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    Default A Good Refractor Telescope for under £400?



    Hi, I was just wondering what Refractor you would recommend for sale under £400? Or if you would even recommend getting one for under £400 pound? thanks Dean

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    Default Re: A Good Refractor Telescope for under £400?

    Hello Deano,

    it depends what size (aperture) you would like to have, if for visual, or astrophotography, or for both.
    If it were for visual, I'd have a look at the spotting scopes, as you get at any class most for your money, and the spotting scopes are 'all included', it means, you get the OTA, the correct view prism system, and the eyeiece, or even a reasonable zoom. They are lightweight if compared to the comparable astronomy scopes, and all you need to add is a photo tripod.

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    You can't go wrong with the makes like KOWA, Leica, Nikon, Swarovski, Zeiss, and some others, and the older spotters can be obtained in the U.K. for prices we would not dear to dream about.

    I am perfectly happy with my Leica APO Televid, also purchased as a used item, see my gallery. It is great both for the terrestrial and astronomy viewing, and thanks to the angled correct view, it is very comfortable when navigating through the night skies.

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    Default Re: A Good Refractor Telescope for under £400?

    hi thanks for the reply, was thinking mainly of astrophotography, I have a smaller telescope I use just for looking around the horizon

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    Default Re: A Good Refractor Telescope for under £400?

    One of these may be a good place to start. You may want a coma corrector as well, but I think its in your price range Astro-Tech 6" f/4 Imaging Newtonian Optical Tube - 2" Crayford Focuser . I know this is not a refractor, but it's under $400 bucks.

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    Default Re: A Good Refractor Telescope for under £400?

    For astrophotography the emphasis is on the mount, not on the telescope. The high-quality astrophotography requires high-quality (expensive) mounts.

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    Default Re: A Good Refractor Telescope for under £400?

    The spotting scopes are not particularly suited for the AP, as the included Schmidt-Pechan correct view prism assy eats some light, and as any prism assy, it may also reduce the point definition, visible on the captures - some tests have revealed.

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