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Why should I buy a telescope?


Kurios
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Hi all, so as an astronimical newbie I've been scouring youtube and the Internet for beginner info. 

One of the most common themes is start with binoculars (which I have been doing with great pleasure) and the advantages of binoculars are usually - easy of use, broad field of view, inexpensive, probably already own a pair, allows you to see more than the naked eye, can view the planets, more mobile. etc etc. 

All of this is true and as I said Ive been enjoying learning the night sky and the constellations with the help of my trusty Bino's. 

So, the question. Why then does anyone by telescopes if they are less portable, less easy to use, more expensive and so on and so on. When and why should I buy a telescope? 

 

 

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Because  you can attach  your camera and unlock the wonders of the universe you simply can’t see with the naked eye  mind  it’ll suck you into a black hole and suck all your piggy bank savings in the process , Bino’s are great for wide field view but a telescope will give you a better  closer view you can even buy eyepieces to fit where the camera usually goes too 😆 it all depends on what you want to see .

 

 

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7 hours ago, Kurios said:

So, the question. Why then does anyone by telescopes if they are less portable, less easy to use, more expensive and so on and so on. When and why should I buy a telescope? 

 

 

 

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Depends what you mean by 'less portable'.

 

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I second Grahams answer.

Bins are great for widefield and portability but you wont get the magnification required for more detailed observation unless you pay astronomical amounts of money for the big binoculars, (unless you build a pair like I did). But with bigger bins you loose the portability. OK one can get 20x and 25x in bins but they will need a support at those mags. Any higher mags are again in the realms of the mega buck binoculars.

 

 

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To get the kind of magnification you will eventually want, you'll need some sort of support (usually a hefty tripod).

If you're going to be lugging a tripod around, the step up to a telescope isn't that great.

Next time we have a meet, come along and see what folk are using before spending any real money.

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It really depends on what you want to view, scopes are like cars, some are fast and others can off road, another analogy. You can have scopes like refractors and a higher magnification for planets and lunar, or large reflectors and a low to medium magnification, but a with a much bigger light grasp for faint fuzzies.

Unless you have deep pockets, an infinite amount of patience and the ability not to swear much then I wouldn't get involved with imaging until you get to know your way round the sky and an understanding of the objects you are viewing. 

It also depends on your budget, your ability to hoof it all around dark muddy fields and where you can keep it in your house, bigger scopes take a good bit of room.

Let us know what stuff you are interested in looking at and roughly what you are looking to spend on it, then we can help you spend your money on something that you'll enjoy using. Don't discount second hand, all my scopes are pre-owned, folks tend to look after their astro gear. Just run any ideas past this lot to make sure you aren't buying a three legged donkey. HTH.

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Thank you for all the replies sorry for not responding sooner. I understand now and I think Im simply not ready or need of a scope yet. Much to learn. 

I'd definely like to come to the dark site for a trial however I've many questions even about  that? Do you go often? How far in advance do you arrange a meet?  What if it's not a clear night? (seems quite likely) how long do people tend to stay? (im thinking of work next day) do you sometimes go on a weekend? How do I get notified of a meet? 

 

Sorry a lot of questions there but as you can see I'm not quite sure where to start. Also I cant do wed, Thurs and fridays 😕

 

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