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Postby OUC12 on Fri Sep 26, 2008 4:20 pm

I'm new to using telescopes. I just want a simple but powerful refractor telescope. I was given a Bushnell Deep Space 525x scope and wondered if I could upgrade to a better one. I really don't want to get into the reflector style of scopes yet. Any help or suggestions are openly welcomed.

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Postby JTS on Sun Sep 28, 2008 9:59 am

Your question on what is the best Refractor to purchase depends on what you want to use it for and your budget. Refractors can be expensive if you are looking for a quality scope. What do you want to see? That will help to refine the minimum Aperture, and a range of focal lengths. Many of the better refractors may or may not come with a mount a tripod.
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Postby Guest on Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:36 pm

Well, with the bushnell I was able to see Juipter as a dot (No detail) and what looked like some of it"s moons? I guess what I'm trying to say or see is more detail. I tried to use my 3x barlow but got nothing but a blurr. I know that the .965 eye peices are not up to par but would a adaptor to go up to the 1.25 eye peices help out? My budget would be about $300.00 for now. Would anything in that range help me see what I'm asking or would a reflector be a better choice? Please help!!!

Postby Jne_K on Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:45 am


You need to step up to a larger refractor in terms of both quality and aperture (size of lens or mirror). You can upgrade by switching to 1.25" format eyepieces, but will have a very hard time finding an adapter and you still end up with a small scope. Go with a Celestron Astromaster 90EQ(no computer) or a Nexstar 80SLT (computer). Either one of these should handle 150x with decent image quality on a good night - plenty to see good detail on Jupiter.
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