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Goto Compromise!

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Posted by Eddie Casey on February 26, 2001 15:30:22 UTC

Ditto that Chris. I am sorry if this seem's a little negative to our friend there in the Netherland's but I get really annoyed when Goto seem's to be the starting requirement above all other considerations. 60mm, 90mm goto I mean what is the point. These scopes retail at ridiculous prices. When I started out in this hobby over 25 years ago the choice of scope was very much easier and you were more likely to choose a scope, as Chris says, based on the important fundermentals such as optical quality and aperture. My advice would be to go with a non goto newtonian and yes Orion would be a good starting point as they produce a great line of scopes. The glossy adverts in the astronomy press can be very seductive but a scopes appearance does not equate to performance. Learn the sky and you will soon find you can locate ANY object that our Goto friends can. It is a simple fact that good quality telescopes are expensive but much can be gained from smaller aperture scopes. My considered opinion would be larger aperture non-goto. Hope this helps Cheers Eddie.

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