I am glad that I found this forum. I am starting on astronomy, and I have been looking for the best telescope for a while. It is not my first attempt though. I am in Seattle and night pollution and cloudy nights have always been discouraging and preventing me to enter this hobby. My experience was limited to my childhood. I started with naked eye star gazing, then obtained a small refactor. It was 30 years ago, and light pollution was not a problem back then.
Summary of a long story is,
- First option was an 8’’ DOB. Its use will be limited to my backyard and finding the targets with a bunch of visible stars would be challenging.
- Other option was a 4’’ refractor on a GEM that would be easier to move around. Idea of capturing what you cannot see is also appealing and the first telescope could be the foundation of another level although many of you are against that idea.
- Or I could get a used beginners telescope (ie. Astromaster series or a cheap refractor) to see if I can enjoy it with the light pollution and limited clarity of the skies.
Anyway, while searching for used equipment, I ended up with a completely different telescope as the best option in the local market. It is a Meade LX200 EMC (classic) 8’’ with some accessories. It is appealing because the mount would help to find stars, it has a large aperture, easier than a dob to move around. It may not track well but I can still take some photos.
I will have a chance to see it tomorrow. I am not sure if I can realize any problems. At least, I will try the hand controller and check the mirror for visible defects. I can replace the tantalum caps by the way.. Asking price is $700 and it comes with a case and extra eye piece. I am attaching the pictures to show the condition of the equipment and the pieces.
Would you help me to decide? Is $700 a fair price for this set and is it a good option to start Astronomy mostly in my backyard?
I will appreciate any comments .