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    Default Help me pic a telescope



    Mission: Look at planets, stars, galaxies, etc.

    Budget: Up to $2000

    Other: I'd rather put the money into good optics than gadgets, motors, etc. I want to learn astronomy with my kids; we will learn how to make the most out of the telescope and learn how to find objects manually, etc.

    I know nothing about these things. I know there are reflectors and refractors - that's about it.

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    Default Re: Help me pic a telescope

    Other info:

    - Viewing will be done at home (we live in the country), so portability is not of high importance
    - I am interested in seeing high detail in distant objects

    Is the fact that reflectors are "open" of substantial import in practice?

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    Default Re: Help me pic a telescope

    Reflectors are mirrors and can get huge(more light gathering capability) and are probably the best bang for your buck.
    Refractors are all glass lenses and the bigger they get the more they cost.

    If portability is no issue then I would advise you look at the biggest reflector(Dobsonian) that you can easily carry about(they get heavy) and afford.

    Some of the bigger dobs under country skies should show you plenty of detail in DSO, keep in mind most DSO are dim grey smudges in the eyepiece and not the full colour hubble images you see in books.
    Look at astronomy sketches to get a better idea if what you will likely see.

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    Default Re: Help me pic a telescope

    There is some good advice in the links given above. Certainly a dob is the best bang for your buck, but I would strongly suggest you try to join a local astronomy club, or at least go to one of their public nights before you commit yourself to spending that sort of money. There is no need to rush (even if you are a fan... )!

    I assume that "Murica" is slang for "America"? If so, there are Astronomy clubs all over the place so it shouldn't be hard to find one. Astronomers generally love showing their equipment and usually will bend over backwards to help someone new to the hobby.

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    Default Re: Help me pic a telescope

    with a budget of up to 2k... I will tell you exactly what I would suggest you buy. Get a celestron 8SE which will run you about 1000 new or 500-700 used. Then buy a baader hyperion 8-24 zoom lens. Not sure on the price of those but I think about $250-$300. Be sure to get a heat strip for your scope along with the dew shield. Also get a power supply which can be a simple 12volt sealed lead acid battery or the celestron power tank or an adapter to plug in an outlet if you just plan to use in the back yard. If you go with all new stuff... should run you under $1500 for the complete setup. If you buy used scope, might keep it all around 1k. That will be a setup that you and your boys will enjoy and have tons of fun with. I'd also highly recommend a camera with adapter so you can take pics of what you see. If you already have a DSLR... that can work with the proper adapter. If you don't already have a camera, there are telescope specific ones that work fine as well as numerous DSLRs and mirrorless cameras that can be used with adapters. You can also just get a cellphone mount and use that right thru the eyepiece as a low cost way to document what you see with your scope. Good luck!
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    Default Re: Help me pic a telescope

    I would look at the Astronomers Without Boarders, OneSky Reflector for $199.00. You'll get a good feel fo visual astronomy. Order it and play with it.

    To learn about good optics I'd research refractors by Takahashi and Televue. They may be out of your price range for a complete setup, but you'll learn by reading the reviews. You'll learn about all the parts of a visual or astro-photography scope.

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    Default Re: Help me pic a telescope

    Thanks all for great info here. As usually happens when I dip my toes into a new hobby, I'm learning lots, fast.

    "...the biggest reflector(Dobsonian) that you can easily carry about..." seems the best bet indeed. I feel like going for more than the "standard" 8" - will a 10 or 12" buy me big improvements in quality/detail? I'd imagine so.

    There are so many brands - any specific brand reqs for simplicity & quality? I want to buy one good telescope that my kids will inherit. Again, no computer control or motors necessary. We'll learn how to find stuff, which is half the fun, right?

    Or, perhaps a used Takahashi...

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    Default Re: Help me pic a telescope

    It seems I may not need to spend near my $2K budget for a quality 10-12" Dobsonian, esp. if I forgo the fancies.

    Candidates:

    - Zhumell Z12 Deluxe Dobsonian Reflector Telescope

    - Orion 10020 SkyQuest XT12i IntelliScope Dobsonian Telescope

    (Yes, I know it's computerized.)

    NOT a Dobsonian, but -

    - Meade Instruments 1010-60-03 LX200-ACF 10-Inch

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    Default Re: Help me pic a telescope

    Consider also the Apertura AD12. It is the exact same scope as the Zhumell but can often be found for a few dollars less.
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