Right, I've been into Astronomy for ages, but only got upgraded my binoculars 2 years ago to purchase a telescope. (Actually it was my Dad who got me it.)
It's a basic "Goldline" refractor, which has a max power of around 175, and, it's getting long in the tooth. I've been saving for a computer upgrade for a while, but am now considering getting a decent reflector; a big decision for a student like me.
Now, there are two i've got it down to, My Dad insists on getting one with an "Equitorial Mount"; but that one costs 30 squid more.
I have a dilema: I've never used one of these fancy mounts before, but he keeps telling me they're better: Since he's been using telescopes longer than I have, I tend to go with his judgement.
Help! What should I do! And what is the benefit of one of these equitorial mount thingies anyway, my Dad tends to come out with Physics styled mumbo-jumbo about earth rotation and tracking objects: Maybe the bad astronomer could do a piece on the site about wtf this mount is? [img]/phpBB/images/smiles/icon_smile.gif[/img]
All help appreciated...
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