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At that price point, look at the Orion 120ST. It's a fantastic telescope (refractor) for its price (around 599) and comes with a rock steady EQ mount you can upgrade with tracking motors later on. It also accepts 1.25" and 2" eyepieces. You need a t-ring and Orion camera t-adapter for your camera in order to attach it to the telescope (either prime focus (camera directly to the telescope) or eyepiece projection (camera 'sees' what you would see with an eyepiece/barlow lens)

Check it out on amazon and telescopes.com. Orion Astroview 120st. It's a great telescope for the beginner, and even semi-advanced. With a correcter, you can use it as a terrestrial scope, too. There are better telescopes, but once we start talking APO or schmidt-cass and specialized coatings/eyepieces, prices can go astronomical.


While I totally dig light buckets (dobsonian reflectors) a proper astrophotography mount for them may cost as much as the telescope. Newtonian reflectors are also exceptional, but again, the price will go up very quickly for a quality reflector (Orion Astrographs are awesome) on a quality German EQ mount.
Edited by Mongol - 9/9/12 at 5:04pm
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Btw, for around 79 bucks, snag a solar filter too. I'll be posting pictures of it (our glorious sun) once I FINALLY HAVE TIME to get home and set up my gear on a clear day. It's one of the few gripes of astrophotography...clear skies and nights devoid of light pollution and mosquitoes. Winter can't come soon enough...lol
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pentax K20

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taken October 2011.
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At that price point, look at the Orion 120ST. It's a fantastic telescope (refractor) for its price (around 599) and comes with a rock steady EQ mount you can upgrade with tracking motors later on. It also accepts 1.25" and 2" eyepieces. You need a t-ring and Orion camera t-adapter for your camera in order to attach it to the telescope (either prime focus (camera directly to the telescope) or eyepiece projection (camera 'sees' what you would see with an eyepiece/barlow lens)
Check it out on amazon and telescopes.com. Orion Astroview 120st. It's a great telescope for the beginner, and even semi-advanced. With a correcter, you can use it as a terrestrial scope, too. There are better telescopes, but once we start talking APO or schmidt-cass and specialized coatings/eyepieces, prices can go astronomical.
While I totally dig light buckets (dobsonian reflectors) a proper astrophotography mount for them may cost as much as the telescope. Newtonian reflectors are also exceptional, but again, the price will go up very quickly for a quality reflector (Orion Astrographs are awesome) on a quality German EQ mount.

Looks like Orion Telescopes & Binoculars doesn't ship internationally.

Are there any other stores that sells telescope refractors?

http://www.telescopes.com/telescopes/refracting-telescopes/celestronnexstar102slttelescopeultimatepackage.cfm opinion on this refractor?
Edited by Davidsen - 9/9/12 at 5:44pm
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I wonder if I should go ahead and change the thread title to incorporate the official aspect of this, seeing how there is no other one.

Maybe even make a sig tag for the club?
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pentax K20
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taken October 2011.

You're so lucky to have the Aurora Borealis visible in your area! I'm so jelly O.O

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Think i may have found a shop that ships world-wide.

http://www.astroshop.eu/

anyone have any past experience with them?
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I'm not sure if Adorama ships outside the US, but they are a great company! Got multiple lenses from them. Looking at getting a refurb 5D3 if the price is right.
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102slt...f6 iirc.

It's not a bad scope, doesn't seem shabby, but I'm not too keen of its mount...seems like it may be wobbly/unstable especially with the added weight of a camera. The goto function may be a great aid, though I've always been more fond of finding things on my own. Honestly, I've only had experience with Orion scopes, so take my advice on it with a handful of salt...lol
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102slt...f6 iirc.
It's not a bad scope, doesn't seem shabby, but I'm not too keen of its mount...seems like it may be wobbly/unstable especially with the added weight of a camera. The goto function may be a great aid, though I've always been more fond of finding things on my own. Honestly, I've only had experience with Orion scopes, so take my advice on it with a handful of salt...lol

Well, i've got my eye on the Skywatcher Telescope AC 90/900 EvoStar with a EQ 3-2 mount, mainly because the shipping cost is way less than the Celestron Telescope AC 102/1000 Omni XLT 102, which comes up to 700+ euro in total, where the Skywatcher is at 352 euro(included shipping).

I think it shouldn't be too bad for a beginner telescope.
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