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    Default Konus motormax 90 as first telescope? What do you think about it?



    Hello guys, I'm new in this community and I wrote my presentation in the first section I never hade a telescope before, but I really want to have one, I'm searching for a telescope to use on my house's flat roof in my city. What I want to look at are planets, moon, sun, and nebulas and hopefully some galaxies.
    Maybe I can't afford one that can see all of these wonders Anyway I was searching for a used one and I found a Konus motormax 90 for 300 euros that is how much my budget is around. Is it a good telescope? What and how could I see with that one? Are there better choices at that price (also used ones)?
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    Default Re: Konus motormax 90 as first telescope? What do you think about it?

    Hello Giovanni, the Konus 90mm is a nice sized grab and go and will give good views of the planets and lunar surface but is not designed as a telescope for seeing faint galaxies or nebula.
    A Maksutov has a very narrow FOV due to the design.
    If you want a general purpose telescope the a small refractor in the 80- 100mm aperture would do well.

    Is there a astro shop in your area?
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    Default Re: Konus motormax 90 as first telescope? What do you think about it?

    Hello gabby, thank you for your answer. Unfortunately there aren't any astro shops in my area, I found that one in a flea market. Do you think that, for around the same price, I can find a new refractor that is still better, for general purposes, than the konus one?

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    Default Re: Konus motormax 90 as first telescope? What do you think about it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Giovanni04 View Post
    Do you think that, for around the same price, I can find a new refractor that is still better, for general purposes, than the konus one?
    Yes, I believe you could find a refractor that will be a much better general purpose scope for a similar price.

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    Default Re: Konus motormax 90 as first telescope? What do you think about it?

    I did some checking online and there are a few astro shops in Italy, I just do not know if one is in your area.
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    Default Re: Konus motormax 90 as first telescope? What do you think about it?

    Unfortunately, in Sicily, where I am, there aren't any astroshops. I found a skywatcher refractor Evostar 90 900 Eq2 motor for 364 euros. I read that a acromatic telescope doesn't show the colors very well maybe, but I didn't understand how the colors will actually look, sorry

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    Default Re: Konus motormax 90 as first telescope? What do you think about it?

    The 90mm refractor is a very nice refractor to start viewing and over time can have a few improvements done to it to keep you using it for many years.
    A achromat is a doublet (two lens) that will show some chromatic aberration around bright objects but is not noticeable on the majority of objects we can see.
    How much of this violet fringe you will see depends on how sensitive your eyes are to it and many people can ignore the false colour as they view.

    I am also biased as I love refractors
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    Default Re: Konus motormax 90 as first telescope? What do you think about it?

    I would check to see what importing one would cost, in most places in EU the same telescope is almost 50% less and is new.
    https://www.astroshop.eu/telescopes/...ar-eq-2/p,5002
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    Default Re: Konus motormax 90 as first telescope? What do you think about it?

    Thank you gabby, I think that one on atroshop it's perfect for me! In couple of week I'll order it, as soon as I have the money. The delivery price it's just 10 euros!
    You were talking about some improvements that can be bought for the telescope, could you say something about those please? i was interested for a sun filter, how much can it be?

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    Default Re: Konus motormax 90 as first telescope? What do you think about it?

    The telescope itself is quite good it unfortunately suffers from weak accessories.
    Better quality eyepieces would be the best place to start, replacing the two it comes with is a good starting point.

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