Astronomical Refractor Telescope

Astronomy buyers guide?

Hey my birthday is coming up at the end of april and i have been wanting to get a new telescope or a pair of astronomical binoculars. I already have a telescope. But its cheap and not very good.

I was wondreing what are the pros and cons of getting binculars vs a new telescope.

I love the porotbialitiy of the binuculars but i also adore seeing other planets as a teleescope would do.

well here is my telescope

http://shopproducts.howstuffworks.com/Orion-Observer-60-Altaz-Telescope/SF-1/PID-28324631

http://www.telescope.com/control/product/~category_id=refractors/~pcategory=telescopes/~product_id=09854?id=cadf

http://www.telescope.com/control/product/~category_id=refractors/~pcategory=telescopes/~product_id=09854?id=cadf

If i were to get binoculars that would be better than this how much would i expect to spend or should i just get a new telesope?

First of all, if you're looking for a buyer's guide to astronomical equipment, far and away the best is Star Ware 4th edition by Phil Harrington (Wiley).

I own about ten telescopes and several pairs of binoculars, and use all of them. The two instruments I use most are my 10x50 binoculars and my 11-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, about as different in size, design, and cost as two astronomical instruments could be. I like binoculars for quick looks and wide vistas, and a large telescope for detailed looks at the Moon, planets, deep sky objects, and variable stars. I feel a need for both.

Since you already have a long focus refractor telescope, then binoculars would be a good choice because of their wide field of view. As I say, 10x50 is my favourite size. On the other hand, 60mm is a rather small aperture, and something like a 6-inch reflector would show you much more detail on both planets and deep sky objects. Only you can decide.

In terms of cost, you can get a good pair of 10x50 binoculars (Orion Scenix) for around $100. A Dob mounted 6-inch reflector will cost $250 and up.

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