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We occasionally see some low-end telescope deals posted. FOR ANYONE CONSIDERING AN ENTRY LEVEL TELESCOPE THIS YEAR, GET THESE INSTEAD. Then find a decent camera tripod to mount them on.

A good set of astronomy binoculars is far and away better and more enjoyable experience than a cheap telescope, and will last and be useful even if a telescope is added the collection someday.
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I am sorry to hear that Harley but then I might be able to give you a few advice including medical one, if you don't forget my medical visit fee! No kidding but don't forget my repSmilie

On the subject of light pollution and difficulty to show constellations to your students or visitors:
Actually I firmly believe some degree of light pollution is good to start learning about the constellations and your night sky, for anyone who is novice. Why? Simply because you don't see too much. You actually take out a lot of distraction and the major land marks including Planets and major stars of each constellation are all still visible, fairly well. So you can point and teach your visitors/students without having to go through the difficulty with differentiation of smaller, not needed objects that are well visible in dark good sky, when pollution is minimal, therefore they can see and understand better (At least for major constellations). You can see this for yourself very easily by checking a good software. I am sure you are familiar with Stellarium freeware and if you look at Sky page (F4) and then set the Pollution number from 2 (A very good dark sky without pollution) to something like 7 or even my home, LA, that has value factor of 9, still what you want to teach, is visible fairly well but the distraction is not there anymore. So use this advantage at your site. You only need a good pointer such as military grade laser pointer (LINK to a Sample) [ebay.com] but God forbidden and if you are to use it in a cosmopolitan area such as LA, Please, please make sure there is no helicopter or airplane in the vicinity or I can promise that you will be surrounded by aerial and land base law enforcements in no time and dealing with a ticket, including paying for air crow fee can make one to sell a car or even a house! That is why these laser pointers have key lock to allow on bottom to operate only when unlocked and then make sure you don't had it over to anyone specially that naughty student that always you find one in a group! So be careful but enjoy a good teaching time, even in most light polluted area. It is really important to show your student just enough that they can take home something from that session and possibly remember it for rest of their life, not too much to make you look good but let them all hate astronomy for rest of their life. For eg, if you can point as to tip of ursa major/ big dipper (Dubhe) then hop 5 times the distance of Dubhe to Merak, in northern hemisphere sky, just to show it always points right (And easily) to the North Star, Polaris and letting the students learn how to hop, to come to this conclusion, actually can one day (More correctly one night) save someone's life to find their correct way & direction, when left in middle of nowhere without any tools! Then from here, you can point the symmetry to use the Dubhe to Polaris' distance, on the opposite side (right side of Polaris) to find Shedir in constellation Cassiopeia or constellation "W", just to see how the flash pointer formed by Shedir at the apex, can easily point to Andromeda (And better seen, its near by star i.e. Mirach. Such information is easy to digest and invoke a great deal of interest, hopefully a lasting one to at least see one out of your student group, ultimately find a path in pursue of astronomy, seriously. This is easily possible now that we are going toward the summer and in winter time you can go for what is best for that time of year, such as constellation Orion, The Hunter.



As long as you don't have Parkinsonism, dealing with cataract and finding a solution is easy & possible, to meet your goals.
Not sure about state of maturity of your cataract but the way you describe, it appears to be dens enough to be near mature or worse. Why don't you consider a cataract surgery? This is the easiest surgery for an ophthalmologist and the first surgery that every fresh first year resident will put hand on so by the time an ophthalmologist has completed residency, he is well trained on how to remove it and if he has had several years of surgery experience, so much the better. Usually when cataract impairs someone's life quality, to meet the daily needs, it is the time to remove it and it seems that this has already happened in your case. Even if both eyes have similarly mature cataract, no good surgeon do the surgery on both eyes at the same time. So if you have one eye with problem, it may well be the time to deal with it. You won't believe what you gain at the end of that surgery and after recovery with only regret possibly why you haven't done that earlier. That is if there is no contra indication to surgery that you haven't revealed and usually there is not much here that cannot be handled. On the older days when they would only remove the opaque native lens (Cataract) and would correct the missing lens by a very thick external lens, there would be a significant magnification in this treated eye due to lens being out of eye, compare to the other, so so cataract eye, therefor two size images would be sent to brain that would cause confusion, difficulty with judgement of distance and frequent fall from steps etc but now a days and with intra-ocular implants, there is no such untoward effects after the surgery. The only concern is that most insurance will only pay for a regular fixed intra ocular implant and not a variable (Newer generation lenses) that can actually provide a near to far vision (Like a normal young eye). If you opt to go for these newer implants, then you should be rich and more importantly, make sure to find a good surgeon who has done a lot of these surgeries as not everyone is familiar with it. Additionally the chance of post-operative Halo or Glare in that eye with newer lens is more, when compare to traditional mono focal intra ocular lenses (Not good for star gazing). So if you only go with insurance and not out of pocket, you may have to choose a lens in one of the eyes for far vision (Possibly the current bad eye or dominate eye), then another for near vision and reading (That other eye or the eye that is more myopic or the non-dominant eye, in a latter surgery). A corrective glass should be helpful for right now, till surgery unless you already having halos in viewing a point of light such as a star, that is hard to deal with, even with glass. But bottom-line, Cataract surgery is something you should seriously go for. The earlier the better as with increasing age, only you increase the post-operative complications and risk of anesthesia. Go for it with no fear. Statistics show you are safe and there is nothing much to lose as cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed in USA today. Please seriously listen to my advice and consider cataract surgery at the earliest. You will thank yourself.



