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1 Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:39 pm

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Would anyone here know where I could purchase a telescope? I know Sears has them, but none I like. Funny as it sounds, its going to be a wedding gift, so i'm looking at $150 or less.

2 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:47 pm

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Don's Photo? Cabela's?


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3 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:49 pm

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I looked on the Cabela's website, they only had rifle and spotting scopes.

4 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:51 pm

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Camera shops will have them.

*Song now playing in my head, thanks a lot!*

I can see for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles...


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5 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:56 pm

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Found a place.

Side Lines Distribution
4-1329 Niakwa Road E
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6 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:57 pm

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I also bought one for a wedding gift a few years ago but I can't remember where. What I do remember is that you can't get a good one for under $400.

7 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:58 pm

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Is timing an issue? Get a copy of Shutterbug magazine or go to B&H Photos website out of NYC....do some price comparisons.....what you will get here will be overpriced.....or try Ritz Camera in Grand Forks


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8 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:59 pm

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KEEP YOUR PURCHASES IN CANADA...

MizP! For shame.


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9 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:08 pm

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Yes, I know telescopes are expensive. I had one when I was younger. The most important thing I'm going to look for is the stand. Being able to locate and track a star is going to be more important than just seeing it. I think I'm going to try looking for a good used one.

10 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:17 pm

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There are camera shops that advertise in Shutterbug that are located in Toronto (henry's) and Calgary (Olds)....and I will buy where ever I feel like buying GOM . I get far superior customer service from B&H and they ship internationally and know the places where i am contacting them from.....

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11 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:31 pm

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You can't get anything resembling a good mount and tripod for $150, let alone an entire telescope. I'd suggest buying a good pair of binoculars if $150 is your budget. I made the mistake of buying a $300 telescope years ago and it was junk. A decent 4" refractor with mount and tripod is going to run you around $600-$800. A bit more for a 6" newtonian and even more for any type of compound scope.

Dont waste your money on a "toy" scope advertising 250x magnification.

Just my 2 cents.

12 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:50 pm

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Again, this is a gift, and not for myself. The telescope is probably going to end up being a toy to them anyways, but in order for them to not get frustrated and throw it out (keep them playing with it), I want to make sure they'll be able to use it. If astronomy is something they want to get into, they can build off of it.

13 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 1:53 pm

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Miz point wrote:There are camera shops that advertise in Shutterbug that are located in Toronto (henry's) and Calgary (Olds)....and I will buy where ever I feel like buying GOM . I get far superior customer service from B&H and they ship internationally and know the places where i am contacting them from.....

NO! You will not only buy Canadian you will buy in Winnipeg.

That is all for now. Go to your room.


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14 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:36 pm

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Sorry dear....I pwomise to be a good wittle gurl wayter.....now can you spank me? pwease pwease pwease????


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15 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:51 pm

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This is really neat.

http://www.neave.com/planetarium/

16 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:00 pm

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wpg_idiot wrote:This is really neat.

http://www.neave.com/planetarium/
Very well done.


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17 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 5:45 pm

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wpg_idiot wrote:Would anyone here know where I could purchase a telescope? I know Sears has them, but none I like. Funny as it sounds, its going to be a wedding gift, so i'm looking at $150 or less.

Might I suggest you check out this website

Canada-Wide Astronomy

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/youare

18 Re: Buying a telescope on Sat Sep 12, 2009 10:56 pm

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19 Re: Buying a telescope on Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:41 am

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Meet me by the planetarium with some cash and a big truck.

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