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The Night Sky - Telescopes: A Buyer's Guide

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Darrell Heath of the UALR Department of Arts, Letters, and Sciences goes through the pros and cons of the various kinds of telescopes you may want to use. ualr.edu/tv/night-sky
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ElenarMT (6 days ago)
Thank you for this video. My wife asked me to research a "good" telescope as a 20th anniversary gift for me. After watching your video, I went to dig up my grandfather's 60 year old, Russian 7x35 binoculars. What an amazing perspective. I'm still convinced I want a good reflector telescope. But I will probably do research for many months still before I buy. Until then, I've got the Russian 7x35 binoculars
WHY WASTE TIME, AND HUNDREDS, IF NOT A COUPLE OF THOUSAND, ON A TELESCOPE WHEN CAMERAS WORK ONE MILLION TIMES BETTER WHEN IT COMES TO TRULY VIEWING THE DAY AND NIGHT SKY...TELESCOPES ONLY GIVE YOU A 'ONE PERSPECTIVE' VIEW OF ANYTHING THAT YOU VIEW THROUGH IT...YOU ARE UNABLE TO ADJUST OR FILTER IN ANY WAY. WITHOUT ADDING MORE EXPENSE TO YOUR HOBBY...YES, YOU CAN BUY A TELESCOPE AND THEN ATTACH A DVR OR CAMERA BUT WTF FOR?... "WE" USE A FEW DIFFERENT MODELS OF THE 'NIKON' CAMERA, WHICH 'WE' FIND TO BE AN EXCELLENT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT AND SINCE WE STARTED USING CAMERAS, WE HAVE NOT USED OUR ORION 8" TELESCOPE BECAUSE IT SERVES NO PURPOSE OTHER THAN TO BE BURDENSOME TO OUR PROCESS.... IN OTHER WORDS, USING A TELESCOPE, ACTUALLY KEEPS YOU IN THE 'MATRIX', AND YOU WILL ONLY SEE WHAT THE SYSTEM WANTS YOU TO SEE BECAUSE, EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY PAY A COUPLE OF THOUSAND DOLLARS, YOU HAVE JUST WASTED YOUR MONEY ON A PIECE OF EQUIPMENT THAT, IN OUR OPINION, IS DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY TO SHOW YOU THE STANDARD DAY OR NIGHT SKY SHOW... peace...
Steven Davis (7 days ago)
Omg... I learned so much my head gonna burst. Thanks very much!!!
wnppmy (21 days ago)
Nice info. If you can find a local star party will see many of the scopes out there, help you find best one to satisfy your needs. Been into this wonderful hobby 50 plus years, fantastic. My work horse is an Orion XT8 dobsonian, manageable for me, quick setup, but is manually driven. Find dobs best buy for the buck absolutely. Be sure and read up on John Dobson inventer of this simplistic but workable mount, Terrific! Are goto mounts. Prolific as use to be at local stores was the Meade Etx90. Couldn't leave this one alone for near 3 years tho limited for its 3.5 inch aperture, still was sharp focus. My entry as a youth was a refractor 60-65mm Swift longer focal length very impressive for a child beginner, released nice 130X for planets. Tho have several binoculars, always use a telescope. However brief look for a new comet, certainly can't beat them, nice Wide low power Views! Yes are an excellent starter instrument. Wonderful site cloudynights forum even section for beginners, will get informative and personal suggestions. Replay this great video, Excellent Here! Aperature Wins, just be sure it's not too big for you to Handel! Clear Sky!
Darrell Heath (20 days ago)
Good advice, I'm a Dob kinda guy myself. My Orion XT8 is my star party and general observing workhorse as well.
pranjyoti das (23 days ago)
Hi,I want to purchase a 10 inch dobsonian reflector telescope. So I just wanted you advice whether I will get a good experience with 10inch reflector or I should go for cheaper option or smaller one ?
photolarry69 (25 days ago)
What should I buy, I'm doing nature photography. I'm working in low light about 200 to 300 yards away. Any help would be very useful.
