posted on May, 20 2009 @ 09:58 AM
reply to post by genma
My friend has an eight inch Dobsonian. It is rather portable and, due to the size, you can see many incredible things. If you're not that strong,
you can get a six inch model too. The one that he has is from Orion. With this option though, you'd have to be careful going down the stairs
because a sudden jolt could knock the mirrors out of culmination and you'd have to go through the tedious process of reculminating them!
I used to own a 60mm refractor from Celestron. I loved that scope. It was REALLY easy to carry around places. Since it had a small apeture, I
couldn't see as far into space as my friends Dobsonian, but it was a great beginner's scope. The good thing about a refractor is that since it uses
lenses instead of mirrors, you don't have to worry about culmination.
After that I owned a five inch Schmidt-Cassegrain, from Celestron as well. It was about a fourth the size of a Dobsonian. It was a really good scope
If you have the ability to actually drive to a good observing site, I would suggest getting a Dobsonian. I'm assuming that you're relatively new to
astronomy, and the Dobsonian is a nearly perfect beginners telescope. Heck, I'd get a Dob even if I couldn't go!
As for a camera, unless you know the night sky pretty well, it may just be better to wait until you're more familiar with it until you get one.