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  1. dennisboothstash

    dennisboothstash Well-Known Member

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    highpeak tiger Well-Known Member

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    The trouble with astronomical telescopes is that we are all used to looking at Hubble pictures etc and it can be a bit disappointing in reality especially if you live in a city with dusty atmosphere and loads of street lights etc. but anyway:
    Choosing a telescope – a beginner’s guide (astronomyweek.org.uk)
    Seems a good place to start
    The one you have selected seems reasonable for the money but read the article about types of mounts as the sky moves with time (as the earth rotates) so you have to keep repositioning the telescope and can't do long exposure photo's, unless you use an equatorial mount (see link).
    Hope this helps
     
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    I think you just put your eye up to the lens and look through it.
     
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    dennisboothstash Well-Known Member

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    That is helpful.
    I'd read up on mounts but ones that can track what you're reviewing make it pricy.
    I think he'd just want to look at stuff rather than photograph it.
    Thanks
     
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  5. highpeak tiger

    highpeak tiger Well-Known Member

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    The cost of telescopes can get very expensive, very quickly. The one you have picked seems good value and versatile but I'm not current with prices. It would make a great present. Also remember purely astronomical telescopes (usually reflectors) show the image upside down (see link) so are harder to use.
     
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    dennisboothstash Well-Known Member

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    I was looking for a refractor (I think!) as I'd read they are easier to keep working correctly (collimation?)
     
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    They make things in the distance look like they’re nearer. <ok>
     
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    Rovertiger used to have one, then the police became involved! :emoticon-0111-blush
     
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  9. dennisboothstash

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    Only if you use them the right way around...
     
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    highpeak tiger Well-Known Member

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    Yes, go for one of those.
     
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    The neighbours !!!
     
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    Only because they wanted their turn to perv....I mean look<whistle>
     
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  13. Chazz Rheinhold

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    Mainly
    <doh>
     
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    This is mine. Easy to set up and can auto locate objects. Great for looking at the moon and the classical planets. Well built piece of kit.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0036GNNCC/?tag=not606-21

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    The problem with refractors is the placement of the eyepiece, which is rarely in a comfortable position (unless one is using the scope to spy on one's neighbors). The Celestron reflector above is more convenient to use, and has the additional advantage of more "light gathering" capability. The larger the primary element, the more light is gathered, the better the quality of the image.

    I built my first telescope, a 4.25" reflector, when I was 12 years old. It was a piece of junk, but at least I had the satisfaction of building it.
     
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    I had one that was similar to the one posted above. Was a glorified toy I suppose I think it was about £200 maybe 15ish years ago?

    Being a bit bare and basic it would have been cumbersome for most 80 year olds to use unless they were sprightly and agile. As mentioned constant repositioning, twatting about with various knobs, adjusting mirrors and focus and much bending over. When you’re zoomed in a gazillion times the sky moves much, much faster than you might expect it to.

    It was also a bag of **** trying to look at anything other than the moon and I lived at the edge of a small village surrounded by fields with very little light pollution.

    Could be a fantastic gift in the right circumstances or equally could turn out to be a bit of a stinker so proper consideration is necessary. I reckon potential for enjoyment will be directly related 1st by location and 2nd by the spend.

    For instance if you lived in the north of Scotland with bugger all light pollution and had some proper decent armchair astronaut gear you’d probably have a grand time but if you lived in the middle of London with a £50 eBay special probably not so much.

    Apparently from a decent location you can see the rings on Jupiter or Saturn with some fairly rudimentary gear but it was never anything more than just a bright orangey star for me.
     
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    If you lived in the north of Scotland, long johns n gloves would be a better gift!
     
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  19. Chazz Rheinhold

    Chazz Rheinhold Well-Known Member

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    Just got an email from Amazon
    Based on my current likes they’ve sent me a telescope I might be interested in!!

    ffs they know I can’t have one after the previous incident with the Chinese bird across the road
     
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    This is my set up in the garden. Keep your curtains closed

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