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 RE: Newbie Telescopes, Books Permalink This happens to me all the time: I see something interesting up in the sky, a bright light, an interesting planetary configuration, a comet, a thin crescent moon, the Orion Nebula, etc. and Ill run inside and grab a pair of binoculars. As Im holding them up, neck craned upward, my arms start getting tired and the view through the eyepieces start to shake and move all over the place.Read moreGood reasons why lightweight or lowpowered binoculars are preferable.My tips: An observing chair is great, but you may as well have set up the telescope (Doh!).And to increase steadiness or relieve tired arms, another tip is to get lightweight binoculars or go to weightlifting classes. However, if you have an aversion to looking like Conan the barbarian then the simple tip of lying on a camping mat helps. __________________

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 New Telescopes Permalink Astro-physics has "officially" unveiled two new prototype telescopes. The first to be made available is the 140 mm f7.5 StarFire EDF which we expect to have out this summer. The second instrument, due out in late 2007 or early 2008 is the 130 mm f6.3 Traveler EDF which comes apart for packing into an overhead compartment sized case. Read more __________________

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 RE: Newbie Telescopes, Books Permalink Star gazing is my hobby and space my passion. I often go through the Internet to surf for great telescopes which allow me to have a closer look at the stars and other endless things in the Universe.Here I have compiled a list of the best telescopes for personal use. There are many scopes available but I find these most appropriate to whet a stargazers appetite.Read more __________________

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 Small Telescopes Permalink The 60mm (2.4") refractor is the most popular telescope size for beginning astronomy enthusiasts and for casual gift-giving. This size telescope is perfect for introducing newcomers to astronomy, at an affordable price.The simplicity of design, translates into reliability and ease of use, and requires little or no maintenance.The refracting telescope will deliver excellent High contrast (due to no secondary mirror or diagonal obstruction) lunar, planetary and binary star views.The usually sealed optical tube, helps protect the optics and reduce air currents, which tend to degrade image quality.For astronomical observing, the 60mm refractor is large enough to see lunar details, Saturn and its rings, Jupiter and its moons, the phases of Venus, larger globular clusters, bright double stars and some bright nebulae. After adding an optional solar filter, you can observe activity on the sun. In addition, a 60mm telescope can be used for terrestrial viewing.The small size and weight makes it very portable.Limiting Stellar Magnitude 11.4Resolution: Rayleigh 2.31arc secondsDawes Limit 1.93 arc secondsHighest Useful Magnification 142xLowest Useful Magnification 9xLight Gathering Power 73x unaided eye __________________

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Celestron Firstscope 70 EQ Telescope

70mm Refractor Telescope with Equatorial Mount
The Firstscope range offers novices in astronomy an economical entry into this oldest of sciences.
These are very upgradeable with many visual and photographic options.
This telescope has all glass components, coated optics and smooth functioning mounts, with the added benefit of slow motion controls on the mount for easy adjustments. The Firstscope 70 telescope tube is glossy black aluminium.
The German equatorial mount features setting circles and slow motion controls on the R.A. and DEC axes. These controls will enhance your viewing experience by simplifying both locating and tracking objects. When you're looking for a telescope offering a bit more versatility and control than the alt-azimuth models, these are the telescopes to consider.

Free Binoculars with this Product

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 RE: Newbie Telescopes, Books Permalink The UK retail stores LIDL will be selling the Meade LXD75 6-inch reflecting telescope with Autostar computer controller and mount and tripod for £499. It usually retails around £850.from the 30th November.TELESCOPE 150mm: # Focal length:762mm# Mirror diameter: 152mm# Optical system: Newton reflector# Magnification: 29x# Finder scope: 6 x 30# Super Ploessl eyepieces# Price £499.00Read more __________________

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 Bresser Skylux 70mm Equatorial Refractor Permalink 70mm f/10 Refractor (2-element achromat) Telescope with Equatorial MountThe Bresser Skylux offers sharp high quality optics on a sturdy equatorial mount. This package is complete with all the accessories required to enjoy the night sky. Includes three eyepieces, viewfinder and erecting lens for daytime observation. An extremely versatile quality package for the discerning observer.Eyepiece 4mm, 12mm and 20mm, (giving magnification powers of x175, x58 and x35 respectively), 5 x 25 Viewfinder, x1.3 Erecting Lens Price £89.99(£49.99 from Lidl stores)Read more-- Edited by Blobrana at 00:24, 2006-11-16 __________________

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 RE: Newbie Telescopes, Books Permalink In that price range there is very little to choose between them. But I would tend to go for a decent 80mm refractor (or bigger); I would also be on the look out for any bargains in the sales that should be happening at this time of year.The skywatcher telescopes, if you can find them over where you are, offer a decent beginners telescope.SKYWATCHER MERCURY-705 (70mm)£109 ($200.00)(did you follow that webpage link?) But if you want to do a bit of photography , a reflector is a must but they will be a bit more pricey.Just remember not to get hung up on how much "power/ magnification " a telescope has. What you really need to look out for is the size of the front lens, or its aperture - that is, the amount of light your telescope can collect. The larger the telescope is, the dimmer the objects you can see.Another thing to consider is portability. A giant eight inch telescope needs extra careful handling and set up time, while a 3” refractor can just be carried in a rucksack and has a quick setup time.If you are like me, and just want to scan the skies for all sorts of objects like deep sky nebulas, galaxies, or comets then a short focal length will do. But for lunar / planetary observing then you need a long tube telescope (long focal length).It's up to you.But check out this ShortTube™ 80mm Refractor$179.00You will need a tripod with this remember! (standard camera tripod will do)Or this if you havent got a tripod already:Observer™ 70mm EQ Refractor\$149.00 This is the one i would go for, with its mount and controls knobs...-- Edited by Blobrana at 21:07, 2005-07-26 __________________