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Aldi Telescope

#1 Post by bbones » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:18 am

Anyone seen one of these yet, there in Aldi Thursday
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Wonder if it would out perform our new 16" Dob :o

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#2 Post by dean_kos » Mon Dec 03, 2012 6:50 pm

might do as an eyepiece Bill....... :D :D

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#3 Post by bbones » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:01 pm

I'm not but I'm sure they will sell a few, even my Granddaughter has asked for a Telescope of Santa this year.

Think the HERITAGE-76 76mm (3") f/300 mini Dobsonian Telescope is better value at £55.00 if folks knew about it

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#4 Post by bbones » Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:01 pm

I'm not but I'm sure they will sell a few, even my Granddaughter has asked for a Telescope of Santa this year.

Think the HERITAGE-76 76mm (3") f/300 mini Dobsonian Telescope is better value at £55.00 if folks knew about it

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#5 Post by DRatledge » Tue Dec 04, 2012 1:18 pm

The Aldi scope has a longer focal length at 350mm than the Celestron First Scope & Skywatcher Heritage 76 (both Synta brands and probably identical). I guess they all have spherical mirrors so the longer focal length is not quite as bad - still not wonderful. The Celestron and the Aldi both have poor eyepieces and the Skywatcher ones a bit better plus it has a finder scope. Perhaps not needed but would impress grandchildren. With all of them I would suspect a proper plossl eyepiece will be needed.

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#6 Post by DRatledge » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:47 am

Got one of the Aldi scopes this morning (Christmas present for grandson). Had to ask for it as they were hidden away under lock and key. It's just like the Big Bolton Telescope but 10 times smaller!
First views by myself and Dean were surprisingly good - just looking at trees of course but it seems sharp even at the edge. Used my own plossl eyepiece (17mm) rather than the ones supplied which look best left in the box.
Collimation was a bit off and the secondary is undersized so probably only getting 66mm aperture not 76mm.
All in all for the money it is a neat little scope and even adding buying a real plossl eyepiece to the price it still looks good. Looking forward to testing it on Jupiter but it will probably be cloudy for weeks now!

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#7 Post by bbones » Thu Dec 06, 2012 2:26 pm

I popped in and as you say non on show, presume it takes 1.25 eyepieces?

We used the Celestron one last night with my 25mm eyepiece which improved things, however and it suffered from a bit of distortion when viewing Jupiter, the moons where visible.

We did get to see the Orion Nebular using the same setup all be it a bit faint

Let me know how you get on ;)

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#8 Post by DRatledge » Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:32 pm

Yes it takes standard 1.25 inch eyepieces in a plastic rack and pinion focuser. If it shows 2 belts on Jupiter I will regard it as a success!

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#9 Post by bbones » Thu Dec 06, 2012 6:24 pm

No belts seen on the Celestron due to the distortion, the moons where clear even though they were small

Lets hope for a clear night soon

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Re: Aldi Telescope

#10 Post by DRatledge » Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:50 pm

At last got to see Jupiter with the Aldi little scope. Needed 40x to make out 2 belts but they were there! Nice view with 4 moons all visible.
Pointing was tricky as the mount slides about on a smooth table top. Need to think about that - probably needs rubber feet.
Popped the lifecam in as well.
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Jupiter with the Aldi scope
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