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    Default Cheap scopes on offer at Aldi (Sunday 25 October)



    Just a heads up, Aldi have telescopes on offer this sunday at £69:

    ALDI - Sunday Special Buys 25th October 2009

    It doesn't look exactly good to be honest. In fact it looks marginally worse than the 70mm refractor I got at lidl for £30 a while back, although it has a better selection of accessories.

    On the other hand, it's cheap. If you want something to experiment with, or if you want to try a telescope out without investing a big pile of money, it could be good.

    I've been very happy with my lidl scope.. I think it's just a case of expectations. If you're expecting hubble views you'll end up disappointed.. if you consider yourself lucky to see something billions of miles away at all you'll be happy with it.

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    Yep - it's a pretty basic 3" newt
    Nowt special as far as optics go - but it is a cheap way into the hobby - and FAR better than the 60mm Tasco refractor that so many of us started with many years ago.

    One very interesting feature - the mount....
    Ignore the fact that they call it a 'EQ07' - It's actually a clone of Synta's EQ-1 class mount.
    These mounts sell for about £90 if you were to buy one from an astro dealer.
    So at £70 - with a basic scope and some accessories thrown in, it's a bit of a bargain.

    I'm tempted to get one, just for the mount - I have a few small grab'n'go scopes which would sit quite happily on that....
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    I did have a quick scan of the web for opinions earlier, and one review mentioned that the mount is very susceptible to vibrations (the suggestion was along the lines of "point it, go for a cup of tea, come back when it's settled and pray your target is still in view") so I'd check the mount out first.

    Maybe it's possible to add a bit of damping though. My cheap lidl scope had a bit too much vibration initially, but after tightening things up a bit and loosening the focuser it damps down within a second, which is acceptable I think. The lidl mount is one of the alt-az + wedge to make it EQ ones, and feels pretty good (I've not used any others to compare it against though), and the lidl scope is cheaper (well, mine was.. maybe aldi will sell these off cheaper after xmas?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by psonice View Post
    I did have a quick scan of the web for opinions earlier, and one review mentioned that the mount is very susceptible to vibrations (the suggestion was along the lines of "point it, go for a cup of tea, come back when it's settled and pray your target is still in view") so I'd check the mount out first.
    Yeah - I already have one EQ-1 mount....
    They are a tad wobbly with long-tube scopes on them (such as that 3" newt), but with a lighter, shorter scope on them, they're OK so long as you don't start pushing to high magnifications.
    I often use a little 'mak' on mine - sometimes a 90mm spotter-scope on it - and sometimes my 15x70 binocs - so an extra mount would be handy.
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    It's funny to see an advert from overseas with them. Their world headquarters is right up the street from me...

 

 

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