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Buying a Telescope.

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posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 09:13 AM

Okay, so i'm buying a telescope. I've never owned one before, i just like looking at the stars as a personal hobby, so i've decided to invest in a Telescope.

Not too expensive, i'm looking for around £100 (English)

I don't know anything about them. Makes, types, i don't have a clue. So thats why i've turned to you.

I know you at ATS/BTS are a clever bunch, so has anyone got any good recommendations?

Thanks for your time



posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 02:25 PM
This takes me back, a few years ago I went with my friend
Sukie (who I always call Ziggy) to help to buy a telescope.

Ziggy's father, before he ran off with a women further down
the road, used to own a 'SkyWatcher Semi-Pro' telescope that
he utilised in the evenings.
Ziggy and I often tried it to gaze at the stars, although everytime
we went to it, it was set at Mrs. Cobden's bedroom window across
the street!

SkyWatcher Pro is a good make but I prefer the simpler Mercury
607 refractor telescope, you just point and look! Wow... this is taking
me back!

Ziggy ended up selling it for something called a Capricorn 70 refractor
telescope and I often see her sticking it out of the window in the
balmy evenings.
I hope this helps?

posted on Jul, 5 2009 @ 02:28 PM
reply to post by A boy in a dress

Ah thanks for the info.

I'll research the makes, see what i can find in my price range.

Haha, quite a humerous story too


posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 06:24 AM
Ziggy's father's telescope aimed at Mrs. Cobden's bedroom window across the street reminds me of the time I bought a small, cheap. red 30 X Tasco pirate-type spyglass and I would use it to look into windows across the street. I could read the titles on the spines of books on the bookshelves, like the one on a big thick one titled BEST GHOST STORIES. It was a terrestrial telescope so it did not invert the image, and you could use it for bird- and landscape-watching, too, but as for skywatching it could be used only for watching the Moon and the Pleiades but not much else. Stars and planets were still just dots. That was the magnification on Galileo's telescope, so he must've had a very sharp eyesight since he could see the Jovian moons. Poor Galileo: he went blind because he used to watch the sunspots and at that time there was no one to warn him about staring at the Sun. Why not begin with a cheap little "moonwatcher"....

posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 10:01 AM
Here's a link to a websites that fill you in on all the basics about buying your first telescope.

Telescope Link

Its difficult to say which as it depends on what you want to look, but good luck with your choice.

posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 11:03 AM
Ah thanks for the help guys

I'll check that link now, see what i come up with.



posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 04:51 PM
heres a link to a similar thread i made... all about telescopes. I still use my celestron a few times a week. I recently picked up a moon filter for it, and it's totally bitchen.

Enjoy! Linky

posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 05:24 PM
reply to post by W3RLIED2

Ah sweet man.

That looks like a beast, and is right in my price range.
I'll look up "moon filter" as i dont have the slightest clue

Learn't some valuable info from that thread.
Cheers buddy.


posted on Jul, 6 2009 @ 05:52 PM
reply to post by JacobNH

Yeah. It's not the cream of the crop but it's perfect for what i use it for.

And filters are just different lenses for the eypiece. Different colors enhance different objects in the night sky or day sky.

Sample filter kit.

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