Y'all got any recommendations for a decent telescope I could get for less than $350? Either reflector or refractor would be fine, I'm hoping to view planets, galaxies, and nebulae.
If you want to view fainter objects like galaxies and nebulae then I would recommend a reflector. More optics for the money. I'll find something for you.
I think an 8inch dobsonian should be perfect for you. Dobsonians are really great if you just wanna do visual astronomy because you get alot of optics for your money. Bigger mirror equals brighter image. The downside is that it's a little harder to track objects because of it's mounting but the optics make up for it.
And once you get obsessed with sky watching you can also try and grind your own mirror. I'm planning on doing so.
You can view the orion nebula and the Andromeda galaxy with a pair of binoculars.
Interested in new or used? You can get a used Celestron orange tube for that.
If mobility is not important, you can't go wrong with a dobsonian, more bang for your buck.
Have you ever seen a planet through a telescope before, OP? Jupiter is gonna blow you away.
Honestly man, I would save up and invest in a mid-range one (see second link below). Unless you've already got a strong appreciation for star-spotting, moon observation, etc., anything in the $350 range won't accomplish much more than that and your expectations won't be met.
The scope I have: http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/astronomy/telescopes/nexstar-8se-computerized-telescope
Scopes arranged by price/user skill from Celestron: http://www.celestron.com/browse-shop/astronomy/telescopes/series
I really love the (good) computerized telescopes. The Celestron 8SE has a really simple triangulation system, based on longitude and latitude coords and allows you to save sky coordinates for certain artifacts, and it contains a stock database which will automatically locate whatever you select with the controller. With a moon filter and relatively high magnification, you can see just about everything. It's fucking awesome. And there are all sorts of nebulae and galaxies that are incredibly visible -- much more than what would be possible with a lower-end telescope.
Pic related is about the level of detail I achieve when looking at the Blue Snowball with no special eye-pieces whatsoever.
I also wanted a telescope for the same reason as you OP and after looking it seems like other anons have suggested that Dobsonian are good.
This is the on that I a going to buy(look at the specks of that thing) after I save up some money. Trust me I had cheaper telescopes and they are not worth it. It better to invest in something better. This is a 10inch telescope and is great for fainter deep sky. Small telescopesthat this are good for brighter maybe 8 inch. And small that that are better for planets in solar system etc.
Kinda jealous since I never had a dad to show me such things. Which is why when I got older I saved up and bought myself a telescope. The first time I saw moon from up close, I had got up at 4AM. It was amazing. I nearly fainted from exhilaration.
I want to get into this stuff. Is F90076EQ good enough? Pic related.
My budget is pretty limited and I don't even live in US, Canada or any Europe country so the shipping cost is really high. I might get F90076EQ because it costs $250, shipping cost included. Not sure if it's good to go or I can find better ones.
Looking to buy my first telescope (and probably only telescope for a long long time), something under 200 (or at 200).
I'm looking at the Orion SkyScanner 100mm tabletop, is that alright? Going to be very casual use
Starting to think of going with a refractor because I have no way to get out the city often, and I heard that reflectors are mostly good when far from light pollution, refractors are fine though. Looking at this model, think I'll go with it. The tripod and mount is nice too; the SkyScanner being a tabletop would mean buying a seperate tripod...
The movement of the moon/jupiter through the frame is pretty fast. Is it expensive to get a telescope that tracks objects automatically? Not sure if that is a huge step up from the telescopes mentioned in this thread.
Anyone with a StarBlast 4.5 EQ? I'm debating it vs the Space Probe 3 EQ.
At lower price ranges, some people might recommend starting off amateur astronomy with a good pair of astronomy binoculars and a tripod for stability. You will see a beautiful field of view at once (bright because both eyes are looking), and the zoomed in stuff you can just go to Hubble for lol. Just my 2 cents worth :)