Swoop1 Posted December 29, 2016 Share Posted December 29, 2016 Hi folks, new bloke here learning the ropes. A bit of history- my interest in things beyond our atmosphere started when I was a small (back in the days of yore when Messrs' Armstrong and Aldrin were boldly going etc.) but gazing through telescopes became a thing when I was in the army. I spent some time with access to a very large Nikon mirror lens (aperture about the size of a dinner plate, crane needed to lift the thing off the bench etc) and, when things got too dark to see the bad guys, I pointed it at the sky. Seeing the moon fill the field of view and have it disappear during brief conversations with colleagues, finding a funny shaped thing with ears and suddenly realising it was Saturn- I was hooked. The trouble was, I couldn't afford to own a scope of my own so, over the years, apart from occasional access to others scopes and attempts at moon photography with a DSLR and long lens, my gazing waned. I now find that I have some excess cash after Christmas and want to get back on the wagon. I have around £150 but could stretch to around £175. I know this isn't much but it will be my start and upgrading later will be an option. What is a good scope in this range? I want to be able to get reasonable images of the moon using a DSLR and hunt around for inspiration elsewhere in the sky. I have seen the Celestron 31051 Astromaster 130EQ-MD Motor Drive Reflector Telescope on Amazon. Any good? Thanks in advance. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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