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Re: Best Telescope to get under $1600

Post by Jne_K on Mon May 10, 2010 6:34 am

Hi

No, I was comparing the CPC 8" and, you're right, the larger the scope, all else equal, the higher the price but also the more you can see, too.

Re: Best Telescope to get under $1600

Post by Mightymike on Fri Apr 16, 2010 12:52 pm

Thanks for the reply and info! Was that the CPC 925 that you were refering to? I see its price is quite a bit more than the Meade LX90. Oh.... after looking that is probably because it is a 9.25" scope versus the 8" LX90. Correct?
Thanks again!

Re: Best Telescope to get under $1600

Post by Jne_K on Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:34 am

Hi

Yes, that is the all time leader when it comes to questions about telescopes, but, then, it should be. The number and types of telescopes out there can be a bit overwhelming.

First, there is never a "best", simply because there is a lot of personal preference involved, here. In the interests of keeping it simple, though, we can make a few helpful generalizations. Telescope size, in terms of the diameter of the lens or mirror is still the single biggest factor in terms of potential performance - what you can see. No amount of sophistication, quality, accessories and so on will turn a 4" scope into an 8" scope, despite the enthusiastic advertising of manufacturers. However, as size increases, portability rapidly decreases as many ambitious beginners learn the hard way. When the scope becomes too much of a hassle to set up, use and move, you bought too big a scope.

There is a reason that an 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain on a computerized fork mount has become the world's standard in the advanced amateur category. This is big enough to offer plenty of performance, but still small enough and portable enough to move, as needed. The Schmidt-Cassegrain is also the most versatile design - it may not be the best for a given use, but it is always at least a good choice and, with the right accessories can do just about anything you ever want to do in astronomy. This is a BIG plus for a beginner, since it allows you to explore the many different types of astronomy activities to find out which you like best.

In the world of SCTs on a fork mount, it's been pretty much a Meade and Celestron game. The Celestron CPC 8" and the Meade LX90 8" are so darn close, feature for feature and price that it is really a Ford vs Chevy debate. Have used, both and will recommend, both. That's going to stretch that $1600 budget, yes, but it is well worth it. You can still get an 8" SCT for that price, on an equatorial mount, such as the Celestron Advanced GT or Meade LXD75, but you do so at the price of losing portability and ease of use. On the other hand, an equatorial is still the best platform for astrophotography, should you want to explore that option.

Best Telescope to get under $1600

Post by Mightymike2010 on Tue Apr 13, 2010 2:06 pm

Hello,
I am sure you have been asked this a 100 times, but I am a novice and I would like any recommendations on a good reliable computerized telescope with a budget of around $1600. I think I would probably want at least a 8" lens. What are the best brands, types and models for the money? Would a few hundred dollars more make a 'big' difference? In otherwords, I would hate to not get something twice as good for a few hundred dollars less.
Thanks all!
Mightymike

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