About "budget" telescopes - a bit of a rant at telescope snobs

May 19

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5/19/2020 12:09 PM  RssIcon

Can I vent a frustration? This is a long semi-rant, and truly, I'm really not trying to start an argument (though it might, truly that's not the intention). Rather, I hope I can get people to think a little about how to better encourage people with minimal astronomy budgets, especially when it comes to discouraging comments I've read about the very low end budget telescopes.
I see lots of newcomers to amateur astronomy ask what telescope they can purchase for X amount of money. And invariably, one - or sometimes several - "more experienced" amateurs jump in and say, "You can't buy ANY decent telescope for under X amount!"
This is objectively *not* true anymore.

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