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TahoeNoob
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Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new
      #5742637 - 03/19/13 10:52 AM

Ok, so here's the situation... I'm going to be buying a non-astronomy related book from Amazon. The cost is $24.95, which means I need to spend 5 more cents... to get free shipping!

QUESTION: What are some of the cheap, but GREAT, items that I can buy that'll push me over the top? What cheap item must I absolutely, 100 percent, have? We're talking flashlights, paperbacks, planispheres, or whatever! Any item that's cheap, but well worth the money! GO!


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Midnight Dan
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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: TahoeNoob]
      #5742659 - 03/19/13 11:01 AM

It's gona be hard to find something in that 5 cent range!

If you don't have a red flashlight, I'd go for a red LED headlamp. When you're observing alone, which most of us do most of the time, it is extremely handy. Keeps two hands free while providing light exactly where you're looking. Not so great at star parties though because the concentrated point of light from the LEDs is too bright for people looking at you.

-Dan


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Maverick199
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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: Midnight Dan]
      #5742662 - 03/19/13 11:04 AM

A nice UV filter which comes free with requisite accessory.

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TahoeNoob
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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: Maverick199]
      #5742689 - 03/19/13 11:17 AM

Yes, let's say under $15.00.

Dan, I was thinking of a red headlamp. (I need one.) I was also thinking of maybe trying to find a good paperback.

Maverick, UV filters are expensive, right? Maybe I can get a free one with my next order. Or when I order a new telescope! LOL


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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: TahoeNoob]
      #5742804 - 03/19/13 12:10 PM

FYI, and maybe off topic, but Willmann-Bell, and AgenaAstro both cost more from Amazon than they do from their own websites (Save on shipping). Orion seems to be the same from Amazon or theirs.

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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! [Re: Seldom]
      #5742840 - 03/19/13 12:29 PM

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1931559317/sr=8-84/qid=1363710509/ref=...

pocket sky atlas


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John Kuraoka
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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: buddyjesus]
      #5742860 - 03/19/13 12:38 PM

A cheap fleece or knit cap? The green one is just $6.
http://www.amazon.com/Type-Polar-Fleece-Watch-Cap/dp/B001CWUG6S/


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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: John Kuraoka]
      #5742886 - 03/19/13 12:53 PM

Batteries?

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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: TahoeNoob]
      #5742897 - 03/19/13 12:58 PM

cheap is never good but can be expensive, but inexpensive could be great. just saying.

I had some music shop owner tell me that when i asked him about some cheap drum cymbals.


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TahoeNoob
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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5743019 - 03/19/13 01:50 PM

I'm giving serious consideration to getting the H. A. Rey book The Stars:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Stars-H-A-Rey/dp/0547132808/ref=sr_1_32?ie=UTF8&...

The Pocket Sky Atlas would be a good choice, except that I already have it.


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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: Pinbout]
      #5743075 - 03/19/13 02:20 PM

I was able to get the fourth edition (reprinted 2013) spiral bound "Turn Left At Orion" from Amazon.com for $18.00 and free shipping just a few weeks ago. It arrived in less than 8 days via FedEx. I also picked up a Energizer red LED light with white LED light headlamp at Home Depot for $19.97 and change. I bolcked out the bright light it emits with electrical tape and cutting a slit in the tape to just emit a small amount of the red light beam so as to not be obtrusive to others and also not to ruin my own night vision. That's pretty cheap stuff there.

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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: Crazyhorse1876]
      #5743456 - 03/19/13 05:02 PM

WHAT??? How much is shipping gonna be? I'm inclined to not spend extra on something I didn't plan to buy to save on something I already planned to spend (shipping). Do ya think 24.95 is a coincidence? Don't buy into Amazons marketing plan. Better yet, I like the 'find it elsewhere' advice given above especially given that Amazon is trying to take advantage of you.

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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: mich_al]
      #5743484 - 03/19/13 05:12 PM

Wait a day. Amazon prices fluctuate. Friday I ordered a harness for our dog. Yesterday, it was 90 cents cheaper. Prices go up too. You never know.

If that doesn't work, I second the recommendation of batteries. You'll always need them, for astronomy or not.

For the future: I keep a "wish list" on Amazon of inexpensive stuff I really want but don't want to buy until I need it to get free shipping.


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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: buddyjesus]
      #5743595 - 03/19/13 05:56 PM

Quote:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1931559317/sr=8-84/qid=1363710509/ref=...
pocket sky atlas



+1


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Seldom
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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: mich_al]
      #5743607 - 03/19/13 05:59 PM

Quote:

WHAT??? How much is shipping gonna be? I'm inclined to not spend extra on something I didn't plan to buy to save on something I already planned to spend (shipping). Do ya think 24.95 is a coincidence? Don't buy into Amazons marketing plan. Better yet, I like the 'find it elsewhere' advice given above especially given that Amazon is trying to take advantage of you.



But if you cough up for Amazon Prime ($80/year) 2 day shipping is free. Not necessarily a bad deal, considering how many free movies you can download for those nights when it's too cloudy to observe.


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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: Seldom]
      #5743698 - 03/19/13 06:43 PM

How about a copy of Star Watch? Only $12, and one of the first books recommended in the "helpful advice" sticky thread. I've seen it recommended many times in other threads too. I just picked that up but haven't had time to read it yet. But just thumbing through it, I like the illustrations - they give you a nice idea of what you're looking for.

The Field Map of the Moon looks tempting as well.

Edited by Jarrod (03/19/13 06:44 PM)


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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: TahoeNoob]
      #5743842 - 03/19/13 07:37 PM

I've had the Celestron 93588 Astro Night Vision Flashlight for about 8 months and find that its variable brightness is a great feature. At Amazon's price of $11.95 plus free shipping it is a bargain to me.
(http://www.amazon.com/Celestron-93588-Astro-Vision-Flashlight/dp/B0000665V5/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1363733756&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=astronomy+red+led+flashlight+celestron)


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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! new [Re: Seldom]
      #5744576 - 03/20/13 07:16 AM

Quote:

Quote:

WHAT??? How much is shipping gonna be? I'm inclined to not spend extra on something I didn't plan to buy to save on something I already planned to spend (shipping). Do ya think 24.95 is a coincidence? Don't buy into Amazons marketing plan. Better yet, I like the 'find it elsewhere' advice given above especially given that Amazon is trying to take advantage of you.



But if you cough up for Amazon Prime ($80/year) 2 day shipping is free. Not necessarily a bad deal, considering how many free movies you can download for those nights when it's too cloudy to observe.




+1. I do this, and I've dropped most of my cable channels to help pay for it too. Cheaper than Netflix, but not as many shows, but getting better.


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JLovell
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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! [Re: rdandrea]
      #5744580 - 03/20/13 07:21 AM

Quote:

For the future: I keep a "wish list" on Amazon of inexpensive stuff I really want but don't want to buy until I need it to get free shipping.




You can also just simply add them to the shopping cart, and before checking out, click "save for later." To me, it is more convenient than the wish list. They're already in the cart, and to add them to a future order to go over $25 is as simple as clicking "move to cart."


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Re: Cheap, but good, astronomy stuff from Amazon! [Re: JLovell]
      #5744627 - 03/20/13 08:09 AM

Do they have good warm gloves or long johns?

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