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Re: Advice Requested From Argentina

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Posted by Larry Usrey on September 27, 1999 18:41:08 UTC

I agree with Kip Crawford, your money would be well spent on a better quality instrument. A couple of things that should set off bells is when you see a telescope advertised with a claim of how powerful it is i.e. 600X or some high number, I have a 8" Celestron S.C. and very rarely use it over 200X and mostly at aroung 66X it would only be good for up to 400X max. and that would have to be with perfect sky and darkness. You can figure that telescopes are only effective at 50X - 60X per inch of apture at the most. Another thing is to find a instrument that has 1 1/4" eye pieces or larger, .096 eyepieces are usually of poor quality. Also look for a strong mount, if you are looking through a telescope and reach up and tap the tube it should stop shaking within 1 to 2 seconds, if not look elsewhere. Remember that the main things that you want to have quality in is the optics and the mount and if you are buying new expect to spend around $350.00. Good luck and clear skies : Hi, I'm from Argentina (South America), and I'm brand new to astronomy.

: I've been offered a Tasco Galaxsee model 45-060525 (you can check the specs at, and I'd appreciate any comments on using this telescope for a starter like me.

: That's what I think is the main beauty of the Internet: having lots of wisdom at the reach of your hand. Thanks in advance!

: Pablo

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