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I've owned other telescopes but never a refractor like this one. From experience though I will say that you will be able to see Saturn's rings, however that is subject to good seeing conditions. Through this telescope the rings will be small but distinct. It doesn't have a lot of aperture (how big the opening is, therefore how much light it lets in) compared to other telescopes, so you'll notice a difference if you were to compare it. Cheaper telescopes like this will also have issues with steadiness when you're looking through the eyepiece because the tripod isn't very strong.

It's a very welcoming price though. If you're like many who are afraid to dump a bunch of money on a complicated-looking telescope not knowing if you're going to use it enough to justify the purchase (that was me), then this is a great entry level 'scope to buy. A bonus is the GoTo feature, which lets you align it to a couple known objects, then the computer will guide you to thousands of objects without having to know the sky yourself.

I'd say go for it. It's likely to whet your appetite for better equipment down the road that will show you even more.

http://www.deepskywatch.com/Artic...scope.html (this has pictures to show you what you'll see through different telescopes)

https://starizona.com/acb/basics/...heory.aspx

Ask if you have any questions.
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This is a quality first scope. Not high end, but not junk at all.

My best friend growing up had a 90mm refractor and I thought it was simply amazing. It beat my toy scope up and down and you can definitely resolve Saturn's Rings. Probably even the Cassini division under excellent conditions.

A step up would be a larger or better doublet refractor or a triplet in the $300-800 range. Possibly a Dob in the $200-400 range. But this is the best ~$150 astronomy deal I've seen in a while.
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I recently got into Astrophotography. i'll try to make everything I know concise if anyone wants to jump into Astronomy. first, don't bother getting into Astrophotography. it's EXPENSIVE.
types of scopes:
Dobsonians = cheapest, best bang for buck for viewing everything as you get more aperture size for your dollar.
Reflectors/Newtonians = next tier in pricing. you can mount these to equatorial mounts. cons: images are upside-down! must collimate mirrors sometimes(kind of a hassle).
SCTs = more expensive than Reflectors but are shorter tubes and kind of lightweight. can be mounted on equatorial mounts too. Images are not upside down! but mirrored left/right. more expensive than the first two mentioned scopes.
Refractors = images are perfect and not mirrored or upside-down. best clarity. Cons-most expensive of the scopes. Different glass types like FPL53 or fluorites. mountable to equatorials. cost is exponentially higher by aperture size and glass type.

types of mounts:
Alt AZ - mount moves the telescope in up/down, left/right position but not along the sky. when you view an object in the sky, you gotta move both the up/down control and then the left/right control to keep the object in view (on a manual mount).
German Equatorial: setup so the mount spins and moves the telescope to follow the movement of the sky. this is so the object you view(planet, nebula, galaxy, etc.) stays in view. especially if you have a motor or computer mount. manual mount means you just have to use one controller to keep it in view.

Eyepieces (not lenses):
the lower the mm number, the more powerful the magnification. higher magnification can be useless if your area sucks. so if you're in a city with light polution, don't go overboard in buying expensive high power eye pieces. you want to roughly use 60-80% of useful magnification on your telescope at the max. higher power would mean you need to be at a dark site with a darksky to take advantage of a high power eyepiece. Join star parties to get an idea of different scopes, eyepieces and equipment!

This deal here is for an Alt AZ mount refractor scope. it is computerized so it will still roughly keep it in track on your scope as long as it's polar aligned and calibrated to two stars. This is a fantastic deal to get started in astronomy. it's a GoTo meaning it's computerized to just slew into an object you choose on the controls and it's ready for viewing without having to spend time looking for objects in the sky! Calibrating and polar alignment are the two hassles into using telescopes. but it's well worth it plus it's quicker each time you do it.

If you are living or at a place away from city lights, telescopes perform really well.

http://www.cleardarksky.com/csk/i...chart_list
http://www.heavens-above.com/skyc...t=0&tz=UCT (click unspecified top right to change location. then type location at the bottom of the page. click update. then click "Interactive sky chart (now with PDF print option)"

Buying used astronomy equipment and stuff mentioned above is good advice. you can get something that used to cost about $1,000 and pay only $300 for it.
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Any expert opinion on this? Can I see Saturn rings with this?
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Any expert opinion on this? Can I see Saturn rings with this?
I've owned other telescopes but never a refractor like this one. From experience though I will say that you will be able to see Saturn's rings, however that is subject to good seeing conditions. Through this telescope the rings will be small but distinct. It doesn't have a lot of aperture (how big the opening is, therefore how much light it lets in) compared to other telescopes, so you'll notice a difference if you were to compare it. Cheaper telescopes like this will also have issues with steadiness when you're looking through the eyepiece because the tripod isn't very strong.

