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Suggest cheap scopes for an amateur on limited budget

Postby madmartian » Tue Dec 20, 2005 3:26 pm

I already have one 60mm refractor, but feel that another telescope would really heighten my appreciation of the heavens.
Can anyone suggest a cheap, good value, all-round telescope please?
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RE: Suggest cheap scopes for an amateur on limited budget

Postby thething » Tue Dec 20, 2005 5:23 pm

How much do you have to spend and where abouts in the country are you?
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RE: Suggest cheap scopes for an amateur on limited budget

Postby madmartian » Wed Dec 21, 2005 11:26 am

I live in the Midlands and am looking at under £100. Very limited budget!
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RE: Suggest cheap scopes for an amateur on limited budget

Postby madmartian » Wed Dec 21, 2005 12:00 pm

Before anyone suggests it, I know this is sort of the wrong forum. I put it here because people are probably more likely to see it than in "Astro Buy and Sell".
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RE: Suggest cheap scopes for an amateur on limited budget

Postby Chanctonbury » Wed Dec 21, 2005 1:40 pm

There is a one off chance to buy a 4.5" Reflector with EQ mount and a couple of eyepieces from Pulsar Optical. They have put this together from 'bits' but they are a reputable company (I have bought all my gear from them but have NO connection with them!) and the extra aperture will give you a lot of benefit for £99.00:-

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This does represent a very good buy.

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RE: Suggest cheap scopes for an amateur on limited budget

Postby madmartian » Wed Dec 21, 2005 1:40 pm

Do they deliver?
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RE: Suggest cheap scopes for an amateur on limited budget

Postby Chanctonbury » Wed Dec 21, 2005 4:10 pm

Yup!
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RE: Suggest cheap scopes for an amateur on limited budget

Postby g4aqb » Wed Dec 21, 2005 11:40 pm

Hi!

I know your budget is tight, but like yourself I was looking for a good scope and reasonably priced. I decided on the Skywatcher 130m. Paid about 150 pounds and never regretted it!!!
A super 5.1" reflector with motor drive and EQ2 mount, worth the extra 50 - 60 quid.
Have a look at my website to see what it does:

[url=http://www.g4aqb.org.uk]www.g4aqb.org.uk[/url]

(If you join UK Astroimaging (free!) you can get 10% off the price from some suppliers - www.ukastroimaging.co.uk )

Steve
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RE: Suggest cheap scopes for an amateur on limited budget

Postby sky » Fri Dec 23, 2005 10:36 pm

I'd agree with that, I have a skywatcher 130M and paid 140 for it. g4aqb your images are class, far better than I am getting! Good to see someone getting some decent images without spending thousands!

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RE: Suggest cheap scopes for an amateur on limited budget

Postby col » Fri Dec 30, 2005 4:50 pm

wow g4aqb, im impressed by your pics that much, makes me want to try and get some of my own, but ill be just useing a cam hand held,or might get a bracket, dont have a laptop so a toucam would be awkward i think. if i manage to get anything ill post em , im still hoping for clear skies,havnt had one for ages.[:(]
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