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A Question On Telescopes

Mon Dec 11, 2006 9:59 am

I am thinking of buying a new telescope. What would be the best one to buy-say around 100 dollars? I just want to make out the rings of Saturn.

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RE: A Question On Telescopes

Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:12 am

Quoting B741 (Thread starter):
What would be the best one to buy-say around 100 dollars?

For that budget, a pair of binoculars comes to mind.

Seriously, get a used 2 or 3-inch refractor, if you can find one for that price. Reflectors are usually more expensive. Keep in mind that in a refractor, the image is upside down, IIRC.
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RE: A Question On Telescopes

Mon Dec 11, 2006 11:15 am

Quoting B741 (Thread starter):
I just want to make out the rings of Saturn.

I wish I could make out was is behind my neighbors bathroom curtains, but alas, no luck.

I would check eBay if I were you though, I don't know much about telescopes, but I would assume that they're fairly expensive.
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RE: A Question On Telescopes

Mon Dec 11, 2006 12:22 pm

http://shopping.discovery.com/catego...-27995.html?tcp=Tele-mp3-Finder-Im
... and btw forget all what's below $1.000. It's not worth the money.
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RE: A Question On Telescopes

Mon Dec 11, 2006 12:31 pm

I appreciate the responses. Maybe I will just save up for a trip to the Lowell observatory!
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RE: A Question On Telescopes

Mon Dec 11, 2006 12:48 pm

Quoting B741 (Thread starter):
appreciate the responses. Maybe I will just save up for a trip to the Lowell observatory!



Quoting B741 (Thread starter):
am thinking of buying a new telescope. What would be the best one to buy-say around 100 dollars? I just want to make out the rings of Saturn.

Happy Holiddays

B741

With $100.00 to spend you won't see much to be honest.
If you are a beginner? I would recommend a Dof telescope. A quality 6" F-8 is a great start.

Also www.astromart is a great place. Join it and check out the forums, alot of great people there and they can help you.

I had a Meade 10" S/C Celestron 8" S/C and a Russian Tal 1 4" Newt. The 4" was hard pressed to see the rings of Saturn.
Also keep in mind most local stores will have boxes promising you 450power with a 3" scope, you will never get that.
As a rule of thumb you get about 50 power per inch of lens or mirror.

A 6" Newt at F-8 will give you about 300 see-ble power. The smaller the Eye peice the darker the object also.

http://www.telescope.com/shopping/pr...at=3&iSubCat=292&iProductID=238462
Orion has a great deal on the 6".....If you can afford the 8" go for it.

A good 2x barlow is a must also.

As a rule of thumb to figure out the power of an eye peice take the focal lenght of the telescope and divide it by the eye peice power.
So a 1200mm focal lenght with say a 25mm ep will give you about 48 power with a 2x barlow you will get 96x
Also keep in mind that Saturn is twice away as Jupiter....You will see at least four of Jupiters moons and several of Saturns but they will look like bright stars.

As mentioned a refractor would be best and yes you can get a few good ones under $1,000.00 like a Televue but you will not get power out of them, they are great for wife field though and taking pics with their fast focal lenghts.

Hope this helps.

Roger
 
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RE: A Question On Telescopes

Mon Dec 11, 2006 12:49 pm

That should have been www.astromart.com sorry about that.
 
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RE: A Question On Telescopes

Mon Dec 11, 2006 12:51 pm

Remember to buy an inversion lens. If you don't, all the naked people will appear upside-down.

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RE: A Question On Telescopes

Mon Dec 11, 2006 12:56 pm

Hey all you telescope guys... is there a converter that I can buy to use my Canon EOS through a telescope? My high school has a meade 10" and I think it'd be alota fun to try that. Thanks
 
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RE: A Question On Telescopes

Mon Dec 11, 2006 10:29 pm

Scottie

Scopetronix has an adapter for the EOS.

http://www.scopetronix.com/

You will need a counter balance also due to the weight if it's a Meade 10" LX series.

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