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76mm Telescope with accessories - £69.99 at Aldi - THIS SUNDAY ONLY!

£69.99 @ ALDI
This Newtonian Reflector telescope has an impressive EQ07 Equatorial mount and will allow you to see the night sky constellations in all their heavenly glory. Key features 3x Barlow Lens … Read More
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7y, 9m agoFound 7 years, 9 months ago
This Newtonian Reflector telescope has an impressive EQ07 Equatorial mount and will allow you to see the night sky constellations in all their heavenly glory.

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3x Barlow Lens
Moon Filter
1.5x Erecting Lens
CD with Astro-Software in English
31.7mm oculars (20mm, 12mm and 9mm)
Moon Map
70mm Focal Length
Includes Telescope Brochure for Beginners
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#1
No reflection on the OP, but a cheap telescope like this is a complete waste of money. Much better getting a decent pair of binoculars.
#2
merlinthehappypig
No reflection on the OP, but a cheap telescope like this is a complete waste of money. Much better getting a decent pair of binoculars.


Looking at the moon and stars though you could never hold them still enough. i thought this would a good xmas gift for a child interested in the stars
#3
Dantooine
Looking at the moon and stars though you could never hold them still enough. i thought this would a good xmas gift for a child interested in the stars
Yes indeed. This advice about starting with binoculars is an old myth from the post-war years when army/navy surplus binoculars were cheap, but telescope optics were very expensive. Sadly, since Patrick Moore still rattles on about it, people take it as gospel - it's wrong.
I've got both a small telescope and binoculars and unless you buy a mount that's sturdy and tall enough to get above your head (that's where the stars are!) binoculars are impossible to use as the shakiness of hand-holding them is multiplied by the magnification of the binoculars themselves.
#4
Celestron are now doing a 3 inch Dobsonian with 2 eyepieces for £50 plus another £15 for a couple more eyepieces & a Finderscope.
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#5
I agree about binoculars being not a good introduction to astronomy, fine if you want to browse about the sky, I use a pair to assist in looking for locating target objects for my telescopes, but certainly no real "wow" factor for kids.

I do think though that this telescope will be a waste of money. It does have an equatorial mount but that doesn't look very good and a 76mm aperture for a newtonian reflector is pants. Usually before Xmas Lidl have a nice Bresser/Meade 70mm refractor on a very good, for the money, EQ3-2 equatorial mount. Though IIRC last year they were a lot more expensive than previous years. I bought one some years back for about £50 and it has been quite some fun. Even then if you think you are going to impress say a 7 year old by spending ages in a cold garden setting up a scope to see what in reality will be fairly tiny dim images of celestial objects then you are being very optimistic. Some kids will be impressed but most will just get bored. Things like the images from the Hubble space telescope and Voyager missions have rather raised the bar for what will impress a kid. The moon will excite but after a while it's "just the moon" and you can find rather good pictures of that on the interweb :)

I'm thinking of getting a new scope to replace the 70mm and my 150mm dobsonian. My main reason, besides improved images and saved space, is to save time and hassle setting up and finding targets. So I'm looking at one of these http://www.rothervalleyoptics.co.uk/skymax-127-synscan-az-goto-telescope_d3193.html I know it's five times the price of the Aldi scope but it's way more than five times better and for most people would be much more than five times less likely to spend its life forgotten in the loft or back of the garage.
#6
Are these suitable for "birdwatching":whistling:
#7
skintzimbo
Are these suitable for "birdwatching":whistling:
They probably give an upside-down image. Since there's no "up" or "down" in the universe, it doesn't matter for astro purposes, but for land use, telescopes need extra glassware to invert the image to see things the right way up.
#8
I got the Draper telescope the other week from Tooledup, (http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/503043/draper-76mm-reflector-telescope-62-), Very similar spec, a few pennies cheaper. Got for the same reason, childs Christmas present etc, despite what people say, for a childs leadin to astronomy they are perfect.:thumbsup:
#9
since you guys seem to know your eggs lol im after either a telescope or binoculars to watch ships and france (incase they attack lol) from dover clifs i want to look straight not straight up lol what would you recomend i want to see the ships show kids the names of ships and maybe even see the people on the ships even look a the french on the other coast if thats at all possible thanks for any help
#10
Dingleberry33;6664940
since you guys seem to know your eggs lol im after either a telescope or binoculars to watch ships and france (incase they attack lol) from dover clifs i want to look straight not straight up lol what would you recomend i want to see the ships show kids the names of ships and maybe even see the people on the ships even look a the french on the other coast if thats at all possible thanks for any help

I recomend that you go and see a Doctor - you've obviously got some sort of hysteria as you 'laugh out loud' far to often!
#11
skintzimbo
Are these suitable for "birdwatching":whistling:
#12
Are these suitable for "birdwatching

Of course it is, read the spec, it comes with a 1.5 times erector.
#13
skintzimbo
Are these suitable for "birdwatching":whistling:


Perfect if you stand on your head so you can 'identify' them
#14
Dingleberry33
since you guys seem to know your eggs lol im after either a telescope or binoculars to watch ships and france (incase they attack lol) from dover clifs i want to look straight not straight up lol what would you recomend i want to see the ships show kids the names of ships and maybe even see the people on the ships even look a the french on the other coast if thats at all possible thanks for any help


Hey Dingleberry - I'm also after a telescope for a similar purpose but for relatives who live on the coast in Spain. If you ever get a good recommendation, be sure to post back here please!

Thanks

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