Jump to content

  •  

CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.

Photo

What is the best beginner scope for an uninitiated new comer?

beginner equipment observing
  • Please log in to reply
30 replies to this topic

#26 nimitz69

nimitz69

    Apollo

  • *****
  • Posts: 1054
  • Joined: 21 Apr 2017
  • Loc: A barrier island 18 miles south of Cocoa Beach

Posted 13 June 2019 - 10:53 AM

 Instead of recommending a scope to buy, how about recommending he attend a local club’s star party where he  Can view actual objects through An  actual telescope (several actually) and then factor in his budget to come up with a decision.  Also he gets the benefit of asking questions real-time about scopes & what you can see.


Edited by nimitz69, 13 June 2019 - 10:54 AM.

  • Starman47 likes this

#27 Starman47

Starman47

    Viking 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 604
  • Joined: 10 Jun 2018
  • Loc: Tennessee

Posted 13 June 2019 - 10:58 AM

I concur with the advice about star parties. But I would also recommend the binoculars, which can then be used at the star party.



#28 Eloy

Eloy

    Lift Off

  • -----
  • Posts: 2
  • Joined: 13 Jun 2019
  • Loc: Riverside California

Posted 13 June 2019 - 05:00 PM

Im as new as it gets to owning a telescope (10" dob) , I have always been interested in looking up,  Im in my late forties with two teen age children, not a lot of extra money for a hobby, I say this to create the scene.

 

I went to one outreach night and then to another and saw that 1: is not un-affordable rich only hobby, 2; no experience does not equate to no fun, 3; learning the first 15 minutes is the hardest, then is fun research.

 

I would say if someone gave me a telescope before, I would have wanted some goto telescope (low end), but actually for beginners now I would say that a dob is more fun as there is basically no setup time.

 

collimation:  what the heck does that mean?.   Had I started before going to a star party I would had ruin the whole experience because my easy to use telescope is not ready to go out from the box.   So, something easy right out of the box would help the first timer.

 

Hey i just got a telescope.. wheres the moon?:    Any time someone is new the first thing you want to see is the moon.. ask around you'll see... I put my telescope out in the front yard with lots of street lighting and cars and house outside lights and still have a lot of fun and people walking by always want to see the moon.. "can you see the moon with that?!"  yes, come look, then I point to Neptune and it's moons "WOW!!!" then the rings... those are awesome. This was just yesterday.    A telescope that can see moon and planets to the beginner is probably best.

 

Something with a lens and filter kit would help.  My 10" is just too much for moon viewing, I needed to add a blue cheap filter. before you say "of course don't"  I din't know and everyone who walks by and looks doesn't know, that's beginners for you.

 

A good finder-scope: I confess I have sin:   For really easy star pointing I added a laser , I did get that from a telescope internet store, and got in trouble for using said attachment at a star party, YES I know... but for street viewing and telling people what they are looking at I think is a great tool/toy to have.  A decent finder-scope never comes with an affordable telescope.... A telescope and some accessories may be better than an awesome telescope for the beginner. 

 

Star photography, who knew?.   My wife got a picture with her cell phone at one of the outreach events from a telescope, and 8"er.   That improved my budget by quite a bit, thank you person with camera attachment telescope, i owe you one.    My telescope came with this thing to hang a cell phone to take a pictures.. Wher-s the moon? I want to take a picture!, Again beginners that just happen by, I ask them for their cell phone and put it on and snap a picture, is like giving a child ice cream, never fails to satisfy.    So a tool to take pictures, cell of otherwise would be fun.

 

 

Getting a telescope as a gift for a beginner. I would say, set up time and and ease of use.  Something to tinker with, like a camera attachment, good enough to see something exiting.  

   I think -just be cuz- said and 8" dob, I totally agree... plus a couple of accessories.

 

 

 

 

Now, where is the forum for a under $150 camera to use with a 10" dob?

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks

Eloy Orozco


  • lostyoda and pmch like this

#29 Bowlerhat

Bowlerhat

    Explorer 1

  • -----
  • Posts: 60
  • Joined: 05 Jun 2019
  • Loc: Melbourne

Posted 13 June 2019 - 06:25 PM

 Instead of recommending a scope to buy, how about recommending he attend a local club’s star party where he  Can view actual objects through An  actual telescope (several actually) and then factor in his budget to come up with a decision.  Also he gets the benefit of asking questions real-time about scopes & what you can see.

I think going to a brick and mortar telescope shop is good as well. Star parties are not that frequent, some even are for members only.

 

Besides, it's free.


Edited by Bowlerhat, Yesterday, 01:26 AM.

  • Eloy likes this

#30 Tony Flanders

Tony Flanders

    Hubble

  • *****
  • Posts: 16834
  • Joined: 18 May 2006
  • Loc: Cambridge, MA, USA

Posted Yesterday, 06:41 AM

I think going to a brick and mortar telescope shop is good as well.


If you can find one! Brick-and-mortar telescope stores are few and far between these days -- alas.

#31 rowdy388

rowdy388

    Gemini

  • *****
  • Posts: 3297
  • Joined: 09 Apr 2013
  • Loc: Saratoga County, NY

Posted Yesterday, 10:58 AM

A three or four inch refractor would be particularly nice for a beach house. ( I think that's where the scope

would be used.) Can be used to scan the water and beach areas as well as the sky. A sturdy manual altaz

mount would be perfect.




CNers have asked about a donation box for Cloudy Nights over the years, so here you go. Donation is not required by any means, so please enjoy your stay.


Recent Topics





Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: beginner, equipment, observing



Cloudy Nights LLC
Cloudy Nights Sponsor: Astronomics