Jessops 800-80 Astronomical Telescope was £119.99
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Jessops 800-80 Astronomical Telescope was £119.99

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Found 31st Dec 2013
Jessops 800-80 Astronomical Telescope
An Ideal starter scope for any budding astronomer, everything required to open up the fantastic world of astronomy and bring the delights of space observation down to earth. Furthermore, the unit is supplied part assembled making the assembly process a breeze.

Specification:
800mm focal length
80mm objective diameter
Focal ratio: F/10
40x Minimum magnification
399x Maximum magnification


Box Contents:
Reflector telescope
6mm, 12.5mm and 20mm eyepieces
Electronic red dot finder scope (battery included)
3x Barlow lens
Aluminium tripod
Altitude slow-motion adjustment bar

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Just bought this for hubbies birthday next week. So fingers crossed! £3.99 postage and delivered in 2-3 days.

Is it true you can only see the moon with these?

Anyone know of good ones that you can see more for less than 100.00 ?

For a reflector, 150mm mirror is generally considered minimum, this is 80mm. However, it looks better in the online pictures than the £25 telescopes that have been in the deals from supermarkets, and at that price could be worth a punt. You'd be able to see Jupiter, Saturn and Venus with it, and some of the brighter deep sky objects, as well as stars.



canada16

Is it true you can only see the moon with these? Anyone know of good ones … Is it true you can only see the moon with these? Anyone know of good ones that you can see more for less than 100.00 ?


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This one gets the thumbs up from Starazing lounge for value for money, but over your £100 budget, and over £100 more than original post

Would this be suitable for an aspiring peeping tom?

Although you can technically get to 399x magnification (the 6mm eyepiece with the barlow lens), the most I'd expect to get out of this is maybe 80x or 90x, maybe less (cheap glass you'll just end up seeing imperfections in the lenses).

These will show you the planets, but they won't be what you are expecting. They will be small coloured dots, maybe able to resolve a little more detail on the big planets (Jupiter and Saturn). The views of the moon would be excellent, and open clusters such as Pleiades are pleasant to look at (but unexciting for most as they just appear as pockets of stars).

As an example, I took this photo a few years ago with a 6" newtonian telescope (£150, Skywatcher 130 the one in the post is only a 4" telescope). Note the colour distortion, the obvious pattern from the cheap lens.

http://i.imgur.com/6clQl.jpg
Edited by: "JBardey" 31st Dec 2013

Im looking for a decent beginner telescope ( second hand would do just fine) are there any good recommendations ? i obviously would like to keep the cost relatively low and i dont need to be able to see the entire galaxy in an egg cup lol.

It's nice to get an insight into this, something I know nothing about.

Before buying please visit stargazerslounge.com/ so that you understand what you're getting with this sort of scope. i.e. not much.

I purchased a 2nd hand scope last year for £130 and it was miles better than this one. I still sold it on though because of the hassle of getting it out of the garage and set up, esp. when it's freezing outside (which it will be, because it'll be clear skies you want and that's when the temp drops).

My recommendation would be if £40 is what you want to spend to look at the stars, get a pair of binoculars. You're far more likely to use them (just step outside the back door and put to your eyes!) and a £40/£50 pair will give some reasonable views of the moon and some of the DSOs (dark sky objects). Part of the hobby though is really learning about the sky and understanding what you're looking at. You won't get anywhere near the images that you see on the BBC website or whatever. Not until you've spend £1k+ on a set up that allows astro photography anyway!

Just my tuppence worth.

Please dont buy that. Whether the glass is any good is not the point. The horrible cheap mount will drive you to drink. Its so hard to use a wobbly mount. Consider this instead. You just set it on a table or wall.
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Same price and a ton better. Cheap mounts are the pits.

Binoculars are good if you like them and can hold them steady enough. I can't and for me its a telescope every time.
Edited by: "CFC" 31st Dec 2013

You can certainly see more than the moon (although the moon looks AMAZING with this). I have seen the rings around Saturn and the moons of Jupiter. The craters on the moon are in so much detail, it's just fascinating.

Admittedly it's not the best telescope but its great for a beginner or someone in a small budget. I would say the quality image I saw was similar to the one in the above post.

