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Jessops 900x70 Telescope £59.99 was £200 with free Cewe Photobook worth £18.99!
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This seems like a really good deal for the money. Regardless of the fact that is should of apparently been £200 this is still excellent for £60. 675x magnification with a good qual… Read more
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The specification of this scope is almost identical to the forty year old scope I actually have. Assuming similar optical quality you will see the main moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, vast detail on the Moon and a number of double stars and nebulae, as well as some of the brighter stars showing their true colours. Maximum usable magnification will be about 150. The tripod will be flimsy and that will make lining up difficult. The equatorial mount is useful because that allows you to follow and object with just one control as the Earth turns, I've always found this an extremely useful feature but would listen to experiences from users of Dobsonian or altaz mounts.

It's powerful enough (if it has an inverting adapter) to act as a very powerful, but not very portable, terrestrial scope.

My opinion is that, at the price, this is an absolute bargain and would be a perfect gift for a 14 year old who is seriously interested in astronomy. It's cheap enough to take the risk and good enough to do the job. Be prepared to spend many hundreds of pounds if the hobby takes off.

Voted hot.
If you buy a telescope as someone new to astronomy you're probably best going for one with an Alt Azimuth mount as these are easier to use, though if you use it often an equitorial mount setup correctly, this will be better (however is a little more complicated to setup).

Most people recommend that anyone new to astronomy go for as big an apperture (biggest diameter) as they can afford as this usually leads to better results. The cheapest large apperture telescopes are usually dobsonian ones and these usually have a small stand which you can rest on a table to look at the night sky.

As Criton's friend states I wouldn't recommend getting a telescope from a high street store.

Depending upon your budget I would go for one of these:


Best low price (£47) firstlightoptics.com/beg…tml (Dobsonian) What images you can expect? you can just about make out saturns rings if you look at the pictures in the amazon reviews in this link --->: amazon.co.uk/Sky…CCW

Best Dobsonian under £100 (£95) firstlightoptics.com/beg…tml (Dobsonian with slightly larger apperture)

Best beginners telescope (£147) firstlightoptics.com/beg…tml (equitorial mounted reflector) I would recommend this one personally as it is quite good for the price and you could use this for a good few years and still be happy with the images you are getting, whereas the other ones you may feel you want to upgrade if you get into astromomy.

Hope this helps!
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whathesmeg44 m ago

I have been doing stargazing for 4 years now, the best possible advice I …I have been doing stargazing for 4 years now, the best possible advice I could give you is make contact with your local astronomy club. On clear nights they usually have different types of telescopes on show. Avoid telescopes that are sold in Lidl. Aldi and other high street stores.You will be amazed how much difference there is in entry level proper stargazing telescopes to the cheaper high street store ones. Don't buy anything you haven't looked through.Download a free program called Stellarium which shows you what is up there to see each day/night. Or Mobile Observatory for Android devices. Welcome to the vast world of outer space.Binoculars are best to start with & I still use them for stargazing.Best proper telescope seller is First Light Optics.


I completely agree with this. I bought a Bresser 76x700 or something like that a while ago. It’s impossible to keeps till and fine tuning to see a specific star is very difficult.
Since then I’ve bought a decent pair of Vanguard binoculars and got a great deal on Celestron 20x80 binoculars.
The later is difficult to hold but works Ona Tripod. In each case of both binoculars I see far better than with the telescope.
A quick google suggests to avoid jessops telescopes. Stick to brands that specialise in stargazing equipment.
Discovery Galaxy Tracker Smart Telescope, 60mm £24 instore @ Debenhams
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Mrs. just messaged me while browsing in Debenhams. Marked down from £80 Best price I can see is £59.99 in Argos and Amazon Navigate the stars using the ‘Star walk 2’ smartphone ap… Read more
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daver773 h, 59 m ago

Terrible reviews here, same/similar …Terrible reviews here, same/similar modelhttps://www.amazon.co.uk/Discovery-Channel-TDK23-Astronomical-Telescope/dp/B01J405YT8?pd_rd_wg=uqf1w&pd_rd_r=15530f18-76f8-40de-89a5-bc600d805d47&pd_rd_w=tS8tc&ref_=pd_gw_simh&pf_rd_r=JRG76ACM61B8DTSQQ9NF&pf_rd_p=18dedb86-eb6c-572b-b13e-18cb6bfc1b7e


ok 'some' poor reviews of a different model......
Why did this get no heat? I brought one yesterday now wondering if it was a good deal?

