posted on Nov, 25 2010 @ 06:59 PM
I'm pretty sure most of the astronomy fans here will tell you the same... for your money, you are better off staying clear of any budget reflecting
scopes, they're just not worth the money.
Personally, I would go for a used refractor, as big an aperture as the money willl get you. For example (I got lucky!) I bought a used 80mm refractor
for £25 (50 bucks or so) a couple of years ago, but you could probably get bigger if you hunt around a bit.
Either that or try & get a 90mm/100mm used pair of binoculars, which in comparison to a modest scope really will give you the WOW factor when you
first use them. A tripod & mounting bracket are required for something that big though.
Hope this helps.
EDIT: oh, & magnification isn't everything either. If you see an advert that says something like "300x magnification" forget it, this is totally
impractical/bogus, even if true. Try holding an object in view at anything over 100x & you'll understand why.
Also, for photographic work, a scope capable of taking a mounting adaptor & equiped with a motor drive are more or less essential (but more expensive)
Also, your camera needs some way of attaching (T-mount or similar) Holding the camera to the eyepiece won't cut it.
edit on 25-11-2010 by
HelionPrime because: (no reason given)