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Help getting my first telescope

Started by snackynak, 11/24/2009 10:52AM
Posted 11/24/2009 10:52AM Opening Post
Hi, for the past few monthes I've been puruesing around the internet looking to buy my first telescope. Recently, someone offered to sell me his etx 125 pe for $625. The auto tracking looked very appealing, however, the focal length of 1900mm does not. I seen some good deals on here for some orion 80ED apos that range from $350-500 with tripods, and some of the widefield shots taken with them are pretty good. I guess my question would be then, for visual observing in wide field, which scope would be better, the etx125, or the 80ED apo? Then later on, if I decide to start hooking up a camera, which telescope would provide better wideshots of DSOs?
Posted 11/24/2009 12:02PM #1
I think you've figured it out yourself. The 80ED will be
better for both wide-field viewing and imaging. A mount
with tracking would be nice, but is something you can
add later. Features like "go-to" where it finds objects
for you, are (IMHO) not needed at this stage, and might even
be counter-productive.