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Hi everyone, My partner bought me a second-hand Tasco 302911 and I'm keen to get out and use it. I have read that these are not the best scopes but as I am a complete and utter beginner I'm not too worried about that right now. Can anyone point me in the right direction (to articles, YouTube videos etc) which can help me to understand the absolute basics of setting up and using a telescope like this? I have no clue what any of it does and any instructions I've found are all in a foreign language to me (all the jargon is difficult to wade through rather than the instructions being in French!). Any pointers for a total beginner would be gratefully received. Thank you in advance
Hi all I'm a newbie here but not totally new to astronomy. I've had a telescope since I was a teenager (over 30 years!) and only ever had 1 telescope - a Tasco 40x40mm reflector. I expect members my age are familiar with it - thin and white with a thin metal tripod and a push and pull focuser. It's still functional at more than 30 years old although the thread on the eyepiece is worn so the eyepiece falls off regularly! I've only ever used it to look at the moon, Jupiter and Saturn and that's always been good enough for me. Now I have been thinking of getting a new scope. I have a very limited budget and so I am wondering whether I will get any significant improvements on what I can see. My earliest memories of the Tasco from childhood were that I could see the rings of Saturn as a line across the circle of the planet. Having rekindled my interest in the last few years, I have started to use it again, and nowadays, when Saturn is visible, I can clearly see the rings 'as a ring' and the gap between the planet and the rings, which I don't remember seeing as a kid. Vieing Jupiter I can usually see about 4 moons. I've heard that the Skywatcher Heritage 130P Dobsonian is a good 'budget' telescope, and great for casual use, which is what appeals to me most. I don't want a telescope with complicated setup or one that takes up a lot of space. TheSkywatcher seems to fit the bill, and it also fits my very limited budget. What I am most interested to find out is whill I get an improved view of the things I have already experienced? I have read some reviews that describe what you can see with this scope and it sounds like it's pretty much what I can already see. And it's maximum 65x magnification doesn't seem like much better than the Tasco's 40x. But will the wider aperture make a bigger difference than the magnification? I'm also interested to know if I could use this scope for basic astrophotography - I have numerous cameras - phone cameras, compacts and DSLR's (photohraphy is my main hobby). I'm not talking about hour long exposures of dark sky objects, just what can be seen easily through this scope. I'd love to know what people's opinions are, especially if you own or have used this scope. I'm also interested to hear recommendations for other scopes, but please remember I have limited budget and space. I know that an 8" or more is better and I would love one but they are just too expensive and too large for me. Cheers Andy
I'm having problems with my new crayford focuser I fitted to my modified Tasco 17TR. The scope is an early 90's 80mm refractor with a focal length of 900mm. The problem isn't apparent when viewing planets, etc, it's when I try to use my camera (Nikon D80) or web cam (SPC880 modified). With the original focuser, the focal range (focuser movement) was from 840mm (measured from the lens) through to 1040mm. With the new crayford and adaptor the focal range is from 910mm through to 990mm. SInce fitting the focuser, I get beautiful, clear views of Saturn and the rings, Mars, basically everything I've turned it towards but, I can't get the focal range for photography. The focal point is shorter than what I can obtain as it is. Last night, I removed the 1.25" adaptor and held the web cam head inside of the 2" eyepiece holder and could obtain focus (albeit wobbly) so I'm thinking I need to cut my tube down. Any advice?? Before you ask why I'd bother, this telescope has a previous mod done in 97, the fitting of a Vixen ED series lens and the quality is stunning, now if I can get my focal point correct for photography I'll be very happy. I can't modify the adaptor (a cost of $150 to get it machined and that's with me providing the stock and design) but I'm not overly keen on trimming the tube down. I can't see any other options though. If I cut the tube down and it's short for visual purposes I can run a 2" or 1.25" focal extender tube (80mm length seem common and readily available). Thanks! Tasco 17TR with Vixen ED lens, Williams Optics Crayford focuser, home made tube rings mounted on Skywatcher EQ3 Pro GOTO mount
The awful seeing conditions continue where I am but I at least managed to get this in between the clouds last night: Details: Tasco 302012 114mm reflector telescope. Afocal through 40mm wide angle EP with Canon HF100 Camcorder. 9 Second movie clip at 1080p 60fps stacked in Registax 6 and processed in Photoshop CS3