posted on Jan, 9 2015 @ 10:39 PM
Summary: Get a scope that fits in your budget. Don't be too concerned about optics because it is actually more important to learn the basics and
develop a realistic expectation of what it takes to view the heavens. Poor optics can make viewing annoying but not being able to find what you want
to view is even worse.
Nobody has really touched on a few of these key points. They are key points because they are common beginner mistakes. I think most of us went
1. Unrealistic expectations
2. Using too high of magnification when trying to find a star
3. No alignment of the star finder
4. Trying to align it at night at an object that isn't prominent (small angular size)
5. Poor mount
I can't stress enough that using too high of a magnification and no means of finding the star is a recipe for disaster. It will leave you frustrated.
A cheap mount will make it all the more difficult to attempt to find what you are looking at. If you are using a barlow lens, eyepiece with max
magnification, no finder, and an awful mount you might get frustrated looking for something as big as the moon.
Personally I think you could get the cheapest scope out there and learn how to focus on your target. This would serve you better than spending a lot
of money and getting frustrated at day 1. I have a cheap $50 scope that has terrible optics but it is still fun to use because it is extremely small,
light, and portable. I never would have purchased it on my own but it was a gift. I used it out of respect and I was surprised that I had lots of
Also, you don't need a finder scope. You can make a cheap makeshift finder with a red dot like the sites on a bb gun.
Here are two links about beginners mistakes (err tips) and aligning the finder.
edit on 9-1-2015 by
compressedFusion because: changed "be" to "being"