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Old 07-12-2005, 07:17 AM
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Exclamation Article: Part 1 - General Principles for Choosing your first Telescope

Hi all.

Brian (Miaplacidus) has written a fantastic 2-part article for beginners.. this is the first part. It's well worth a read.

You can access the article from the Projects, Articles and DIY section of the site, or directly from the link below:

Part One: General Principles for Choosing your first Telescope

Thanks to Brian for writing such a comprehensive and complete article to help out the beginners.

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Old 07-12-2005, 08:27 AM
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Brilliant!

Well done Brian. That was a top read. The site has needed this for some time.
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Excellent Brian, one of the best reads for this topic!
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Great introductory article!
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Thanks Brian, well worth a read.
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Brilliant! Thanks Brian - I'm on the search, so this is very helpful.
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Written in plain English without any marketing hype, what a pleasant relief. I also like the fact that the recommendation is to go to a club and look through as many different telescopes as possible, I had always intended to do this and won't feel as thought I am imposing.

A great read, the honesty comes through, no hidden agendas, well done
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Great article Brian !
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Post Another very simple site that helped me choose my first telescope.

Hey guys! I'm still very new to astronomy and stumbled upon a site that explained in plain English some things i should consider when choosing a new telescope. Although its not as comprehensive as other sites i have read, I really liked the way it was simply written without all the mumbo jumbo. Good for newbies like myself!

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http://www.jeremysdirectory.com/astronomy.html
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Wow...very very interesting Mr. Nolan

It's amazing to learn and read new subjects from people with knowledge and entusiasm.... I hope in few months to purchase my first scope.....

Will definetely let you know which one I've chosen.

Thanks for such a good information.
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Good Info

Thanks Brian. I have a different slant to the article.
I am soon to buy my first and last telescope. You see I am 68 years old and my use by date is closer than I would like! I have been giving the subject a lot of thought lately and to cut a long story short I have decided to buy a Meade LX 200 8". ( a 10" would be better but it weighs a fair bit!) I intend to get into astrophotography and continue my love of photography.
What do you all think? Am I doing the right thing? Perhaps I should be getting a big fat Newtonian on a good GEM. What sayest thou?

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Thanks Brian. I have a different slant to the article.
I am soon to buy my first and last telescope. You see I am 68 years old and my use by date is closer than I would like! I have been giving the subject a lot of thought lately and to cut a long story short I have decided to buy a Meade LX 200 8". ( a 10" would be better but it weighs a fair bit!) I intend to get into astrophotography and continue my love of photography.
What do you all think? Am I doing the right thing? Perhaps I should be getting a big fat Newtonian on a good GEM. What sayest thou?

Nifty
Hi there. Remember the article was written about 2 1/2 years ago. You might want to put a post in the beginner's section. Good luck
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Hi Nifty.

An LX200 sounds pretty goddam good to me. If I had a pier, I'd probably put one on it (although purchasing one probably involves the death of at least one first degree relative).
Isn't it quite a bit heavier than an LX90, though? (Equivalent optics, cheaper mechanics?) But I guess you need the stability if you want to pursue photography. Enjoy!

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Hey all im new to all this and im wanting to buy my first telescope. After reading up on alot of information and plenty of reviews and things I was thinking about the Celestron NexStar 130 SLT. I'de love to get as many opinions as I can so let me know what you all think! Thanks in advance
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What is the most reliable go-to telescope within an affordable budget for a beginner like myself?
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Welcome Matt. Umm, you replied to a 4 mth old thread, perhaps you could start a new one with your question. And have a look through other threads 1st, this is a much-asked subject. If you do start another thread, perhaps you can give more detail on what you want to do, Deep sky or planetary, and what your budget is.
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Ok, thanks, ill do that and hopefully i can get some answers. Thanks again
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Talking first telescope

Hi guys, I'm new here and have been reading lots and going through forums and taking in all the info from everyone on the site.

I'm going to make a purchase on our first telescope from Andrews as I found that it was popular with some of the IIS members, plus the fact that it is cheaper than everywhere else I have found.

I'm looking to purchase the C6-SGT 6" Go-To XLT 150mm x 1500mm.

We are beginners but I wanted something decent for the whole family, just wanted to know if you guys had any advice or opinions on the matter, be it good or bad. There is just so much to read and it has been such a joy, I've been side tracked by the images that I have seen, how spectacular, our 6yr old is very excitied over the images as he loves anything to do with space at this point. Well thanks guys for your valuable time and I look forward to your replies. Take care, keep safe and have a fantastic weekend.

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I know that's an old thread bu still wnated to say thx for this great article.
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