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2dimes wrote:That place in Houston has the light bridge mini, I think the guy near here gets them in too. Might look into it.
Ok, for me I'd drop more and get something bigger but for Justplay we need to balance price and power.
I just don't want to get him something that's not going to be better than the binocs even if it's inexpensive.
https://www.landseaskyco.com/celestron- ... -76eq.html
My brother likes that Audubon book and I think his favorite is "Night Watch" A Pratical Guide to Viewing the Universe.
If I can get going with my two beginners books I might upgrade later.
WILLIAMS5232 wrote:My opinion of the equalateral mount;
They really are ideal for viewing the sky, but my experience with the celestron is it was very cheap and started to malfunction early on, perhaps it was user error, had I known exactly how to use it right out of the box, and been gentle with it, it may be still good, but I think they know it is a beginner scope, and should be somewhat wary of how a beginner needs to learn. I mean, I wasnt rough on it, I just didn't baby it.
As far as the binocs go, yes. They are fine... First thing to do is look at Pleiades star cluster, then spot andromeda galaxy.... After wards you can start searching other more visible open and globular clusters.... If you do all that, I think you can then seriously say you need a scope
If I had it to d o all over again, I would just save my money for the biggest scope I was ever gonna buy. For me, that is the 16" collapsible light bridge... Basic setup without the starfinder is like 800... Sounds like alot, but that is the limit on cheap scopes... Afterwards prices skyrocket. I paid ~380 for my 10", and all I can do when I look through it is wonder how much better the 16" would have been.
tzor wrote:Latest app I put on my phone "Cosmic Watch"
Vlasov wrote:I don't usually read the various CC forums. However I clicked on "Astronomy" and found this long, informative discussion thread... fascinating stuff, guys!
jusplay4fun wrote:I looked up at the early one morning at home last week (before 6 am) and saw Orion. I am not sure I have ever seen Orion in the summer. and a bit above where the head ought to be was.....The Crescent Moon..!
Quite a site without any lenses...ok, I had my glasses on, ONLY.
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