Re: (IAAC) FWD: What should I buy? (rich field scopes)


Yann, Pail and Penny

I am a newcomer (6 moths),  and I have a newtonian 4.5-inch Tasco. It has a 
750X maximun magnification, but I have  never been able to use it due to its 
unstable mount, I only have used the 50X and 250X. I have read hours and hours 
about "the best telescope to buy" and  it  was my better opcion for the money I 
had besides to that in my country, Colombia, South America, there are not many 
stores to choose.

I have spent the last 3 months searching the fainter deep objects, but now I am 
really worry, because I read in your mails that my telescope is a "frustanting 
instrument" and I could be a "frustated amateur".  What can I do?

Thank You.

Luis Eduardo Zabala
Private mail: lzabala@infantas.ecp.com.

On Thu, 4 Jun 1998, Penny Fischer  wrote:
> Hi Paul,
> :With hindsight, I would probably have gone with small Dob or even
> :binoculars, but in many ways I think it is good to start out with a
> :dodgy scope: it certainly teaches you a few things.
> The thing about starting with such a frustrating instrument though is the
> fact that it can frustrate an amateur into never going out to observe.  In a
> small refractor like that, planets and the moon zip by before there is time
> to even look at them.
> I do know a friend who souped up a Tasco type department store scope. He
> refitted it to accept 1.25 inch ep's, and put a better mount on it.  He uses
> it in conjunction with bigger equipment, but's its easy to take out in a
> pinch to do planetary work.  Again, these dept. store scopes always hawk
> their high magnification eyepieces....."450X power!" I saw on  one box. (A
> Tasco). I would say this is the true myth, that high power is  necessary to
> see deep sky objects with.
> Clear skies
> Penny