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I'd like to buy a wooden and brass telescope as a gift

Postby Tessa Critchlow » Sat Mar 17, 2018 7:50 pm

Can anyone tell me a good one to choose that will still enable us to see planets/star constellations please? As you can tell I'm a beginner...
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Re: I'd like to buy a wooden and brass telescope as a gift

Postby Gfamily2 » Sat Mar 17, 2018 8:21 pm

Hi Tessa.
How much were you thinking of spending? This has a range of nice looking scopes for between £300 and £600
http://www.telescopesandbinoculars.co.u ... copes.html

Unfortunately, most 'traditional' telescopes looking aren't particularly suited to astronomy, as they are based on Nautical telescope designs - for example, the mounts are better for looking towards the horizon rather than high in the sky, and they have relatively small apertures, so the views at night will be less bright and a smaller field of view than you would usually get with an astronomical scope.

However, as planets are relatively bright, you will be able to see details such as the cloud bands of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn with some of these, though I'm not exactly sure whether the optical quality will be very satisfying.

If you're a very generous gift giver, you could consider looking up the MoonRaker range of scopes - but I'm not sure what the delivery time is like for these hand made specials.
http://moonrakertelescopes.co.uk/telescope-range.html
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Re: I'd like to buy a wooden and brass telescope as a gift

Postby EIZO » Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:32 pm

None reallty and all, that is all there was once

http://www.opticalvision.co.uk/astronom ... copes.html

What you will get is BAD chromatic aberration (google it)
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Re: I'd like to buy a wooden and brass telescope as a gift

Postby Aratus » Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:45 pm

Basically there is a reason most modern telescopes are not brass and wood. It is an expensive way of doing it. Since there are very few of them, they will either be shoddily put together, or hand-made, which just adds to the expense. Getting hold of a good second hand one is mostly a matter of luck. An auction house might sell one from time to time.
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Re: I'd like to buy a wooden and brass telescope as a gift

Postby Tessa Critchlow » Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:26 pm

Thanks all for the advice - much appreciated :-)
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Re: I'd like to buy a wooden and brass telescope as a gift

Postby Zippy » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:19 am

HOW ABOUT GALILEO'S TELESCOPE?

No idea what you will be able to see with it, but this replica of his telescope looks so cool for £42
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Re: I'd like to buy a wooden and brass telescope as a gift

Postby Zippy » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:23 am

This a pic of it.
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Re: I'd like to buy a wooden and brass telescope as a gift

Postby Zippy » Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:32 am

Ebay item number 183160407354

Says that it is a 1m long scale replica of his scope and the lenses supplied give magnifications of 67x,80x, and 100x.

Even if the lenses are plastic, can still be a talking piece.
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Re: I'd like to buy a wooden and brass telescope as a gift

Postby Aratus » Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:16 pm

There is a reason why the Galilean telescope is no longer used. The design is a poor one. The field of view will be very small, and there will be aberration around the edge. You can get a better telescope for £40. It doesn't say what the aperture is, but I'm guessing about 2" so it may give the magnifications stated. In the end it is the personal value of having it which matters, so if you really fancy it - go for it.
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Re: I'd like to buy a wooden and brass telescope as a gift

Postby EIZO » Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:55 pm

What cheap rubbish, it is £40, take off manufacturing costs materials, middle man (supplier) and sales the value of the components will be about £5

An instrument of generous scale (1m long)

Hahaha why as if that was of interest

Interchangeable lenses to give 67x. 80x and 100x magnification

A joke, I would like to see it at 10x let alone 20 blow 60x
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