The red light is so you can look at charts without distroying your night
sight which is what a normal white light flashlight will do. The Telrad is
what you can use to Find and/or star hop to objects in the sky.
The binos depend on what you are doing, I have 20 x 80's that I use now and
then if I am not sure if a object is a plane of a dso. and they are good for
finding something that your not sure of too. For my sidewalk astronomy I
mostly leave them at home.
The Lone Sidewalk Astronomer of Rosamond
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"G.T." <getnews1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> "Florian" <star6@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>>The other more experienced group members have given some high end figures
>>but as a beginner I just spent $575 on a 6" reflector with equatorial
>>and dual-axis motor drive.
>> But you need more than the scope. Charts,
> There is a lot of free information out there.
>> a red LED light, some binoculars, maybe a Telrad, etc.
> Those are necessary to look through the telescope?
>> I'm sticking with my $1000 estimate for someone starting
>> from scratch to buy a nice collection of equipment.