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Glenn Chaple's Observing Basics: Size doesn't have to matter

April 2011: You can take plenty of adventures with a small telescope.
Glenn Chaple
Fifteen bucks. That’s how much I paid for my first telescope, which I bought secondhand from a high school friend back in 1965. It was an Edmund Scientific Space Conqueror — a Newtonian reflector specifically designed for novices. A modest little scope, it comprises a 3-inch f/10 mirror, a Ramsden eyepiece that yields 60x, and a 3x finder — all secured to a white cardboard tube supported by a modified alt-azimuth mount on a wooden tripod.

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