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Sep
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comment Is a spotting scope or binoculars a better choice for astronomy?
Thanks, @agtoever . I'm perfectly fine with telescopes if they meet my requirements. BTW, neither this telescope nor other 130mm telescopes are available on Amazon.com (US). The one additional constraint is that it needs to be available in Bangalore. With binoculars, I can buy them the next time I visit the US, and bring them back with me. The one you pointed me to, for example, weighs 22 kg (shipping weight). And it's not available on Amazon.com (US), anyway. What are some other telescopes available on Amazon.com and which can be carried in a suitcase?
Sep
15
comment Is a spotting scope or binoculars a better choice for astronomy?
I am excluding telescopes because they don't meet my requirements, as stated in astronomy.stackexchange.com/questions/1646/… -- they are either too heavy, or too long, or too expensive. And if they meet all these criteria, they have a smaller than 100mm aperture, in which case I might as well buy binoculars or a spotting scope with 100mm aperture. Is my reasoning wrong? And, thanks, I'm going through those articles.
Sep
14
comment Is a spotting scope or binoculars a better choice for astronomy?
I said: Regarding price, I find the 300 dollar 7x50 far clearer than the 100 dollar 20x80.
Sep
14
comment Is a spotting scope or binoculars a better choice for astronomy?
Thanks. I already have a 20x80 binoculars, as I said, and a tripod. Regarding price, I find the $300 7x50 far clearer than the $100 20x80. I'm looking to move up to 100mm, as my question said. Would you recommend the scope or the binoculars mentioned in the question? Unfortunately, I may not have a chance to test them out, and will have to order blindly online. Which would you recommend?
Sep
13
asked Is a spotting scope or binoculars a better choice for astronomy?
Apr
2
comment What's a good step up from 7x50 binoculars?
Please let me know if I'm missing something, but since binoculars are available up to 80mm or 100mm, I don't see much benefit in going with a telescope. Binoculars let me use both eyes, and they are much smaller and lighter. For example, this pair of 100mm binoculars: goo.gl/7xH3Wj weigh < 4kg and are 19 inches long, while telescopes are longer and heavier. I also know how to use binoculars, and telescopes (from what I've read) take more time and effort to set up every time you want to use them. I'm concerned that that will cause me to lose interest in astronomy. Am I missing something?
Apr
2
comment What's a good step up from 7x50 binoculars?
Thanks, Jeremy, and sorry that I did not respond in time. Regarding a tripod, I already have a tripod I purchased for use with a camera. It's the Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT. Will that work for astronomy use? Regarding the 114mm newtonian, I did an Amazon search for that term, and found that most of the telescopes exceed my 10kg weight limit or the 1-2 feet length limit. Thanks for the tip about calculating magnification. As for buying used, I live in India, where there isn't a big market for this AFAIK, so I would hesitate about buying something used.
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Feb
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asked What's a good step up from 7x50 binoculars?