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Powerful telescope

Postby EagleFisher on Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:08 am

I want as powerful of a telescope as I can get for under $800, what is the best kind of telescope to do this. I am new to the hobby but I have always been interested in astronomy.
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Re: Powerful telescope

Postby FLYcrash on Wed Sep 02, 2009 2:56 pm

You could get this 8" Dob and still have a couple hundred left for eyepieces...

http://www.opticsplanet.com/meade-light ... copes.html
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Re: Powerful telescope

Postby EagleFisher on Wed Sep 02, 2009 6:18 pm

Cool, thanks. Wow, that is a weird looking telescope.
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Re: Powerful telescope

Postby FLYcrash on Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:29 pm

No problem. :)

Yeah, Dobsonian-mounted Newtonian telescopes look nothing like the prototypical refractor, but they give the most inches of aperture for the dollar.
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Re: Powerful telescope

Postby Jne_K on Thu Sep 03, 2009 7:54 am

Hi

It has very little to do with power or magnification. It's about telescope size. It's not about what you can see with a telescope; it's a matter of how much you can see and that, in turn, is about telescope size, in terms of the size of the lens or mirror. 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 as a large telescope. If you are a beginner and especially if you are beginner wanting to see nebuale, star clusters and galaxies, it is important to understand that a larger scope is a better choice if you want to maintain an interest in astronomy. Flycrash is exactly right when he recommended getting a large scope.
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