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So just what can be seen with these Adler [£40] 7x50 binos? ..The moon-like phases of the planet Venus can be followed.The four major moons* of the giant planet Jupiter are easily seen as is Saturn's largest moon Titan.
Costco here generally carries a pretty decent one sometimes.. I just don't know if your Costco would do that... do you have a costco or equivilent?
Patrick Moore has recommended binoculars for beginners...http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/reader/0521555388/ref=sib_dp_pt/203-1286998-5326369#reader-pageBinoculars (possibly fitted to a camera tripod) would be an inexpensive taster for stargazing...QuoteSo just what can be seen with these Adler [£40] 7x50 binos? ..The moon-like phases of the planet Venus can be followed.The four major moons* of the giant planet Jupiter are easily seen as is Saturn's largest moon Titan. http://www.pulsar-optical.co.uk/prod/binoculars-for-astronomy/adler/7x50/starter-kit.html[* these moons would be just be visible as star-like points of light at 7x magnification] Be realistic: even with say a couple of grands worth of telescope you're not going to get Hubble quality images.Please stress the inevitable irreversible blindness that will occur if attempting to look at the Sun through binoculars or telescope. If yours is the type of child who will do something simply because you have said not to, then don't allow them unsupervised access to a telescope or binoculars.At the risk of stating the obvious, binoculars pointed at the sun would cause blindness in both eyes, telescope only one. The next step up from binoculars would be a reflector like this with a motorised drive (to compensate for Earth's rotation). If you've got more cash to splash there are compact computerised "goto" telescopes.
Hello Neil. Don't set her up for a lesson in frustration by buying a cheap one or small one: My dad built a shed. It was a large shed. When it was done, he'd wish he had built a nicer one. Lesson: get her a nice telescope even if she's 4:http://www.telescopes.com/telescopes/catadioptric-telescopes/meadelxd75sn6atwautostaruhtccoatings.cfmPretty sure it's go-to: Just press some buttons (after you've aligned it), and it will go (approximately) to the object you selected. May need a bit of a learning curve to orchestrate the process.
It's useful to remember that stars come out at night - so it will be dark and with the dark comes either the cold or midges or both. And it can be very cold on a clear night, even in summer - this could be a major disincentiviser for the young astronomer. It may be worthwhile going along to a star party run by a local group if you can, before committing to parting with the folding stuff.
I would definitely recommend the binoculars idea. If she goes off astronomy she can use them for nature watching, sport, or anything else. You need a really expensive telescope to be worthwhile having - they are specialist stuff and binoculars are much better value because they have a huge market.
I would also say that naked eye + binoculairs is great for starters. Despite the go-to stuff flying around, it is tremendeously satsfying to know your way around the stars up to some degree.The naked eye is good for star signs, lunar eclipses, interesting planetary conjungtions, milky way (find a decently dark spot), shooting stars and objects like the Plejades. Binoculars are great for smalled star clusters (h & x persei), milky way again, larger nebulea (orion's), double stars with large seperations (alkor & mizar), brightest galaxies (Andromedae's M31), brighter comets, and for a first glimpse at the cratered moon.By that time your daughter will know how serious she is about sky gazing. Then a 3 inch refractor or 4 to 6 inch reflector will give her many years of observering.
Their are some organizations that enable students/enthusiasts to obtain views thru large remotely controlled telscopes via the internet.I am afraid I have no details but no doubt an internet hunt would yield some.
Quote from: Karen W. on 27/09/2008 01:31:55Costco here generally carries a pretty decent one sometimes.. I just don't know if your Costco would do that... do you have a costco or equivilent?Yes..yes ..we have a Costco equivalent...it's called Costco !..lol !I'll check next time I'm there..thanks for this Karen !