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Jeff Jubenville

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Re: A dad that needs some advice from the gurus.
« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2018, 05:21:55 PM »
Celestron xlt 150 might fill the bill. There are simple ra motors around 40.00 for this scope.
To mount an 8 inch scope with tracking takes a big mount maybe a cg5 class
https://astronomics....ope_p13753.aspx

To me Mak scopes have too narrow a field of view. Good for moon and planets, hard to use for sweeping and big things like the Pleiades.

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Re: A dad that needs some advice from the gurus.
« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2018, 07:17:03 PM »
Thanks joe.....lol.. Head is spinning...

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Re: A dad that needs some advice from the gurus.
« Reply #17 on: January 31, 2018, 12:40:16 AM »
Other places to look for good deals is on the "used" sections of dealers sites. In some cases these are either demo units or where a customer returned something because of something simple to repair or just because they did not want it and he dealer had a great return policy (like Bed Bath and Beyond  )

Opt Corp, B&H, Woodland Hills and Highpoint all have good used gear programs

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Re: A dad that needs some advice from the gurus.
« Reply #18 on: January 31, 2018, 01:24:13 AM »
What about a cheap refractor and a Video Astronomy kit? You will be seeing colour and detail in the nebulosity in near realtime, only seconds. And the kids could record and edit the session for science class, or do some post-processing. There is a good thread 'EAA for dummies' in the Electronically Assisted Astronomy forum at the moment.

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Re: A dad that needs some advice from the gurus.
« Reply #19 on: February 02, 2018, 03:47:57 PM »
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What about a cheap refractor and a Video Astronomy kit? You will be seeing colour and detail in the nebulosity in near realtime, only seconds. And the kids could record and edit the session for science class, or do some post-processing. There is a good thread 'EAA for dummies' in the Electronically Assisted Astronomy at the moment.

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Hi, I'm interested in this. Is there a primer for this? What is the bare minimum I need to get my feet wet?

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Re: A dad that needs some advice from the gurus.
« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2018, 05:30:57 PM »
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What about a cheap refractor and a Video Astronomy kit? You will be seeing colour and detail in the nebulosity in near realtime, only seconds. And the kids could record and edit the session for science class, or do some post-processing. There is a good thread 'EAA for dummies' in the Electronically Assisted Astronomy at the moment.

xTripodx

Hi, I'm interested in this. Is there a primer for this? What is the bare minimum I need to get my feet wet?
G'day, as mentioned above, there is a forum for EAA in the forums menu page, just below Refractor forum i think.

A thread was just started a few days ago, 'Help, EAA for dummies'. Plenty of good info in simple terms for people interested.

I cant paste a link, using phone for Internet atm. Should be 7 or 8 lines below the Begginers forum.

See you there, xTripodx

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Re: A dad that needs some advice from the gurus.
« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2018, 06:28:36 AM »
It's much easier to chose a scope without tracking and which is used for visual views only.
8 to 10 inch Newtonian on a Dob mount.
Spend any future extra cash on long eye relief eyepieces and maybe a OIII or UHC filter Telrad etc.
You'll want to observe Deep Sky Objects so I'd lean more towards the basic 10 f5 Dob which could last you many years.

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Re: A dad that needs some advice from the gurus.
« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2018, 10:18:16 AM »
Father of three boys here. Get something you are comfortable with them using themselves. Looking at things you've found gets boring fast. The reward of finding and seeing an object themselves makes a much more significant impression.