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What are the Best Telescopes for around $150

Postby steve on Wed Nov 16, 2005 8:02 pm

I am trying to figure out what the best 2 or 3 telescopes are for around $150 and why these are better than others. Can anyone help with so many options? I want to do this with my two kids and it will be used for plants and stars and hopefully more further down the road. I want quality and not disappointment after I learn how to use. It sounds like reflector types may lead to more maintenance with the exposed mirrors? Is this true?
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Postby AstroBoy on Wed Nov 16, 2005 9:31 pm

You do need to be more careful with a classic Newtonian reflector, avoiding dust, mist and condensation. But the greater light gathering ability and smaller package outweighs those issues for me.

Schmidt-Cassegrain and Maksutov-Cassegrain ("Mak") scopes have a lens at the front that seals the mirror system. There are a few Maks in your price range, usually sold as spotting scopes as they produce an upright image suitable for terrestrial viewing. Lomo has some nice scopes with interchangeable eyepieces in your price range.

Be forewarned that many refractors in your price range are not very good as they are easy to manufacture. Reflectors require higher technology and more careful design/manufacturing. There aren't too many bad reflectors out there as it usually isn't worth the effort to build them. If you don't care about the image quality, then you build a refractor instead...
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Postby opticsplanet.com on Fri Nov 18, 2005 9:34 am

Hi

I agree. The main factors in telescope performance are aperture (size of the lens or mirror) and quality of the optics. Small 60mm refractors under $100 are seriously deficient on both counts.

For the dollar, you get a larger scope with a reflector. Most reflectors under $200 are 114mm (4.5"). Though not large, this is enough to get started on the brighter deep-sky objects and also do some planetary observing.

My favorite telescope to recommend for beginners who don't mind going manual is a 6" Dobsonian such as the Celestron Starhopper, http://www.opticsplanet.com/celestron-s ... scope.html This is large enough to qualify in my book as a serious astronomy scope and it is also simple and easy to use. Unfortunately, Dobsonians don't get enough attention from beginners because they lack all the bells and whistles and whiz-bang gadgetry, but I'd wager a bet that fewer Dobsonians end up in the closet after a few nights of observing than any other beginner telescope.
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Postby Virginia on Mon Dec 05, 2005 3:46 pm

What does anyone think about the Galileo telescopes? Looking at the 900mm x 102mm Newt. reflector FS-102 NT.
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Postby opticsplanet.com on Mon Dec 05, 2005 7:04 pm

Hi

Galileo telescopes will be comparable in quality to Bushnell, Tasco, Meades and Celestrons at the same price.
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