The main problem is the tripod, there is no way to swivel or tilt the scope without physically loosening the screws and moving it then tightening it. The red dot finder is good though.

Nothing beats finding and seeing the planets yourself.

I also had the skywatcher 130 for a while, it wasnt a cheapy lens, i didnt get any distortion and could clearly see the cassini division of Saturn, maybe JBardey was having issues setting it up right.

Great value for money with a decent sturdy equatorial mount, a little fiddly to get right but thats the story with a lot of manual tracking scopes

CFC

Please dont buy that. Whether the glass is any good is not the point. The … Please dont buy that. Whether the glass is any good is not the point. The horrible cheap mount will drive you to drink. Its so hard to use a wobbly mount. Consider this instead. You just set it on a table or wall.http://www.firstlightoptics.com/heritage/skywatcher-heritage-76-mini-dobsonian.htmlSame price and a ton better. Cheap mounts are the pits.Binoculars are good if you like them and can hold them steady enough. I can't and for me its a telescope every time.



Seconded. Aside from the mount, the Skywatcher scope should also have much better optics.

The claim of 399x magnification is a warning sign: I don't think you can usefully go above 250x or so in UK skies, even with an extremely large and expensive scope. In general, I'd only trust an astronomical brand name: Skywatcher, Celestron, or similar. I don't think this Jessops thing is quite as terrible as a lot of department store scopes... but still, you can do better.

Im in the attic in our house and we have a huge roof window and i would love a telescope which could connect to my laptop and/or computer, ive spotted one on ebay but does nowhere else sell anything like that ?

Is there any point in the higher magnifications? As far as I understand, they go way beyond what this scope can resolve anyway.

I was going to build a telescope from an old (admittedly not stellar) 500/8 lens, together with a 10mm or a 6.5mm eyepiece. It would beat this on price, but would it give a comparable quality? A 60mm refractor should be comparable to an 80mm relector, I guess.

scousethief

Im looking for a decent beginner telescope ( second hand would do just … Im looking for a decent beginner telescope ( second hand would do just fine) are there any good recommendations ? i obviously would like to keep the cost relatively low and i dont need to be able to see the entire galaxy in an egg cup lol.

Well, with BBC1's Stargazing Live coming up in a week's time (Jan 8th ), I'd either buy before the rush, or a few weeks afterwards when everybody has become disillusioned with the cheap, crappy telescopes they impulse-bought, having watched the show.

The thing is: all these cheap telescopes are pretty useless. You really need to spend some hundreds to get one big enough to see anything worthwhile. But you also need a good, sturdy mount or it'll wobble so much that it's useless. Reckon on a starting price of £300 for an 8 inch dobsonian. Oh and don't forget, it's mostly cloudy in the UK and the light pollution will obscure most of the good stuff on the few, rare, clear nights (and buy yourself a woolly hat, too)
Edited by: "pete_l" 31st Dec 2013

I took this on a12.5" rental scope.... Used to want my own, but the investment for the casual dabbler is far too much

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2757/4240743467_502377eec8_z.jpg
Edited by: "oobie38" 31st Dec 2013

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This model works great for the money, but it's a shame the normal price is so sky-high in the UK, you can get this for 50 euro in Germany without any promotions, it's just Jessops adds £80 on the top of it.

I got mine a couple of years ago for the same price so the deals been around ages. The telescope is not as useless as people are making out, I really enjoyed using it and it enabled me to see things I couldnt have otherwise seen. For the price it's a pretty good start to see if you enjoy it. The thing is, I hate the cold!

Yeah it's not the most expensive high quality one but we didn't have £1000 + to spend and its likely to end up not being used often.

I was using this telescope and spotted the following on the moon:

http://wg.popcorn.cx/films/gdo/images/cooker.jpg

Last time I was there Costco were doing a deal on a scope with loads of expensive lenses.

canada16

Is it true you can only see the moon with these? Anyone know of good ones … Is it true you can only see the moon with these? Anyone know of good ones that you can see more for less than 100.00 ?


Well, it doesn`t come with a moon filter, so no this set up (as it stands) wouldn`t be any good for moonwatching.

