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its been posted by me before... but what type of telescope should i be looking for...

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by locutus12, 13 Apr 2006.

  1. locutus12


    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

    Posts: 5,897

    say i wanted to spend between £70 and £150 on a second hand scope and wanted something that could see saturns rings (if thats possible on that budget?) what should i go for??

    last time i posted this i was going to get one but i lost the net for 2 weeks, :(
  2. locutus12


    Joined: 11 Mar 2004

    Posts: 5,897

    anyone? :confused:
  3. Lt. Manlove

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 2 Oct 2003

    Posts: 2,121

    Location: Chester

    The most expensive one you can find? :p

    Not much help, but a free bump :p
  4. seaviewuk


    Joined: 20 Oct 2002

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    Location: Brighton

  5. Capt Doufos


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Nr Colchester, Essex

    £150 would get you a new one that could see the rings.

    For planentry use only, sometimes a smaller appature is better, as when you go to larger scopes you collect too much light and things are just too bright. On my 6inch Refractor I often have to put the reducer on to be able to see detail on Jupiter or Saturn.

    If that is all you want to do I would get a good quality 70 or 90mm scope.

    Somthing like this would do the job, although that is a 5 minute google and I am sure you could get somthing better for the money.


    or this one looks pretty good:

    Last edited: 13 Apr 2006
  6. SIB


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 552

    Wish you had posted this a few days ago before i sold my set up on "the bay" for next to nothing :(
    Anyway, as has been said a decent refractor would probably be best on your budget. Something around 90 - 120mm would be ideal.
    I had a Helios 150mm refractor which gave fantastic veiws of the sky, much better than the Meade ETX 125 i had before. The refractor doesn't use as many mirrors to bend the light and so you get a really crisp image. As a reference, my refractor was about £600 new but only sold for £200. £800 of eyepieces i had also sold for about £250 so i would certainly advise getting second hand if you can !!
  7. LoadsaMoney


    Joined: 8 Jul 2003

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    Location: In a house

    ROFL i must be having one of those days today. :p