It seems ok to use
scottybob55 m ago

My little boy loved the space center the other day and been after a …My little boy loved the space center the other day and been after a telescope ever since. Good find. Order one and picking it up tomorrow. I'll let you know what it's like.


Would've ordered but Debenhams won't accept any of my cards. Gutted. Still heat from me.
My little boy loved the space center the other day and been after a telescope ever since. Good find. Order one and picking it up tomorrow. I'll let you know what it's like.
Jessops Telescope 700x76 - was £139.99 at Jessops now £33.99
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Don't know a lot about telescopes but this seems a good deal. 15% off with TELESCOPES15 and free delivery to store.
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Thanks for the info in your posts Mark
I am interested in getting a scope, have a budget of £200, want to attach mobile for photography/videography was looking at the Celestron 31051 Astromaster 130EQ-MD Motor Drive Reflector Telescope amazon.co.uk/dp/…1MJ
Or can anyone recommend a better scope for my budget?
Thanx in advance...
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rhythmandsoul30th Dec 2017

Always amazes me how good the HUKD community are - some amazing comments …Always amazes me how good the HUKD community are - some amazing comments on here and saved me buying rubbish. Thanks all and a happy new year in advance.


Yes it is fantastic, it is nice to see so many knowledgeable people on here. I would go as far as saying hukd is the best public forum in Britain.
I have handed out a celestron 114eq from a friend and just started reading on the topic. Soon after a few astrology forum thread and Phillips books, I ended up buying binoculars. Even without settings up the telescope. Way too much to learn before moving into a telescope to appreciate it completely imho. Olympos 10x50 , Helios naturesport 2 plus are good budget ones. To start you can get an old super zenith 10x50 for 20 quid. Learning curve is steep. Once you now your way in the nightsky and know your telescope and what to expect , you can enjoy more...
Is it possible to get a motorised telescope that streams to an app or software for a reasonable price?
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PANDA 35 x 50mm Monocular Compass Phone Clip Telescope BLACK Mobile Phone Clip, Mini Tripod £6.50 @ Gearbest
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Calling all peeping toms (not really!! haha). Looks similar to the well-reviewed Enkeeo (8 x 30) https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01MA1HYMM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=AWPA24GC… Read more
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Got mine today, makes it 3 weeks and 1 day. You have to adjust the eyepiece as well as the focussing wheel above, to get a good view - but it's pretty impressive for just under £7!

Wouldn't want to risk cracking/scratching my glass protector with the phone clip, but the tripod is useful - the legs and screw are metal, though the feet and connecting piece are plastic.

Seems to be various clones of this all over Aliexpress/Amazon/ebay, some even state 40x60 magnification which is a bit cheeky!! amazon.co.uk/gp/…4SL

As other reviewers mention, I'd guess this is 8x or 10x magnification. Bought another clone of the Panda for my brother-in-law (we often joke how nosey and how much of a curtain twitcher he is, so it's perfect for him)
32802742-c8ceY.jpgEdit: Actually, tinkering around with mine, I've noticed there's nowhere for me to screw the tripod stand in (?!). On the underside there's only a hook for the carry strap.

Sent a ticket to Gearbest, hopes aren't high that I'll get a reply that makes sense...we'll see..
32802742-z49l4.jpgTested side-by-side with Steiner 10 x 26mm Safari Binoculars - I'd say they're similar magnification - the Steiner is *slightly* larger.

Another Edit: The little "hook" actually unscrews to allow you to fit the tripod. D'oh.
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Shipped around an hour ago! Quickest Gearbest order ever!
louiselouise12 h, 24 m ago

Don't point any scope at the sun!! I think it's best to have reasonable …Don't point any scope at the sun!! I think it's best to have reasonable expectations with these cheap monoculars/scopes, nobody seems to be reviewing this for stargazing so I couldn't recommend it for that.


