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  1. Hi all, I'm looking to get into Radio Astronomy to fill the time when the weather is . I've heard of the RTL-SDR and was wondering what king of things can be achieved with it in terms of RA. I'm looking to get readings on comets primarly. Any advice on where & how to get started? P.S : was wondering wether or not a satellite dish could help boost my reception
  2. I don't need goto but I do care about tracking that's why I went for the 130M. GoTo seems useless to me if you have a finder scope + stellarium.
  3. Ok thanks All things considered I think I'll go with the motorized 130 Skywatcher since I'll be using a webcam anyway
  4. If I'm using a webcam, will there be any noticable difference between the two?
  5. Well I clearly was wrong about it's astrophotography potential. One last question, is there a difference between the 130 and the 130PDS? It seems like there is a motorized version of the 130 on an eq-2 mount which would be best for long exposures
  6. A pretty nice scope but It's a reflector. Would I be sacrificing image quality for aperture?
  7. Do you know of any place to purchase used telescopes other than ebay/craigslist? I'm located in switzerland and here the used telescope market is very small and prices usually ridiculous
  8. Hi everyone, It's time for me to upgrade my current scope (Skywatcher 100P) to something more substantial. I live under light polluted skies so I mostly stick to The Moon & Planets and very bright DSOs. I really enjoy astrophotography with my webcam so I'm looking to get a photography oriented scope. However due to my current budget I'm not interested in an expensive apo scope. I've been looking at the Skywatcher Skymax 90 EQ-1 due to the maksutov producing sharp crispy views with a long focal length. Can anyone suggest perhaps something better or give me opinions on the Skymax 90? I don't mind getting a dob but they are more for visual observing...
  9. I didn't say all "Bird-Jones" telescopes are bad, but a lot of them are. They include a spherical mirror and a barlow lens to help with focusing. If you're enjoying your telescope, great! More power to you, and by all means don't take my word as labeling all these scopes as bad. It is a fact however, that they are known for providing bad views,hard to collimate and are generally to be avoided.
  10. What is a "department-store" type telescope? These are cheap telescopes usually sold in toy shops and department stores. They are sold as entry-level telescopes at affordable prices, and seem like a good bargain. Should I get one? It seems like a good deal! Absolutely not! These telescopes are to be avoided at all costs. What seems like the beginning of a life-long hobby may just discourage you from astronomy. You will probably end up fighting the scope more than enjoying it. At this price point, you are better off buying good binoculars. How do I spot them? We will use this telescope as an example : (Please note that I do not condemn National Geographic/Bresser as bad brands, just using this as an example) 1 - Advertising magnification(18X-60X) This is an instant red flag. Any serious astronomy brand NEVER advertises magnification. Although it is important, this is not how we measure a telescope's power. Every telescope has a limit in magnification, beyond that objects look fuzzy and very blurry. 2 - Small/Cheap Mounts This is a bit harder to spot, but usually the mount shown is small and made out of cheap materials. It will be uncomfortable to use, as they tend to be very wobbly. Mounts are very important in astronomy, they can make the difference between a good and a bad telescope. 3 - Advertising Views of the telescope(Jupiter/Moon) Again, any serious astronomy brand NEVER advertises these views. Most of the time, they do NOT accurately represent what you can really expect to see with this scope. Here is a picture of the moon as seen by a Celestron Powerseeker 50az: The picture shown in the box art represents more what you could see from a telescope with a much bigger aperture. 4 - Very small aperture Aperture is key.To get to that price point, retailers usually cut corners where they can. One thing you could also avoid is small aperture (below 76mm) in this example, we see 50mm as the main aperture. It is very small and can only be used to see the moon,Jupiter and maybe Saturn. To fully enjoy astronomy, you are better off with at least something like a Celestron Firstscope or an Orion Funscope. I don't like binoculars,which brand can I trust for a starter scope? I would usually recommend looking for telescopes from these brands: - Orion Telescopes - SkyWatcher - Meade -Explore Scientific -Bresser(But not the one demonstrated here) I would have included Celestron in the list, but they have a lot of "Bird Jones"(Cheap telescopes with spherical mirrors/bad optics) type telescopes which are also to be avoided. There we go! this should be enough for you to get a proper beginner telescope, and hopefully kick start a life-long passion for astronomy! Clear Skies!
  11. So I've recently purchased this little gem. It is so good! Surprisingly showing me Venus and Mars in great detail. The scope boasts a 4" aperture with a 400mm focal length(quite short tbh) but gets the job done with messier objects. it has this beautiful red finish which I shouldn't include as a feature but it sure does look gorgeous. Unfortunately it has only seen the sky once due to the bad weather here but the views were worth it.
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