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Telescope/Spotting Scope

Postby Rabernethy2 on Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:31 pm

I'm looking for a spotting scope for my step dad. He'll be using it in the mountains for viewing landmarks and possibly some birds, but he also has interest in viewing the moon and some planets. I've got a $500 budget. Thanks in advance for the advice.

Oh yeah...he's a beginner.
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Re: Telescope/Spotting Scope

Postby Jne_K on Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:14 pm

Hi

Any spotting scope can be used for some limited astronomy, but one that uses standard telescope eyepieces will be a plus for the astronomy. Problem is, very few spotting scopes use this eyepiece format, but there are a few. Another plus for astronomy is an angled body, instead of a straight.

If he is not carrying the scope, a Celestron C5 is a good choice for both day work or astronomy, but that is not a scope you want to throw over your shoulder and hike down the trail.

A better, all-purpose, more portable scope is the new Celestron Regal 80ED

Just be sure to use a good tripod when cranking up past typical spotting scope magnifications, such as the Bogen 055XDB, 128RC It's all for nothing if you put a good scope on a cheap tripod.
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Re: Telescope/Spotting Scope

Postby Rabernethy2 on Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:31 pm

Those suggestions look pretty good, but I don't have enough money for either of those. My budget is $500. I would like to be able to keep it below that threshold.

However, thanks for the advice.
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Re: Telescope/Spotting Scope

Postby Jne_K on Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:38 pm

try the Celestron C90-OP which even includes a tripod. This is a smaller scope with lower performance and quyality, but it still uses telescope eyepieces
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Re: Telescope/Spotting Scope

Postby Rabernethy2 on Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:49 pm

Wow! Ok. That sounds good. I guess there aren't any other scopes that are better that I could bring in under budget?

This one is a huge difference price wise from the other two that were suggested. I will spend up to $500 total for the scope and tripod.

Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Telescope/Spotting Scope

Postby Jne_K on Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:52 pm

Only otion in a scope that uses telescope eyepieces. otherwise, try a conventional spotting scope, such as the Vortex Skyline
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Re: Telescope/Spotting Scope

Postby PhilR. on Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:53 pm

I enjoy looking at planets and moons (ours, and Jupiter's) using my 65mm spotting scope. I can even see the Great Nebula in Orion with it. Of course I keep in mind that something not made to do a certain task will never be as good as something that is made to do a certain task.

My spotter has ED glass and costs a bit more than your budget, but your requirements can be met with a good spotter in your price range. Take a look at the 65mm version of the Celestron Regal. It too can use telescope eyepieces, and has ED glass. There are a few decent 80mm scopes you can get in your price range, but in this price range I would prefer the smaller size, ED glass, and interchangeable eyepeices over something that merely has an 80mm objective and no ED glass.
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Re: Telescope/Spotting Scope

Postby Jne_K on Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:59 am

Have used my Kowa 663 for many years for some quick impromptu astronomy. Remember, you are also limited by using a photo tripod, which is never intended to be used at high astronomy magnifications. Once you hit 100x, a photo tripod becomes a real hassle to use.
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