It'll be fine [apparently] - the sun is more than 500m away and this only works up to 500m [according to the amuzing review]
Edited by: "localshop" 28th Nov 2017
Managed to order one, not convinced it won't be rubbish but we'll see.. in about a month lol
polarbaba1 h, 0 m ago

it does look nicer, however no mobile clip.


Yep. The panda one has a larger objective lens, so more light, brighter image, possibly more magnification, built-in compass, and the mobile clip. You pays your money you takes your choice!
Night Vision Monocular Telescope £15.98(Postage included) @ Go Groopie
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Deal ending on 27th July 2017 Description looks decent product. Specifications: Field of View: 500M/ 9500M Field of view: 6.4° Eye Lens Diameter: 20mm Objective diameter: 42mm M… Read more
No, no, no and no.
What happened to #23?
I can see you feel the need to have the last word. Feelings of inadequacy perhaps? Meaningless job? Too much tine?
I know you'll be happy to share your opinion. Looking forward to it.
orbiiino

****nounvulgar slang1.a person regarded as stupid or obnoxious.Very apt … ****nounvulgar slang1.a person regarded as stupid or obnoxious.Very apt methinks


You clearly didn't understand your own post #23.
twat
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a person regarded as stupid or obnoxious.

Very apt methinks
orbiiino

[quote=qbs] Oh. I see now. When you commented on my post #10 you were … [quote=qbs] Oh. I see now. When you commented on my post #10 you were really commenting on your own post #2. That clarifies everything........or maybe not.

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Same number of letters as your mental age.
jessops telescope 900-114 £20 in store
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Reduced from £100 says ex display but opened mine at home and everything was sealed as new. Had quite a few that I could see and even more of the 900-70 versions for the same price… Read more
these are awful, not so much the optics, which sure aren't great, but more the positioning, adjustment of the legs, to find stuff, etc.
but for £20 it's a good way to find out if you care enough to spend more I guess!
hooray.henry

Someone might be using this to spy on Uranus from across the street ?



​Yes, and the ring should be quite clear.
I just went and picked one. There were 2 left however, I don't think these are necessary ex-display. i found a receipt slip in mine saying it's been returned to shop because of a fault. I've called them and they were a bit confused and still insist they're ex-display so i'll give it a go as i have 21 days to return it but a word of caution so you know to try it out properly. the price is bargain though.
Someone might be using this to spy on Uranus from across the street ?
Chrisrules334

Used to own one of these...For seeing the moon or other less distant … Used to own one of these...For seeing the moon or other less distant objects they're greatFor seeing planets... less so. At one point I was going to splurge on a Nexstar but went against it in the end as the UK is too cloudy!



So good enough to spy on the neighbour then.
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75% off quality telescopes at manfrotto
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Know friends who have ordered these and recommended for quality. A bargain for any stargazers out there :)
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Just noticed the following :
Limited period while stocks last.
Offer ends 31st May 2017


Yet the "deal" is still going. Just shows what a con this was. This is just them deperatly trying to sell telescopes they could not sell and pretending it was some sort of great deal.
Edited by: "TangiblePear" 17th Jun 2017
How many friends do you have that have ordered telescopes? Did they all just decide to get into stargazing or something?
Awful awful awful scopes.

As others have said, either spend a bit extra for a Celestron or Skywatcher or save your cash. A decent pair of binoculars would probably be a better option fir most casual astronomers.
Surprised so much negative reaction. I have had a pair of Bushnell binoculars for over 20 odd years found them excellent.
Maybe now everything is made in China reflects in the quality.
jaydeeuk1

