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    Hi All,

    I am looking for a telescope for some amateur star gazing when traveling with kids. Has to come with a carry case and be portable.

    I have a Celestron Slt 130 at home but it's too big to travel with and also probably not designed for it.

    Any advice would greatly be appreciated
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    A friend recently showed me an App called Sky View...try it out....I was impressed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanbe View Post
    Hi All,

    I am looking for a telescope for some amateur star gazing when traveling with kids. Has to come with a carry case and be portable.

    I have a Celestron Slt 130 at home but it's too big to travel with and also probably not designed for it.

    Any advice would greatly be appreciated
    Your best bet is a Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope. Size versus robust design vs $$ it is your best bet. Unfortunately only the more expensive Meade's etc come with travel cases. There are online astronomy shops that you can order cases frome or you can just build your own. I prefer the latter as you can build it to fit your vehicle.
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    This is my 5 inch Mak that I use when camping or travelling.
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    I modified a big 80 lt travel case to take my 10" Meade SCT camping , built a frame out of 25mm aluminium and connect-it , the foam inserts it came in fit into the case and I put big wheels on the frame.
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    Telescopes can be bulky to travel with. Have you considered astronomical binoculars as an alternative? I have the Celesteron 20-100x70 Skymaster and am very happy with them.

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    I'm getting scared to go camping lately....Camp spotlights were in the news this week now this !
    There is no task too simple for some people to complicate !



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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto Betta View Post
    Telescopes can be bulky to travel with. Have you considered astronomical binoculars as an alternative? I have the Celesteron 20-100x70 Skymaster and am very happy with them.
    The astronomical binoculars are awesome. A friend of mine makes these stands that you attach you bino to. It is so smooth and comfortable to use. This photo was taken in Feb at our star party in Leeuwenboschfontein.
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    • 12 inch Orion SkyQuest
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    If you already have the 130 SLT then you just need a small Mak 90mm to 127mm which you can share on the SLT mount with your 130 , one for travel and the other for home , further the Mak will compliment your fast reflector (a F5) as most Mak's are around f12. I use an old C5 on a skywatcher go to mount (similar to your STL mount)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryanbe View Post
    Hi All,

    I am looking for a telescope for some amateur star gazing when traveling with kids. Has to come with a carry case and be portable.

    I have a Celestron Slt 130 at home but it's too big to travel with and also probably not designed for it.

    Any advice would greatly be appreciated
    Whatever you buy, please just make absolutely sure you don't disturb other campers with it!!!

    I'm willing to bet, that sooner or later you're going to have an old suurpruim tannie on your hands complaining that the thing's got thermal and X-ray vision and you're spying on her through her tent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    I'm getting scared to go camping lately....Camp spotlights were in the news this week now this !
    My thoughts exactly!
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    Here is the picture of the C5 SCT on a skywatcher go to mount I use a car jump battery pack to power it , which we always take anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by 12richardk View Post
    Here is the picture of the C5 SCT on a skywatcher go to mount I use a car jump battery pack to power it , which we always take anyway
    How much lumens does it emit?

    We need to know before hand otherwise poor Ryan will be in trouble yet again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Die SwartKat View Post
    Whatever you buy, please just make absolutely sure you don't disturb other campers with it!!!

    I'm willing to bet, that sooner or later you're going to have an old suurpruim tannie on your hands complaining that the thing's got thermal and X-ray vision and you're spying on her through her tent.
    Don't joke my one neighbour complained that I am spying on him. At that distance I might get his right nostril hair in the viewfinder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Die SwartKat View Post
    How much lumens does it emit?

    We need to know before hand otherwise poor Ryan will be in trouble yet again.
    Imagine Ryan with his telescope and the camp flood light in the same camp site ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisF View Post
    Imagine Ryan with his telescope and the camp flood light in the same camp site ...
    He'll be stoned and then burned at the stake!!! Nogal with that camping light of his!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisF View Post
    Imagine Ryan with his telescope and the camp flood light in the same camp site ...
    He should have enough light to clearly see who he is spying on.

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    I choose camp sites according to how remote and dark they are. That's why we have 4x4's
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    • 13.1 inch custom built truss telescope on a dobsonian mount
    • 10 inch Meade SCT on a CGEM mount
    • 8 inch Celestron SCT Powerstar
    • 8 inch Skywatcher reflector on a Celestron CGEM mount
    • 12 inch Orion SkyQuest
    • 5 inch Alter Maksutov Cassegrain on a EQ4 mount
    • 15x70 Celestron Skymaster binoculars on a parallelogram mount

    Come visit us at Leeuwenboschfontein Observatory

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roberto Betta View Post
    Telescopes can be bulky to travel with. Have you considered astronomical binoculars as an alternative? I have the Celesteron 20-100x70 Skymaster and am very happy with them.

    Where did you buy yours?

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