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    Default The Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ



    Hello Everyone

    I've just taken up astronomy - just ordered serveral books, after reading 20 pages of a friends astronomy guide -
    Anyway i discovered that the ancient telescope i got, is really bad, and far too cheap to be any good.
    So now that i've looked around, it seems that the Celestron Astromaster 130 is a good telescope for starters. It is however important to me, that the telescope i buy can still be of use later on and not be too "simple". I'm 16, but i mean this seriously .
    I do however have a few quesitons:
    1). What is the difference between a reflector and a refractor?
    2). What can i expect to see in the night sky, with this one?. I would like to see for example the moons of other planets, Mars, Moon and various far away stuff like say space 'fogs' - hope you know what i mean -.
    I'm also looking for something i can still use in 2 years, and get something out of, even thou i'll be more experienced in astronomy then.
    3). Do i have to dissemble the telescope after use every time?
    4). Are there another Telescope you people think i should consider instead?.

    Thanks for listening!

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    Hi Gufberg,

    Welcome to the astronomy forum and to astronomy. The Celestron 130 is an newtonian reflector mounted on a german equatorial mount often called a GEM. It is a nice telescope and will do most of what you want to do. However, for the same abount of money, you can purchase a Skywatcher Skyliner-150P / Classic 6" f/8 parabolic Dobsonian. It is a Newtonian reflector mounted on a Dobson Mount also simply called a dob.

    While both telescopes will show you the universe ... nebula (what you call fog), galaxies, globular clusters, the planets, etc.; the views in the Skyliner 150P will show more details than the 130. The 150P is big enough to last a life-time.

    A reflector telescope uses a mirror to collect light while a refractor uses only lenses.
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    Thanks for the heads up sxinias, and i apologize my ignorance regarding the 'fog' thing. As you can probably see, i still have alot to learn

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    Quote Originally Posted by gufberg View Post
    Thanks for the heads up sxinias, and i apologize my ignorance regarding the 'fog' thing. As you can probably see, i still have alot to learn
    No apology needed. I see the term "fog" used for nebula and galaxies often in Europe and especially on German telescope dealer web sites .... My assumption is that its a translation thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sxinias View Post
    My assumption is that its a translation thing.
    Yep. The German word for fog is "Nebel." I can see how some confusion could creep in there...

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    You don't have to disassemble, better not to in fact, I have an Astromaster 114EQ, doesn't take up much space on the study floor.

    You'll see more than me (all things being equal) and I've seen loads (as per Sxinias above).
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