This.Even £5000 scopes won't give you colour images to the naked eye, … This.Even £5000 scopes won't give you colour images to the naked eye, just brighter grey smudges as opposed to dimmer grey smudges. you'll need a proper mount, small refractor, with mono camera, software, guider, lrgb filters, Photoshop, deep pockets and a s**t load of patience to get something Hubble like.And then you find out the UK gets about 20 nights a year where you get really decent seeing, and of those 20 you'll find youll be on holiday or need to be up for work at tw@ o'clock. So 5 nights a year realistically. Then you find you need to do windows updates before you start, or camera won't talk to sharpcap, or the ascom driver fails, or your polar alignment is crap, plate solving not working....Quite possibly the most frustrating money pit of a hobby imaginable. I wish I never looked up sometimes



absolutely spot on! been there done that too with a heq5

This listing is complete junk, dont do it.
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Star Finding Telescope £12.50 instore @ Tesco (Coventry)
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Found this at Coventry Crosspoint store today. Down from £75 apparently! Don't know much about these sort of things but it's made by Invintiv. There's a downloadable app that can b… Read more
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The app is standalone, and therefore works with any telescope?
if it's the same thing, argos sell it for 29.99 so still a bargain but not quite the bargain that tesco are trying to make out... let's face it, any telescope that is retailing for 30 quid is probably only good for burning ants and staring through the hot neighbour's bedroom window (and even then, just for the hope than the results)

argos.co.uk/pro…918
spitthedog1964

Said £75 on the label. Got some other pics but not sure how to post them.


If they are your photos, you just need to put them on any webspace you may own (seems to be getting rarer nowadays with isps) or post them to some (free) photosharing site then post the hyperlink here
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spitthedog1964

Said £75 on the label. Got some other pics but not sure how to post them.



I do believe what you say, but if it's the same one I have seen for several months, then it was £25
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Not sure,looks similar.
Bresser Telescope Lyra 70/900 EQ-SKY with mount and tripod £55.40 @ Amazon
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Bresser Telescope Lyra 70/900 EQ-SKY with mount and tripod The Lyra refracting telescope is the perfect instrument for serious beginning and intermediate observers. The profession… Read more
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CR_&_JR

May be because it is Now £211.30


There were seven showing in stock when I commented - a shame that those who have ordered it haven't had the decency to vote hot, and shame on those who had the cheek to vote the deal cold to start with. Thank you MarsorMoon for sharing.
Ajibee

Looks a bargain - seems to be easily £200-£300 elsewhere.



May be because it is Now £211.30
Looks a bargain - seems to be easily £200-£300 elsewhere.
USCAMEL® Bird Watching Waterproof Spotting Scope - 20-60x60 Zoom Monocular Telescope - With Tripod £69.99 -  Sold by USCAMEL and Fulfilled by Amazon - Lightening deal
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Reduced from £219.99 cheapest it's ever been according to CamelCamel. Around £115 everywhere else. Description. Angled spotting scope with variable 20x to 60x magnification and 60… Read more
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Back to 105.99
how about Nikon user?
What's the focal length and aperture?
+ buy 1 get 3% off code under the price using code 20170008
Revelation 15x70 Astronomy Binoculars - £49 via eBay (seller The Telescope House) - C&C
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Hi I was looking for some beginners Astronomy Binoculars and came across these. The reviews are really good and it seems like your getting a lot for your money £49 + £3.90 postag… Read more
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MrDB

I have these and they are fantastic. they aren't light weight but if you … I have these and they are fantastic. they aren't light weight but if you hold them by the barrel closer to the end you can get pretty stable.if you want compact and lightweight these aren't for you but they have great optics and only a tiny amount of chromatic aberration.


Don't mind them being a little bulky if the quality is good
Good find...
Has anyone managed to find / download a decent Messier checklist form so I can cross off what I've seen?


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magpiecleaningco

​John Adamson, yeah right, this is Adam Johnson isn't it........



Rumbled oO
john_adamson999

LMAO X)



​John Adamson, yeah right, this is Adam Johnson isn't it........
DevilD

Perverts weekly states these can easily be used to see the rings and … Perverts weekly states these can easily be used to see the rings and moons of Uranus



Missed that article...which month was it?
MEADE Polaris 130MD EQ Reflector Telescope - Blueonly £93.97 Save £55.03 @ Currys
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A very good price for a decent size starter reflector telescope. £209 on Amazon. Find everything you need to discover the wonders of the night sky with the easy to use Meade Pola… Read more
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xxxxLucy_Louxxxx

I was one of the uneducated few, I presumed you'd be able to see planets … I was one of the uneducated few, I presumed you'd be able to see planets in detail with one of these, always wanted one. We went to a star gazing evening where they had telescopes worth thousands of pounds, you could see the moon very clearly, but everything else was only a dot in the sky, was very disappointed.


