New telescope for intermediate astronomers
Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:55 PM
I have the beginner Meade telescope (D=90mm F=800mm f/8.8), an old one. Below are the pictures taken with this telescope and my Nikon D3100. I would like to purchase a (intermediate) telescope that gives clear details of Jupiter, Saturn, and nearby deep-space objects. Please advise. Thanks so much in advance!
Posted 26 June 2013 - 07:02 AM
To get anything much better, you'll need to be thinking of a 5 or 6 in APO refractor (v. expensive), a 200mm Maksutov (expensive) or 12" Newtonian.
Many of the brighter DSOs are already within range of your telescope.
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Posted 26 June 2013 - 05:33 PM
If you want to get really serious about astrophotography, it really depends on how much money you want to spend. Most of the people that I know that do significant photography will use an SCT around 8 to 10 inches, depending on how portable they want it to be.
As Phillip said, an Mak Cass can be very good for photography as well as a good refractor. Both of those can also be good for planetary work.
Weight can also be a big factor, the larger the telescope the more effort and time goes into setting it up and storing it after use.
The question you ask really opens a wide door and is normally one of the more difficult ones to answer.
Tell us more about what you want to do and we can direct you a little better.
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