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Hi every one :D

I'm new to astronomy and currently doing a new course with the OU 'introduction to astronomy'

can any one give me any advice or help with:-

buying a telescope

any books i should buy

general advice

this would be very appreciated.

Super Nova

Yusuf

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Hi yusuf welcome to sgl. We need to know a few things about your atronomy use to give good advice. First your budget, 2nd where are you going to use this most, how portable does it need to be, Third do you plan to specialise eg planetary, deep sky, visual, imaging answering these questions will help us to give you more or better choices

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Hi rowan46,

Thanks

I have no clue on what my budget should be, have been looking on ebay, but the prices are varied.

It doesn't need to be very portable but that may be debatable by the wife!!!!

and as for the other issues, planetary, etc.,etc., really don't know.

But would my interests in planetary and deep sky (of my understating to be the galaxies) be any use?

I am at a real loss.

I am booked on a residential school with the OU at an observatory in Majorca in September ;-)

I don't want to buy something to only replace it after a few months, budget would never stretch that far.

Yusuf

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As you are a bit unsure where your interests lie, why not get a pair of 10x50 binoculars and a good guide to the night sky and explore the heavens with your eyes and binoculars for a while ?.

Without some idea of where your interests might lie there is a chance that you will not get th right scope 1st time around, which you want to avoid of course.

With regard to budget you should be thinking of £200 - £300 for a decent scope but obviously a lot less for binoculars.

But we need more info to go on before recommending anything specific.

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Hi John 'jahmanson'

Hope your well?

Thank you for this, I have passed the binocular stage some time ago and I have had a very cheep telescope that i used in Cyprus when I worked there for some time.

My interests are varied, but hope fully the Open Uni course will help in time.

yusuf

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Some new information there Yusuf ...... useful to know :D

Keep browsing around the forum and asking questions - you will start to see what others are using and what they observe with their gear and that will help you decide.

I've been in the hobby for 30+ years but I still enjoy using binoculars - sometimes they are the best way of seeing extended objects such as the Great Andromeda Galaxy, the Pleiades and Beehive clusters, the Milky Way etc :p

...Thank you for this, I have passed the binocular stage some time ago and I have had a very cheep telescope that i used in Cyprus when I worked there for some time.....
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Hi Yusuf - best advice I can offer, bearing in mind we don't have much to go on here, is to come and join us at the next observing session of East Mids Stargazers. You can have a look at some scopes and other equipment and get an idea of what you may want to purchase.

You'll also get a feel for the group - very friendly bunch - large variety of gear - and we meet at a dark site just off Jn24 M1 - first visit is free. Pop over to the social group and leave an intro thread then watch the main page for the next meeting dates/times (usually at the weekend).

Click the link in my signature, or choose "Community" at the top of any page and select "Social Groups" where you'll see our link. All the best :D

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Hi Yusuf

Advice from DavidValentine is very good. Dont buy a second hand scope or scopes that state x magnification. It is best to test any second hand scope BEFORE you part with any money. If you can find someone who knows a bit about scopes to go with you all the better.

Good luck and clear skies

Neil

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