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Great for the price and basic use,
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I'm in Afghanistan, we decided to get a telescope for looking at the stars and planets out here since there's much less light pollution in western Afghanistan than there is anywhere in the US. At $60 with free shipping the price was right, and it only took a week and a half to get out here. Setup was easy, and right away I was able to look at Jupiter and see four of its moons. Then I looked at our moon and saw crisply defined craters. Haven't looked at much else yet. The tripod, as noted by others, is a little buggy. But the price is right, and you can get a better tripod pretty cheaply. I probably won't bother, we have enough stuff out here that I can put the tripod on top of that I don't really need to extend the tripod legs fully.
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Initial post: Apr 11, 2015 10:39:24 AM PDT
Robert J. Emery says:
Funny! I am in Afghanistan right now and thought this would be a great idea!
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2016 2:14:03 PM PDT
Thank y'all both for your service!!! My dad is in AF right now! Thinking he needs one of these too!! :D
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 26, 2016 1:14:36 AM PDT
I'm in Kandahar and was also thinking of getting a scope out here. I might get something a little bigger like an AstroMaster or something but I don't know.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 27, 2016 4:24:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 27, 2016 4:27:42 PM PDT
Thank you for your service Mark! I did a lot of research over the last few days. I wanted something small, easy to move around and set up, powerful enough to see deep sky objects, and reasonably priced. For $209, I chose the Meade Infinity 102, and I'm super excited about its arrival. I read that to be able to see enough things of interest, besides the moon and planets, you need at least 80mm (3") aperture for a refractor, and 150mm (6") for a reflector. This 102mm more than meets that, and an astronomy writer, Bill Steen, wrote an amazing review about it. Best of luck with your decision, and I hope you get yourself a scope! I also thought for $115 that the Celestron Powerscope 80 EQ was a good buy, and it too has good reviews! Oh, and as a novice, I bought the book Turn Left at Orion, which tells you in laymens terms how to find interesting objects in case you're new to scoping as well. :)
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