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    Default What is the best telescope to use for planetary viewing?



    I am interested in taking astrophotography photos of planets and i was wondering which telescopes can view the planets the best where you can actually see the rings of saturn, and detail on some planets. is it possible to get results like that for under $1,000?

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    You can actually see Saturn's rings through cheap binoculars. Photographing planets with any detail is a completely different question. The conditions for good detailed planetary photos are rare indeed, and atmospheric conditions usually govern.
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    I always advise beginners to NEVER start the hobby trying to do astro-photography. However several different types of telescopes can be used to take short exposure "video" through the telescope using a web cam; and then stack the individual frames using free software that is available on the internet------- like Registax.

    Read this:
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    thanks! yeah i probably won't get really into the photographing until i get the hang of using it and tracking stars and planets, but maybe just a telescope that would be good for viewing the planets clearly but not taking photos is what I would want because right now my telescope only zooms up to 60x and its only about a 2.4in(60mm) which sounds very small compared to t he other numbers I've been seeing on here. I can see Jupiter and t he four Galilean Moons, I just want to get closer and see better

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    If a $1,000 USD is what you have to spend then id consider looking thru the classified adds for the largest OTA complete W/ a drive you can get because aperature rules when you want to magnify, and a grand won't get you a APO refractor or similar with a drive. A good used mak with a high FL is a wonderful Planetary scope.
    I owned a 7" Meade mak once & it was the best planetary scope I ever owned even beat out my Brandon 94mm APO which I cherished as my usual favorite.
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    hi and welcome.
    this is a great place to be,full of friendly,helpful folk.
    you will receive alot of good advice here,some given already.some people have
    their favourite makes of scope,and would not change,me included.
    spend time reading up and scopes and decide what you really want,not what
    you "may" want.the stars will wait and by reading the threads in this forum
    you will learn quicker than you think.good luck with the new glass and
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    I hate to be pushing Meade, but for under a grand the ETX125 is an extremely capable and versatile telescope. You might even be able to get a used one that's had the bugs shaken out.

    Check my ETX125 images in the various albums. For a little telescope you can carry on a bus and set up in ten minutes, it does pretty well.

    But if you are serious about astrophotography, you need a budget at least ten times as large. Truth hurts...right in the pocketbook.

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    What took this shot?

    Saturn & Moons - Astronomy Photos Pictures

    Anyone know?


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    <laughs at self> I just realized it was a rendering. http://www.starstrider.com/ OK, well are there any optics anywhere close to that good?
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    He posted under his picture what he used to get it.

    "Screenshot taken using Starstrider" is a application kinda like stellarium which allows you to view the planetarium

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    Personally I think refractors produce the sharpest images of planets. You can find a monster achromat ( 120mm-150mm ) for that price, or a smaller apochromat ( 80mm-100mm ) for the same.

    But as the others said, I would hold off until you are familiar with this hobby.

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