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First telescope

Postby blaa on Sun Jan 04, 2009 6:50 pm

After done some skywatching with binoculars im planning to buy my first telescope. I guess the number one priority is good portability since im going to be moving it a lot, but still a objective larger than 100mm would be nice (if that's possible?).

I'm also probably going to do some astrophotography so what would this require from the telescope? A motor to compensate for earth's movement? I don't really need a computer to find objects in the sky though because I think doing that manually is half the fun. Considering my requirements can you get a decent scope for about 500$?

Postby Jne_K on Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:15 am


Not really much of an option in a scope without a computer at that price that still has the other features that you want. To get the portability, you will need a fork or single arm mount, not an equatorial, and to get one with a drive, only options are scopes with computers. I would strongly suggest a Meade ETX-90 as your best option at that general price.
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