I Have $XXX To Spend On A Good Telescope

I Have $XXX To Spend On A Good Telescope

$200 or less

If you buy a telescope in this price range then it is very likely that you will end up being disappointed. The cost of telescopes had gotten lower over the last few years but the fact still remains that you get what you pay for. In most cases it is probably best to avoid telescopes in this price range altogether, unless you just want something that looks good but does not do much. $200 is still a lot of money to pay for something that does not do everything that you have been expecting it to.

$200-$400

The range of telescopes that you can find for this price has improved in recent years and you should be able to get a decent telescope if you are only just starting out in astronomy. You should be able to pick up a good Dobsonian model for this price and there are quite a few well known brands that sell this type of telescope in this price range. You should also expect to get some accessories included for this price such as eyepieces which can help to make the deal a little better. You should expect to pay nearer $400 though for the best models.

$400-$800

You will have much more choice available to you in this price range. You will be able to get a larger Dobsonian and more advanced versions of the models that you would get in the previous category. The telescopes that are available in this price range will be more than adequate for most uses and you should be able to see everything that you want to in terms of stars when you are using them.

Most people will have no need to pay more than $800 for a telescope. However, there are some occasions where this will be necessary and these are discussed below.

I Am Very Serious About Stargazing

The main problem that you may have here is that you are limited by the amount of money that you have to spend rather than the choices of telescope that are available. If you do not have the budget to spend more than $800, then you will should find that a lower end Dobsonian will do most things that you need it to. However, if you do have more to spend then the sky really is the limit. One thing to consider when you are buying a large telescope is that you might not be able to get it home without any help. A really big telescope will probably not fit in your car and so you might need to have to delivered to your home in a van. If you are putting it upstairs it might take two people to carry it. Another thing to consider with a large telescope that has a lot of different features is that you won’t be able to just set it up once and leave it. Every time you use it there will probably be adjustments to be made. This means that you will have to take the time that is needed to do this into account if there is something that you want to see at a particular time.

I Want To Do Astrophotography

The most important thing to consider when you are thinking about a telescope for astrophotography is not actually the telescope itself, it is the mount. Most astrophotographers prefer to use a German Equatorial Mount (GEM). These mounts will usually fit any type of telescope and so your choice of telescope will not be restricted. If you buy a Meade or Celestron telescope then these will come with a mount although this will not be able to be used with any other telescope.

I Want To See The Planets

The two things that you need to look for in a planetary telescope are a long focal length and contrast. APO refractors are usually the best choice as they have both of these features but they do tend to be very expensive. If you are looking for a cheaper option then Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescopes (SCT) still give very good views of the planets but you will lose some of the contrast. One thing that is not essential when looking for a planetary telescope is a large aperture. This is because even though a higher aperture will produce a higher resolution you will only notice this when the air is extremely steady and this is something that does not happen all that often.