Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




1960 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 246

Subscriber

Topic # 222534 16-Aug-2017 12:22
Send private message quote this post

My girlfriend has wanted a telescope for a while now (for general star and planet gazing) but is unsure of how often it will get used, so we are reluctant to drop $1,000-1,500 on a device that we may end up not using much.  Part of the reason for this is because we live in an Auckland inner suburb and star gazing isn't so easy with all the light pollution from the city and surrounds.  So we'd likely have to travel away from the city to get the most benefit out of it.

 

Does anyone know of any places that hire telescopes?  It would be ideal if we could trial a telescope close to what we might end up purchasing to avoid wasting our hard earned cash.

 

Thanks in advance?


Create new topic
14386 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3546

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1847500 16-Aug-2017 12:28
Send private message quote this post

Subscribed, as I am also interested.




1960 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 246

Subscriber

  Reply # 1847533 16-Aug-2017 12:52
Send private message quote this post

networkn:

 

Subscribed, as I am also interested.

 

 

Will let you know if I find anything outside of what might be suggested here.


 
 
 
 


137 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 22


  Reply # 1847538 16-Aug-2017 12:56
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

you want to touch base with the AAA (Auckland Astronomical Society) http://www.astronomy.org.nz/new/public/default.aspx

 

part of their $40 membership is telescope rental

 

also via their store they have very good dobsonian telescopes for sale that won't break the bank (https://www.astronz.nz/shop/)

 

 

 

 


14386 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 3546

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1847554 16-Aug-2017 13:15
Send private message quote this post

I have a friend who is an enthusiast. He poopoo'd the entire idea and said unless you are experienced, renting one will just be an excercise in futility. Knowing where and how to correctly point it, when and what you are looking at once you can see, is more complicated than most people thing. 

 

I'm gonna take my kids round to his place and get him to show me some stuff. 

 

 


871 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 91

Subscriber

  Reply # 1847589 16-Aug-2017 13:59
Send private message quote this post

Actually a decent pair of binoculars is not a bad place to begin if you're just starting out. Some people do find the whole "looking with one eye" thing difficult to deal with.




1960 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 246

Subscriber

  Reply # 1848003 17-Aug-2017 11:54
Send private message quote this post

networkn:

 

I have a friend who is an enthusiast. He poopoo'd the entire idea and said unless you are experienced, renting one will just be an excercise in futility. Knowing where and how to correctly point it, when and what you are looking at once you can see, is more complicated than most people thing. 

 

I'm gonna take my kids round to his place and get him to show me some stuff. 

 

 

 

 

Gotta start somewhere huh?




1960 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 246

Subscriber

  Reply # 1848004 17-Aug-2017 11:55
Send private message quote this post

kontonnz:

 

you want to touch base with the AAA (Auckland Astronomical Society) http://www.astronomy.org.nz/new/public/default.aspx

 

part of their $40 membership is telescope rental

 

also via their store they have very good dobsonian telescopes for sale that won't break the bank (https://www.astronz.nz/shop/)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers for the heads up.  Will check it out.


Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

FUJIFILM introduces X-E3 mirrorless camera with wireless connectivity
Posted 18-Sep-2017 13:53


Vodafone announces new plans with bigger data bundles
Posted 15-Sep-2017 10:51


Skinny launches phone with support for te reo Maori
Posted 14-Sep-2017 08:39


If Vodafone dropping mail worries you, you’re doing online wrong
Posted 11-Sep-2017 13:54


Vodafone New Zealand deploy live 400 gigabit system
Posted 11-Sep-2017 11:07


OPPO camera phones now available at PB Tech
Posted 11-Sep-2017 09:56


Norton Wi-Fi Privacy — Easy, flawed VPN
Posted 11-Sep-2017 09:48


Lenovo reveals new ThinkPad A Series
Posted 8-Sep-2017 14:37


Huawei passes Apple for the first time to capture the second spot globally
Posted 8-Sep-2017 10:45


Vodafone initiative enhances te reo Maori pronunciation on Google Maps
Posted 8-Sep-2017 10:40


Voyager Internet expand local internet phone services company with Conversant acquisition
Posted 6-Sep-2017 18:27


NOW Expands in to Tauranga
Posted 5-Sep-2017 18:16


Windows 10 Fall Creators Update coming Oct. 17
Posted 4-Sep-2017 14:10


Garmin introduce Garmin vivoactive 3
Posted 1-Sep-2017 18:38


Kiwibank wastes $90 million on software – Reseller News
Posted 1-Sep-2017 13:45



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.