Re: (IAAC) [SHALLOW] Options for Beginners, etc.
It is my opinion that serious observation can be done with small
aperture telescope. I didn't used to think that way. But, I bought a
Meade ETX 3.5". I was surprised. I just sold my 10" Newtonian because I
rarely used it anymore.
Dave Mitsky wrote:
> Obviously, small aperture instruments have certain advantages just as do large ones.
> I certainly don't agree that at least a 12" is required to do serious observing. Remember
> what Galileo and Messier used to make their historic observations. Consider the exploits of
> noted Californian observer Jay Reynolds Freeman who recently completed the Herschel 400 with
> a 55mm Vixen refractor! Also, there are a number of DSO's that are too large to appreciate
> with the typical field of view of larger instruments. Here a rich-field telescope works
> wonders. However, for every large object there are thousands of small, dim objects that
> require large apertures and high magnifications. On the other hand, planetary and lunar
> observing don't require a 30" Dob.
> As far as high end equipment goes, it is a fact that telescope manufacturers make their real
> profits in the low end market through high volume.
> Beginners do have other options than buying department store junk. They can join an
> astronomy club and use club scopes if available. They can learn the sky with binoculars.
> They can build their own telescopes. And there are a few good inexpensive starter scopes
> If magazine subscriptions are any indication there are more amateur astronomers today than
> ever before.
> Dave Mitsky
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