50 thoughts on “Shopping for Your First TELESCOPE? Right here's What I'd Do!

  1. I have a handicapped step daughter that is just infatuated with everything about space and the moon in particular. She isn't capable of looking through an eye piece so I am interested in sending the images to a pc for her to view on a screen. What would be a good setup for her?

  2. Thank you very helpful video. So I would like to talk to someone who knows a lot about telescopes and I have no idea where to go. When I try to find stuff on google it send me places like Gander mountain. I have a old Meade d114 f910 That was handed down to me. I was able to just barley make out the colors on Jupiter with it once so I did some research. I cleaned the mirrors but there totally trashed from age I guess. maybe someone pointed it at the sun idk. I would like to replace the mirrors and get new eye peace’s but the collimation lazer I bought is a 1.25 and it didn’t fit so I machined a adapter but I still can’t seam to get it collimated correctly. In addition to all that BS the focuser is wore out and has about 1/16 inches of play. I measured my eye lenses. They are .956 inch. ANYWAY. I’d like it fix it up a bit and use it when i travel but I’d like to get a nice one for my house. I have no idea who to call who to meet where to go. How to order parts. What’s the best telescope for me.
    HELP!!!

  3. No amazon. Okay. Got it.. Also, it's really cool to know there are people interested in astronomy like me. I thought I was the only one who loves stargazing.

  4. Hot tip for anyone thinking about buying a telescope in the USA. Do not even consider buying from OPT. Trying to get them to respond is like trying to get blood out of a stone and when they do respond they lie to you, over and over again. They have told me every week for the last 8 weeks that my CGX mount will be “just 2 more weeks”. Yesterday the Sales director finally told me that they have no clue when they can ship. OPT also told me that the CGX which with tripod weighs 85 lbs is coming from China on a plane! Celestron told me that is not true. OPT just makes stuff up. Today OPT told me via email that the ETA is 4 weeks. Which is what it was on day one over 9 weeks ago. You have been warned!

  5. i started with bins to get use to the sky then moved to 5inch goto then 10inch goto then 12inch dob and now thinking of getting a 16inch.
    and im messing around with a yukon 3x night vision monocular gen 1+ and you can see milky way and the large galaxys with out the need of a camera.

  6. I recommend the same type of telescope. The Astronomers without Borders One Sky telescope or an Orion Starblast 4.5. But I think an 80-90mm achromatic refractor can also be great to start with, like a Meade Infinity 90mm (and similar), which comes with a good tripod and can be upgraded.

  7. I love your videos, but how about doing videos for true beginner with low budgets? like not having any EQ mounts, not having and /or not wanting to buy a DSLR. what you are doing is very interesting, but there are hundreds if not thousands of videos who cater to DSLR people, how about the rest of us, the other 90%?
    how about showing us how to use some modern smartphones, which a number of them have big sensors , and how to install them onto a no go to or follow function telescope, like a dobsonian light bucket. because this is what low budget people go for, they buy the biggest light bucket their budget allow for, like a 6 inch or an 8 inch or even a 10 inch Dob, with no motors to follow the stars, and they have either an high specked iPhone or a Sony or a samsung which can shoot RAW files.
    people like this want to know what kind of adapter they need to use for the phone, and at what distance from the ocular , etc, that kind of info.
    there are other people who dont want to use their phones, but they might have some old point and shoot, or even an ultra zoom camera with more than 15 X optical zoom, some of these ultra zooms go as far as 100X optical zoom, but these dont have an objective which can detach, rather the length of the objective varies to allow for the high zoom, so how do you install such a camera on a scope, what kind of a adapter can you use that allows an objective that varies its length in the scope?

  8. An actual telescope might not be the first device you can use to look at the night sky.
    There's a lot to be said for using a pair of binoculars – you get to look in the actual direction of objects rather than in through the side of a tube, which is both more natural and helps you learn the position better, they're smaller and more portable, you get to use both eyes etc. The image will be the right way up and the right way around, too. Just a thought.

  9. Tip save! If you think you have enough save a bit more. Then buy the biggest light bucket you can afford. When it comes down to it, size does matter!

  10. Can you tell me if the telescopes can stand cold? I live in Canada and sometimes in winter the sky is clear but is may be negative 20 or even lower. Is there a risk that the mirors may crack with the cold?

