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Postby Hon750321 » Thu Feb 25, 2016 7:58 pm

I have moved tp southern spain and want to buy a telescope for star gazing and also viewing ships on our sea view . Would welcome advise on a specific telescope please.
The scope is AstroMaster Celestron 130EQ-MD with a barlow lens.
As you can see im a beginner so not spending too much at the moment.
Thanks in advance
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Re: Brand new to this

Postby Supercooper » Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:08 am

Hi there,

I would respectfully suggest that the refractor is a far better choice for terrestrial and daytime viewing than the Newtonian you're asking about.
Also, the Equatorial mounting is much better suited to Astronomical applications and is a nightmare for terrestrial views.

My suggestion is that you have a look at the SkyWatcher EvoStar 90mm Refractor on Alt-Az with slow motion controls. You'll notice that it's a proper sized planetary telescope, but cheaper than your suggestion! The 130mm Newtonian from Celestron is decidedly so-so when it comes to planetary detail. SkyWatcher make excellent telescopes recommended by SaN magazine and Astronomy Now.
If you decide that terrestrial viewing isn't really important and you want an Equatorial for astronomy anyway - Have a look at the same telescope on Eq - It's still cheaper and much better than the Celestron 130mm Newtonian!

Example here: ... tml#SID=33

This telescope will show you the basics of general astronomy and a good amount of detail on the planets.
Mercury and Venus will show their phases.
Mars will show some dark markings and the polar cap.
You can see at least ten Asteroids.
Jupiter will show two to four bands/belts (and, of course, its four Galilean moons).
Saturn will show its rings, including Cassini's division, and three to four moons on a 'still' night.
Uranus and Neptune will be visible as tiny greeny / bluey discs.
(You can't reliably see Pluto even with a 150mm refractor by eye! Pluto is in Saggitarius, just north of 'the Teapot' ! )
You will be able to explore the craters, mountains, rills and valleys of the Moon when it's in a phase, and the ray craters when it's full.

Your views of shipping and scenery will be equally astounding!
The Alt-Az version of this 'scope comes with 45 degree errecting diagonal. Ideal for terrestrial viewing (Difficult in a Newtonian).

I hope this has been of some help in your decision. Please visit my telescope help website for any more information you require - Link at the bottom.

Barry Cooper (SuperCooper)
For My FREE Telescope Help Website:

Using fab Helios f8 150mm Achromatic Refractor on SkyWatcher EQ5 - enjoing the views!
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Re: Brand new to this

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:58 pm

Have you considered binoculars?
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