Definitely not one of the few!!!
Most people have similar ideas.
Wadadli_Cooler

Wild goose chase I'm afraid. Out of stock for online ordering. No stores … Wild goose chase I'm afraid. Out of stock for online ordering. No stores anywhere in the North West of North Wales have any. They probably just had one ex-display in Inverness or somewhere.



There is one left in the Midlands at 15:00 BST.Hope this helps someone
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Mansfield, NG18 1BW
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Taken with a Celestron 102SLT and a SPC900 Webcam, 2 minutes stacked. I'm very light polluted BTW, I can only detect Mag +2 stars with my naked eye.
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Your equating telescopes to the focal length of a camera lens. The most important parts of a telescope are not focal length but objective diameter and quality of the optics. A reflecting telescope will also have a secondary mirror that will block out some of the light, that is why refractors of similar diameter will always be superior. There are other important parts like resolving power and light gathering but focal length is well down the list, a "fast" image doesn't equate to a better image in the land of telescopes. I ground my own 8" lens (never for it to see any light) so I had to learn about all these factors when doing so.

I have taken similar photo's (although nowhere near as good) as the above picture with my telescope. Software (Registax) takes each image, analyses it, discards the worst and then stacks each image on top of one another to give a composite better image. Some people sharpen the image in Gimp or similar. Stacking images teases out information from the image, it doesn't add to it.

Nasa do the same as what I'm doing. They tease out information from images, they don't falsify it. Some things may be in false colour but that is because our eyes can only see a narrow band of wavelengths. Other things might have enhanced features but again that is teasing out information, not adding to it.

In fairness to your tin foil reference, I haven't been hit on the head by an asteroid since I started wearing mine.
Reduced further. 900x114 Telescope Max magnification: 180x £87.97 ( Was £199.97) @ Jessops
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This Jessops 900 x 114 Telescope is a powerful reflector telescope that features a 900mm focal length and a super large 114mm objective diameter. Designed with great optical perfor… Read more
Re flat Earthers, download the Nasa app of the international space station and watch the live feed of the curved Earth

On a beach if you can view a ship coming on the horizon you see the top of the mast first, proving the Earth is round, As the ship becomes nearer more of the ship appears.
Kyballion

Erm this would occur in a flat earth theory too.If the sun was rotating … Erm this would occur in a flat earth theory too.If the sun was rotating in a disc, the sun would appear to go down and up.It's the same illusion perception as if you were looking down a long corridor. The sides appear to go in and the top and bottom appear to get all into a centre point.We know it doesn't but it looks like it does.As mentioned, this needs to be scientifical and I said I would go halves !I'm not quitting my research until I feel I have a better understanding. But right now the proof for a round earth seems bleek



wouldn't a simple flight around the world on both axis prove it?

I'm sure with the £1000 you can afford it, mr willy fog.
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maltikism

the new edition of the Bible has corrected some of those "typos" saying … the new edition of the Bible has corrected some of those "typos" saying the earth is flat and is only 4000 years old.



Sounds like my wife, no idea why she wears that bra, wish she was fiction.
Kyballion

I have to say, when I was first told about this, I came to the conclusion … I have to say, when I was first told about this, I came to the conclusion that people are definitely devolving back into the Caveman eraHowever I was offered a £1000 to find 1 scientific test I could perform or use that undoubtedly proves this curvature.2 months on and I am only finding evidence and proof for a flat earth.It's kind of mind blowing to start seeing things from this perspective.All you find is mockery and bigots for the curved earth theory, even in the science community.I tried hard to find something, I guess my mate was pretty clever putting a £1000 lump on the table. I still do not own the moneyIf anyone out there can find something that is scientific and 100% proves the curve I would be happy to share the competition winnings!


