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Best beginner telescope around 1k

Postby inalilwhile on Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:29 pm

Hey guys,

Thanks in advance for any help you can give me. My father spends so much time in the backyard looking at stars with his naked eye. I'd like to surprise him this Christmas with a telescope. I'd like to know if anyone can recommend a telescope for around $1,000. Ideally it would have an excellent lens, but with easy user features, as he is a beginner.

If anyone could tell me what the best piece is with this criteria, I'd be grateful!!

I thank you in advance!

All the best,
Tamara
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Re: Best beginner telescope around 1k

Postby inalilwhile on Tue Dec 07, 2010 1:32 pm

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Re: Best beginner telescope around 1k

Postby sandrom on Tue Dec 07, 2010 2:26 pm

Tamara,

Don't worry, Jne K will be in this thread tomorrow morning with 2-3 recommendations most likely, all excellent :)
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Re: Best beginner telescope around 1k

Postby Jne_K on Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:06 pm

Hi

An LXD75 SN is a great scope for the money IF it has the features you want. Keep in mind that 1) an equatorial mount is anything but portable and it is also a less user friendly mount than a motorized fork mount. It's the best choice for astrophotography out of the box, but if your hubby is new to astronomy, I'd look at a different mount and 2) when it comes to telescope design, an SN - Schmidt-Newtonian - is a superb deep-sky telescope out of the box and can be made to do work on planets and so on, though there are better designs in a do everything scope.

My first choice for your situation would be a Celestron 6SE or, better yet, the Celestron 8SE. The mount will be much easier to move, setup, operate and a Schmidt_cassegrain is also a better all around, do everything design.
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