I totally agree with the others that recommend getting a decent set of binoculars. They`re easier to use, with no set up, plus, you can use them for other stuff, too. Amazon usually have decent Celestron binoculars for less than £50.

Tempted.

While I`m on the subject I`ll also recommend this guide Turn Left at Orion, for anyone into Astronomy really.

oobie38

I took this on a12.5" rental scope.... Used to want my own, but the … I took this on a12.5" rental scope.... Used to want my own, but the investment for the casual dabbler is far too much



Amazing photo. I am sure I saw is on twitter recently or was that someone else?

Use code BINOS10 for 10% extra off making it £35.99

BINOS10

thats made me buy these thanks op and cmoi

Definitely get binoculars rather than this, BUT make sure they are ones that you can attach a tripod adapter to, and get yourself a camera tripod or monopod.

(Edit: Even if you get binoculars without a tripod adapter attachment point, you can still buy special binocular clamps that work with binoculars. The tripod adapter attachment may be easier to use, though.)

If you want to look through a telescope, join a local astronomical society and go along to one of their observing evenings.

I own an 8" Celestron skycatcher (basic Newtonian telescope) with a Dobsonian mount. You can see some great views with it, but it cost me about £550 along with a collection of good eyepieces, and I've used it about 20 times in the last 10 years. It was not a good investment for me.

However, I am lazy, and I don't like the cold!
Edited by: "davtom" 31st Dec 2013

ill probably only use this one or two times, so I think £40 is a good price to find out if you enjoy it.

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davtom

Definitely get binoculars rather than this, BUT make sure they are ones … Definitely get binoculars rather than this, BUT make sure they are ones that you can attach a tripod adapter to, and get yourself a camera tripod or monopod.(Edit: Even if you get binoculars without a tripod adapter attachment point, you can still buy special binocular clamps that work with binoculars. The tripod adapter attachment may be easier to use, though.)If you want to look through a telescope, join a local astronomical society and go along to one of their observing evenings.I own an 8" Celestron skycatcher (basic Newtonian telescope) with a Dobsonian mount. You can see some great views with it, but it cost me about £550 along with a collection of good eyepieces, and I've used it about 20 times in the last 10 years. It was not a good investment for me.However, I am lazy, and I don't like the cold!


Can't you get a night shift job so you can go out in the afternoons? oO

jonnyd1987

Im in the attic in our house and we have a huge roof window and i would … Im in the attic in our house and we have a huge roof window and i would love a telescope which could connect to my laptop and/or computer, ive spotted one on ebay but does nowhere else sell anything like that ?


You probably won't get very good results using it indoors even with the window open - this video explains why (look at 6 mins onwards)

I have this scope, and it's a right pain in the backside. The stand is the main issue, as mentioned. I've never yet managed to see much other than the moon through it, it's like trying to aim an oiled pig in a slingshot at a monkey on a distant hill. It does get pretty good shots of the moon, mind you. Although my plan to hook it up with an SLR didnt really work out, as the focal lengths were all wrong and then I got bored..

oobie38

I took this on a12.5" rental scope.... Used to want my own, but the … I took this on a12.5" rental scope.... Used to want my own, but the investment for the casual dabbler is far too much



Or maybe you read reddit and stole the picture from here:

img.izismile.com/img…jpg

oobie38

I took this on a12.5" rental scope.... Used to want my own, but the … I took this on a12.5" rental scope.... Used to want my own, but the investment for the casual dabbler is far too much



That's an amazing pic.and probably what people are unfortunatetly expecting from this scope!

I think its glasses your looking for, never mind a telescope

dickybowes

Or maybe you read reddit and stole the picture from … Or maybe you read reddit and stole the picture from here:http://img.izismile.com/img/img5/20120829/640/watching_the_sky_with_a_diy_telescope_640_09.jpg

I bought a Jessops telescope this time last year, it was awful - could only see the moon!

Spend the money on some of their binoculars, trust me :-)

does it feel big in your hands? I need a wide shaft

Do you guys know if you can get telescopes that can be set up then remotely operated to view say on an IPad or PC ?

Can anyone recommended some decent binoculars then?
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