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Old 01-13-2006, 11:55 AM   #1
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Help needed for a Telescope

It's about 2 years that I'm interested in Astronomy, I've studied and learned a lot of things, and now I want to buy a telescope. Unfortunately, at the moment I can't buy a too expensive one.Who here can give me a very good advice?
I've made a lot of researches, and by now, my intention would be to buy the BRESSER GALAXIA II:

These are the specifications:

-Optical system: Newtonian reflector
-Magnification: 36-675x
-Objective diameter: 114mm
-Focal lenght: 900mm
-Aperture ratio: f/8
-Mounting: Equatorial/ EQ-SKY
-Eyepiece diameter: 31.7mm (1,25")

It is reported to be very good for Moon and Planet observations and good for Galaxies and Deep Sky objects observation


Cost: 178 Euro


Is there someone who can signal me an alternative?

Thanx a real lot
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Old 01-13-2006, 12:27 PM   #2
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Planning on doing some voyeurism?
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Old 01-13-2006, 12:41 PM   #3
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Maybe, too!


I have a big love for the universe, I want to submerge myself in its lights..............................
The very first thing I want to observe is the Orion Nebula
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Nothing gets by you MsGiggles!!!
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^ ..............................Ehm, actually I'm looking for good advices...................what's there so funny?
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purchased a meade ETX-90 a year ago - it's a fantastic beginners device. Good for solar system observation - the bonus is that it is equipped with an object auto tracking program, which includes local planets, moons, asteroids, and some of the closer galaxies. You just have to triangulate it and its set to go.

Ensure that you get a viewfinder, whatever you do. Without one, it is difficult to locate anything beyond Jupiter. Also, a telescope of the nature/budget you're looking at, ought to come with its own tracking mechansim, or else you'll constantly have to keep with the earth's rotation yourself (very tricky for objects further away than the moon).
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i wish i had a telescope.
but i've even found just a good pair of high power binoculars to be a really great astronomy tool too
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I am such a astronomy on summer nights you can find me on my roof top porch with my Orion SkyQuest XT4.5
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I wish I had a better telescope. My son received a real simple model a year ago. Even though you could barely get the thing to remain steady, we could see 4 of Jupiter's moons one night.

Priceless.
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purchased a meade ETX-90 a year ago - it's a fantastic beginners device. Good for solar system observation - the bonus is that it is equipped with an object auto tracking program, which includes local planets, moons, asteroids, and some of the closer galaxies. You just have to triangulate it and its set to go.

Ensure that you get a viewfinder, whatever you do. Without one, it is difficult to locate anything beyond Jupiter. Also, a telescope of the nature/budget you're looking at, ought to come with its own tracking mechansim, or else you'll constantly have to keep with the earth's rotation yourself (very tricky for objects further away than the moon).


Yes, I know this, this is really a great piece. But I think it's expensive, isn't it? What for an optical system has it?
Maksumov-Cassegrain refractor? Magnification? How do you rate the Bresser Galaxia II?
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yup, it's got Maksutov-Cassegrain optics. You get 26, 15 & 9.7mm eyepieces that come standard, which I believe allow for a max 120X magnification. I haven't much experience with other telescopes, so I don't particularly know about the Bresser model you are considering.

I had two reasons to go for the ETX-90.

1. I initially started with an ETX-50 and found it very easy to use, plus there was a lot of information available and tonnes of shops everywhere had optional parts for meade products.

2. Meade is the largest recreational telescope manufacturing company in the world. True, this doesn't necessarily mean it offers the best value, but as an amateur, having good technical & sales support is of crucial importance to me.

Check out their web site: http://www.meade.com/catalog/etx/etx_spotting.html
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Oh, forgot to add - price wise, it shouldn't be outside of your initial 180 euro figure. If you can afford it, perhaps the ETX 125 might be a better investment.

The autostar controller is the finest option available (in my opinion). It makes aligning & locating objects a snap.
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Wow, Mickey, I thank you so much, you've given me a lot of help, I appreciate the more I can!
Other questions: What for a software do you use? I have already Sky Charts on my lap, is it good? How's the spherical/chromatic aberration level of the ETX-90 you have? Neatness?


The Maxutov-Cassegrain optical system is probably the best, better than the Newtonian reflector, and I guess even better than the Schmidt-Cassegrain...........................
I will look for the models you've indicated me, the fact that Meade has a wide accessories availability is a very important point, thanx really a lot!
Do you even shoot photos with your telescope?
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I am such a astronomy on summer nights you can find me on my roof top porch with my Orion SkyQuest XT4.5
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