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first time buyer

Postby thenewguy on Fri Dec 26, 2008 1:39 am

I got a gift card to target and they have the meade 8" Dob for $399 I was wondering what I can expect to see from this. I live in a suburb also so light pollution might be a problem but let me know what you think.
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Postby Jne_K on Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:16 am

Hi

That's a fine choice. The main factor in telescope size is diameter of the mirror or lens - not the magnification or power - so a larger scope is a better choice in terms of performance. A small telescope can see exactly the same TYPES of objects - moon, planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters - as a large telescope, but a larger telescope can see more objects and more detail in those objects. An 8" scope is considered entry level large telescope. Will take a long time to see all that is available in this one.
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