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Posted: 11/26/2001 12:09:15 AM EDT
I'm looking for a telescope in the $500 or less range for a present. Use: Backyard & country astronomy I saw several on the Edmund Scientific web site, [url]http://www.scientificsonline.com[/url] Also saw one by Meade for $99 at a Brookstone store though I didn't get the model number and that is not included on the Brookstone web site. Anyone got advice on what to look for, what features, brands, models, retailers, etc?
Link Posted: 11/26/2001 12:29:59 AM EDT
You should be able to get a decent 6 or 8" telescope for around $500. Orion, Meade, and Celestron all make reflector telescopes in that price range. For reviews you can go to: http://www.skypub.com/resources/testreports/telescopes/telescopes.shtml If you want to save some money and look for some good deals on used equipment try: http://www.astromart.com Stay away from any of that department store trash. With telescopes you get what you pay for. I personally recommend a 6 or 8" reflector on a good sturdy Dobsonian mount. You'll want 2 or 3 good eyepieces. Plossl's are probably the best design in your price range. I like the Tel Rad finder for aiding in locating celestial objects. I also use an 8x50 finder on my 13" dob, but find I don't use it except to help locate extremely faint objects. $500 will get you started, but you're going to find that you will want a few accessories as you go, to help make your viewing experience easier and more enjoyable. Make sure you do your homework before making a purchase. You will find that a little research will help you get the most bang for your buck. Good Luck!! MG
Link Posted: 11/26/2001 8:48:21 AM EDT
agree with Mean Green. I chose a scope with an equatorial mount other than a Dobsonian. Just easier to track objects, and show others. I have kids. Don't buy cheap trash as stated and stick with quality eyepieces-the cheap shit will only piss you off. I have an 8" Meade reflector on an equatorial mount. Very happy with it. You could probably afford a 6" based on your budget but it may run a little more before you're done with objective eyepieces, etc.
Link Posted: 11/26/2001 9:41:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By prk: I'm looking for a telescope in the $500 or less range for a present. Use: Backyard & country astronomy I saw several on the Edmund Scientific web site, [url]http://www.scientificsonline.com[/url] Also saw one by Meade for $99 at a Brookstone store though I didn't get the model number and that is not included on the Brookstone web site. Anyone got advice on what to look for, what features, brands, models, retailers, etc?
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Would you be interested in a trade for an 8" dobsonian reflector from Celestron? I have a Star Hopper, 2 plossel lenses, a solar filter and a star chart that is all like new. Two weeks after we purchased the telescope the moron down the road from me put up a street light that ruins our previously pristine, dark skies. Grrrr! I have a little over 800.00 in the whole setup. Email me if you might be interested in working out a trade, or if you want to make a reasonable cash offer. here are some links: [url]http://home.att.net/~jblessin/myscopes.htm[/url] [url]http://ca.geocities.com/richardsnowca/recommend.htm[/url] TheRedGoat/Baphomet
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