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    Telescope for beginner

    I have noticed in the past different deals on telescopes. I was wondering if anyone could help to advise on a decent telescope for beginners?? I know they come in at various prices but something thats good to start off with that won't break the bank.

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    depends what you using it for. to gaze at stars or perv on your neighbours?

    Until you get used to the Sky at Night and the maths/geometry involved, I would go for a PC based system The Meade ETX80 comes in about £250 but is Plug and Play. Failing that you could load Stellarium to your PC and then go for a more manual set-up later.
    stellarium.org/en_GB/

    I have an cheap old 200 power Tasco in the loft if you are near West Sussex, and you can have it. It's a bit fiddley.
    Edited by: "getmeone" 7th May

    Binoculars first to learn the general layout of the night sky.
    Then depends what floats your boat.

    Dobsonian - simple base so more money spent on optical tube are usually a good recommendation.
    They keep it simple and make you learn where everything is - though can be offputting trying to find things manually.

    Goto systems can be had for around £200 secondhand (eg Skymax 127) but you also need a power tank (say £60). to power it. These make it easy to slew to targets that you might find difficult to find manually as a beginner.

    You will probably want to replace the stock eyepieces with something better.
    The 8/9/10mm eyepieces supplied (depending on make of telescope) are usually poor.
    The lower magnification eyepiece (20-30mm) is usually okish.

    Skywatcher/celestron brands are good.

    Stargazerslounge.com has a beginners section where there's plenty of discussion



    Edited by: "cootuk2" 7th May

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    getmeone

    Until you get used to the Sky at Night and the maths/geometry involved, I … Until you get used to the Sky at Night and the maths/geometry involved, I would go for a PC based system The Meade ETX80 comes in about £250 but is Plug and Play. Failing that you could load Stellarium to your PC and then go for a more manual set-up later.http://www.stellarium.org/en_GB/I have an cheap old 200 power Tasco in the loft if you are near West Sussex, and you can have it. It's a bit fiddley.



    Thank you so much for the offer but I'm Lancashire. I'll have a look on that site though

    Original Poster

    cootuk2

    Binoculars first to learn the general layout of the night sky.Then … Binoculars first to learn the general layout of the night sky.Then depends what floats your boat.Dobsonian - simple base so more money spent on optical tube are usually a good recommendation.They keep it simple and make you learn where everything is - though can be offputting trying to find things manually.Goto systems can be had for around £200 secondhand (eg Skymax 127) but you also need a power tank (say £60). to power it. These make it easy to slew to targets that you might find difficult to find manually as a beginner.You will probably want to replace the stock eyepieces with something better.The 8/9/10mm eyepieces supplied (depending on make of telescope) are usually poor.The lower magnification eyepiece (20-30mm) is usually okish.Skywatcher/celestron brands are good.Stargazerslounge.com has a beginners section where there's plenty of discussion



    Wow there's a lot to take in isn't there. I honestly didn't think about binoculars to start with (sounds stupid now I'm thinking about it )
    There was a geertop one on amazon down to £52 I was thinking it was too cheap but had plenty of good reviews.
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