Do you have a device with GPS? If not, get one and you've just proven the earth is round. For a GPS satellite to orbit the earth it needs to be circling an object with gravity. Flat Earth Theory does not allow gravity to exist, and nobody on earth has invented the crazy maths or physics that would be required to be able to get such an object to be in the right place in a flat earth sky to make GPS possible. That would also mean that relativity is scrapped, so some new physics would have to be fabricated there too, which would likely break quantum theories and mean all your electronic devices you use today can't function. The amount of nonsense that has to be made up with each level of flat earth theory is laughable.
Kyballion

Here come the flat earthers!



​the new edition of the Bible has corrected some of those "typos" saying the earth is flat and is only 4000 years old.
Celestron Powerseeker 50AZ Telescope - £23.99 @ Ryman (Free C&C)
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somersetpaul

The job of a telescope is to capture light, it's the eyepieces which do … The job of a telescope is to capture light, it's the eyepieces which do the magnification. This telescope gathers half as much light as a pair of 8x50 or 10x50 binoculars which are like two telescopes, one for each eye. Buying a 'scope like this will quickly end any interest in astronomy due to the disappointing views.



Decent review telescopereviewer.com/cel…ew/
The job of a telescope is to capture light, it's the eyepieces which do the magnification. This telescope gathers half as much light as a pair of 8x50 or 10x50 binoculars which are like two telescopes, one for each eye. Buying a 'scope like this will quickly end any interest in astronomy due to the disappointing views.
Probably not a great idea to by one from Ryman's if you want a decent one check out virtualastro.org
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Was just looking for a cheap telescope for my 12 year old son, but guess I have to be careful now !
Bilbo1968

If you're a perv you'd be better off with a pair of bino's.



Have to disagree - using a telescope keeps my hands free
Meade refractor telescope £29 Currys
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Seems a bargain starter
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toiletseatlicker

[quote=TiptreeJam] The Meade range has got some good reviews on … [quote=TiptreeJam] 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!



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ctuk

not got it yet but according to an ebay seller:EXTERNAL BOX 270 x 160 x … not got it yet but according to an ebay seller:EXTERNAL BOX 270 x 160 x 980(27cm x 16cm x 98cm)


Thanks.
Quite long then!
nathankw

Quick question for someone who's got one:how big is the box it comes in? … Quick question for someone who's got one:how big is the box it comes in? Trying to work out if I can carry it on my bike!thanks.



not got it yet but according to an ebay seller:

EXTERNAL BOX 270 x 160 x 980

(27cm x 16cm x 98cm)

Quick question for someone who's got one:
how big is the box it comes in? Trying to work out if I can carry it on my bike!

thanks.
No - that's not fair at all!!
I did get suspicious when I still hadn't get a dispatch email by this afternoon when other people had already had there's delivered.

There's one store in London that supposedly has stock so I've reserved there and hopefully will be able to pick it up tomorrow. But not impressed with their service.
£159.99 Celestron SkyProdigy 70mm Computerised Telescope Costco
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Celestron SkyProdigy 70mm Computerised Telescope\ Seems to be over £270 at Amazon and has an RRP of £470 Reviews seem to make this a perfect beginner scope with auto alignment and… Read more
Mark, nice shots but to be fair they are going to mislead people who are buying for their kids. They will not see saturn link that in the 70mm scope here. It'll be more like the 1st image that was posted.
I've an ETX 125 and get shots like yours but even at that visually it's not the same.
The bulk of the money in this scope is in the drive and go to. For the price it's ok but the advice I'd always give ANYONE thinking about buying a scope is to talk to someone in an astronomy club. There are thousands all over the UK and all of them will be delighted to answer any questions I'ms sure of it. Even go to one of your local clubs meetings and ask. They may even loan you a scope to use!
RoosterNo1

But to be fair you ARE NOT SEEING those images, are you ? you are … But to be fair you ARE NOT SEEING those images, are you ? you are taking tons of photos and gluing them together - which takes more kit, and better telescope than this.. its an ENTIRELY different hobby, and irrelevant to the question.




