Telescope gift for Xmas : wich one to buy ? (300-500$)
For a telescope with the minimum basic features need for long exposure astrophotography, try Celestron Nexstar SE 4. For a Celestron 4SE and a Nikon, you will need a t-adapter 93635-A and a t-ring, 93402
I also have the same kind of question.. my budget goes to 500$ tops but i´m not interested in astrophotography, allthough, i would like a good optics upgrading system.. i´m a begginer but i want to have good/excellent views of deep sky objects, like galaxies and nebulas.. i read that a good set of binocules is a good way to start but i want the whole deal now I can identify some of the constellations and i know at the begginining is going to be difficult since i dont have any kind of experience with binocules or telescopes but i want to risk it anyway.. So my question is if you had 500$ what telescope would you buy to see the most distant objects (mainly galaxies with a little help for begginers).
Is the Celestron 4SE okay or there is another telescope for 500$ worth it?
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If you want to do astrophotography for planets and DSOs and you want a computer, the Celestron 4SE is the minimum in terms of features needed.
Dropping the computer, though, gets you a larger scope, but you still need a motor drive for astrophotography. I would look at an Omni XLT and add a CG4 motor
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Do you want a computer? That is the first question you should answer because it affects the size of scope you can buy and size of scope determines performance. If you do not want a computer, try a reflector, such as the Celestron Astromaster 130EQ. If you want a computer, try the Meade DS2130
A great way to learn more on the basics of choosing a telescope is to first read my article, Telescope First Questions. This gets you started with the two most important decisions to make, right away. Then narrow your choice down even more with my article How to choose the right telescope This discusses the pros and cons of each telescope design.
I also red some issues about the motor drive and the computer connections...
I really dont know what to think about it. they also taked about a extra needed power suplly ...
on the other hand some more simple telescopes have very nice reviews :
ME-TS-80ED-APO but I dont know if we will be able to adapt a DSLR on it.
My main purpose is : viewing planets, good magnification, good optics, motorized possibility and DSLR compatibility.
Yes, the larger the telescope, the fainter the objects and therefore the more objects that can be seen as a result of greater light transmission. Applies to all telescopes as a general rule.
The Meade 80ED is not going to get you far until you get a mount. That is for the optics, only. Price does not include a mount. Yes, you can easily attach an SLR to any refractor. That will quickly blow your budget. expect to pay as much for a good motorized mount as for the scope.
but if I buy the Celestron 5E, the motor is included, right ? (or do I need to buy something separately?)
It seems that there's a lot of issues with this brand in their entry level telescopes, but the problem is that it's the only one that offers eveything in this price range...
Yes, like any GOTO computerized telescope, the 5SE is motorized. No need to buy anything else.
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