posted on Jun, 15 2005 @ 04:04 PM
Yes it is, depending on which scope you get.
First, you probably know that one of the best brand of serious amateur telescopes around is Meade. And you can use your desktop (or laptop) to watch
whateveryour scope sees, depending on what you get. Indeed, if you have GOTO capabilities on your scope (and many of them do nowadays0 you can point
your scope from one spot to antoerh by just sitting infront of yor laptop and typing "Mars" or "M31" or "Betelgeuse" into your 'puter.
but just because you can do this, doesn't mean you should. It's not the simplest thing in the world if you don't know what you're doing.
If you're a complete amateur -- an astronomical virgin -- the first tihing i'd do is to find out about a local astronomy club and find out when
they're having starparties. Go ther ans questions, and they will be glad to show you stuff.
If you have your heart set on buyng a telescope, and you want the opportunity to control your scope from a computer or if ou just want to use the
"GOTO" capability (which I think is overraged, becaus you don't learn too much that way), then you ought to figure out which Meade is the best for
if you live in the city you won't be able to see jack, so you'd probably ant a smaller scope which you can take out in the sticks and set up and
My recommendation for a smaller scope would be one of the Meade EXT models: 90 mm, 105 mm, or 127mm. remember, the larger the aperture, the brighter
the field of view. These three range in price from USD700 to USD1100.
Any of these fine scopes will enable you to add the camera and computer interface necessary for remote viewing and astrophotography, if that's what
you end up being interested in.
If you can afford a larger scope and don't mind schlepping it around to the dark skies, any of the Schmidt-Cassegrain scopes (I'd suggest 8") would
work fine. In particular, the LHX200 8-inch is, at USD2300, all the scope you will probably ever need.
I personally believe, unless you are really a perfectionist (and a rich one at that), that you avoid either the Maksutov-Cassegrain or the Ritchey
Chrétian systems; they just cost too much for what you get.