A question from a total beginner

Started Jan 10, 2013 | Questions thread
NoRules Senior Member • Posts: 1,452
Re: A question from a total beginner

byawk wrote:

Thanks! This really helps!

You mentioned an equatorial mount. So this is something separate from the telescope itself? Could it be something that we could add on down the road if we just got the telescope now?

Cheap telescopes come as a package with everything integrated. The thing manufacturers spend least money on is the telescope itself.

Good equipment come as interchangeable parts; tripod, mount, counterweights, computer, telescope, eye-pieces, etc.

I bought a dobson mounted newtonian telescope with a 10" mirror for about $350. Later I plan to buy a heavy equatorial mount and place the telescope tube on that. A refractor telescope for $300 is not of good quality, because the most expensive item is the tripod and computer altazimuth mount and motor. A good reflector telescope in a cheap dobson mount is so much more fun, because it's a hands on experience, no motors or electronics. One has to learn the night sky.

For just photography you can just buy a tracker, place it on your photo tripod, align it with the Stella Polaris our Southern Cross, and start shooting.

Check out this forum for more info. Everything you need to know is here.

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