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Post by Brocott »

Hi, I'm new to the website and to astronomy so thought a brief intro. was in order
I moved with my family to South Devon some 5 years ago and have been promising myself a telescope since I arrived. I have recently moved to a village with very little light pollution so perhaps now is the time to 'test the water' in what has always been an 'armchair hobby'.

I've never owned a telescope so any recommendatios would be gratefully received. I want to spend around the £250 mark, probably secondhand, but not really sure what to look out for. A work colleague once told me that a motorised mount was essential to avoid objects travelling out of the field of vision too quickly, but I'd rather not compromise optical quality for 'bells and whistles'. I've watched a few Meades and Celetrons on E-bay but most seem to spiral beyond my budget. Does anyone have anything suitable for sale.

Look forward to any of your suggestions.

kind regards, Paul
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Post by Brian »

Hi Paul, a warm welcome to you!

To get things started, these Skywatcher telescopes are very popular with beginners and are within your budget:

http://www.firstlightoptics.com/proddet ... rod=sw130p
http://www.firstlightoptics.com/proddet ... paTrakAUTO

Note the link to the "Astronomy Now" review

"FLO" are not the only supplier available of course, but if you are an SPA member they may offer a discount - worth asking about.

ATB,
Brian
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Post by Ender Of Days »

Welcome,
If your a beginner Id say keep it simple,as too much tech can take some time getting used to,
good luck and enjoy the new hobby

JJ.. :)
aint no speed limit where im comin from ..
lets hit the highway doing 69


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Post by Brocott »

Thanks for the input chaps :D

Do you (or anyone) have any opinions on the Meade 4504?

regards, Paul
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Post by Brian »

Hi Paul.

The 4504 has been around since ~2000 it seems, so I guess it's only available second hand now.

There's a manual here:
http://www.meade.com/manuals/TelescopeM ... s/4504.pdf

and some "recent" comments on Cloudynights here:
http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/ ... in/4062369

Generally it seems to have had a positive reception. Main problem might be the need for 0.96inch dia eyepieces (current is 1.25inch as you know) but you could replace the focuser or get an adapter to allow 1.25 eyepieces to be used. I don't know if servicing/parts are still available for the motor drives or mounting,

ATB,
Brian
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Post by Brocott »

Thanks for that Brian. I didn't realise the eyepiece wasn't 1.25". I'd rather get something with more readily available spares or greater interchangability even though it may bne a good telescope.

regards, paul
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Hello Brocott and a warm welcome to SPA.

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Post by Vega »

Welcome to SPA, as you can already see, a helpful bunch in here :-). Looking forward to hearing about your new purchase :D

I'll second skywatcher, great scopes for the price.
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