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?
Luis Eduardo Zabala
Private mail: email@example.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