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Sky watcher telescope

Postby SRC51 on Fri May 07, 2010 11:41 pm

Hey guys, I'm a rookie to the telescope world, and in my searches came across the Sky-Watcher LightChariot 80AR-AZ GoTo Telescope for $149.98. Seemed like a pretty solid deal. Not to expensive for my first one, but seemed good enough to let me see pretty well with it. Then again, I know next to nothing about this. What do you guys think? Good idea or bad idea?
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Re: Sky watcher telescope

Postby Jne_K on Mon May 10, 2010 6:32 am

Hi

Telescope size in terms of the lend or mirror diameter is the primary factor in telescope performance, so buy the largest telescope you can that has the features that you want and need. A small telescope can see exactly the same TYPES of objects as a larger telescope, but not as many of them and not as much detail in those objects. As telescopes go, 80 mm is about the minimum aperture (diameter of lens or mirror) I would recommend for a beginner, though that is a good price for a computerized 80mm refractor. Be sure to read my articles on this at Telescope First Questions and How to Buy a telescope. These will explain the basics.
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