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Can someone HELP me, I'm buying a TELESCOPE!

 
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Can someone HELP me, I'm buying a TELESCOPE!
I'm buying a telescope, nothing expensive since it'll be my first. I want to spend less than $500 but more than $250. I found an Orion XT8 Dobsonian telescope I like ( [link to www.telescope.com] and I've heard this is a really good one to start with. The price is also just right, but maybe someone here knows where I can get something better for about the same price (could be a little more).

Can anyone give me some ideas?
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Ask Trinity. Buying a telescope was his excuse for backing away from his threats to sue half the internet.
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Re: Can someone HELP me, I'm buying a TELESCOPE!
The link is not working, but I'm looking at it right now, it's the Orion XT8 Classic Dob with Barlow Kit.

[link to www.telescope.com]
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03/20/2011 10:08 AM
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i would look into a used one. i got a 350msrp one fro 99.
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Ask Trinity. Buying a telescope was his excuse for backing away from his threats to sue half the internet.
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Trinity? Who is that? I don't know him, nor do I want to know him/her/them.
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Re: Can someone HELP me, I'm buying a TELESCOPE!
i would look into a used one. i got a 350msrp one fro 99.
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Did you get it on Craigslist? Where did you buy it? What's a 350MSRP?
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03/20/2011 10:11 AM
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i would look into a used one. i got a 350msrp one fro 99.
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Did you get it on Craigslist? Where did you buy it? What's a 350MSRP?
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yes i did get mine off craigslist, but ebay would be better for a wider range of upper end scopes.msrp= Manufacturer's suggested retail price
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stop looking....the Orion is a "good" starter scope

On another note, have you considered Binoculars with a tripod?
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03/20/2011 10:13 AM
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Don't get a cheap one that uses .965 eyepieces. Get one that uses 1.25
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03/20/2011 10:16 AM
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Don't get a cheap one that uses .965 eyepieces. Get one that uses 1.25
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The Orion XT8 Dobsonian I want to buy has a Sirius Plossl 25.0mm (1.25in) eyepiece.
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03/20/2011 10:18 AM
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Re: Can someone HELP me, I'm buying a TELESCOPE!
stop looking....the Orion is a "good" starter scope

On another note, have you considered Binoculars with a tripod?
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can you recommend good binoculars and tripod set ups to see distant stuff?

wouldn't mind doing this myself.
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If you know nothing about the constellations.(like me) Get a smaller scope with go-to features. Belive me its so much better than one you have to manually find and track your star,cluster or galaxy.

I've got an 8 and 10 dob and a 5 and 10 newt go-to and the 5 will be pulled out before the dobs.
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Ask Trinity. Buying a telescope was his excuse for backing away from his threats to sue half the internet.
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Ask Trinity. Buying a telescope was his excuse for backing away from his threats to sue half the internet.
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wtf

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When you meet him, he will beat you.
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03/20/2011 10:30 AM
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Re: Can someone HELP me, I'm buying a TELESCOPE!
This is a link to my Meade ETX-80AB-BB backpack observatory...

Is complete with AutoStar auto finding and tracking Hardware & Software!

[link to www.meade.com]

Can be found on the internet for under $200.
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03/20/2011 10:33 AM
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Re: Can someone HELP me, I'm buying a TELESCOPE!
stop looking....the Orion is a "good" starter scope

On another note, have you considered Binoculars with a tripod?
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can you recommend good binoculars and tripod set ups to see distant stuff?

wouldn't mind doing this myself.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1292909


Define "Distant Stuff"....

Stars, look the same in almost every optical device

Nebula, you will need a scope with good light gathering capabilities.

Galaxies, see Nebula

Planets, good scope or binocs

If you are hoping to see "Hubble" type images, you will be sadly disappointed

No telescope or binocs will produce "Color" views without a CCD camera for long exposure photography...the human eye just can't make out color thru a scope or binoc eyepiece
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03/20/2011 10:37 AM
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The only thing cheaper is going to your local astronomy club and looking through their scopes and seeing the difference between scopes and saving up your money.

Star Charts (paper) is a good place to start.

Otherwise, do not spend money because you do not know what to buy. A good telescope may cost several thousand dollars anymore, and a dobsonian is fine if you want to push, push, push the telescope along.

[link to backyardvoyager.com]

Look at "what you can really expect to see?"

and other topics if needed.
Just general info, and nothing is total.
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03/20/2011 10:40 AM
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Trinity is the person who owns and operates this GLP website.

[link to www.nightskiesnetwork.com]
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03/20/2011 10:46 AM
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Re: Can someone HELP me, I'm buying a TELESCOPE!
The only thing cheaper is going to your local astronomy club and looking through their scopes and seeing the difference between scopes and saving up your money.

Star Charts (paper) is a good place to start.

Otherwise, do not spend money because you do not know what to buy. A good telescope may cost several thousand dollars anymore, and a dobsonian is fine if you want to push, push, push the telescope along.

[link to backyardvoyager.com]

Look at "what you can really expect to see?"

and other topics if needed.
Just general info, and nothing is total.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 488810


your local astronomy club and looking through their scopes and seeing the difference between scopes and saving up your money.
1000+ on this idea...

Star Charts (paper) is a good place to start
for those interested in getting into Astronomy, here are to very good books to start with

1. "Sky Atlas" "for small Telescopes and Binoculars" by David S. Chandler and Billie E. Chandler

2. "Turn left at Orion" by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis

Both are excellent IMHO, for the Beginner and Novice and I use them both over my more advances books every time
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03/20/2011 11:21 AM
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Re: Can someone HELP me, I'm buying a TELESCOPE!
stop looking....the Orion is a "good" starter scope

On another note, have you considered Binoculars with a tripod?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1305580


can you recommend good binoculars and tripod set ups to see distant stuff?

wouldn't mind doing this myself.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1292909


Define "Distant Stuff"....

Stars, look the same in almost every optical device

Nebula, you will need a scope with good light gathering capabilities.

Galaxies, see Nebula

Planets, good scope or binocs

If you are hoping to see "Hubble" type images, you will be sadly disappointed

No telescope or binocs will produce "Color" views without a CCD camera for long exposure photography...the human eye just can't make out color thru a scope or binoc eyepiece
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1305580


stop looking....the Orion is a "good" starter scope

On another note, have you considered Binoculars with a tripod?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1305580


can you recommend good binoculars and tripod set ups to see distant stuff?

wouldn't mind doing this myself.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 1292909



My personal setup is a good set of binoculars with a tripod. Any decent set has a 1/4 inch mount that matches every camera ever made. You won't get "Hubble Images" of course but I like a setup that's useful for the sky and the ground.

If your creative a camera+binocular+tripod rig isn't too terribly bad to come up with. Hardware stores, drills and some simple engineering go a long way.

For any night shots taken with a regular point-and-shoot camera set it to night mode and USE THE TIMER (or better yet a remote). You want to give the setup a chance to be completely still for any hope of a good clear shot.
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Re: Can someone HELP me, I'm buying a TELESCOPE!
..can someone recommend some telescopes that aren't expensive but are also good?

I'm still stuck on the Orion XT8 Classic Dobsonian. I know it weights 40lbs, but that's fine with me. I'm not going to be moving it much.

What do some of you recommend for a starter? Don't give me a cheap telescope because I'm new, recommend something good and easy to use for someone like me.

Thank you - ufo56

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