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Telescope for beginner

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I have noticed in the past different deals on telescopes. I was wondering if anyone could help to advise on a decent telescope for beginners?? I know they come in at various prices but something thats… Read More
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2w, 5d agoPosted 2 weeks, 5 days ago
I have noticed in the past different deals on telescopes. I was wondering if anyone could help to advise on a decent telescope for beginners?? I know they come in at various prices but something thats good to start off with that won't break the bank.
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2w, 5d agoPosted 2 weeks, 5 days ago
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depends what you using it for. to gaze at stars or perv on your neighbours?
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Until you get used to the Sky at Night and the maths/geometry involved, I would go for a PC based system The Meade ETX80 comes in about £250 but is Plug and Play. Failing that you could load Stellarium to your PC and then go for a more manual set-up later.
http://www.stellarium.org/en_GB/

I have an cheap old 200 power Tasco in the loft if you are near West Sussex, and you can have it. It's a bit fiddley.

Edited By: getmeone on May 07, 2017 07:55: additional info.
#3
Binoculars first to learn the general layout of the night sky.
Then depends what floats your boat.

Dobsonian - simple base so more money spent on optical tube are usually a good recommendation.
They keep it simple and make you learn where everything is - though can be offputting trying to find things manually.

Goto systems can be had for around £200 secondhand (eg Skymax 127) but you also need a power tank (say £60). to power it. These make it easy to slew to targets that you might find difficult to find manually as a beginner.

You will probably want to replace the stock eyepieces with something better.
The 8/9/10mm eyepieces supplied (depending on make of telescope) are usually poor.
The lower magnification eyepiece (20-30mm) is usually okish.

Skywatcher/celestron brands are good.

Stargazerslounge.com has a beginners section where there's plenty of discussion




Edited By: cootuk2 on May 07, 2017 11:17
#4
getmeone
Until you get used to the Sky at Night and the maths/geometry involved, I would go for a PC based system The Meade ETX80 comes in about £250 but is Plug and Play. Failing that you could load Stellarium to your PC and then go for a more manual set-up later.
http://www.stellarium.org/en_GB/

I have an cheap old 200 power Tasco in the loft if you are near West Sussex, and you can have it. It's a bit fiddley.


Thank you so much for the offer but I'm Lancashire. I'll have a look on that site though
#5
cootuk2
Binoculars first to learn the general layout of the night sky.
Then depends what floats your boat.

Dobsonian - simple base so more money spent on optical tube are usually a good recommendation.
They keep it simple and make you learn where everything is - though can be offputting trying to find things manually.

Goto systems can be had for around £200 secondhand (eg Skymax 127) but you also need a power tank (say £60). to power it. These make it easy to slew to targets that you might find difficult to find manually as a beginner.

You will probably want to replace the stock eyepieces with something better.
The 8/9/10mm eyepieces supplied (depending on make of telescope) are usually poor.
The lower magnification eyepiece (20-30mm) is usually okish.

Skywatcher/celestron brands are good.

Stargazerslounge.com has a beginners section where there's plenty of discussion





Wow there's a lot to take in isn't there. I honestly didn't think about binoculars to start with (sounds stupid now I'm thinking about it :| )
There was a geertop one on amazon down to £52 I was thinking it was too cheap but had plenty of good reviews.

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