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Anyone into telescopes?

I've decided that I want to buy myself a decent telescope to check out the sky but I know nothing about them. I'll be looking to spend in the $300-$500 range. Is that too much or too little to start? Can anyone suggest a brand or particular model to look at?
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Re: Anyone into telescopes?

It all depends on how far away the window is you want to spy on and how much detail you want to see. Like if you want to count the freckles on the boobs the cost might get up there.

I'd try here for general tips http://www.budgetastronomer.ca/index...ng-a-telescope

And here for cost http://www.first-telescope.com/teles...KXNBN23/Page/1
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I used to be and have owned several telescopes over the years

http://www.telescope.com/control/main/

http://www.cloudynights.com/

http://www.telescopejunkies.com/category-view.asp
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Porn is cheaper and better. I'm sure I could recommend you some good titles and save you the trouble of purchasing a telescope if you like...
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Only three posts in and two already lived up to my Otter expectations. Well done.

Seriously though, thanks for the links. I'm reading that the Skywatcher 8" Dobsonian and Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic are good choices. Any experience with those particular models?
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Re: Anyone into telescopes?

I wouldn't mind having one for star gazing, but I'd need a dark spot away from the light pollution near me. I doubt that I'd use it that often.
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Dobs are nice...because they are a cheap entry into deep sky viewing but they are a bit more work. You need to make sure where ever you are viewing is flat and level. Adjustment is a bit tougher with a Dob...but your work is rewarded with excellent light gathering for deep sky objects. There are some Dobs now with the auto-locate but those exceed your budget stated here.
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Man, stars are beautiful. We have a light ordinance that keeps light pollution down because we have a very nice public observatory. http://www.perr.com/gosp.html

You can go any given night (all free) and be the only one there. The workers will point it where you want, etc. Pretty amazing. Back in the 80s, it was the largest telescope lens for public use in the Western hemisphere. I have a Meade telescope for my own little recreation, and it was around $400. Good name in telescopes matter. A lower model Meade with smaller lens, etc. will do a far better job than the same money into some no-name crap. It's about the optics.
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Re: Anyone into telescopes?

I don't know anything about them, but my son has a Lightbridge Truss-Tube Dobsonian that works very well. The other night he saw three, (or two, I can't remember), of Jupiter's moons, for example.

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Re: Anyone into telescopes?

Zhumell 10-Inch Dobsonian Reflector Telescope, or the Zhumell 8-inch.

It will be very hard to beat that model in that price range, very hard.
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Re: Anyone into telescopes?

I saw a movie once where this guy used binoculars to look around the neighborhood. Long story short, a woman ended up murdered. I imagine a telescope would yield the same result.
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(woosh) I wish.... my dream come true... (blink)
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Re: Anyone into telescopes?

What's a good model that is all automatic. I want to pick Jupiter and hit enter and have it move it's self. Also what does a telescope need to have a camera attachment?
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Originally Posted by kvrdave View Post
Man, stars are beautiful. We have a light ordinance that keeps light pollution down because we have a very nice public observatory. http://www.perr.com/gosp.html

You can go any given night (all free) and be the only one there. The workers will point it where you want, etc. Pretty amazing. Back in the 80s, it was the largest telescope lens for public use in the Western hemisphere
That's cool.
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Originally Posted by kstublen View Post
I saw a movie once where this guy used binoculars to look around the neighborhood. Long story short, a woman ended up murdered. I imagine a telescope would yield the same result.
& then the actor went on to play Indy's son....
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What's a good model that is all automatic. I want to pick Jupiter and hit enter and have it move it's self. Also what does a telescope need to have a camera attachment?
You will probably not find a computer controlled scope for the price you listed. I think you're looking at least a grand for something like that, if not more. I'd love to have a nice telescope, but I live in an area where it's overcast most of the time, so I can't justify the investment for a really good one.

The dobsonian style already mentioned will probably be the best bang for the buck, but you'll be pointing it yourself. And I don't know if they lend themselves well to astrophotography.
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What's a good model that is all automatic. I want to pick Jupiter and hit enter and have it move it's self. Also what does a telescope need to have a camera attachment?
I've been doing a lot of research and there is a huge selection with a "Goto" mount, which will auto locate many different objects once you have the scope calibrated. This is the front-runner in my search as of now (http://www.telescopes.com/telescopes...ttelescope.cfm). It's one that will find objects for you. As much as I'd like a Dob, I think I need something more portable.

I was also interested in getting into photography but that seems to be a lot more involved that I figured. You can get a camera mount for a lot of scopes if you have a DSLR which would be okay for moon shots but there's a lot more too it if you want shots of other plants or DSO's.
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Re: Anyone into telescopes?

I recommend looking at the "Truss Tube" Dobsonian Telescopes because portability is something that's also important (but frequently forgotten).

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