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skyhawk
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Beginners scope ?

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I have been watching this

https://www.facebook.com/popastro/video ... 311290030/

Not a bad starter scope, I note that as with all cheap scopes it is very very unstable, and needs to be weighted down or it will be disappointing, also why is the video back to front, has it been shot in a mirror. I have never seen anyone manage to mirror a video before ?
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The problem is that she is reviewing it from the point of vies of a person who NO disrespect, has NO idea of what a decent scope should be, this is what i would give a 12 year old as a first scope and there are MUCH better ones available.

You will soon be very disappointed with the quality of the scope, the terrible eyepieces and awful diagonal, what is worse would be to throw AWAY money on it buying more eyepieces. One half decent eyepiece costs what this setup costs.

MY advice, get a DOB. There is no getting away from the fact that cheap is........... well cheap for a reason. If it costs £140, take off manufacturers profit, suppliers costs and markup, retailers profit you are looking at about £40 of materials !

Do this
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Celestron 8" Edge HD Evolution, Esprit 120mm triplet, 72mm APO, Sky Tee 2, 6" reflecting scope, William Optics Binoviewer, Quark Daystar Ha Chromosphere on 72mm ED, LVW8mm eyepiece and Celestron 19mm Axiom, matched W.O 10 and 20mm, and a few others, D4s, D810,

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Re: Beginners scope ?

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There are plenty of low cost basic achromatic refractors out there. I've accumulated several over the years. It's best to see telescope reviews, instead of grabbing the first thing we see.
I once purchased a Celestron 100mm reflector on a Dob base from Aldi and it was rubbish.
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Post by John G »

Seems to be so much choice for someone new and enthusiastic to the hobby, these starter scopes must be appealing the way they are pitched and advertised. I can understand why someone new might be wary of investing a lot of money on astro gear, I think we all might have made an expensive mistake or two at some point in the pursuit of the right kit.
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Some cheap refractors have surprisingly good optics, as my own collection testifies to. It's a great help when we have enough basic knowledge to test a 'scope for optical defects: chromatism, spherical aberration, coma and astigmatism. We don't need an extensive knowledge of optics to test for these defects before a purchase. There are occasions when only the eyepieces are at fault, so it pays to have good eyepiece with us to test with before a purchase.
I once purchased a Skylux 70mm/f10 refractor from Lidl with a nice little equatorial mounting for £149. I still have the Skylux and use it as a stage 1 PST mod.
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