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Want the best for the money

Postby sonerias@sbcglobal.net on Wed Mar 31, 2004 3:02 pm

I'm in the market for a pc controlled telescope for around $1000.00, I want to set it up and view from my monitor. Any suggestions?

PC Compatible Telescope

Postby Stan @ Opticsplanet on Tue Apr 06, 2004 10:04 am

Thank you for your interest in www.OpticsPlanet.com. If you would like to control a telescope from your PC, the first step is getting a GOTO capable telescope. It will also need an RS 232 port to connect with your computer. Most of the telescopes with that ability will include the needed software. The following telescopes are recommended for your application:

http://www.opticsplanet.com/ci-nextstar-130gt.html, Celestron 130 GT,
http://www.opticsplanet.com/clstrn-nxtstr-8i.html, Celestron Nexstar 8i,
http://www.opticsplanet.com/meade-ts-etx-125-at.html, Meade ETX 125,
http://www.opticsplanet.com/meade-ts-lx200-gps-smt.html, Meade 8" LX200GPS,

The programs will only show you what you are looking at on a star map. To actually see the item you'll still need to look through the scope. To display the actual image from the telescope on your screen, you will need an eyepiece with a camera built in to the unit. We only carry one such eyepiece at the moment. The Meade electronic eyepiece is available here, http://www.opticsplanet.com/me-electronic-eyepiece.html. Unfortunately it is a low resolution, .08MP, camera. On a regular TV screen the image will be fine, but on a computer screen it will appear quite blotchy.

I hope this information has been helpful. Good Luck.
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