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Old 03-02-2021, 10:37 AM
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Hi from Darwin

I recently signed up and just wanted to say hi!

I'm based in Darwin and am looking at getting started in Astronomy. I don't have a telescope as yet, I am still doing some research on what to get. Besides there seems to be a bit of a shortage of telescopes for sale at the moment.

I am thinking of getting a short tube 80 of some sort to begin with, but I am open to suggestions.
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Old 03-02-2021, 05:01 PM
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Welcome Dale,

What do you want to do in Astronomy? ie Imaging, looking or both? and do you have a rough budget in mind?

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Old 03-02-2021, 09:26 PM
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Welcome aboard!
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Old 04-02-2021, 12:12 PM
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welcome to IIS!

Definitely tell us what you're looking to do, and we can help with details
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Old 04-02-2021, 12:23 PM
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Welcome Dale,

What do you want to do in Astronomy? ie Imaging, looking or both? and do you have a rough budget in mind?

Hemi
Hi,

Definitely both, I suspect astrophotography is why most newbies are getting into it but it would be nice to just look at stuff too.

I'm not sure on a budget, but that is where the current shortage helps, gives me more time to save up.

Dale
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Old 04-02-2021, 04:11 PM
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Hello and welcome,

Your budget is a big factor for recommendations as is any plans to travel with the scope. Dob's offer great bang for bucks but aren't the friendliest of travel scopes around.



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Ps. dobs are just newts with a alt/az base over a tripod mount.
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Old 05-02-2021, 09:09 AM
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I currently have $400. Saxon have a short tube 80 on a alt az mount for about $400 plus shipping, but Id prefer an eq mount so I can do tracking later down the line.

Speaking of tracking I am currently in the process of building one of these:
https://www.instructables.com/Equato...ount-for-DSLR/
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Old 05-02-2021, 10:53 AM
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I forgot to mention Id prefer something portable.
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