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    Stargazing

    my wife has developed an interest in looking at the stars after watching it on the TV I was just wondering if I was to get a telescope for her do any of you guys know what would be a good entry level telescope/spotting scope would be ok

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shotgun..willy View Post
    my wife has developed an interest in looking at the stars after watching it on the TV I was just wondering if I was to get a telescope for her do any of you guys know what would be a good entry level telescope/spotting scope would be ok
    Can't help with the telescope, but if your wife has an iPhone/iPad I can recommend a couple of apps: GoSkyWatch and Star Walk.
    O wad some Power the giftie gie us to see oursels as ithers see us!

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    +1 for Star Walk.

    I can lose literally hours of a night using it!

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    That depends on what you want to see and budget really , just the moon is easy but deeper in space not so.
    Have a look here Beginner Telescopes Guide | First Light Optics

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    Stargazing

    Look 2nd hand , can get some bargains
    I was lucky & got a Meade lx90 with heap of extras for 600
    It's a 2k scope new !

    My pal bought an entry level Celestron , the cheapest computerized one that has a star database & holds onto its target once in it so you dont have to keep moving to compensate for earth rotation. 360 ish new he was

    Goskywatch I've used & like , must try star walk
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    Last edited by sauer; 14-01-2016 at 08:44.

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    Unless you can locate a decent telescope at a good secondhand price, then it's probably better to start with (your?) binoculars and a smartphone or iPad app as above. The one we use is Startracker which is very good and comes complete - no in-app purchases, which you have to watch out for with some others.

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    I had a 12" skywatcher with a EQ6 mount here is a video from it onto a SLR camera https://flic.kr/p/7tUPiq I did some deep space with it as well but to be honest I was not impressed with the results .

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    You need to take her well out side the town to fully appreciate the dark and see all the stars and pick her up at some point!

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