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    Default Buying my 1st telescope & so many questions



    Hi All,

    My name is Ronald, from Indonesia, but living in Germany.
    I am always fascinated with the sky and stars, but due to the price of telescope (at least before), I cannot afford it, now I think I am going to finally buy 1 because few days ago I cannot sleep and open my curtain and see so many stars in the sky, thats the clue the universe give me

    I dont know how much is decent telescope costs, but for now I set mine at most €700 with everything
    Based on space.com Best Inexpensive Telescopes (a Great Gift Idea): 2018 Guide & Best Telescopes for the Money - 2018 Reviews and Guide there are few telescope within my range
    • Levenhuk Skyline 130x900 EQ
    • Orion StarBlast 6i
    • Meade StarNavigator 102 With AudioStar
    • Celestron SkyProdigy 130
    • Celestron Regal M2 100ED
    • Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope


    Now, question time
    1. What do people look for when buying first telescope?
    2. What can I see with <€700 telescope? moon or beyond?
    3. Do I need different telescope to watch the sky at night and during the day?
    4. Will camera tripod with ball head suitable for telescope?
    5. What do I need to add to take pictures with mirrorless?



    Thats all I can think of right now.

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Buying my 1st telescope & so many questions

    Hi Ronald, and welcome to the forum

    When you buy a telescope, you want to be able to see objects as clearly and as brightly as possible. In order to do this, you need to follow a simple rule, the bigger the mirror (in a reflector) or the bigger the lens (in a refractor), the more you will see, and the better you will see it.

    700euros is a good budget, and will allow you to buy a good telescope, which will show you just about anything you could wish to see, and certainly much more than the Moon.

    As for looking at the sky during the day, the only thing you could really see would be the Sun, and you would need a special solar filter for that, no matter what type of telescope you buy. If you are a complete beginner, I would advise you to get a bit of experience with telescopes first before trying it, as looking at the Sun will be very dangerous to your eyesight if you do not know what you are doing. Instant blindness will result.

    A camera tripod and ball head could be used for binoculars, but not a telescope, it would be far too shaky and would just put you off.

    Taking pictures with a telescope (astrophotohtaphy, AP for short) is a sure way to an empty bank account, and is, in many ways, a separate hobby to visual astronomy. Again, I would advise you to get a lot of experience with telescopes before going down this route. AP requires a good tracking mount, and this is more important than the telescope itself. A good tracking mount will probably cost a lot more than 700 euros, and you then need to factor in the costs of a telescope, camera, and all other sorts of stuff.

    Of the telescopes you have listed, and if you go back to my first point, the Orion Skyquest XT8i Intelliscope wins hands down. This is an 8" reflector, with a form of go-to, which will not only allow you to see almost anything, but also see it well. The telescope will help you to find those objects you want to see. For pure visual astronomy, it is probably the only telescope you will ever need.

    Good luck
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    Default Re: Buying my 1st telescope & so many questions

    Hi Stevie,
    Thank you so much for your reply.
    So forget looking the sky during the day & astrophotography for now.

    Btw, in your opinion what are the top goto telescope under €700.

    And I just realized that Orion Skyquest XT8iis almost as big as a kid, so maybe I will opted for slightly smaller one, such as Orion StarSeeker IV 127mm GoTo Mak-Cass

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    Default Re: Buying my 1st telescope & so many questions

    Ronald,

    Welcome to the Astronomy Forum.

    Buying that first telescope. The most important aspect is to take your time and look at all the possibilities. The last thing you want is to get in a hurry and get the wrong telescope for your needs. The stars will wait for you.

    The advice Hall2000 gave is excellent.

    Things that are important for a first telescope.
    1. The telescope has a solid mount with minimal vibration, a shakey mount is very frustrating.
    2. Physically, the telescope is not too large for your situation (storage, weight, bulk, setup, moving around, etc.) A small telescope that gets used a lot is better than a large one that is seldom used.
    3. Advertisements for telescopes are very deceptive. Understand that telescopes used by amateurs are not able to show objects that look like Hubble Space Telescope images
    4. A 150 mm reflector/SCT or a 127 mm refractor is about as small an aperature that is capable of showing details of deep space objects.

    If not too large for you to store and move around, The Orion XT8i Intellliscope or its SkyWatcher equivalent is an excellent choice and can provide a lifetime of viewing pleasure. If you feel the 8 inch scope is too large for your situation then the Orion Starblast 6i is a good choice. Both of these telescopes have systems that will guide you to objects in the night sky.

    If you want a GOTO telescope, the Celestron 127 SLT or the Orion/ SkyWatcher versions are good candidates to consider as is the 130SLT. The Celestron 102 SLT is a good choice if you want a portable, lightweight refractor.

    In Germany don't buy anything until you look at the telescopes made by Bresser (www.bresser.de)

    Good luck and don't get in a rush
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    Default Re: Buying my 1st telescope & so many questions

    Oh dear, that was a pretty poor attempt at spelling astrophotography in my last post :-)

    I should have said that the Starblast would also be a good choice if you feel that the Orion might be too big, the only problem being that it is sold as a table top telescope, so you would need something pretty sturdy to put it on.

    As for go-to, you will always pay a premium for this, and therefore, you will have to sacrifice aperture

    Here's a link to the Teleskop Service website

    https://www.teleskop-express.de/shop...elescopes.html

    Of those listed here, and with your budget, I would probably go for the Celestron 127SLT, which would be more or less the same as the Orion Starseeker 127
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