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Meade refractor telescope £29 Currys
Meade refractor telescope £29 Currys

Meade refractor telescope £29 Currys

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Hopefully this is decent. Just impulse purchased in the hope it'll do for my husband who asked for a telescope last night!

The Meade range has got some good reviews on Amazon.com. Probably cannot go wrong for the price.

Would this be ok for a bit of window spotting

Really decent price. AZ which is a bonus (eq pointless and fiddly on just an observational scope). Much better than crap you get in places like B&M with plastic optics.

Long focal length so will give decent views of moon, possibly jupiter too, and maybe smaller brighter clusters. Don't go expecting hubble style colour, any amateur telescope through the eyepiece will show grey smudges, the £2000+ scopes just show brighter grey smudges

Wonder what eyepieces it comes with


OPTICAL FEATURES
Eyepiece 1 4 mm
Eyepiece 2 12.5 mm
And further down

- 9 mm & 22 mm eyepieces

22mm will be useful, 9mm less so unless you get a crystal night with moon in full bloom. 4mm will be rubbish.
I'm guessing 9 and 22mm, seems to be standard with most scopes (its what came with my maksutov).

Thats the other benefit with long focal length scopes, you can get away with crap eye pieces or cheap plossls.


Edited by: "jaydeeuk1" 23rd Jan

Purchased thanks, looking forward to seeing lots of birds, particularly Tits, and Uranus.

Ordered, fancy giving it a go at this price

simont_space

Would this be ok for a bit of window spotting

Generally speaking, telescopes intended for astronomical use present an inverted image - since in space, there is no "up".

ordered for my boys birthday cheers

Original Poster

Unfortunately I bought a telescope on eBay two days before I saw this but I'm glad I've found a half decent deal to post finally!

Cheers , Ordered for the Sprogs.

Good price, OK product.
I'm not going to go into the depths of why this is and isn't a good deal.
Instead share a tip to keep the kids happy.
Once setup, ensure you hang some kind of weight from the middle of the tray\tripod.
This will minimise vibration on the tripod, which gets very distracting.

Good price. Would never use it.

TiptreeJam

The Meade range has got some good reviews on Amazon.com. Probably cannot … The Meade range has got some good reviews on Amazon.com. Probably cannot go wrong for the price.



1on4

Hopefully this is decent. Just impulse purchased in the hope it'll do for … Hopefully this is decent. Just impulse purchased in the hope it'll do for my husband who asked for a telescope last night!



Had a quick word with him.....says can y take it back and get a Mercedes Benz instead? (_;)

Thanks ordered will give it a try at that price you can't go wrong

jonnypresley

Purchased thanks, looking forward to seeing lots of birds, particularly … Purchased thanks, looking forward to seeing lots of birds, particularly Tits, and Uranus.


I'll show you Myanus personally for £25 mate. £4 saving. It's what HUKD is all about.

buy yourself pair of 10x50 binos. you'll see more..cold

Thanks op, just reserved one

Oneday77

Good price, OK product.I'm not going to go into the depths of why this is … Good price, OK product.I'm not going to go into the depths of why this is and isn't a good deal. Instead share a tip to keep the kids happy.Once setup, ensure you hang some kind of weight from the middle of the tray\tripod. This will minimise vibration on the tripod, which gets very distracting.


Good tip - but would be great if you could give us a quick rundown of how good this will be for stargazing.

I have a 3inch reflector which I've had since childhood (ie it's 30+ years old). Will this likely be better?

Brianliptov

buy yourself pair of 10x50 binos. you'll see more..cold



oO

Brianliptov

buy yourself pair of 10x50 binos. you'll see more..cold



Only because its wide field and you're getting 2 lots of 50mm aperture.
However for kids they won't be able to hold them for long and it won't get you close up to the moon, and jupiter will still appear as a bright dot with a couple of smaller dots next to it. This'll be ok to around 120x and will probably resolve the GRS.

Out of stock everywhere near me

red23

Out of stock everywhere near me



It was showing as out of stock for me too - but it's just become available for home delivery again so worth checking.
I'm in North London - don't know how home delivery works in terms of areas.

It's a great hobby to get into, but think about what equipment would be best. I would suggest three stages:

First look with your eyes to identify constellations and planets, using the help of a book or an app such as the superb Stellarium to see what is in your night sky at a particular time. Currently Venus and Mars are visible just after sunset, and Jupiter in the mornings before sunrise.

Second, use binoculars as these are portable and easy to point at objects, although may wobble if not rested on something such as a tripod.

