready to go out of the box. I really don't want to deal with reading hours of complicated instructions, buying lasers, setting things up. I just want to buy, click and shoot for the stars.

    Can anyone hook me up with reputable seller online or point me to the best deal on Amazon or Ebay? The most important issue for me is not dealing with alignment lasers and lengthy assemblies.

    I don't know anything about the types of telescopes. I just want something that's got amazing magnification and can be used in the wilderness. The wide telescopes with pointer software look the coolest. Thank you.
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    Default Re: Need Help Buying First Scope

    Hi Michael, and welcome here to the Forum!

    You really need to state your budget. However, from what you've already said, perhaps a refractor is the best bet for you.

    You can purchase through Amazon (I have) but for the best customer service for questions and assistance beforehand, as well as support after your purchase, I would recommend one of the direct sellers, such as Highpoint Scientific, B&H Photo, Agena AstroProducts, OPT, or the like. Also, you can always contact a specific maker directly, and sometimes you can save a bit by going directly to them.

    But that is getting way ahead of ourselves. Please tell us more about what you want to do. Visual only? Astrophotography only? Both? What types of objects? Planets? Deep Sky Objects? If you outline a bit more about what your goals and budget are, we can help you out much more.

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    Hello and welcome to the forum.

    If I sense your desires correctly, you are ruling out Newtonians and pretty much anything that has electronics and motors (that would be too much stuff to read about).

    So along those lines, here is my recommendation to you, both the scope and the vendor: https://explorescientificusa.com/col...ar1021000maz01

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    Default Re: Need Help Buying First Scope

    Hello Michael and Welcome to the Forums from another Michael.
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    Hi there Michael, Welcome to the forums!

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    Hi Michael welcome to the forum.
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    Default Re: Need Help Buying First Scope

    Hi Michael, welcome to the forum!

    I'm not sure what you mean by "wide telescopes with pointer software" so maybe you could share a link or two so we can be sure. I suspect you are talking about a Schmidt-Cassegrain scope on a computerized mount, maybe something like this https://www.highpointscientific.com/...ope-0810-03-10

    These scopes are promoted as doing all the work of finding objects for you. I've read good reviews. It seems to work well right out of the box, but those reviews are all by people who have lots of experience in astronomy. I don't know how it would be for a complete beginner setting up one of those scopes. And it is not cheap. You didn't mention a budget, but if you are looking at this type of scope, I assume you can afford it.

    There are trade-offs between simplicity of use, cost, and features. My advice would be for you to find a local astronomy club and start attending meetings and star parties to learn what kind of viewing you want to do and what equipment would be best for you. Since you didn't give a precise location, and Nevada is a big state, no one can recommend a specific club, but if you tell us where you live, someone will probably be able to do so.

    I would honestly advise you not to buy anything until you have a better idea of what this hobby entails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Needtobuytelescope View Post
    Hello my name is Michael. I'm new to star gazing.

    I'm seeking a telescope (whatever is the best price vs. performance value) 100% fully functional perfectly aligned and ready to go out of the box. I really don't want to deal with reading hours of complicated instructions, buying lasers, setting things up. I just want to buy, click and shoot for the stars.

    Can anyone hook me up with reputable seller online or point me to the best deal on Amazon or Ebay? The most important issue for me is not dealing with alignment lasers and lengthy assemblies.

    I don't know anything about the types of telescopes. I just want something that's got amazing magnification and can be used in the wilderness. The wide telescopes with pointer software look the coolest. Thank you.
    Given your desire not to learn or not be hassled, I would suggest binoculars.
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    Default Re: Need Help Buying First Scope

    Welcome Michael!

    When not dealing with alignment lasers and lengthy assemblies is most important to you,
    and when amazing magnification and can be used in the wilderness is the 2nd most important to you,
    then you are a candidate for a spotting scope, like myself,
    http://www.astronomyforum.net/member...id-tripod.html
    There are nearly 300 different spotting scopes on the market - many more than the different astronomy telescopes,
    and one of the best choices in the lower prices segment is the 100mm aperture Celestron ED,
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ..._spotting.html

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