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Cheap Guide Scope?
« on: Dec 13, 2007, 12:13:26 »
Lidl are doing a Bresser 70mm scope from the 17th for £49.99 :-

http://www.lidl.co.uk/uk/home.nsf/pages/c.o.20071217.p.Refractor_Telescope_with_Tripod.ar1

Might make a good cheap guide scope maybe?
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Re: Cheap Guide Scope?
« Reply #1 on: Dec 13, 2007, 12:45:30 »
I think I'll pick one up and find out. The FL is a bit shorter that I was planning, but then again, those plans were not based on anything more than a guess. I would like to be able to guide with it imaging at 1200mm, it could be a bit short...

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Re: Cheap Guide Scope?
« Reply #2 on: Dec 18, 2007, 15:01:00 »
well I got one of them yesterday...

Obviously the clouds think it's not a bad scope, they've all turned up for a looksee. Don't think I'm going to be using the mount much, but I'll give it go, see how it looks with a decent eyepiece.

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Re: Cheap Guide Scope?
« Reply #3 on: Dec 18, 2007, 16:16:29 »
can someone pick me one up, i'm in Canada at the moment and might not be able to get one before they are out of sock.

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Re: Cheap Guide Scope?
« Reply #4 on: Dec 18, 2007, 16:38:59 »
Chris,
Am going past 2 Lidl shops tomorrow so can pick one up for you - if they're not sold out.
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Re: Cheap Guide Scope?
« Reply #5 on: Dec 18, 2007, 17:17:28 »
     
     Last year I picked one of these Bresser 70mm `scopes for my brother-in-law and when we all went camping in the warm bit of the summer gave it a try out.  Not bad for a starter `scope, even on the mount that came with it.  At least you could see some stars through it; then we tried it with an eyepiece.  Not too bad.  But I don`t know if it would suit as a guide `scope.  Still, for that price......
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Re: Cheap Guide Scope?
« Reply #6 on: Dec 18, 2007, 21:32:31 »
Chris,
Am assuming about 4:30pm your local time, shall I try for a scope or is someone else doing the deed ?

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Re: Cheap Guide Scope?
« Reply #7 on: Dec 18, 2007, 22:27:25 »
Did someone delete a post from this thread as I am sure I read someones reply that said it was too long a focal length? Or maybe that was after another drinking session after work again?
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Re: Cheap Guide Scope?
« Reply #8 on: Dec 18, 2007, 23:54:00 »
Chris,
Am assuming about 4:30pm your local time, shall I try for a scope or is someone else doing the deed ?

Mick

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Re: Cheap Guide Scope?
« Reply #9 on: Dec 19, 2007, 00:50:29 »
if no-one has got Chris one of these yet, I can pick one up tomorrow... please post if you're on going to go.

By the way, they also had 10x50 bins for a tenner too.

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Re: Cheap Guide Scope?
« Reply #10 on: Dec 19, 2007, 08:39:21 »
Ian - I got a pair of the 10X50's last time they were on offer & to be honest the optical quality was crap... Maybe I just got a bad pair but I've never used them....!

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Re: Cheap Guide Scope?
« Reply #11 on: Dec 19, 2007, 09:29:47 »
Yeah i've seen a few of those bins. The optics weren't fantastic, but the focuser was even worse. It was one of those naff ones that wiggles from side to side when you use them so the objects doesn't remain in focus.
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Re: Cheap Guide Scope?
« Reply #12 on: Dec 19, 2007, 10:13:12 »
Ian,
I am going out shopping now.
Will post again when I get back

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Re: Cheap Guide Scope?
« Reply #13 on: Dec 19, 2007, 11:15:16 »
I have got the scope.............

Got 2 actually - Why should you lot have all the toys  :)

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Re: Cheap Guide Scope?
« Reply #14 on: Dec 19, 2007, 11:24:26 »
I expect a full technical review report on my desk in the morning !  :twisted:
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