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astronomical telescope with tripod £10 in-store @ Asda
astronomical telescope with tripod £10 in-store @ Asda

astronomical telescope with tripod £10 in-store @ Asda

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Another hobby which i'm sure people wouldnt mind taking up - astronomy

£10 for this telescope set - even as a gift its a bargain!

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Original Poster

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We Had A Similar One From Elc Last Christmas, I Sold It A Few Weeks Ago On Ebay, It Was A Flop!!!! Good Idea But Not Great/easy To Use For Kids, Its Ok For Spying On Neighbours!!!! (only Joking) But Not To Good For Star Gazing!!!!

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i guess but its a start u know? esp with the decent telescopes goin into their hundreds at least u can look at the moon and ur rather milf neighbour.

i bought one last week in asda, put it away for sons xmas

I bought one too!

when quizzed about it by my (foxy) neighbour, as I unloaded it from my car - I told her "It's handy for looking at Uranus"

Oh how we laughed as she instantly slapped a protection order on me.

Original Poster

*LMAO*

hahahaha

hocka

We Had A Similar One From Elc Last Christmas, I Sold It A Few Weeks Ago … We Had A Similar One From Elc Last Christmas, I Sold It A Few Weeks Ago On Ebay, It Was A Flop!!!! Good Idea But Not Great/easy To Use For Kids, Its Ok For Spying On Neighbours!!!! (only Joking) But Not To Good For Star Gazing!!!!




that may be the case but id rather spend a tenner on something that no doubt will break or will became another item in my loft! :giggle:

Voted cold, as the quality of this sort of cheap telescopes is atrocious, you'd be lucky to even see the moon properly with it. The size of the lens on the front may look alright, but inside the telescope the aperture is less than half an inch, severely reducing the amount of light reaching the eyepiece, and the clarity.

Some things to consider when taking up astronomy:
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[*]its often best to start with a pair of binoculars, then if you decide astronomy isnt for you, you can still use the binoculars in the day! However, try before you buy, you'll be holding them against your eyes looking upwards for minutes at a time as your eyes adjust to the sky and you notice more and more detail in one place.
[*]telescopes that advertise their magnification power rather than the sizes of their lenses or mirrors are generally not worth the bother. (this one is unusual in advertising the size of the first lens, but as I said before, the inside is restricted to save on money).
[*]with both binoculars and telescopes, the size of the aperture (ie lens/mirror) is more important than the length (which effectively increases magnification). Its no good looking at a big image of Mars or Saturn if you can barely see it or focus on it. Focus is also important, while everything in the sky will be so far away as to require the same focus setting, changing the eyepiece lens (to obtain a different magnification) will need refocusing, and different temperature conditions will affect the focus, a nice smooth focus action is very useful (but can add to the cost).
[*]with increased magnification, you decrease the light that you're seeing, as the telescope collects no more light, that is entirely dependent on aperture.
[*]whatever you get, you need somewhere dark to look at the sky, so factor in the cost of travelling and take warm clothing - even in summer.
[*]you will not get brilliant results at first, it takes a lot of practice and familiarity with the sky. However, an early look at Saturn through a good telescope (go along to a local astronomy club meeting - plenty are listed in the Astronomy Now magazine - they'll also give you good advice on how to start) will leave you hooked for life.
[*]have a read around, there's several good monthly astronomy magazines with sky charts and targets for beginners to observe (though I'd shy away from the american ones: Astronomy and Sky & Telescope, they tend to regard beginners as those with $1000+ to spend on a telescope!), and a number of books targeted at beginners.
[*]if you do get hooked, don't fall into the trap of getting a bigger telescope asap, I've managed to stick to my 6" reflector telescope for 3 years, despite being sorely tempted by 8-10" beasts and computerised mounts to find specific stars in seconds.
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