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Jessops Astronomical Telescope 1100-102

Got one for my dad for Xmas, seems pretty good.


Description:
Larger telescope for brighter deep sky images

Unlike many starter telescopes, the Jessops 1100-102 Reflector Telescope has a 102mm objective diameter, much larger than the 60-80mm normally found.

What benefit does this have? Well it means that there's a much larger area to capture light which means a much brighter image and sharper details.

This well built telescope comes supplied with three eyepieces and a 3x Barlow lens for a range of different magnifications. The tripod mount also has a fine adjustment feature for easy following of astronomical objects.

Specifications

Configuration: Newtonian Reflector
1100mm Focal length
102mm objective diameter
Red dot finder scope
3x Barlow lens supplied
6mm, 12.5mm & 20mm eyepieces included
Maximum magnification of 400x
Including tripod & counter balance weights
Micro adjustment controls
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If you want to actually get decent results from your stargazing it's worth investing that little bit more and purchasing a telescope with a diameter of 120mm or more. This will allow you to easily see the rings of Saturn and the Bands on Jupiter.
Also a 3x Barlow lens could end up over magnifying and distorting your images - magnification isn't the key to a good telescope/eyepiece - it's all about the amount of light that can be focused correctly.

Can't go wrong with either Sky-Watcher or Celestron telescopes
6 Likes
Don't forget the code for 10% discount. BINOS10
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fing
Doods1875
Excellent for pervy neighbours......

bearing in mind astronomical telescopes show an inverted (upside down image)

Just mount the telescope upside down.

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1 Like #1
Wish i could afford one. Great dwal OP :-)
6 Likes #2
Don't forget the code for 10% discount. BINOS10
#3
Would love to get something like this but apparently the best way to get into stargazing is to buy a set of 10x50 binoculars to begin with, and then progress to investing in a telescope if you enjoy it.
#4
Looks ok but I wouldn't expect great results from this. Great for the price though.
14 Likes #5
If you want to actually get decent results from your stargazing it's worth investing that little bit more and purchasing a telescope with a diameter of 120mm or more. This will allow you to easily see the rings of Saturn and the Bands on Jupiter.
Also a 3x Barlow lens could end up over magnifying and distorting your images - magnification isn't the key to a good telescope/eyepiece - it's all about the amount of light that can be focused correctly.

Can't go wrong with either Sky-Watcher or Celestron telescopes
#6
I'm sooooo tempted!! can anyone show the slightly more expensive ones that are possibly a better buy?

I'm no expert and would appreciate the advice..
#7
scrads
If you want to actually get decent results from your stargazing it's worth investing that little bit more and purchasing a telescope with a diameter of 120mm or more. This will allow you to easily see the rings of Saturn and the Bands on Jupiter.
Also a 3x Barlow lens could end up over magnifying and distorting your images - magnification isn't the key to a good telescope/eyepiece - it's all about the amount of light that can be focused correctly.

Can't go wrong with either Sky-Watcher or Celestron telescopes
Hi, I'm looking to buy a good one for my son on his 11th Birthday to use it for a few years between £100-£200 can you advice from your experience which is the best to buy within this budget including any accessories Sky-Watcher or Celestron, please send some links
Thanks
#8
BINOCULARS USERS:
Any recommendation which Binoculars is better for the quality:
SAKURA SUPER RESOLUTION ZOOM BINOCULARS 21 X -260 x60
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251068074556?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2648

Or: Serious User Binoculars 10x50 Special Anti Glare Fully Coated Optics
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221078085972?var=520100859128&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649
Please advice, thanks

Edited By: Amerviv on Jan 01, 2013 16:54
1 Like #9
Don't waste your money on those binoculars. IF you don't want to spend much more than that I'd look for a secondhand pair made by a known company or some old Russian glasses.

