Basic astronomy/telescope question

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by MacBoobsPro, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603


    Jan 10, 2006
    I find cosmology and astronomy fascinating but have never really had the time to do anything about it. Recently while shopping for Christmas gifts I saw a telescope on sale but I couldn't tell if it was a bargain or not because I know nothing about telescopes.

    I would like to get a telescope for casual stargazing but one powerful enough for me to be able to see jupiter and its moons.

    What do I need to look for with regards to lens etc? Does any one have any telescope recommendations or websites for me to look at.

    Basically I would be very happy to be able to see this:

  2. Raid macrumors 68020


    Feb 18, 2003
    <Expecting jokes about wanting to see Uranus in 3...2...>

    In all seriousness to get a view like that from a telescope your looking at a fairly high magnification factor and a large diameter't remember the exact wording). The good news I think these kinds of images from some amateur scopes are possible, to get a better idea of what it takes I'd google around for some amateur astronomy pictures like you describe and hopefully they will have a description of their setup.

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