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Black Friday Celestron

Postby JimND on Thu Nov 25, 2010 7:41 pm

Anybody catch this ad:

http://www.kohls.com/kohlsStore/electro ... escope.jsp

I'm fascinated by astronomy but never gave it a serious try. I own a Tasco 60mm refractor scope that I've not looked at much more than the moon with. A buddy and I would like to start going out on moonless nights to view the universe. Would a scope like the one in the ad be a decent second "first telescope"? I realize it is by no means a spectacular telescope, but its increased diameter and unbeatable price woukd make me stupid not to buy it, right?

It looks like the regular 4.5" powerseker without the german tracking mount, but with the electronic finder scope...

Thanks for the input!
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Re: Black Friday Celestron

Postby Jne_K on Fri Nov 26, 2010 8:23 am

Hi Jim

Yes, that's correct. It is a Powerseeker on an alt-az mount, rather than an equatorial.

It will show you more than a 60 mm refractor, to be sure. That's a reflectors strong suit - more aperture for the dollar and aperture is the primary factor is performance when it comes to deep-sky objects. You also get some of a reflectors disadvantages, too, of course, such as upside down images and so on, but if that is all you can budget, it will show you more than your little Tasco, yes.
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