As for the telescope it's probably better to get something like a Skywatcher Heritage 130mm Newtonian as it's a larger diameter, is f5 and has a parabolic mirror. The Jessops also doesn't look long enough to be 1.1m (slow scope, narrow field of view) so they must have some sort of lens or barlow built in, probably at the focuser?
#10
I see you can get the Skywatcher Skyhawk 1145P for £125 which would probably be a better buy being 114mm diameter. It's only f4.4 which might mean it shows up cheap eyepieces more than a longer scope though.
#11
Thanks, but as you said •Telescope Focal Length: 500mm (f/4.4), so i'm not sure about it.
#12
Skywatcher Explorer 130 EQ2 Astro Telescope or SkyWatcher Sky Watcher Heritage-130P 5.1" both same price on ebay
Or pay a bit more and have Skywatcher Explorer 130m Newtonian Reflector Telescope, what do you reckon?
I have no idea for the quality (For the images) and what the different between them, anybody knows?
#13
Hmm this looked a good price at first, but going by some of your comments and then doing a quick bit of research makes me think this is pretty average.

A good deal considering the savings - so voted hot based on that. But for anyone looking to do a bit of serious stargazing it's definitely worth going for something a bit more expensive. I've seen a few with very good reviews and still under or close to £200 mark.
#14
I have a Meade DS-2000 I think the model is, bought from Costco its a great scope and you can see the eye on Jupiter, which was pretty awesome

Only problem I have with it is setting it up as the sky is never clear enough to line up the reference stars to let it track decent stuff
#15
Just in time for Stargazing Live!
2 Likes #16
I think a telescope like that maybe outgrown very quickly if this develops into a hobby. Its your choice I suppose.

Out of those three, I'd go for the heritage as its more user friendly for a beginner

With regards to the binoculars, I'd get any cheap pair you want with 10x50 as being ideal, these will be useful for picking out constellations and finding where things are. I'd not be concerned with quality of optics just yet!

Telescopes, there are two types of mounts. Equatorial, the tripod style that moves in line with the movement of the sky (the explorers use an equatorial mount). These need to be set up before use.

Dobsonian mounts (the heritage series) don't require a long set up time, these units move up/down left/right, set up and ready to go in minutes.

The heritage is more user friendly to a beginner, I'd get that one tbh,

and if you had a little more, NOTHING will beat a 6 inch SKYLINER 150MM skywatcher dobsonian.







Edited By: fing on Jan 01, 2013 20:22: error
#17
Excellent for pervy neighbours......
#18
Doods1875
Excellent for pervy neighbours......

bearing in mind astronomical telescopes show an inverted (upside down image)
#19
For entry to astronomy I would recommend low magnification large objective binoculars such as these Nikon 7 x 50


Edited By: andythebrave on Jan 01, 2013 22:52: incorrect link
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Dont bother, load of **** to be blunt and will just be money squandered. You "need" to spend a little bit more and buy at least a 6" reflector, I know that means spending a fair few quid more but if you dont its just £80 wasted as reflectors of this size will show most planets as a disc with little detail.

I started on a 6" skywatcher telescope about 5 years ago (found on this website haha) and whilst not being particularly powerful I could see Saturns rings and Jupiters details adequately, although still not great. Anything less than 6" is pointless, if you cant afford a reflector of that size, your wasting your money and just get some binos instead.

As the person above me said, skywatcher is pretty decent for the money, I paid I think £180 for mine 5 years ago which came with a motor. Not sure if prices have gone down much but there is bound to be some within the £100+ price range.
5 Likes #21
fing
Doods1875
Excellent for pervy neighbours......

bearing in mind astronomical telescopes show an inverted (upside down image)

Just mount the telescope upside down.
#22
For all those who want to see the rings of this and bands of that you can just google them and use this for being a peeping tom, job done!
3 Likes #23
Can you see Uranus with this?
banned 1 Like #24
mrpetenorth
fing
Doods1875
Excellent for pervy neighbours......

bearing in mind astronomical telescopes show an inverted (upside down image)

Just mount the telescope upside down.

You could get locked up for that! oO
#25
fing
I think a telescope like that maybe outgrown very quickly if this develops into a hobby. Its your choice I suppose.

Out of those three, I'd go for the heritage as its more user friendly for a beginner

With regards to the binoculars, I'd get any cheap pair you want with 10x50 as being ideal, these will be useful for picking out constellations and finding where things are. I'd not be concerned with quality of optics just yet!

Telescopes, there are two types of mounts. Equatorial, the tripod style that moves in line with the movement of the sky (the explorers use an equatorial mount). These need to be set up before use.

