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cyborg421

Aldi telescope

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Hi all,

I was in Aldi on Thurs and I saw a Dobsonian telescope on offer. I looked on the box and it said it had a 76mm lens . Oh Lordy Lordy..........

Simon

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I've heard of these on the SPA forum, but as one member there says they are reflectors...! :rolleyes:

Can you remember the make and price? OPTUS and £25 was mentioned by the SPA member. He gave it a better quality eyepiece to use as a low power scope. Good for kids, maybe, IF you get a good 'un, of course. Lots of better choices out there, as we know.

Mark

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Going to have a look at one, might just buy for a bit of fun to ssee what its like.

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Better buying a bottle of whisky, you'd have more fun !

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These are the same as the Skywatcher 76mm dob. Reasonable quality and a great Xmas present buy for the kids.

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Yep, haven't looked through the dob so can't comment on that but aldi and lidl do some great for the money optics, I've got a £50 Lidl microscope that sells for twice that on Amazon and while my £15 spotting scope wasn't quite as good as the £1000+ Pentax one the guy on the next lane at the range was using it wasn't that much worse and was plenty good enough for spotting my shots at 600m.

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Wasn't commenting on the usefulness or otherwise of the scope. It might be a good buy if inspires someone to take up astronomy. Merely the fact that whoever designed the box didn't understand that a Dob doesn't have a lens.

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Wasn't commenting on the usefulness or otherwise of the scope. It might be a good buy if inspires someone to take up astronomy. Merely the fact that whoever designed the box didn't understand that a Dob doesn't have a lens.

Or a fail in the Chinese - English dictionary

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Wasn't commenting on the usefulness or otherwise of the scope. It might be a good buy if inspires someone to take up astronomy. Merely the fact that whoever designed the box didn't understand that a Dob doesn't have a lens.

It has mirrors not lenses if it's a Dob....

Simon

Be careful here Simon. A Dobsonian is a type of mounting not a type of scope. It is therefore very possible to get a dobsonian refractor and trust me its been done more than once before. ;)

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Be careful here Simon. A Dobsonian is a type of mounting not a type of scope. It is therefore very possible to get a dobsonian refractor and trust me its been done more than once before. ;)

I'm struggling to imagine how that would even work.  You'd have to lie prone on the ground to be able to see through the eyepiece.

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When i went to the London Science Museum, they had the same kind of scopes with all the pretty pictures on the box, so misleading, but i guess it sells.

Matt

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I have thought of fitting my ST80 to my heritage base would give a great table top mount.

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That's how Dobsonian refactors work, you just have something taller underneath the "ground board". I have a 5" F15 Dobsonian refractor and 8" and 12" Dobsonian reflecting binocular telescopes. The Dobsonian design is excellent for all applications that need smooth stable motions.  :smiley:

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That's how Dobsonian refactors work, you just have something taller underneath the "ground board". I have a 5" F15 Dobsonian refractor and 8" and 12" Dobsonian reflecting binocular telescopes. The Dobsonian design is excellent for all applications that need smooth stable motions.  :smiley:

I still need to get myself up to you to try out those giant telescope modded bins you showed me last I was up peter, will try to get up soon  :smiley:

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Is this what a Dobsonian refractor is? Or is this just a refractor with a Dobsonian style mount on a tripod? I am getting very confused here as this is the first time I have ever come across such a hybrid!

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Is this what a Dobsonian refractor is? Or is this just a refractor with a Dobsonian style mount on a tripod? I am getting very confused here as this is the first time I have ever come across such a hybrid!

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that looks pretty neat tbh, simple enough to use just like a dob newt

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Pretty much yes. its teflon and ply wood with the scope held in the bearings by gravity. Thats a dob mount alright

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Is this what a Dobsonian refractor is? Or is this just a refractor with a Dobsonian style mount on a tripod? I am getting very confused here as this is the first time I have ever come across such a hybrid!

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That just looks gorgeous! Like my old 50mm, ON STEROIDS! :grin:

Any idea how big that refractor is? And is the lucky owner here on SGL?

Mark

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Cool refractor, yep Dobsonian is just the mount, guess the only limit on the scope on top of the mount is the builder's imagination.

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That just looks gorgeous! Like my old 50mm, ON STEROIDS! :grin:

Any idea how big that refractor is? And is the lucky owner here on SGL?

Mark

I just found the image by googling Dobsonian refractor, so I have no idea what size it is or to whom it belongs - I was just curious as to what one looked like.

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