Is it possible to see Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and Venus with the Spectra Optics Telescope 600x50? And even the moon?

This is the description of the telescope:

User-friendly and easy to install with magnification up to 100x. A telescope is a learning and discovery tool that is suitable for both old and young. This model is larger and has significantly better optics than the telescope that Galileo Galilei used during his astronomical discoveries hundreds of years ago. Magnifies from 30-100x. The viewfinder binoculars (5x24 mm) make it easy to roughly calibrate the telescope and the stand is easy to mount. Focal length 600 mm. Light opening 50 mm. Weight about 3.1 kg. Live incl. 2 eyepieces.**

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    $\begingroup$ astronomy.stackexchange.com/questions/41147/… is very similar... yes, you can see each of them with a telescope - you even see them with the naked eye. The answer to this question won't greatly differ to your previous $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 1, 2021 at 15:11
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    $\begingroup$ Yes it's possible. But I wouldn't buy that telescope. At that price range your money would be better spent on a pair of binoculars. You can get cheap 10x50 binoculars which will be fine, and will also be usable for other things. If you want a telescope and don't have much money then go for a reflector on a Dobsonian mount rather than a achromatic refractor on a wobbly tripod. The "AWB OneSky" / "Sky-Watcher Heritage 130" is the perfect beginners telescope. $\endgroup$
    – Aaron F
    Commented Feb 1, 2021 at 18:08
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    $\begingroup$ In the EU it goes by the name "Sky-Watcher Heritage 130p". If money's tight then you can wait for a deal (they pop up fairly frequently) or buy second-hand. I'll write a quick answer, rather than continue in the comments... $\endgroup$
    – Aaron F
    Commented Feb 1, 2021 at 20:21
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    $\begingroup$ ...one "quick answer" and an hour later... ;-) $\endgroup$
    – Aaron F
    Commented Feb 1, 2021 at 21:28
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    $\begingroup$ You can see each of those objects with the naked eye, so the answer to your question is trivially "yes." $\endgroup$
    – D. Halsey
    Commented Feb 1, 2021 at 23:05

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Generally speaking, you should never buy any telescope which advertises itself in terms of magnification.

Telescopes at this level are, unfortunately, not much more than toys which will serve more to frustrate than to delight.

These telescopes are made almost exclusively from plastic parts - the optical tube, the focuser, even the eyepieces are a polymer and not a glass. The tripods are flimsy aluminium.

If you only have €50 to spend then you could buy a pair of 8x42 or 10x50 binoculars. At this price they won't be a great pair of binoculars, but they'll show you a lot of objects in the night sky which you can't see with the naked eye alone.

More positive points in favour of binoculars:

  • you can use them during the day
  • they're very portable
  • they'll continue to be useful as you continue in the hobby --- I still use my €40 10x50s to sweep the sky even though I have a reflector and a refractor; each instrument gives a different view

Alternatively, you could put that €50 into a savings account and then try to add to it at every opportunity you get. Your goal would be to save up around €200

A telescope which is generally accepted as being one of the best starter telescopes is a 130mm F5 reflector sold in the USA under the name "Astronomers Without Borders OneSky" and in Europe under Sky Watcher brand with the name "Heritage 130p".

It's a Newtonian reflector on a Dobsonian mount. It has an aperture which is large enough to show you details on Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars (around opposition, at least).

In between the €50 binoculars and the €200 reflector there are many achromatic refractors, but I hesitate to recommend any of these because you mainly want to observe planets:

When light passes through a refracting telescope's objective lens, different wavelengths are diffracted different amounts, and this results in some colour separation which is most noticeable with bright objects.

Planets are some of the brightest objects we observe.

Also, many of the aforementioned refractors also suffer from less-than-brilliant build quality, which is another reason to go for the the 130mm reflector. Here's how I think about it:

At this price point you want to make sure that as much of your money as possible is going into what's important: the optics.

Anything else: bundled eyepieces, diagonals, tripods, equatorial mounts, ...all of this costs money, and money going into these components is money that isn't going into the optics.

This is why a Newtonian reflector on a Dobsonian makes the most sense: the optics are mirrors and the mount is a couple of bits of wood. Telescopes don't get any more simple than that :-)

You mentioned in a comment that it was hard to find the Heritage 130p in Europe.

Right now it's hard to find any telescopes anywhere - the pandemic has created a lot of new amateur astronomers and has also affected supply from China.

Here's a short list of European shops I can think of which you might want to check out:

  • Astroshop
  • Bresser
  • First Light Optics
  • Teleskop Service

Of these, if you're looking for good deals then keep and eye on Bresser's and FLO's special offers pages. (If you're in the EU then be careful ordering from FLO because they're based in the UK and you'll have to pay additional taxes on your orders). Bresser is probably the place where I've managed to get the best deals.

Finally, consider buying second-hand. Your money will go a lot further.

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you so much! But, my budget is 130 £. I've found a good deal on the National Geographic Dobsonian 76/350 telescope which costs 150 £ but i've got a deal for it for 130 £. Is there a difference between that and the one you suggested? I'm a student at 16 years old. So money won't be easy for me. Thank you for poiniting out that telescope. I was looking at it when i passed the store at the mall, it looked really good and had pictures on the cover of Saturn (which obivously fools people to believe you can actually see Saturn that well with it). It was really cheap so i was concearned. $\endgroup$
    – John
    Commented Feb 1, 2021 at 21:48
  • $\begingroup$ Also, on Bresser, when i went to Sales it were used/returned items, are these safe? And i looked up the Heritage 130p on Bresser and astroshop, i couldnt seem to find them $\endgroup$
    – John
    Commented Feb 1, 2021 at 21:56
  • $\begingroup$ On firstlightoptics it was out of stock and delivery was quite expensive. And on the Teleskop Service, i couldnt find the website. Is there any other telescopes better than the National Geographic that costs 130 £? Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – John
    Commented Feb 1, 2021 at 22:06
  • $\begingroup$ @John You're very welcome :-) I think that the Nat Geo telescope you found is the same as this Bresser one which is on sale for €54. Its aperture is a little bit on the low side for a Newtonian: its secondary mirror will obstruct quite a lot, leaving you with maybe 55mm (I'm completely guessing there) usable aperture. I wouldn't personally buy that telescope... $\endgroup$
    – Aaron F
    Commented Feb 1, 2021 at 22:09
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    $\begingroup$ @John I wouldn't get that. Better to wait and check the website every day or two to see if anything else comes up. If you get a telescope of only 76mm aperture then you want that to be clear aperture: ie. unobstructed. Only a refractor can offer that. A reflector makes more sense at larger apertures. Here's another suggestion for you: go and hang out at cloudynights.com for a while. Read some of the threads in their beginner's forum. Make an account and ask the same question over there and see what advice people give you. They're very knowledgeable there too. $\endgroup$
    – Aaron F
    Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 17:43

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