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Re: beginner in telescope

Post by Jne_K on Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:51 pm


Using glasses is just amatter of the eyepiece you, use not the telescope, itself. See my article on eyepieces.

For a good, versatile choice in that price range, try the Celestron Nexstar 5SE or the Meade ETX-125 Either is an excellent choice

Re: beginner in telescope

Post by fiveken on Thu Aug 13, 2009 2:16 pm

thanks Jne_K for the great reply. i will take a look in the FAQ section that you mentioned just now. and one more question please. is it alright for me to use telescope when i am wearing a glass? as you know. usually you need to stick your eye onto the telescope if you wanna see things clearly, and it seems to be a problem to me. could you give me some recommendation for some of the best telescopes which have multi-feature that are easier for beginner to use and yet it still contain sophisticate function that allows you to gaze the planets, nebula or galaxies? as a beginner i don't know much about the function for any telescope and in the meantime i wish to get a quite decent telescope which will cost around $700-$900. thank you very much

Re: beginner in telescope

Post by Jne_K on Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:38 am


It is less a matter of brand and more a matter of features when buying a telescope. Keep in mind there is no absolute single best, only the best in terms of features that work for you and your observing. There is far too much for a single post, so check the articles I have included. These will get you through the most basic decisions.

The most important feature on a telescope is telescope size. All telescopes, regardless of size, can see exactly the same types of objects - moon, planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, but a large telescope can see not only more of these objects, but also more detail in these objects. For a beginner, it is important to understand that a small telescope will not maintain an interest in astronomy for long. In the world of telescopes, anything less than 80mm is considered a small telescope. A small telescope, such as a 60mm or 70mm telescope, is NEVER a good choice if you want good images of faint objects such as galaxies, nebulae and star clusters. If you want to see more, buy the largest telescope you can afford (not the one that advertises the most power) that has all the features you want. Each design has its good and bad. Only you can decide which is right for you.

A great way to learn more on the basics of choosing a telescope is to first read my article, Telescope First Questions This gets you started with the two most important decisions to make, right away. Then narrow your choice down even more with my article How to choose the right telescope. This discusses the pros and cons of each telescope design.

Since telescope eyepieces are the most important accessory for any telescope, you may also wish to do more reading with my article, Ten Top Telescope Eyepiece Questions

beginner in telescope

Post by fiveken on Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:40 am

hi there. i am totally new to astronomy and would like purchase a telescope that could see planet and view as many star as possible. my budget is not more than $1000 and i am quite confused since there are so many brands to choose from. i saw vixen had quite a good quality of telescope but the price were too expensive.. thank you