A friend is planning to buy her first scope and has
asked me for advice. I am a bit out of date on what is
I am still happy with my Kowa, a TSN3 bought in
1992 I think. It has had an extremely hard life having been to many foreign
countries and taken on many rough trips in Australia. I often go out in
groups where I am prepared to let everyone use it and the lens has been dropped
by people who try to focus by turning it. It has never fogged up in the wet
tropics (a problem with its predecessor). It has
been repaired twice both times for the same thing - the internal effects of
being dropped from a height, blown over on to a hard surface in a gale, and
banged about over a long period. The repair service is very good. I have been
pleased with the Kowa as optically fine, pretty resilient, and (when i bought
it) reasonably priced.
I have had a faint twinge of jealousy when looking
through other people's new Swarowskis. I have heard someone complain about his
My friend had not thought about photography through
the scope but owns both a digital camera and an older SLR.
What are the recommended telescopes at present?
Recommended Web sources for comparisons of locally available scopes would also
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