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Re: Telescope for Planetary Observation

Post by Jne_K on Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:13 am

Hi

If your primary use is astronomy, you are much farther ahead with a telescope like the Astromaster 90 on a good mount. Spotting scopes for astronomy, especially planetary astronomy, have two major drawbacks. First, the vast majority of spotting scopes limit you to about 60x in magnification and that is simply not enough for serious work on planets. Even if you buy a spotting scope that solves this issue - one of the few models that allow you to use telescope eyepieces to get more magnification - you will find yourself severely limited by using a photographic tripod. They are simply not as stable or user friendly at the kinds of magnifications you will want to use on planets. I have used spotting scopes with some success on brighter deep sky objects that don't require much magnification, but, for planets, a telescope on a good telescope mount is the only way to go.

Re: Telescope for Planetary Observation

Post by Syed on Sun Mar 06, 2011 6:58 am

Hi

Thanks for your advice, can you please guide regarding the below? i mean if this will work good for planetary observation or shall i buy the Spotting Scope Telescope

Thanks
Syed

Re: Telescope for Planetary Observation

Post by Jne_K on Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:09 am

Hi Syed

If it's in the budget, go for the Astromaster 90. That little extra gain in aperture over the 80 will help resolve a bit more detail on planets. More importantly, the Astromaster gets you a better quality and more stable equatorial mount than the Powerseeker. I think it worth spending the extra cash to get the Astromaster.

Telescope for Planetary Observation

Post by Syed on Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:21 am

Hi

I am a newbie in this field and i am willing to buy a suitable budget telescope for this purpose. I am using Zhumell 25x100 binos for the stargazing and found them of superb quality. Now i am looking for a good refractor telescope basically to observe planets like mars, jupiter, saturn etc with detail. Can you please advice from the below mentioned models which one is better for this use or if you think there is any other better telescope for this purpose i should buy?
Also i am thinking of buying the Celestron Telescope Eyepiece - Filter Accessory Kit - 94303 w, do you think this will improve/help in observing planets?

1 = Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope
2 = Celestron AstroMaster 90 EQ Equatorial Refractor Telescope

Waiting for your reply
Thanks
Syed

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