what telescope around 200 to 300 will let me see jupiter nice and close enough to really enjoy it?

Im a beginner and today may 26 my time I GOT TO SEE MERCURY JUPITER AND VENUS ALL AT THE SAME TIME just right now I got really interested in astronomy, also any tips and advice would be gladly appreciated

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  • Mike
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    That first rush of discovery is wonderful, isn't it?

    Keep up the enthusiasm.

    I'll agree with the recent answers - a 6 inch Dobsonian-mounted reflector (such as the Orion XT6) will be a very good first scope - it will give you about as good a 'view' as you are likely to see (or be able to notice optically) until/unless you get a 12+ inch scope. (Several times as expensive)

    A few other tips:

    Make use of your local library - lots of books on astronomy (and inter-library loans are a great thing)

    Get a subscription to one of the amateur astronomy magazines (Astronomy or Sky & Telescope). Lots of cool pictures to keep your interest up, and suggestions for sights to look fo, and monthly sky charts to keep you aware of which planets (and constellations) will be visible on which nights.

    Get a pair of binoculars, if you don't already have a pair. Invaluable.

    Find a local astronomy club or group. Beside the fellowship of getting together with fellow star-gazers, you can learn from the mistakes of others (saving a *lot* of money sometimes), and see what sorts of telescopes and eyepieces they use, and maybe get first crack at buying their older equipment when they upgrade.

    Start a journal or log - to record what you see. Sketch some of the cool sights sometimes - - sketching Jupiter or Saturn, and some of the comets that pass through - can give you interesting insights when you come back to them a few hours or a few days later.

    Pass the enthusiasm along. Set up your telescope in public venues to show the big-cool sights to those passing by. (Jupiter, Saturn, Andromeda Galaxy, etc...) You'll find yourself answering questions that will stretch your knowledge base.

    Welcome to the hobby!

  • Chris
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    A 6" dob is just about 300 bucks, and is a very solid all around performer. If you can spend a little more for the 8", it's the best all around telescope there is, but a 6" is a great staring scope.

  • GeoffG
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    The best deal in that price range (I assume you mean dollars or ponds sterling) would be a 6-inch (150mm) Newtonian reflector on a Dobsonian mount, like these:

    http://www.telescope.com/Telescopes/Dobsonian-Tele...

    http://www.skywatcher.com/swtinc/product.php?id=50...

    Here are a few web pages with good information on beginner's telescopes:

    http://www.gaherty.ca/tme/TME0702_Buying_a_Telesco...

    http://www.scopereviews.com/begin.html

    http://observers.org/beginner/j.r.f.beginner.html

    For more advanced information, read Phil Harrington's Star Ware, 4th edition (Wiley).

    You'll get the greatest value for your money with a Newtonian reflector on a Dobsonian mount, such as these:

    http://www.telescope.com/Telescopes/Dobsonian-Tele...

    http://www.skywatchertelescope.net/swtinc/product....

    Buy from a store which specializes in telescopes and astronomy, either locally or online; don't buy from department stores, discount stores or eBay as mostly what they sell is junk. Find your local astronomy club and try out different telescopes at one of their star parties:

    http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/organizat...

    I strongly recommend that beginners steer clear of astrophotography until they have learned their way around the sky. Astrophotography is by far the most expensive and difficult area of amateur astronomy.

    Many people who buy telescopes have no idea how to find interesting things to observe. A good introduction to finding things is NightWatch by Terence Dickinson (Firefly). A more advanced book is Star Watch by Phil Harrington (Wiley).

  • 8 years ago

    to see jupiter up close you would need to add several zeros to those numbers, you will not get any details of planets with a 300 telescope, unless you can find a good used one 8 inch reflector minimum

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