Third, telescope. Don't rush into a telescope I would say. These take time to set up and it is not always easy to find objects you want.
Edited by: "MarkShopper" 23rd Jan

simont_space

Would this be ok for a bit of window spotting



Why would you want to spot windows? Surely they are easy to spot anyway.

MarkShopper

It's a great hobby to get into, but think about what equipment would be … It's a great hobby to get into, but think about what equipment would be best. I would suggest three stages: First look with your eyes to identify constellations and planets, using the help of a book or an app such as the superb Stellarium to see what is in your night sky at a particular time. Currently Venus and Mars are visible just after sunset, and Jupiter in the mornings before sunrise. Second, use binoculars as these are portable and easy to point at objects, although may wobble if not rested on something such as a tripod. Third, telescope. Don't rush into a telescope I would say. These take time to set up and it is not always easy to find objects you want.



Only problem is you first start off looking at planets and the moon (and only Jupiter, Saturn and occasionally Mars offer anything to the naked eye). Then you'll be wanting to take photos of DSO, which means a tracking mount, a scope that doesn't give CA, and then all the filters, auto focuser, dew heaters, cooled cameras, reducers. And then you're broke.
Edited by: "jaydeeuk1" 23rd Jan

I own a small telescope (Celestron 102SLT) but I use my bins far more. You will find this telescope will become a great coathanger. I have a passion for astronomy but my scope has coats over it. Just a warning for all you budding astro nuts.

Saying that, this is a great price and slightly better than your average bins and if it whets your appetite then that's great. Meade are a good brand btw even though this is probably made in China.

I've gave heat for the price, if anything you will gain an extra coathook in your house.

jaydeeuk1

Only problem is you first start off looking at planets and the moon (and … Only problem is you first start off looking at planets and the moon (and only Jupiter, Saturn and occasionally Mars offer anything to the naked eye). Then you'll be wanting to take photos of DSO, which means a tracking mount, a scope that doesn't give CA, and then all the filters, auto focuser, dew heaters, cooled cameras, reducers. And then you're broke.



It is best to learn you way round the sky just a bit with the naked eye first though, so to know where to point binoculars or a camera or a telescope. Orion is a good place to start, easy to find and the orion nebula looks good through binoculars.

TiptreeJam

The Meade range has got some good reviews on Amazon.com. Probably cannot … The Meade range has got some good reviews on Amazon.com. Probably cannot go wrong for the price.

1on4

Hopefully this is decent. Just impulse purchased in the hope it'll do … Hopefully this is decent. Just impulse purchased in the hope it'll do for my husband who asked for a telescope last night!



feature creep

Would I be able to see Uranus with this?

Bend over a mirror and you'll see Uranus

simont_space

Would I be able to see Uranus with this?


You're 6 hours too late mate

Brianliptov

buy yourself pair of 10x50 binos. you'll see more..cold



What does Cold look like and why do I want to see more of it?

Brianliptov

buy yourself pair of 10x50 binos. you'll see more..cold



​Accidentally liked comment - was supposed to do it for the comment directly above. Seems a decent price so voted hot

Gutted out of stock

This will simply not do, you need to spend at least £4.5 million on an observatory for basic entry level astronomy.

spaceinvader

This will simply not do, you need to spend at least £4.5 million on an … This will simply not do, you need to spend at least £4.5 million on an observatory for basic entry level astronomy.


so i should start a gofundme?

Reserved in Crawley, Surrey. Thanks OP! I've been binge watching documentaries about space recently, and figured I should probaly have a look in real life... Nice impulse purchase. Heat from me.
Does anyone know a good place to use one? I figured as far away as lights/london as possible..

back in stock for delivery

Brianliptov

buy yourself pair of 10x50 binos. you'll see more..cold



I don't want to see more cold, seen enough already.

jaydeeuk1

Wonder what eyepieces it comes withOPTICAL FEATURESEyepiece 1 4 … Wonder what eyepieces it comes withOPTICAL FEATURESEyepiece 1 4 mmEyepiece 2 12.5 mmAnd further down- 9 mm & 22 mm eyepieces22mm will be useful, 9mm less so unless you get a crystal night with moon in full bloom. 4mm will be rubbish. I'm guessing 9 and 22mm, seems to be standard with most scopes (its what came with my maksutov).



The manual on the MEADE website says it's supplied with 9mm and 25mm eyepieces.

Edited by: "mikerj" 24th Jan
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