Celestron Travel Scope 70 telescope kit £51.67 @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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1 x Celestron Travelscope 70 
1x Preassembled Aluminium Tripod 
1 x Custom backpack 
1 x 4mm Eyepiece 
1 x 10mm Eyepiece 
1 x 20mm Eyepiece 
1 x 3x Barlow Lens 
1 x Sky X - The First Light Edition

Great starter scope. Very portable.

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#1
this or the lidl deal?
#2
there's also the Costo offer... put all 3 to a friend of mine and he said they are all rubbish, I spotted the above Amazon offer a week ago and nearly bought it but after his advice I'm glad i never (does look nice though), best bet is is you are keen join an online forum and ask for help there, too many factors need to be checked out before spending good money on a scope, so best to ask and get some advice first...
#3
After reading lots of reviews and watching a few youtube videos on this telescope I got one for my daughter ,Its a good beginners telescope .
#4
I know nothing about telescopes....... but I'd take a guess you need to spend more than this to get anything half decent.

The poster MattGoo in this thread seems to know about telescopes....

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/celestron-powerseeker-76-700-reflector-telescope-half-price-49-99-currys-2063243
#5
anybody interested in star gasing should consider a good set of binoculars.dont have to be expensive.you will be able to see the moons of jupiter and lots more besides. on a good night.dont get heavy ones. you gotta hold them up.or get a tripod.
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I think the problem is - in reality there is no such thing as a "beginner scope" You need to know plenty about astronomy, or be very bright and plucky, before you successfully venture into observational astronomy using a telescope.

It's actually quite a tricky thing to do, it's fairly technical and probably the hardest thing is, you have to do it in the dark when it's very cold - usually after you have had your dinner.

In an age where you can get images of the the wonders of the universe served up over the internet instantly, going out into the cold to see a tiny, wobbly, fairly monochromatic image, of say Saturn, just doesn't cut it for most people. For kids brought up on Minecraft and Lego Batman the hook rate is obviously going to be low. Buying a cheap telescope and handing it to them is probably going to be pointless.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking low cost optical astronomy, I have three telescopes - a home built 150mm Dobsonian, an 80mm short tube refractor and a 70mm refractor. I have had good fun with all three, but I haven't bothered in years. It's actually quite a nerdy thing to do. In my experience the thrill is not so much seeing the image of astronomical wonder that you were looking for, but the fact you have actually managed to do so against the odds.

Now my children have grown up a bit I'm thinking of dusting off the scopes and trying to get them outside this winter. But I know after the half an hour or so setting up, they will definitely be asking - "can't we just find this on Youtube?" I will give it a go whatever :)


Edited By: VDisillusioned on Dec 05, 2014 01:25: Stupid spell checker :)
#7
Lol i enjoyed that post. Probably spot on too.
#8
Spot on post
#9
Jenn101
there's also the Costo offer... put all 3 to a friend of mine and he said they are all rubbish, I spotted the above Amazon offer a week ago and nearly bought it but after his advice I'm glad i never (does look nice though), best bet is is you are keen join an online forum and ask for help there, too many factors need to be checked out before spending good money on a scope, so best to ask and get some advice first...


many of the astronomy forums give it a good write up. as an introduction to astronomy it is a good buy and Amazon are throwing in a few extras compared to similar kits offered elsewhere eg currys. seems to be excellent value.
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#11
I have one myself, decent little scope but the tripod as awful, as soon as you touch anything on the scope it wobbles and you have to find the object you are looking at again!

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