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    Default Meade Telestar NG-60 60mm good?



    Hello everyone, i am new here and would like to know more about this telescope i bought.
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    This entry level telescope from Meade will help you find over 10,000 celestial objects...star clusters, planets, galaxies, nebulae and more! The Meade Telestar NG-60 is a 60 mm refracting telescope that is ready to take you on an astronomical journey.

    Featuring three eyepieces, a 3x Barlow lens and StarLocator Astro software, the NG-60 will bring the heavens closer to you. The mount ensures smooth movement while the adjustable aluminum tripod provides a stable footing.

    Features/Specifications:

    * Meade Telestar NG-60 60mm Refracting Telescope

    * General Features:
    * Refractor optical design
    * 60 mm objective lens
    * 600 mm focal length
    * f/11.7 focal ratio
    * 0.965-inch eyepiece barrel diameter
    * Coated, achromatic objective lens
    * Aluminum body
    * Adjustable aluminum tripod
    * 5x24 mm viewfinder
    * Rack and pinion focuser
    * Easy to use
    * SR4 mm, H12.5 mm and H25 mm eyepieces
    * 3x Barlow lens
    * Single arm mount
    * StarLocator Astro software included

    Package Includes:
    # Meade Telestar NG-60 60mm Refracting Telescope
    # SR4 mm, H12.5 mm and H25 mm eyepieces
    # 3x Barlow lens
    # Adjustable aluminum tripod with accessory tray
    # StarLocator Astro software
    # User Manual
    I copied that from where i bought it and i am a novice and this is the first telescope i purchased and it was for $45. Is this telescope good and what can i actually see with it? I have used a telescope before when i went to an astronomy meet with my professor and they had 8inch aperture telescopes.

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    This guy is a so-called "department store scope". The .965 eyepieces are not found today on any serious scope and in all liklihood, the mount/tripod combo are not adequate for the weight of the unit.

    That having been said - it's a telescope. The optics are probably not terrible and you will be able to get some descent views of the moon and right now, Saturn. You won't get much surface detail on planets. You'll also be able to see reasonable views of bright DSOs such as M42.

    In short, you've got a telescope for a small amount of money that will be capable of providing you with an intro to the hobby. Just don't expect the glorious color views you see in the picture books - you won't get those with a 10" scope. Start looking around with it and see what you can do. Begin with the 25mm eyepiece (the lowest magnification). BTW, don't bother to use the 4mm eyepiece. In your scope it will give a magnification of 150x and a 60mm scope, even under good seeing conditions, will simply not support this magnification.

    This is a scope you'll outgrow quickly if you have any interest at all in astronomy. But, it might suffice to help you learn whether or not you are interested and if not, you've been saved an expensive lesson.

    Welcome aboard, good luck and clear skies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackchihuahua View Post
    This guy is a so-called "department store scope". The .965 eyepieces are not found today on any serious scope and in all liklihood, the mount/tripod combo are not adequate for the weight of the unit.

    That having been said - it's a telescope. The optics are probably not terrible and you will be able to get some descent views of the moon and right now, Saturn. You won't get much surface detail on planets. You'll also be able to see reasonable views of bright DSOs such as M42.

    In short, you've got a telescope for a small amount of money that will be capable of providing you with an intro to the hobby. Just don't expect the glorious color views you see in the picture books - you won't get those with a 10" scope. Start looking around with it and see what you can do. Begin with the 25mm eyepiece (the lowest magnification). BTW, don't bother to use the 4mm eyepiece. In your scope it will give a magnification of 150x and a 60mm scope, even under good seeing conditions, will simply not support this magnification.

    This is a scope you'll outgrow quickly if you have any interest at all in astronomy. But, it might suffice to help you learn whether or not you are interested and if not, you've been saved an expensive lesson.

    Welcome aboard, good luck and clear skies.
    yea it is not a very good scope but i bought it for less than half the retail price which is about $200 and i got it for $45 shipped. I plan on using this to just learn the skies and things like that; however, i do plan on buying a .95 to 1.25 diagonal and some eyepieces i was recommended on another astronomy forum and use those eyepieces on my next telescope. Thanks for the helpful info.

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    Hi doat1 , The scope you bought is a alright starter scope but i think you will be disapointed with the views . Not that its a bad telescope the .965 eyepieces havent been used for a while . Its great your getting into astronomy but the aperture of the scope just wont gather that much light . Like blackchihauhua was saying you will quickley outgrow this scope . Dont quit looking up and clear skys ...
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    i am going to buy a diagonal from .965 to 1.25" with a 7.5mm eyepiece set so i get the maximum magnification.

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    ... good idea Doat ... I think I still have one actually from not-so-long-ago (last year) when I was still using my old 70mm Meade ... fear not, you will see plenty and will have a great time with the moon (one of the few times that having a reduced aperture works to your advantage) ... speaking of which ... I didn't see a moon filter in your list of accessories ... get one ... any one will do without breaking the bank ...

    ... another thing ... see if you can find yourself a 2x Barlow ... the 3x pushes those eyepieces pretty hard ... a 2x might give you a little less magnification, but you will have more clarity ...

    ... hope that helps ...

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    Thanks for the tip FatherGuse, i plan on saving up for a larger aperture and better telescope.

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    Default Re: Meade Telestar NG-60 60mm good?

    I've had one for years, it's ok for beginners in astronomy as is but they will soon out grow it. I tossed the eyepieces and put a 1.25" mirror diagonal and a 32mm plossl in mine - all cheap ebay parts. I keep it close to my back door as a grab & go. At 22x it's great for telling the difference between a supernova or a weather baloon - very chrisp images at low power.

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    Default Re: Meade Telestar NG-60 60mm good?

    You'll want better eyepieces right away to get the most from your purchase. I've found some good .965" eyepieces online, even found one used at a local photography dealer for a few bucks. While they may not fit in "serious" telescopes (whatever that is), there are plenty that are high quality and not expensive.

    Don't worry about getting maximum magnification. I would look for longer focal length first, as lower power makes it easier to find your target before switching to a higher power, shorter EP or a barlow, as well as making the scope more useful for terrestrial use. I have a .965" Meade 40mm that worked great for finding targets and for viewing the Moon (which is painfully bright). Higher power doesn't always equate to a better view. I find higher mag is rarely useful, just nice to have on rare nights.

    I replaced the .965" focuser on my cheap 60mm x 1000mm Tasco with a 1.25" focuser I found online. It's from some other 60mm Meade, but fits perfect and works great. It was an easy swap. I purchased an inexpensive adapter to use my .965" EP's with my 1.25" focuser. The 1.25" focuser gives a wider FOV than I got with the .965" focuser.

    Used 1.25" eyepieces are plentiful and you don't need top dollar items for great viewing, despite what you might think from reading forums

    Great purchase, and I expect you'll enjoy it and be pretty amazed at what you can see.

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    Default Re: Meade Telestar NG-60 60mm good?

    I find it to be great for views at 60x or less, it' not a "Unitron" but I find myself grabbing it most of the time for quick views.
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