Sir Francis good day, nothing political in this thread. Space is a fascinating phenomenon and we all are a part of it.
Good day Socrates the Greek, my little attemp at humour.
I have always been a big fan of space. Don't let the bad puns fool you. I hope to get ( even if it's cheap ) a telescope from a local store to look at planets with my son. As a kid I used to borrow my brothers and try to look at the moon and stars. It never quite cut it..
They have some nice but ones at Costco and a few other store but I really don't want to spend more then a few hundred. Just don't have the cash..
It sure is a great hobby to pick up a telescope like you say a visit in visual and mind our neighboring planets, or galaxies, great cheap tourism $1000 for a telescope is better than a $20M space 10 day vacation. I suppose the ones who have that type of doe they can dance that way, but the teley idea works for me.
That same brother just picked one up for himself and son for about $450.00 at Sears I think he said.. It has a great Lens and all.. He can attach a camera and it has the motor on it to follow the stars for picture perfect shots..
I will look into that seeing I can't afford Hubble for now..
I think I gave up feeling humble about our surroundings when I was very young. Now I am just curious and sometimes thrilled.
Huh...I spotted a 10x50 spotter scope with a tripod in a
recent Princess Auto flier for about $35.00 or so...would
that fit the bill? Princess Auto stores are all through the
west, I believe...
You'll never be sorry. And if I may make a suggestion, drop into your favourite book shop first and pick up Terence ****inson's book Nightwatch. It's one of the standard references for backyard astronomers. There's a very good section in it--Chapter 5 I think--about how to choose a telescope that's worth the $35 price tag all by itself. It'll save you many times that much by preventing you from getting the wrong equipment. Be sure to get the 4th edition, the 3rd edition may still be on the shelves and its info about celestial events expires in 2010. 4th edition's good to 2018.
Actually though, if you're just starting out, I'd suggest you begin with a sturdy tripod and a quality pair of 10x50 binoculars, they're a lot cheaper than a good telescope. You can always use those for other things than stargazing, and that equipment is good enough to show you whether you really want to get into this in a big way. And talk to #juan, he's been doing this for ages. I'm a little surprised he hasn't come into this thread, he's posted some really good photos of his own in other threads. Maybe he saw Deep Space in Arts and Entertainment and thought it was about a tv program.