The Best Telescope for BEGINNERS (Visual Astronomy)

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The Best Telescope for Beginners:

Buying your first astronomy telescope is a step towards a new level of appreciation for the night sky.

Almost 8 years ago, I bought my first telescope – a Dobsonian reflector – just like this one (just smaller). The experiences I had with this telescope early on propelled my love for astronomy.

I believe that an 8-inch Dob, like the one featured in this video (Apertura AD8), is the best telescope a beginner could start with.

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Optical Design: Newtonian Reflector
Focal Length: 1200mm
Aperture: 8 Inches
Focal Ratio: F/5.9

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Shockwave Bot says:

Telescope purchases like say car purchases, are a very independent sort of purchase. There’s no single telescope that will work for everyone.

Lloyd Wright says:

G'Day Astrobackyard, Your right the 8" Dob is a great starter when starting Astronomy. I started with a 10" Dob, and went up to a 16" Dob. I haven't really got into astrophotography as yet. Even though there are Dob mounts that can track just like equatorial mounts. I live an hour out of Sydney. There are great views in the Southern Hemisphere. Hopefully i will get the change of checking out the Northern Hemisphere one day. Great blogs Mate…

Zeroplanetz says:

Is the 10" version worth it over the 8" version? Upon my brief looking and straight beginner knowledge, The 10" seems to have a 50 mm longer focal length and about 1 stop more of light. Does that make it worth it cost wise? Or should one jump to the 12" variant If money is not an issue to get more focal length but a little less light If i'm reading this right (I'd just save up a little more.)?

12" – 1520 mm, F 5, Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14.9, Current Pricing $879.95
10" – 1250 mm, F 4.92, Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14.5, Current Pricing $659.95
8" – 1200 mm, F 5.9, Limiting Stellar Magnitude: 14, Current Pricing $449.95

I'm trying to determine which is the best value for what it can do. But I don't know the limits of these. Am I missing or not thinking about something? Thank you for any insight you can supply.

psykopqs says:

looks like GSO

IronBat says:

What, they don't believe the moon exists now.

Bob Tate says:

I wouldn't personally recommend anything less than an 8" for a beginner because while you can certainly use a decent telescope of almost any size, you will also certainly be wanting something bigger if your only scope is a small reflector. I had a (I think) 4.5 inch newtonian on an equatorial mount as my first scope and I thought of nothing else but an 8 or a 10 every time I used it. This was mid 90s and telescopes weren't cheap then either. LOL And I wasn't skilled enough to build my own.

I gave up on it (sadly) because everything about amateur astronomy just frustrated me so much (weather, light pollution, expense and so forth). But I did get far enough in to see a lot of cool stuff. It certainly is humbling when you see something as simple as the moon for the first time through a scope. Even binoculars can do it nicely.

Kirby Space Program says:

hey, what should i buy, Apertura AD8 or 127mm Sky-Watcher AZGOTO?

Mike says:

holy fuck man. you inspire me. thumbs way up. i dont have the slightest clue what im doin but im gonna do somethin.

Mike says:

how much is this thing man?$$

zakaria600 says:

Just ordered an Orion 8944 SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope can't wait !!!!!


Great channel!! Thank you! 😉

Joe The Space Guy says:

So just to be clear, I can’t take photos through this telescope?

Erin Briggs says:

Loved the video, caused me to get an 8-inch Newtonian for my AVX Mount, up from 5.1-inch newt. Amazing views, better than I had even hoped for. You are a wealth of information and an inspiration for fledgling astronomers. Thank you.

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