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#1 Parsonsk

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Posted 21 June 2021 - 05:51 PM

Hi everyone, 

 

I think posting this question here will get some better answers. What I'm looking for is a small travel scope that I can use during my camping trips for viewing lunar, planets etc...no photography. It has to be small and compact, maybe 10" long. 

 

So far I've looked at the following;

 

- SharpStar 61

- Orion ShortTube 80

- Williams Optics Zenithstar 61II

- Skywather EvoStar 72 (the 50 is smaller but doesn't take a diagonal)

 

someone however posed the question to me, why am I looking at astrophotography scopes.....my answer was...I don't know....What should I be looking at???

 

I need some education, why aren't these scope ideal for astronomy viewing? What should I be looking at?

 

 

Keep in mind I want to use my 90' diagonal and my 1.25" eyepieces...primarily I'll be looking at the moon, planets and some deep space stuff. No photography, just viewing. 

 

Budget is about $750 CDN

 

Thanks all


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#2 vtornado

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Posted 21 June 2021 - 06:19 PM

Lunar and Planetary can be done in your back yard.   They are not affected by light pollution.

Milky way scanning and deep space are better when done from dark skies.

 

It is not as important for visual or deep sky to have  ED glass, since you will not be using high power.

 

I would go for an ST80.  It can be mounted on a photo tripod.

Way over 10 inches long, but a AWB would be far more capable.


 

#3 teashea

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Posted 21 June 2021 - 07:40 PM

That is a good size - very workable and several good choices.  Remember that the mount is as important as the telescope.  So many people undermount their telescopes - a terrible mistake.


 

#4 Parsonsk

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Posted 21 June 2021 - 08:13 PM

thanks guys, by ST80, I'm assuming you're talking about the Orion ShortTube 80?

 

And what does AWB stand for?

 

 

would the SharpStar 61 be a fine viewing scope?


 

#5 Jim T

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Posted 21 June 2021 - 09:49 PM

"AWB" is Astronomers without Borders.  This is a 5" (125mm) reflector, that is collapsible.  My only dig on it is the helical focuser.  Ugh.


 

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Posted 21 June 2021 - 09:55 PM

A 127 or 150mm mak or SCT will show you a lot more than the little refractors. Depending how they're packed, they don't take up much more space, either.


 

#7 weis14

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Posted 21 June 2021 - 10:03 PM

I also think the ST80 is the right choice here.  One side benefit is that it is relatively cheap at about $130 new for a bare OTA.  That means that if something happens to it, you are really not out that much money. 

 

I also wouldn't go below 70mm.  If you are getting a 60mm scope or smaller, I think you would be better off with a pair of 7x50 or 10x50 binoculars.


 

#8 Parsonsk

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Posted 21 June 2021 - 10:07 PM

yeah I don't think I want a MAK or a SCT....I want to keep things simple and small

 

Can anyone tell me why the scopes I mentioned are not good for viewing? 


 

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Posted 21 June 2021 - 11:25 PM

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