Im a very ammature wanna be astronimer hehe. Iv always tho been fascinated with space unlike my family who doesnt care about even looking up at the stars. Love Star trek and stuff like that and i think the space photo's from diff telescope's around the world are very cool.
I have this very old telescope my dad bought me when i was 11 years old that was 12 years ago and its pretty much at the end of its life. I lost the weight and pole to it, and the little attachments you use to turn the telescope up and down are kinda cheesy they always get in the way, usually when i find something i always have to eyeball the object and move the scope by hand in that direction once i find the light i put in the lens's and focus. Pretty crude but it works and iv seen the moon obviously upclose, Mars, Jupiter,Saturn, and some other objects im not sure what they were maybe uranus or something because it was very big and blue.
I dont use it much tho last nite i saw Jupiter again, i was wondering what the bright star was in the sky iv been seeing the last couple years. I thought it was the ISS, but i guess i was wrong and i saw 4 of its moons. Anyway to get to the point i have like $570 to spend and im hoping there is a telescope out there that would allow me to see the planets much better because my telescope fully focused and using the smallest lense that i have which is some 2.5-4mm lens i can barely make out Jupiter when i saw it it was just some big white dot i only knew it was Jupiter because i barely saw 3 diff colored stripes on it altho that was very hard to make out.
I would like a telescope that could easily make out the planets and one where i could see galaxy's and nebula's and not just blue or white blobs like my current telescope. One where if possible i could take pictures im not sure what or how much a telescope would cost that does all that. There are just so many brands and so many telescope's on these telescope websites that im really confused. Im not sure about lense size's either is a bigger lens better or worse? What about the tube length ? ? What about the little lens's you put inside the tube that you look through ? Most of the telescopes im looking at n my price range all have some kinda thing where you type in the name and itll move or show you where to move in that direction but i dunno what to buy.
The telescope i currently have i forgot the name i think its like Galaxy 3000 or something, its a very long blue tube about 3-4 feet long and like 11 inchs in diameter
Its looks exactly like this one http://www.telescope.com/control/pro...oduct_id=09854