First scope which needs to be portable

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First scope which needs to be portable

Postby ep236 » Tue Nov 28, 2017 3:01 pm

Hi

Would be grateful of some advice. I'm looking to buy my husband a telescope as a birthday gift. He is a knowledgeable about the night sky but has never owned a scope before, having star gazed just with the naked eye or with his birding binocs (8 x 42).

We live in a town so it will most likely be used on trips up into the Yorkshire Dales, camping trips (drive to site and pitch up) or whilst at our caravan on the north Wales coast, where we get some fantastic dark skies.

Our five year old is increasingly interested in the night sky and I'd like this to be a way for them to begin stargazing together.

I keep coming back to the Celestron Travel 70 though this is perhaps due to me being able to find very little else that's marketed as being portable. I keep hesitating though as I don't want something too basic. Budget up to around £150 so I could go for something else if there are any suggestions.

Would appreciate any advice. Thanks in advance.
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Re: First scope which needs to be portable

Postby EIZO » Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:57 pm

For that you are not going to get much of a scope at all, personally I would either wait until you had a larger budget or look at pre owned

The scope you refer to is really a childs scope, that in my opinion is poor enough to put someone off. At that price binoculars are really much better.

In MY opinion THIS would be a better choice, instantly available, NO setup needed, take out of the car and use, and can be expapned as you grow

Sky-Watcher SKYLINER-150P

Check ebay for pre owned, just remember to ask

"is the scope in perfect working condition without faults"

If the don't reply AVOID

If they say yes you are 100% covered for any faults you fins
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Re: First scope which needs to be portable

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:29 pm

I like my Skywatcher Startravel 80. Unless you later upgrade to an ED or APO you will continue to use it as a widefield telescope, even if you get a bigger one later.
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Re: First scope which needs to be portable

Postby EIZO » Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:38 am

The problem is your limited budget, very low really and whilst people will tell you that you can get scopes for that you will soon realise they are not really any more than in MY opinion, toys.

This would really be the better buy

https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginn ... onian.html

DO NOT get any scope that has an EQ mount, you will spend so much time trying to polar align it in the cold and damp you will lose interest, go for either a DOB or an AltAz such as my William Optics EzTouch mount,
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Re: First scope which needs to be portable

Postby dave.b » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:26 am

I trust you mean AZ (alt-az) mount at the end of that last sentence.
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Re: First scope which needs to be portable

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:18 pm

EIZO wrote:The problem is your limited budget, very low really and whilst people will tell you that you can get scopes for that you will soon realise they are not really any more than in MY opinion, toys.

This would really be the better buy

https://www.firstlightoptics.com/beginn ... onian.html

DO NOT get any scope that has an EQ mount, you will spend so much time trying to polar align it in the cold and damp you will lose interest, go for either a DOB or an AltAz such as my William Optics EzTouch mount,


Like it or not many of us need to deal with the restrictions of a low budget. Yes, a big budget helps but it is possible to do interesting stuff. All it needs is a bit of research and a lot of practice.

One of my favourite sayings is that while it's raining, a £50 telescope is just as good as a £5 000 one.
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Re: First scope which needs to be portable

Postby EIZO » Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:14 pm

IF budget is limited there are plenty of GOOD scopes available Pre owned rather than a cheap new one
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Re: First scope which needs to be portable

Postby EIZO » Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:14 pm

One of my favourite sayings is that while it's raining, a £50 telescope is just as good as a £5 000 one.

and when it isn't a £200 scope is better than a £50 one :)
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Re: First scope which needs to be portable

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:52 pm

EIZO wrote:IF budget is limited there are plenty of GOOD scopes available Pre owned rather than a cheap new one


I own two 'scopes that cost less than £100. They are stored under my bed because the telescopes I bought later (new) meant that I never used them. Yes, they were limited but I got many hours of use out of them and one travelled tens of thousands of miles with me.

Unless you include a DSLR camera I bought nearly 3 years ago, my most recent telescope purchase was my Coronado PST in 2005. However, with my knowledge of the sky and a lot of learning, I like to think I get some interesting snaps and observations. Knowing also the time I have available and the limitations of where I live, a 1m Dob (for example) would just not get used much. Apart from one of my cameras packing up, if I had any budget, I would prefer to spend it on solar equipment. I'm working most evenings now and am more likely to have spare time during the day.
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