Dobsonian mounts (the heritage series) don't require a long set up time, these units move up/down left/right, set up and ready to go in minutes.

The heritage is more user friendly to a beginner, I'd get that one tbh,

and if you had a little more, NOTHING will beat a 6 inch SKYLINER 150MM skywatcher dobsonian.






Thanks for your information, but i couldn't see the "6 inch SKYLINER 150MM skywatcher dobsonian" anywhere near £130
Can you copy and paste the link please?
#26
This is all great information here. I always imagined getting a telescope one day and getting up close and personal with saturn and jupiter. However, it seems (what happens with most products) that there isnt one 'perfect' telescope. All have their good points and bad points?

It seems the skywatcher newtonian ia a good choice. Just to be sure i am looking at the right product (as i have zero experience with telescopes), could someone kindly post a hyperlink to the exact model? Thanks!

Also if the budget was bigger (say, up to 500 pounds) would there be an ultimate model that would be better?
#27
fing
I think a telescope like that maybe outgrown very quickly if this develops into a hobby. Its your choice I suppose.

Out of those three, I'd go for the heritage as its more user friendly for a beginner

With regards to the binoculars, I'd get any cheap pair you want with 10x50 as being ideal, these will be useful for picking out constellations and finding where things are. I'd not be concerned with quality of optics just yet!

Telescopes, there are two types of mounts. Equatorial, the tripod style that moves in line with the movement of the sky (the explorers use an equatorial mount). These need to be set up before use.

Dobsonian mounts (the heritage series) don't require a long set up time, these units move up/down left/right, set up and ready to go in minutes.

The heritage is more user friendly to a beginner, I'd get that one tbh,

and if you had a little more, NOTHING will beat a 6 inch SKYLINER 150MM skywatcher dobsonian.






just saw you updated your comment for the price, I'll think about it especially after Xmas spending, and thank you very much.
#28
I do a bit of amateur astronomy and I can't recommend this for anyone except an older child who's just getting into it, even at the brilliant price.

It might make a nice starter scope for planetary viewing, but the Messier objects will be invisible even on a good seeing, which will frustrate an older stargazer and might put someone off where a better scope wouldn't. The price is very attractive and I'm adding heat for that; the smaller aperture has the downside of lesser light gathering capacity but won't be as affected by atmospheric turbulence, and it does at least allow the recipient to make use of a reflector-style design rather than the more common refractors that kids often get given from Argos and never use. I may attract flames for this but I always feel that a reflector is a bit more 'astronomical' and is closer to the essence of the hobby than a refractor, especially at the cheaper end of things.

In short, this will be a decent scope with cheap parts, it will not last more than a year of regular viewing but for this price it shouldn't need to. You'll get good views of planets but poor views of nebulae, true of all scopes in this price range. It should beat out most refractor-style scopes in this price range too, Jupiter will be visible and you might catch the red spot and a moon or two, with most cheap 60-70mm refractors Jupiter is just a brown smudge.

An adult though, I'd honestly recommend you save up for two months and invest triple the money, you'll get a good scope from a good brand that will last you for a decade. A good scope lasts forever because even if you upgrade to a bigger aperture you can still use your smaller barrel as a spotting scope.

Happy viewing! :D
#29
Amerviv
fing
I think a telescope like that maybe outgrown very quickly if this develops into a hobby. Its your choice I suppose.

Out of those three, I'd go for the heritage as its more user friendly for a beginner

With regards to the binoculars, I'd get any cheap pair you want with 10x50 as being ideal, these will be useful for picking out constellations and finding where things are. I'd not be concerned with quality of optics just yet!

Telescopes, there are two types of mounts. Equatorial, the tripod style that moves in line with the movement of the sky (the explorers use an equatorial mount). These need to be set up before use.

Dobsonian mounts (the heritage series) don't require a long set up time, these units move up/down left/right, set up and ready to go in minutes.

The heritage is more user friendly to a beginner, I'd get that one tbh,

and if you had a little more, NOTHING will beat a 6 inch SKYLINER 150MM skywatcher dobsonian.






