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How To Avoid The Agony When Buying Your First Tele

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#1 Charlie Hein

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 11:34 AM

How To Avoid The Agony When Buying Your First Telescope

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 11:53 AM

I have read a lot of "buy your first telescope" articles and yours is by far the best. Loved the analogies. Required reading for all considering that first scope. :waytogo:

Thanks much.

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 01:31 PM

Sound advice all around and excellent writing!

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:32 AM

Thank you both, much appreciated!

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:03 PM

How To Avoid The Agony When Buying Your First Telescope

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Great article. Wish this year's Christmas shoppers would take it seriously!

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 09:43 AM

Very enjoyable read. Not sure about the combined value AND enjoyment graph :confused: (enjoyment decreases with expenditure beyond $1,000?)
Anyway sound advice for the newcomer.
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Posted 24 December 2013 - 12:36 PM

Wol,
Thanks. The purpose of that graph is to show that there are great value telescopes in a moderate price bracket for people just starting out. Everyone who really gets into this hobby creates their own personal value/enjoyment curve beyond that point ;)

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Posted 26 December 2013 - 09:46 PM

This would be an excellent handout for visitors and newbies to astronomy clubs contemplating a first scope purchase. Is it appropriate to print it off for such use?

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Posted 27 December 2013 - 12:02 PM

A well-written and informative piece. I'll use a link to this article the next time I get the chance.

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Posted 28 December 2013 - 03:17 PM

Mike and all,
Please feel free to share, print, or create derivatives of this article. I wrote it to help newcomers, and I would love to see it shared. I just ask that you include a credit line and a link back to my site: http://soggyastronomer.com

Thanks,
Sorin

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 06:47 AM

thank you for this -well written- piece. I had no idea I could get a "good" telescope for under $400... I've always had a particular affection for "pickup trucks" Now I know why :-)
yes, i'm a total newb.

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Posted 26 January 2014 - 08:56 PM

Sorin, thank you for this article. It made the choice easier. My first telescope will be a 6" or 8" dob.

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Posted 27 January 2014 - 10:01 AM

Very simple, easily understood by beginners, and well written. Kudos!

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 02:44 PM

This was a good read. Wish I had found it before I bought my first "real" telescope, a few weeks ago, lol. Still, I think, after reading it, that I did okay.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:09 AM

Good article! I find one glaring omission though. One that many of us have, and use successfully for both visual and photography; an SCT mounted on a wedge.

#16 RealSorin

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Posted 23 February 2014 - 09:20 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments.

kd4pbs, I certainly think there is a lot more that could be covered, including many other types of scopes, but I wanted to keep it short enough to be readable and provide a good foundation for others to build their understanding on.

Thanks,
Sorin


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