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Beginners telescope

Postby Lunar girl » Tue Dec 22, 2015 2:21 am

Hi would really appreciate some help from you experienced guys out there. Looking to buy my first telescope and as song goes I am an Absolute Beginner! Budget of £200 for everything. I live in a small town with some light pollution. Looking to use in garden. Am daunted to be honest by the technical nature of this hobby and I am not the most tech savvy girl! Any guidance appreciated. Also looking to buy a book to help me get started. :|
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Re: Beginners telescope

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Wed Dec 23, 2015 12:51 am

Conventional wisdom would suggest a 4.5" reflector but I'm more inclined to go for a short tube refractor, such as a Startravel 80. It will give you wide fields of view for looking at star clusters and enough magnification to show detail on the Moon. It will also serve as a good second telescope if, at some time in the future, you buy a larger telescope. You will also have plenty of change from £200, more than enough to buy a book. For commercial reasons I cannot recommend any books.
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Re: Beginners telescope

Postby Lunar girl » Wed Dec 23, 2015 2:38 am

Thank you so much for your reply much appreciated. Will have a look at your recommendation. Really excited about exploring! Happy Christmas :D
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Re: Beginners telescope

Postby dave.b » Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:52 pm

Don't buy anything with an equatorial mount (in this price bracket) as it will drive you mad! Much better to start with a point and look alt-az mount.

Also consider a pair of binoculars and mount them on a camera tripod.

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Re: Beginners telescope

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Sat Dec 26, 2015 12:09 am

dave.b wrote:Don't buy anything with an equatorial mount (in this price bracket) as it will drive you mad! Much better to start with a point and look alt-az mount.

Also consider a pair of binoculars and mount them on a camera tripod.

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... or you can start off by setting your latitude as the north pole. I did that myself until I understood the mount.

Also, do you have any binoculars?
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Re: Beginners telescope

Postby Lunar girl » Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:08 am

Hi thanks to you and Dave Bs advice about not getting an equatorial mount. I don't have a pair or binoculars although mate has pair of Celestron ones and said they are good for looking at the moon. :D
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Re: Beginners telescope

Postby Starlight2016 » Sat Jan 09, 2016 5:49 pm

Hi all, could someone help identify what model Skywatcher this is for me? I'd like to get a beginner scope for my son and I but also want something of decent quality. I would be buying used.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Beginners telescope

Postby Gfamily2 » Sun Jan 10, 2016 12:34 am

Starlight2016 wrote:Hi all, could someone help identify what model Skywatcher this is for me? I'd like to get a beginner scope for my son and I but also want something of decent quality. I would be buying used.
Any help would be appreciated.

It looks very much like the BK 767AZ1 -
http://www.cameraworld.co.uk/christmas- ... 67az1.html

It's definitely bottom of the range, and I've no idea how good they are. I would expect the mount to be the main problem - I'd not be surprised if it was wobbly, hard to adjust, and tending to slop - so when you centre your target and tighten the bolts it would then tend to sag a bit when you let go.

How old is your son, and how much is this something you're aiming to do together, rather than letting him get on with it unaided?
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Re: Beginners telescope

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:43 pm

I think a small refractor is easier for a child to use.
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Re: Beginners telescope

Postby Supercooper » Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:27 am

Hello,
I have a very useful guide for the beginner wanting to understand all the ins and outs of telescope selection. It has over 36,000 views and can be found by Googling 'supercooper telescope help'.

It's completely free and I would answer your telescope and astronomy questions by email too. Have a look, there's a lot there for anyone who is thinking of buying a telescope.

Cheers, thanks for your attention, Barry
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