# Most magnification for my money

1. Apr 7, 2014

### DHF

Hello folks. The last time I owned a telescope was about 30 years ago in New York. My dad and I used it to look at the moon, mainly because that was all we could see in the city ;)

3. Apr 8, 2014

### DHF

ok that is good to know. brings it down to two models.
For $130: -127mm -f/8 -1000mm focal length http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/370185-REG/Celestron_21049_PowerSeeker_127_EQ_5_0_127mm.html and for$234:
-130mm
-f/5
-650mm focal length
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/545212-REG/Celestron_31051_AstroMaster_130_EQ_MD.html

The more expensive scope has only 65% of the magnification but its a full stop brighter and you stressed that brightness was more important. Will the larger aperture of the more expensive scope make it that superior to the less expensive one? Or at my skill level should I opt for the cheaper model until I have enough experience to make use of the more expensive models?

Last edited: Apr 8, 2014
4. Apr 8, 2014

### Chronos

The 130 EQ is the better choice, IMO. The aperture difference is negligible, f5 v f8 is not. It will be much brighter, have a larger field of view, and better portability. It also has a better mount. These differences easily justify the extra \$100.

5. Apr 9, 2014

### DHF

Excellent. thank you very much for the insights. I had been wrestling for days over justifying the extra cost for a beginner scope, this sounds like its worth it to go a little outside the budget to get something that we will be more satisfied with.

I also read that Equatorial mounts are where you want to be if you are doing photography. so I should have looked at that sooner.

anyway thank you again and happy stargazing.