Calm down dear.... most people are happy enough looking at the moon!
RoosterNo1

To "clearly see" planets... you need this:


I currently have in garage 2 or 3 of those, so anybody wanna buy just send message..
RoosterNo1

To "clearly see" planets... you need this:



When this is on offer please make sure you post it
If anyone is passing by and really wants an optical bargain, check out the 'ED' refractors from people like Ian King. They're unbeatable for the price point (but obviously you'll need a mount).

Note: Refractors are per se planetary scopes. The fast short tubes however open up the world of deep space (with some caveats). Astronomy is a journey of research and reading
Professional GOMU 13x50 Spotting Scope Landscape Lens Telescope - £32.07 @ DealExtreme
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This is cheaper than the current amazon lightning deal on the "USCAMEL" variant and possibly the same piece of kit. anyways, makes a mockery of the original amazon price. hope that… Read more
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very good and did not expect anyone to get hte right response so qwuickly! Kudos
I wonder if this will help with spotting flamedeer.....
21% Quidco cashback at the works plus free delivery over £10 with code - Lots of little gifts available inc personalised bauble £1 and telescope £10
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Quidco currently has 21% cashback on the Works plus free delivery over £10 with code QUIDEL10. http://www.quidco.com/the-works/? Lots of little christmas gifts including: Personl… Read more
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jaydeeuk1

That's not true either though. The ones to avoid are the cheap Chinese … That's not true either though. The ones to avoid are the cheap Chinese produced scopes with plastic optics. If you're after a decent starter scope try here.https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginner-telescopes.htmlI started off with a celestron 114eq, couldn't really get the hang of it. Few years ago went for a 127slt which is still firmly in the budget end of scopes, absolutely love it, I'd be lost without computer control. Best bang for your buck, if you're interested in visual astronomy rather than taking photographs are the dobsonian mounted ones.


Yes that's what i was told avoid the cheapo scopes and go for a good set of bins till you get the hang of it and then upgrade never used anything like this myself was looking at buying it for somebody.
waterloo

I was reading this the other day never buy a telescope always buy a good … I was reading this the other day never buy a telescope always buy a good set of bins.


That's not true either though. The ones to avoid are the cheap Chinese produced scopes with plastic optics. If you're after a decent starter scope try here.

firstlightoptics.com/beg…tml

I started off with a celestron 114eq, couldn't really get the hang of it. Few years ago went for a 127slt which is still firmly in the budget end of scopes, absolutely love it, I'd be lost without computer control. Best bang for your buck, if you're interested in visual astronomy rather than taking photographs are the dobsonian mounted ones. Bins are always good to have too, if my scope is taking videos of Jupiter or I have my DSLR attached then I often get my bins out.
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jaydeeuk1

Please don't buy that telescope, you'll put kids off astronomy for life. … Please don't buy that telescope, you'll put kids off astronomy for life. Pair of binoculars will be a million times better.


I was reading this the other day never buy a telescope always buy a good set of bins.
Vivitar Blue Telescope + Microscope + Binocular Kit - £25 tofs
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Just picked up the perfect present for my little lad. I just bought this branded telescope with binoculars for £25 which seems like a good price. apparently it was £50 but not sure… Read more
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It's one way to stifle your child's curiosity
Vivitar telescope? Nooooo

Some things you can't buy cheap, better off buying a £25 pair of bins instead of a pile of tat that'll just turn anyone right off immediately
You'll be utterly disappointed when it arrives. Read the reviews: amazon.co.uk/pro…s=0
Minox compact telescope £71.09 @ CPC Farnell
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Interesting little scope. Could make a good Christmas present? £120 on Amazon
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aravind_svu

would this be any better - … would this be any better - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00K9SYPAE/ref=pd_aw_sim_sbs_421_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=RZ2M8A75JTJAA6ZKJNE5

Yes, it looks better to me. It's only 16cm (6.4 inches) and obvioulsy doesn't need a tripod. If I was looking for a monocular, that's the one I'd buy
aravind_svu

would this be any better - … would this be any better - https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B00K9SYPAE/ref=pd_aw_sim_sbs_421_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=RZ2M8A75JTJAA6ZKJNE5



No that's a completely different thing. The Minox would fit in a trouser pocket - that Polaris is a spotting scope with a tripod.
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