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buying first telescope

Postby baby23ma on Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:18 pm

My 6 year old son recently asked my husband for a telescope & since my husband has always wanted one he thought it was a great idea. My son will e using it with us so we want a good one but are trying not to spend more than $600 at most. I like the Meade telescopes with th goto and want one that we can connect to the computer. What would you recommend and i s Meade a good choice? Also what is the difference between altazimuth or equitorial?

Postby Jne_K on Wed Feb 25, 2009 12:35 pm


In a computerized telescope, try the Meade ETX-90if at all possible. Quality is as good as it gets for the price, it's the world's most popular, easy to handle portable telescope and if he ever goes on to a larger scope, he still has a great, high quality travel scope.

There is no telescope or telescope accessory that you can attach directly to a computer and view quality, real time images of what the telescope sees on a computer screen, though some folks mount a HD surviellance cameras or, now, handycams over the eyepiece to get this done. Many GOTO telescopes do allow you to attach the telescope to a computer to control and move the telescope from the computer, rather than the handcontrol, but this will not allow you to view images.

To control your ETX telescope from a computer, instead of the andcontrol, use the Meade #505 Astrofinder kit. If you have a USB port, only, on your compuuter (no serial port), you will also need to add the RS232 bridge cable, 07507

The first thing you should always buy with a serious telescope are more eyepieces. Serious telescopes are never supplied with more than one eyepiece - the manufacturere assume you will want to choose the eyepieces that best suit your observing needs. However, you definitely need more than one eyepiece to cover all the bases in astronomy. Does not have to be the same brand as your telescope. An eyepiece kit, such as the Meade 07851 is a great value.
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