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    Default Looking at what telescope to buy and need some help :)



    I am new to the world of telescopes. I have taken the past two days and researched what I could before falling asleep at my lap top. I have been looking in to a few different ones that have caught my attention. I dont have a lot to spend so I figured I would turn to the experts. Any input would be awesome

    I have found a Celestron AstroMaster 114EQ Reflector Scope with a bundle that includes a motor drive and filter kit.
    I also found a Meade ETX-80AT-TC Astro Telescope with AutoStar. Look like I can hook up a camera to this one.

    Any thoughts?


    I know that I would like a telescope with some kind of finder on it. Weather I can hook it up to my computer or my smartphone .... I have also seen ones that have a finder built in to it. I dont want to spend any more than $300. Sounds reasonable right? I know I should get what I pay for...
    Thanks!!!

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    Orion has the 130mm goto for $50 bucks more $350/Celestrons 130slt is on sale also for 350 if you can spring for it may be a lot better then the 114. just a thought. You will be able to hook it to a computer,control it off a ipod/ipad/computer I would look at the line they have of 130mm reflectors. Seems to be the sweet spot for lower cost scopes. If $300 is the barrier just keep researching before you pull the plug.

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    In my humblest opinion, I think if you saved a wee bit more you could grab one of these bad boys: Zhumell Z8 Deluxe Dobsonian Reflector Telescope - Telescopes at Telescopes

    Don't worry about filters, they are useless.

    The zob has 8" of aperture, a dual speed crayford focuser, and is compatible with both 1.25" and 2" eyepieces.
    It comes with the laser collimator, a 2" 30mm eyepiece, and a 1.25" 9mm eyepiece.
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    Thanks for the input.... I was checking out that zob with 8" aperture.... I got one word for that.... Nice!

    And I also am starting to think that Im going to have to save a little more to get what I want.... Ive been looking in the Orions and looking at Celestrons.... Ill have to keep looking in the 400 dollar price range. Where before this I was looking at around 300.

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    Welcome to the forum. Glad to have you on-board.

    Dobs are great for visual (primarily) and anything with an 8" aperture is going to give you some great views. As Nick said, don't waste your money on filters. I own about 6 of them and I'd just as well use them as poker chips.

    As far as finder scopes go, many of these that come attached to a scope are about as worthless as those filters. Decent right-angled finders can be found at many locations including Orion and lots of folks use red dot finders instead to the traditional finder scopes.

    I'm sure you will enjoy your scope but keep saving up money. It probably won't be your last one.

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    Good telescope for $300.

    At this time you can get an Orion XT6 Dobson for $280 or an Orion XT8 Dobson for $330 which includes shipping. Either one is a great bargain and will show you the universe.
    Orion Telescopes: Classic Dobsonians

    If you want a computerized telescope then the Celestron 130SLT or its Orion counter part, the Star Seeker 130, are good starters at around $350. An excellent alternative at $380 is the Orion StarBlast 6i Intelliscope (not a goto but has a computer to guide you to objects in the sky).

    You can get a refurbished 130SLT for $280 from Adorama: 31145 Celestron NexStar 130 SLT, 130mm (5.1") diameter Newtonian Reflector Telescope with Motorized Altazimuth Mount & 4,000+ Object Database - DEMO MODEL
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    Here is another great buy: a 6inch dob for $220. Bushnell Dobsonian Telescope DOB 6 in Newtonian Reflector Telescope
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    Krizol, you are a smart cookie.
    You came to the right spot BEFORE buying!
    I wish I had the advice you're getting when I started.

    Personally, I like that 6" Dob (Bushnell) for $220, it's an awesome deal.
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    the 5" refurbished Celestron GOTO for $280...

    Great deals!

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    Voyager's3, Where did you find the 5" Celestron GOTO for $280?

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