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Get out your telescopes and enjoy
Posted by: Petey P ()
Date: March 23, 2013 09:12PM

Get outside and look at the beautiful clear sky. The moon looks awesome. There have been reports of meteors flying around but I have yet to see one.

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Re: Get out your telescopes and enjoy
Posted by: newgatedenizen ()
Date: March 23, 2013 09:23PM


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Re: Get out your telescopes and enjoy
Posted by: Berdhuis ()
Date: March 23, 2013 11:38PM

Got out early on the hill top this evening and put the scope to use:
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Re: Get out your telescopes and enjoy
Posted by: eesh ()
Date: March 24, 2013 12:26AM

So why is there such a price difference on telescopes? I was looking on Opticsplanet.com and Celestrons range from a few hundred dollars to over $4k...

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Re: Get out your telescopes and enjoy
Posted by: MLK republican ()
Date: March 24, 2013 09:23AM

Thanks for reminding me I have a telescope. It has electronic positioning and therefore batteries. I hope they haven't leaked acid- it's been a few years.

You don't need to spend a lot on a telescope, but upgrading lenses is a must. My scope was only $100.00 at Costco. I spent a couple hundred more on extra lenses.

It blew my mind when I saw saturn and its clearly defined rings. Also I was amazed to see jupiter's storms and 4 moons clearly and maybe more, but I'm a little short on my celestial knowledge.

I have yet to view mars when there is no dust storm.

I see six shiny objects on the moon on a cold clear night in winter. I'll have to check it out in the late afternnon sky. At night I can see incredible detail of the moon's topography!!

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Re: Get out your telescopes and enjoy
Posted by: Berdhuis ()
Date: March 24, 2013 09:28AM

eesh Wrote:
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> So why is there such a price difference on
> telescopes? I was looking on Opticsplanet.com and
> Celestrons range from a few hundred dollars to
> over $4k...


A lot of variables:
1. size of optic glass
2. quality of optic glass
3. amount of optic glass elements, or groups inside tube
4. size and quality of mirror if a reflector telescope
5. size of tube
6. with or without a tripod and mount
7. computerized or manual tracking (aiming and following)
8. country of manufacture (China vs. Japan, Taiwan, USA, Russia, Germany)

So there's something out there for everyone, which is really cool. But just means that you have to do some research and gauge what you want/need.

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Re: Get out your telescopes and enjoy
Posted by: It's True ()
Date: March 24, 2013 10:44AM

Do you have any recommendations for a "starter" telescope? Something under the 1k range


Berdhuis Wrote:
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> eesh Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > So why is there such a price difference on
> > telescopes? I was looking on Opticsplanet.com
> and
> > Celestrons range from a few hundred dollars to
> > over $4k...
>
>
> A lot of variables:
> 1. size of optic glass
> 2. quality of optic glass
> 3. amount of optic glass elements, or groups
> inside tube
> 4. size and quality of mirror if a reflector
> telescope
> 5. size of tube
> 6. with or without a tripod and mount
> 7. computerized or manual tracking (aiming and
> following)
> 8. country of manufacture (China vs. Japan,
> Taiwan, USA, Russia, Germany)
>
> So there's something out there for everyone, which
> is really cool. But just means that you have to do
> some research and gauge what you want/need.

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Re: Get out your telescopes and enjoy
Posted by: Berdhuis ()
Date: March 24, 2013 11:58AM

It's True Wrote:
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> Do you have any recommendations for a "starter"
> telescope? Something under the 1k range

Yes. A great starter scope would be a manually-controlled scope and mount combination. The scope itself needs a mount and tripod upon which to rest - and these items can be sold together or individually.

Telecope tube: Russian-made 3" refractor $439.99
Mount and tripod: Many excellent, manually controlled options for under $400

3" Russian refractor is a very high quality optical tube assembly at a moderate price. A 3" refractor is a medium size, large enough to display outstanding views and to be used later on as a secondary or finder scope, attached to a larger one if your hobby progresses. So it's a dual-use, and you won't be inclined to sell it later if you get bored with it. There will always be a good use for it. This is also a very portable option.

Here's a website for a retailer of this model. I myself got a 4" refractor from this place:

http://www.talteleoptics.com/tal75r.html

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Re: Get out your telescopes and enjoy
Posted by: FFT ()
Date: March 25, 2013 09:16PM

Berdhuis Wrote:
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> Got out early on the hill top this evening and put
> the scope to use:

Very nice pic. How long an exposure was that? Does the telescope track the moon while you're taking the shot? I heard the moon moves (visibly) every three seconds so the telescope has to move with it. Is that true?

Does your camera plug into the telescope? If so, how? USB or something?

Sorry for all the questions.

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Re: Get out your telescopes and enjoy
Posted by: Berdhuis ()
Date: March 25, 2013 09:43PM

FFT Wrote:
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>
> Very nice pic. How long an exposure was that? Does
> the telescope track the moon while you're taking
> the shot? I heard the moon moves (visibly) every
> three seconds so the telescope has to move with
> it. Is that true?
>
> Does your camera plug into the telescope? If so,
> how? USB or something?
>
> Sorry for all the questions.

I did not take the shot. This is what I saw through a 4" refractor using a 20mm eyepiece - I'm a strictly visual observer. A camera would get in my way ;-)

I also viewed with 15mm, 10mm, 5mm and 3.3mm for increasingly higher magnifications. The 5mm and 3.3mm displayed unbelievable zooms of the craters and ridges.

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