Hello and Advice

10 years 3 months ago #85217 by jelliskite
Hello and Advice was created by jelliskite
Hello To you all,

John here and this is my first post. For the last 3 years I have been very interested in Astronomy. I have not made the first step and bought a telescope until now (I have more free time now with a break from college (evenings)). I was wondering if I could get advice on what I should buy.

From my investigations I have discovered that I should buy a refracting telescope to start off with. Any ideas on what I should buy ?

I see on the site Astronomy Ireland they have a 21062 Astromaster 70 EQ for €129 do you think that's a good start\price ?

I want to start off by understanding how to setup and use a telescope and then find planets, moons etc.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Regards

John

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10 years 3 months ago - 10 years 3 months ago #85228 by Keith g
Replied by Keith g on topic Re:Hello and Advice
Hi John, you are very welcome along to the boards :) Personally, I would start with investing in a decent pair of binoculars, say 10x50mm, i.e x10 magnification, and 50mm aperture ( how wide the lens is) as they are not too expensive at all. With these having a wide field of view, you could learn the sky quite quickly. I would also get a good starmap to follow to train your binos or scope on any planet, moon, starcluster etc.

The 70 EQ is a good price at €129, if you're not sure what type of scope to get, certainly get yourself along to any of the starparties during the year, they will definitly point you towards your interests....

Keith..

If a telescope can fit into your backyard it's too small. If you can't move it, it's too big." -- John Dobson

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10 years 3 months ago #85243 by Frank Ryan
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Hi John.
Just to back up Keith.
Buy a good set of binos and probably more importantly
a good MOUNT or tripod to set them on.
(preferably one that is easy to pan and tilt)

You'll always use Binos and the mount and it's better
than buying a scope starting out.
You'll learn and see more with the Binos when starting off.

My Astrophotography
Shannonside Astronomy Club __________________________________________
Meade ETX-125PE, Bresser 10 x 50 Binos & Me Peepers

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10 years 3 months ago #85256 by jelliskite
Replied by jelliskite on topic Re:Hello and Advice
Thanks a lot to you both. I hear what your saying but I am going to buy both a good pair of binoculars and a scope. I have a little bit of money now and I will use it before I don't :-)

I will let you know how I get on.

Thanks again

John

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10 years 3 months ago #85257 by stevie
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Hi John, and welcome to IFAS.

The Astromaster 70 EQ you mentioned is a very small telescope, the lens is less than 3", and you will soon become frustrated with it.
It would be better to invest in a dobsonian telescope like this

www.firstlightoptics.com/proddetail.php?prod=dobsky150

You will be able to see a lot more, fainter, objects much more clearly with it, and it is very easy to use, store, and transport.

stevie

Secretary NIAAS

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10 years 3 months ago #85258 by johnomahony
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Hi John

Welcome to IFAS. As has been mentioned, a pair of binoculars 10x 50 and a good camera tripod is a lifelong investment you will use again and again. A small scope will soon start to become frustrating. If you can stretch the budget,a 6-8 inch dobsonian would be a great starter scope. Check out Telescope service also as they have good value.

www.telescope-service.com

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10 years 3 months ago #85259 by Paul Evans
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Hello John, and welcome.

I'd agree with the posters here that binoculars should be your first purchase. You'll see a lot and learn your way around the sky. As to what your second purchase should be, it depends where your interest lies. Some say the Dobsonian is the best second purchase, and if your interest is in observing faint galaxies and the like then that gives far and away the best bang for the buck. If you want to start photographing things then you'll need a good sturdy motorised equatorial mount and nice sharp refractor - size not so important. Many would argue that the best compromise is a Maksutov/Schmidt Cassegrain type scope - the short fat tube design - on a goto mount - Meade and Celestron make a range of these. This type of telescope with its computer controlled goto mount will show you a lot in a short time, but you may not learn so much from the experience.

But start with lightweight binoculars, a starmap or planisphere and a comfy sunlounger and start looking up!

Hope that helps,

Paul.

IAA Webmaster, IFAS Rep and Past President

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