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Celestron Powerseeker 76/700 Reflector Telescope only £44.99 at Currys

£44.99 @ Currys
Half price telescope from a reputable telescope maker. Saw this one while investigating the other telescope recently posted which also looked fantastic value. Moon filter included. Read More
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Half price telescope from a reputable telescope maker. Saw this one while investigating the other telescope recently posted which also looked fantastic value. Moon filter included.
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#1
Same scope £89.99 at Maplin :p

I bought this last week from Currys.....but none seem to carry in store so reserve for free next day collection
#2
This one will get some nice views, but will be very quickly outgrown for astronomical use because of the simple mount.
Get an equatorial mount to properly learn fundamentals of astronomy.

Not sure how useful reflectors are for land based uses like wildlife, but the simple mount with this scope is more suited to this.
#3
I think the Amazon Celestron 70mm refractor deal is much much better.
#4
You would have a better deal getting the skywatcher heritage or vertiso for not a lot more. These scopes are really dreadful for what they are. A dobsonian 200p is var far better for your money and 2nd hand not a lot more neither. Don't get put off and be disapointed by buying one of these.
#5
garethmob1
You would have a better deal getting the skywatcher heritage or vertiso for not a lot more. These scopes are really dreadful for what they are. A dobsonian 200p is var far better for your money and 2nd hand not a lot more neither. Don't get put off and be disapointed by buying one of these.


I do agree with you, Dosonians are great - I built one myself - but for most casual users, who might not pursue astronomical observation very far, wouldn't the refractor be a better bet? At least it could be put to terrestrial use if stargazing failed to excite.
#6
This is sort of a jack of all trades and master of nothing, it's too small to be good at deep sky viewing and not as good as a refractor for planets and moons. Also not as good as a refractor for land based viewing either. Difficult to say what it's actually good for really...
#7
Any ideas for a beginner's telescope? Want to get something that won't disappoint but reasonably priced.
#8
DevilWithin
Any ideas for a beginner's telescope? Want to get something that won't disappoint but reasonably priced.


try looking at the celestron 70 Travelscope... good piece of kit for the money. link appears earlier above in this discussion deal thread.
#9
TAL-1 is a great budget telescope, had mine 20 years and still going strong. Built to last those buggers.
As ever, when I see a telescope deal come up, If you are starting out in Astronomy get the book "Turn left at Orion". It's a brilliant book to get you started and you'll see a lot more objects than trying to fathom out star maps.
#10
This is a very small reflector, on a poor mount. First things first. No use whatsoever for terrestrial use, as these produce an upside down image. Would give decent views of the moon, but that's about it. Much, much better would be a used Skywatcher Heritage 130 mini dobsonian. Dead easy to use and excellent image quality. New they are about £130, but you can get them used for half that price. Otherwise, as thc says, a used Tal-1. Advice about buying 'Turn left at Orion' also spot on.
#11
Great for watching the neighbour get changed
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Jacky_J
Great for watching the neighbour get changed

Upside down?
#13
It's ok for the money I brought one of these as a way to get started into this. now need to get a far better one but obviously the prices go sky high
#14
A 2 inch reflector once you take the secondary mirror into account. Totally useless.

As I said when this was posted two weeks ago, buy a pair of binoculars for the money. This is more or less worthless.
#15
I've said on a few of these threads that Binoculars are a far better purchase than a telescope for beginners. I own a Celestron 102SLT and I love it but setting up can be a pain and I'd rather go out for a quick observation with the few pairs of Binoculars I own.

Saying that, Celestron are a reputable company and quality has when up and prices down the the price of optics. A 76mm mirror is pretty small and it will be blocked further by the secondary mirror. For that reason, I think the 70mm scope posted above is a better deal.

Don't expect Hubble views through this. At most you'll see the Moons of Jupiter and maybe a little banding on the planet. Besides our own Moon, that's as much as you will see. Magnification is not the major part of a telescope, size and quality of optics is.

Important, NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN THROUGH ANY OPTICAL EQUIPMENT! When I first got my Celestron 102 I projected the Sun through one of its eyepieces. THE EYEPIECE MELTED IN SECONDS. I'm pretty experienced on the subject, it's a big hobby of mine but I still had the stupidity to try the projection method. Think of what that would have done to your eye.

If you don't know anything about optics then buy binoculars or ask on a specialised Astronomy forum instead of HUKD.
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roycom
This is sort of a jack of all trades and master of nothing, it's too small to be good at deep sky viewing and not as good as a refractor for planets and moons. Also not as good as a refractor for land based viewing either. Difficult to say what it's actually good for really...


The price?
#17
andykirby0
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roycom
This is sort of a jack of all trades and master of nothing, it's too small to be good at deep sky viewing and not as good as a refractor for planets and moons. Also not as good as a refractor for land based viewing either. Difficult to say what it's actually good for really...
The price?

As someone said in the other thread before Xmas, the price is great - if you want a telescope-shaped ornament as a talking point for visitors.
#18
VDisillusioned
I think the Amazon Celestron 70mm refractor deal is much much better.
It's better but they're both not worth having.

Anyone who doesn't want to spend a hundred quid should just buy a pair of binoculars instead (10x50)

If you have a hundred quid buy yourself a 2nd hand 4" (102mm) refractor on an equatorial mount by a brand like Celestron or Skywatcher or TAL, they crop up on eBay and AstroBuySell.

I'd recommend a refractor over a reflector for the simple reason that you don't need to adjust the alignment of the primary and secondary mirrors ("collimation") on a regular basis to get good views, with a refractor the lenses are aligned and fixed in place.

Collimation isn't difficult once you're used to it but is fiddly for a beginner and you do need specialist tools to do it which creates extra expense, a laser collimator costs as much as this telescope!

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