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Old 11-20-2012, 08:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Best telescope to buy ... Need advice

Any star gazers out there?
My hubby is a HUGE fan of the stars and I'd like to get him a nice telescope for Christmas.
(He's hard to shop for anyway) We usually don't exchange gifts but, I'd like to do this for him.

Problem is, I don't know anything at all about TELESCOPES...
the more I read online reviews, the more confused I am.

Anyone on here have any advice or experience as to which one/ what kind to buy?

Thanks,
Kat

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Old 11-20-2012, 09:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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my sister is an astronomer with over 25 published scientific papers on
research data. Send me a PM and I will give you her email address . Now the advice that she may give on a telescope may be too egg head , too advanced for your needs but she can recommend good telescopes , that is a certainty.
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Sent..thanks so much!
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You were right...she's WAY OVER my head!

Anyone else have any suggestions?

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you have to get a "go-to" telescope, not a brand but a type, there will be less of these on the market so look for a supplier near you. they are the sh!t.
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There's no supplier near here so, online is my best option. As for type...that's what I wanted opinions on.
Surely, someone on here has had one, knows of someone who does this as a hobby, or has experience?

thanks. Kat

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Old 11-21-2012, 12:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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how about a really really good set of binoculars , did baby sister recommend this in her reply to you?
Find out if there is a local skywatch / astronomer club in your area -- I don't know what your location is . You could ask my sister about the 2013 Starfest event which she helps organize -- watch this , the beginning makes you feel like you are an astronaut in training ,

Best Telescopes – Top 10 Telescopes for Stargazing | Space.com


in the meantime http://www.space.com/skywatching/ (look at their amazing gift shop - nerdy T-Shirts , science toys etc !!!! )

or with the naked eye look to Orion's belt for the big red supergiant (dying star) Betelgeuse

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Old 11-21-2012, 07:40 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Ty CARMSPACK!

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Old 11-21-2012, 08:01 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I'd have to say the best telescope to buy would be the Hubble Telescope but you better have deep pockets! The cost of the hubble Telescope was 1.5 billion at launch.
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I'd have to say the best telescope to buy would be the Hubble Telescope but you better have deep pockets! The cost of the hubble Telescope was 1.5 billion at launch.


LOL! Thanks anyway...The "B" cost is not in the range I want to spend.
Happy Thanksgiving!
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