It's a very welcoming price though. If you're like many who are afraid to dump a bunch of money on a complicated-looking telescope not knowing if you're going to use it enough to justify the purchase (that was me), then this is a great entry level 'scope to buy. A bonus is the GoTo feature, which lets you align it to a couple known objects, then the computer will guide you to thousands of objects without having to know the sky yourself.

I'd say go for it. It's likely to whet your appetite for better equipment down the road that will show you even more.

http://www.deepskywatch.com/Artic...scope.html (this has pictures to show you what you'll see through different telescopes)

https://starizona.com/acb/basics/...heory.aspx

Ask if you have any questions.
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I've owned other telescopes but never a refractor like this one. From experience though I will say that you will be able to see Saturn's rings, however that is subject to good seeing conditions. Through this telescope the rings will be small but distinct. It doesn't have a lot of aperture (how big the opening is, therefore how much light it lets in) compared to other telescopes, so you'll notice a difference if you were to compare it. Cheaper telescopes like this will also have issues with steadiness when you're looking through the eyepiece because the tripod isn't very strong.

It's a very welcoming price though. If you're like many who are afraid to dump a bunch of money on a complicated-looking telescope not knowing if you're going to use it enough to justify the purchase (that was me), then this is a great entry level 'scope to buy. A bonus is the GoTo feature, which lets you align it to a couple known objects, then the computer will guide you to thousands of objects without having to know the sky yourself.

I'd say go for it. It's likely to whet your appetite for better equipment down the road that will show you even more.

http://www.deepskywatch.com/Artic...scope.html (this has pictures to show you what you'll see through different telescopes)

https://starizona.com/acb/basics/...heory.aspx

Ask if you have any questions.
This is a quality first scope. Not high end, but not junk at all.

My best friend growing up had a 90mm refractor and I thought it was simply amazing. It beat my toy scope up and down and you can definitely resolve Saturn's Rings. Probably even the Cassini division under excellent conditions.

A step up would be a larger or better doublet refractor or a triplet in the $300-800 range. Possibly a Dob in the $200-400 range. But this is the best ~$150 astronomy deal I've seen in a while.
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This is a quality first scope. Not high end, but not junk at all.

My best friend growing up had a 90mm refractor and I thought it was simply amazing. It beat my toy scope up and down and you can definitely resolve Saturn's Rings. Probably even the Cassini division under excellent conditions.

A step up would be a larger or better doublet refractor or a triplet in the $300-800 range. Possibly a Dob in the $200-400 range. But this is the best ~$150 astronomy deal I've seen in a while.
Totally agree. A couple years ago when I was deciding which 'scope would be my first, if I'd see this deal it would have been a no-brainer.
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You can also try the second hand market. Many people buy telescopes for their kids and then never use them so they list them very cheap.
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Agree with the above, I got a dobsonian on Craigslist, it was more than this deal, but it has an 8" mirror, and I was amazed when viewing Saturn, Jupiter and a few of it's larger moons, and our moon.

Telescopes are like treadmills, higher cost new, hardly used, then sold at considerably less than original price.

Before getting this or any other telescope, Google "Saturn through 90mm telescope." Change the size and also try Jupiter, the moon, and easier to see nebulae or galaxies. This will give you realistic expectations. But, photos will show more color than what your eye would see thru the same scope, it's weird but the most accurate image would be someone's drawing of what they saw. Stars will always be a little pinpoint (except our sun of course, but don't look without a filter).

Then you have to consider your location, there are light pollution maps online.
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In for one. Glad to finally have a chance to own a telescope for some epic moon viewing. Don't care too much for planets.
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https://www.astronomerswithoutbor...qfnun9ola5

This is a pretty continuous "good deal" on a starter scope.
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Thanks, my son mentioned telescope recently, so got this one. Hopefully it won't be sold for $99 for a BF lol
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Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope $107 on amazon? why not this one?
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Can I attach a DSLR to this?
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pretty good deal. Bought the same for 180 in last deal by B&H. $20 is a good drop..
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