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Hi guys and gals,
I recently purchased a pair of Nikon Aculon 10-22×50 Zoom binoculars for around $179 and I'm pretty disappointed with them. I live in Semi-rural northeast Texas and was looking for a good pair of binoculars for a casual stargazer like myself. I thought these would be the perfect pair, I was wrong. The field of view is pretty small and the focus is annoying. The view is like tunnel vision at 10× and too dark at 22×.
Do any of you individuals have any helpful suggestions on what exactly I should get that suites my individual needs?
I am looking for something that won't break the bank (under $300), has a large field of view, would allow me to see the moons of Jupiter, the Andromeda Galaxy, starclusters, nebulae, and maybe some of the Messier Objects? Also, without a tripod needed. I would like something that is comfortable on the eye and easy to hold.
Its asking a lot, I know. But I'm hoping some of you who are more knowledgeable on the subject would be able to help me out?
I'm considering buying a new telescope (my first telescope) for astrophotography, and some visual astronomy.
But I can't decide which type should I get. I mainly want to photograph deep sky objects. After testing some variations in Stellarium I am worried that some deep sky objects won't fit into the aperture of an 8" reflector.
I'm wondering which type should I get. And also I'm worried that I won't be able to photograph anything with a small refractor because I live near a city.
I am also open to any suggestions for a beginner astrophotography telescope. (around 800$ would be perfect)
I apologise if I made any writing mistakes.
Edit: I'm considering buying a Bresser Messier 203/800 or a William Optics Zenithstar 61 but I'm still open to any suggestions.
By Major Canis
I'm currently using the Skywatcher Skyliner 200P reflector telescope with the 10mm and 25mm EPs that came with it. I have been viewing for a while now and think its time I upgraded the eyepieces. My budget is around £500. I'd like to be able to get a range of EPs that will provide me with wide view and higher magnification viewing (a shorter length, longer length and a barlow (or perhaps a powermate but I dont know much about these other than they are seemingly better than barlows - perhaps a little over budget)).
I enjoy both planetary and DSO viewing though if I had a preference it would be the latter. I wear eyeglasses having astigmatism in both eyes so eye relief is important. I mainly view from rural areas but will sometimes get it out in my rather light polluted back garden, so I am flexible with exit pupil size (the maximum being 31/35mm I reckon).
There is quite a selection of vendors and I am hoping you folks can help me narrow down my choices with some first hand experience
Not a particularly serious thread, but I sort of need a bit of advice/suggestions.
I was recently given £40 by a very generous person, I am thinking about spending it for astronomy. However, I'm not quite sure what exactly I would be best getting with it.
I could get:
A Baader Contrast Booster Filter, I can get it in time for the Mars Opposition, to use with my OpticStar 90 frac.
A replacement focuser and secondary assembly for my broke 130/900 newt. I'm not sure if I even need to restore this, as I have a 130PDS anyway. 🤔
Thanks for looking,