Thanks for your information, but i couldn't see the "6 inch SKYLINER 150MM skywatcher dobsonian" anywhere near £130
Can you copy and paste the link please?
You can't get the 6 inch for under 200 quid, although a dobsonian is ok to buy second hand providing you can try it out to check for any very obvious problems and it's a brand name. The beauty of a dobson mount is that because it's simple, there's nothing you need to have special knowledge about. I have a 6inch manual dob to go with my computerised 4inch GOTO, and the dob has never had to be collimated even once. Tough as old boots in my experience.

Try this one.

Not 150mm but big enough.
http://www.firstlightoptics.com/dobsonians/skywatcher-heritage-130p-flextube.html

What size you get is all horses for courses really, after all the moon is one of the most beautiful objects you can look at, and even a small scope will give you grand views.

What I really think though is if you are buying a scope, it is one of the few things that is worth actually buying a brand name rather than an 'own brand' like Jessops etc, like with cameras.


Edited By: CFC on Jan 01, 2013 21:15
#31
My bad, that was the cost of the USA orion dobs a few years back, they too have inflated their prices

The deal for the 130p posted by chris is a very good deal

Edited By: fing on Jan 01, 2013 21:34
1 Like #32
When you are looking through these at a distant star or galaxy just remember that the light passing through the lense probably started its journey when our ancestors were still living in trees!
banned 2 Likes #33
buylowsellhigh
When you are looking through these at a distant star or galaxy just remember that the light passing through the lense probably started its journey when our ancestors were still living in trees!

Well this little cluster of galaxies (between 1300 and 2000) is approx 60 million light years away! (So that light started its journey 60 million years ago!)...... and its the nearest Galaxy Cluster to us! (Virgo super cluster if anyone was interested! Madness!

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1005/comacluster_rowe.jpg
#34
On the other hand the light from Capella (42.22 ly) was being emitted at a time when still living relatives looked like they belonged in trees...
#35
Can anyone tell me how this compares to the £40 deal that was posted?
#36
guv
buylowsellhigh
When you are looking through these at a distant star or galaxy just remember that the light passing through the lense probably started its journey when our ancestors were still living in trees!
Well this little cluster of galaxies (between 1300 and 2000) is approx 60 million light years away! (So that light started its journey 60 million years ago!)...... and its the nearest Galaxy Cluster to us! (Virgo super cluster if anyone was interested! Madness!http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1005/comacluster_rowe.jpg


60M yrs ago-was that not the carboniferous period when earth consisted of a joined up land mass surrounded by water and life consisted of amphibians so not even dinosaurs about. Any way I digress-this thread is about astronomy.

Edited By: Capt Kirk on Jan 01, 2013 23:14
banned 1 Like #37
Capt Kirk
guv
buylowsellhigh
When you are looking through these at a distant star or galaxy just remember that the light passing through the lense probably started its journey when our ancestors were still living in trees!
Well this little cluster of galaxies (between 1300 and 2000) is approx 60 million light years away! (So that light started its journey 60 million years ago!)...... and its the nearest Galaxy Cluster to us! (Virgo super cluster if anyone was interested! Madness!http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/image/1005/comacluster_rowe.jpg


60M yrs ago-was that not the carboniferous period when earth consisted of a joined up land mass surrounded by water and life consisted of amphibians so not even dinosaurs about. Any way I digress-this thread is about astronomy.


No that was Pangea...... and it was 300 Million years ago!
#38
Good memory you have Guv,

Is that one of your own photos??

Tell us about your telescope.
banned 4 Likes #39
rockyfella
Good memory you have Guv,

Is that one of your own photos??

Tell us about your telescope.

I dont have a memory according to some!

This is mine - a Celestron 6SE

http://www.sacamera.co.za/data/products/nexstarse6_large.gif

Not my images - but these were taken using this scope.....

http://i1093.photobucket.com/albums/i422/ricounet92/Jupiter_anim_2011-09-16-1.gif

http://images.amazon.com/images/G/01/photo/detailpages/Plato92405_2_shp_b_lg.jpg
#40
Wow.. Brilliant Guv.

And all for £100 :D (or is tht £1000)?

Don't expect anything as good from the OP telescope.

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