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Postby Nam Nguyen on Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:25 pm

I am planning on purchasing a telescope but I have no idea which of the three I've been looking at to pick out. The three telescopes that I have been looking at are the celestron 130eq, meade etx-80, or the meade ds-2130. Which should I get?
Nam Nguyen

Postby Jne_K on Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:10 am


Since the main factor in telescope size is diameter of the mirror or lens - not the magnification or power - a larger scope is a better choice if you want a scope that has potential to maintain an interest in astronomy. A small telescope can see exactly the same TYPES of objects - moon, planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters - as a large telescope, it just can't see as many of them or as
much detail in them as a larger telescope. If you are concerned with performance, buy the largest telescope you can afford (not the one that advertises the most power) that has all the features you want.

If you want the computer, go with the DS. If not, go with the Celestron EQ
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