  11. Great video. Exactly what I needed, being very attracted to astronomy for years, not knowing where to start and what matters. You got me decided to take the step and get a tabletop Dobsonian to start with. All your videos are so inspiring, huge thanks for beautifully sharing that passion

  12. If you can afford it, a good size Binoculars on a decent tripod is also a very good way to start, and since we are sharing storys, back in the days (some 25 years ago) after a pair of 8×40 binos i came across a Celestron C8 for a bargain, rushed home and mounted it on…. Yes!! the photo tripod!! this was a whole new experience that i still remember very clearly 🙂 … the most shaking experience i ever had, and i mean "shaky" as in worst way possible, so IF you guy´s get hold of a older telescope – fine, but remember – mount is everything when it comes to bigger apartures, go for a small dobson or a smaller newtonian or binoculars as first choice… Clear Skies guy´s, BR /A

  13. Great video, thanks for sharing your experience! My son has been saying he wants a telescope for Christmas, but not knowing telescopes – but I’m into photography – I understand how good optics cost money. So trying to find what is a reasonable price to see views that he’ll be wowed at (Saturn, Jupiter, nebulas, etc)…I was originally looking at the Celestron Starsense because the app looked like it might help him, and keep him engaged, but I also saw this sky watcher collapsible model you have in the video. Is it a good quality model? (Honestly, not knowing the different brands, the collapsible piece looks cheap?). Do the mirrors get out of alignment, and require maintenance? Do you have a review of that Sky watcher model? Thanks again for sharing – very helpful to watch!

  14. My first telescope was a 60mm refractor. Though I didn't get to do much of photography, the visual experience was very good. I even got to see my first nebula, Orion nebula. The nebulosity was also visible. I saw many more nebulae. Through the eyepiece it looked very cool. But through camera, it didn't look so good. I would recommend it, but for visual only. Not for photography. It's cheap and is quite flexible.

  15. Really interesting to have your feedback on the choice of instruments for beginners. You convinced me to buy a simple telescope (and a dobson is really a good choice with a very good quality/price) for the start and then upgrade my equipment if I catch the virus. I currently use a "longue vue" (don't know the name in english) with a maximum magnification of 60x and I succeeded in taking beaufituls pics of the moon with my smartphone manually putted on my "longue-vue" and its tripod ; I ordered an adaptator yesterday to fix my phone on the lense,thus it will be easier to take pics with my phone. Thank you for you advice ; not always easy to understand all you say since I'm french and not fluent in english but that worths to improve my english to follow you.

  16. Dear
    I'm from Pakistan, fond of looking into sky, deep inside, the clusters, nebulae. And of course our solar system, the plants, moon etc. budget is max 700 – 800 USD for complete package. It will be my first telescope. And perhaps I won't be able to get another one after some time. Keeping this in view, can you plz guide me for my first and perhaps last buy??

  17. Appreciate you doing videos on the basics despite the advanced level you normally operate on. It really helps people like me trying to get started in this.

  18. No, I want motorized. Done with chasing objects, particularly trying to share the view with my little sons who touch every so slightly.

  19. Cheers Trevor, thanks for this vid. I ordered a sky watcher dobsonian with extendable struts based on your advice. Really excited to get it before Christmas and my kids are dying to see the planets through it. Really appreciated your thoughts on it. Best regards mate.

  20. My first telescope was a 10" dob(Orion XT10i). It's still my most used. I have one of those 5" tabletop dobs too and they are neat little scopes. That would be my recommendation for those starting out on a budget($200). I have the Bushnell and it has surprisingly good optics. I prefer it over my Explore Scientific 127mm apo refractor and Celestron 8SE SCT. Reflectors are awesome! For those starting out on a larger budget, I'd say 8-12 inch dob. Get the biggest you can afford and reasonably transport – for some that may be an 8 while others may find a 10 or 12 is manageable. Don't forget that eyepieces and other accessories will cost a lot too. So budget for that. Look at the used markets too. Lots of people buy telescopes and quickly lose interest so there's some good deals to find out there.

  21. Hey Trevor, you and Dylan O'Donnell inspired me into the astrophotography world. Since i fell in love with it im planning on buying a astrophotography equipment. What im thinking to buy is: Skywatcher EQ5 pro for mount, a skywatcher 150/750 f5 telescope, a small guide scope, and a autoguiding cam, all of these would cost me about 1200-1300 dollars. I already have a dslr and a laptop so i don't need to buy them. Do you think these equipment would give me good and sharp images of nebulae and galaxies with 1-8 hours of exposure depending on what object? And if any suggestions on what part of the equipment i should change please let me know and please don't recommend expensive equipments because i cant afford them.

  22. hay how are you . i am thinking about getting a canon T6i camera what size lens would you recommend for my firsts lens . 135 or 24 or 85

  23. Great video that would be a great choice for a first scope. My last telescope is a tabletop 6 inch newt push to i liked so much i have another 80mm tabletop on the way. course I own 3 others not tabletops

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