Considering what you need, you can pass this current deal totally. Your best bet is a 7x50 binocular pairs that is made by a good company. A roof presume binocular in or close to this range, also is good that is much more compact but typically these are very expensive, possibly upwards of 10 times of a normal binocular. With this you can easily see the crates of moon, the 4 Galilean moons of Jupiter, appreciate the redness of mars better but don't expect to see the rings of Saturn (For which you need much more magnification power that makes it a lot heavier when you definitely needs tripod and cannot be hand held).
The trick to see a bright galaxy such as core part of M31 or Andromeda galaxy, even more important that light pollution (That you need to address to some degree) is "Dark Adaptation". Yes you need to stay in darkness for about period of half an hour, at least and then in a good sky, you will surely see a part of Andromeda. Talking of M31, let me add a little history here. You know that M on M32 stands for Messier. But do you know who Charles Messier was and why his initial is used here? Well Charles was not the first person who observed or described the Andromeda but it was 7 to 8 hundred years earlier, before the turn on of first millennium that a Persian astronomer by the name Sufi did that. Our Charles was a fortunate French citizen who was exposed to arrival of magnificent 6 tail great comet of 1744, major meteor shower, lunar eclipse, in his younger age and then later on a transit of Mercury that all made him very curious about astronomy. Thanks to his good eye sight and then very clear sky of France, due to lack of light pollution, when he received assignment by the king to record all the galaxies and nebulas, then thought as fixed clouds, so that one can differentiate them from a moving cloud or Comet, he start his observations with barre eye and could record and document more than 100 such objects!!!! With Andromeda being the 31st one in his catalog. So you see how much even naked eye can see, if sky is dark enough.
Ok enough of history. Don't forget that Andromeda is very large. Exactly 6 times the diameter of moon! But the peripheral limbs are very faint and you can only pick them up in long exposure astrophotography picture or when you stack adequate sub frames to gather enough light.
Actually stepping up in to "Astrophotography" with use of a wide angle lens or a small tele and then use of a light tracking mount is my serious recommendation, now that you are familiar with dark sky and have strong urge to move forward. You don't have to break into a bank to raise the fund for this as this can be made at lower budget and entry level. If interested and if you have a questions on that line, ask and I'll help as much as I can with additional recommendations but for now just invest on a good pair of 7x50 bino that is light enough and small in terms of magnification, that can be used hand held, then can be easily transported to the site and for a long hiking to a good location. If your magnification is larger than 7 say as you see in this deal, a variable zoom form 18 to 40 or so, you only increase the shaking magnifications, in addition to losing mobility due to heavy weight and the darker field of view.
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The 71013 are well reviewed and appear to be ~$30 higher everywhere else. Good deal.
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We occasionally see some low-end telescope deals posted. FOR ANYONE CONSIDERING AN ENTRY LEVEL TELESCOPE THIS YEAR, GET THESE INSTEAD. Then find a decent camera tripod to mount them on.

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What can you actually see when using this to view the night sky? I know you could see the moon, but anything deeper?
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Which one will be better and powerful of course?
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What can you actually see when using this to view the night sky? I know you could see the moon, but anything deeper?
You can see quite a lot actually. Get yourself a tripod and you'll see more of the stars.
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You can see quite a lot actually. Get yourself a tripod and you'll see more of the stars.
Can these resolve any nebulosity or faint galaxies?
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Welcome5 - working coupon ...worked. Looks like $5 off
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Is this suitable for outdoor use just to see mountains and animals? Or is it just for the sky?
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Can these resolve any nebulosity or faint galaxies?
Yes, easily.. Andromeda for example. I view regularly..
also I can see Jupiter's 4 largest moons..
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Is this suitable for outdoor use just to see mountains and animals? Or is it just for the sky?
They are quite heavy for outdoor, unless you can carry them in car.. not suitable for hiking/backpacking .. most of the time they need a tripod for comfortable view
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Yes, easily.. Andromeda for example. I view regularly..
also I can see Jupiter's 4 largest moons..
You serious, Clark?
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