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What kind of Telescope should I buy?

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What kind of Telescope should I buy?

Postby pdcoln on Tue Feb 15, 2005 11:35 am

I am a college student who is in an astronomy class, and I would like to have a good telescope to do some home viewing. What kind of telescope should I buy.
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Postby AstroBoy on Tue Feb 15, 2005 8:43 pm

How much do you want to spend?
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Postby pdcoln on Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:54 pm

I would prefer to spend less the $500
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Postby Guest on Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:55 pm

sorry typo "less than $500"
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Postby AstroBoy on Wed Feb 16, 2005 7:56 am

In that price range there are tons of good telescopes.

Do you want interchangeable eyepieces, photographic or electronic imaging mounts?

Do you want automated tracking and searching capability?

Do you want a full size tripod?

Personally I feel the best all-round choice for astonomy is a Maksutov reflector--they are generally compact, easy to live with and provide bright images.
AstroBoy