Shelly Menzies (28 days ago)
The background music makes it really difficult for me to listen to. Apparently 'fashionable' to have music going on behind everything these days- but not practical and considerate to some people who have trouble with screening out background noise. Otherwise good.
Harish Mohan (1 month ago)
Excellent video. Thank you !
Laila Awyas (1 month ago)
Thank you for the knowledge 💞 I will start use binoculars 💞
456swagger (2 months ago)
Be sure to purchase a lens sharpener to use when the images become duller over time.
John (8 days ago)
Yes very important I found the 250 grit to work best. 🔭
Paujikeshra (2 months ago)
Pls suggest some brand (model) for binoculars and telescope. Thanks
Paujikeshra (1 month ago)
+Grand Master Yoda Thanks for update. I purchased Celestron 20x80.
Grand Master Yoda (1 month ago)
celestron and sky watcher make great scopes
Paujikeshra (2 months ago)
Astounding explanation.
Daniel Murray (2 months ago)
Well spoken.
Yarey Zuelen (2 months ago)
Thanks! Now I need a video on Binoculars: A Buyer's Guide. lol
Force Ghost (2 months ago)
It's amazing how something so tiny can see so far
TurTleguy123r (2 months ago)
Low duct tape some bi-nocs to a tripod
Yusuf Choudhary (2 months ago)
I m not sure that binoculars can provide a clear view of saturn n Jupiter.But yes rest other things were amazing !!
Matthew Haines (2 months ago)
very useful advice. many thanks.
Tim OHeron (3 months ago)
Besides having my binoculars handy (wonderful for viewing the 7 sisters). I had many years of enjoyment viewing the night sky with my 3" Diameter Orion refractor (about $150.) telescope. With this telescope, I discovered on my own (with the help of a star chart) the M42 Nebula in the sword of the constellation Orion, Jupiter and 4 of its visible moons, crescent-shaped venus, and Saturn. Okay...they were not with great detail but were all so much fun to view. Oh...I forgot to mention the moon.
Shockwave Bot (4 months ago)
ALL achromatic refractors have chromatic aberration, not just ones 4 inches or bigger. The slower the focal ratio though, the less chromatic aberration there'll be. A refractor with a focal ratio of F12 or more will barely be troubled by chromatic aberration.
julie kulmer (4 months ago)
mars is yellow in sky
julie kulmer (4 months ago)
iphone
julie kulmer (4 months ago)
guys their ad for the planet for your telescope on phone ok
julie kulmer (4 months ago)
being cheap is good for first telescope work ways up photo of the lunar eclipse ok
julie kulmer (4 months ago)
my telescope is good to look at moon it shine to sunday night guys you no super blood wolf moon rise lunar Eclipse 10 30 pm 1230 pm
DONALD DUKE (4 months ago)
One of the most informative videos I have ever found on YouTube. Thank you ! !
1guitarlover (4 months ago)
Very helpful! Thank you. :)
Noel Nguemmogne (4 months ago)
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World of AMEISO (4 months ago)
Did this guy just say 'plastical' there is no such word my old pudding.
Thomas Davenport (4 months ago)
Why do we have to listen to that really annoying music all the way through? Couldn’t get to the end, sorry as it looked like an interesting video.
dontzenyourselfout (4 months ago)
...oh god no, just do voice overs no need to be on screen centre stage gabbling vanity vanity all is vanity
Gerry Devlin (4 months ago)
Thank you. Back in the early 80’s I attended a few star parties just outside of LR.
i asimov (3 months ago)
At Pinnacle Mountain?
Drumming Spain (5 months ago)
8:06 should say "disadvantage" and not "advantage".... great vid BTW - thanks
twoweary (5 months ago)
1: Buy a good pair of binoculars (just don't plan on getting the views he was showing while he was talking about them). Having said that, I still love using mine on the night sky.
Ankit Meel (5 months ago)
Useless guide.Idiot
TheStiofanmac (5 months ago)
Your optimism and images available with Binoculars is misleading... Bino's are useless for seeing detail on anything other than the moon
Logical Conservative (5 months ago)
Telescope buyer's guide V2: 1. Buy a good pair of binoculars. 2. Amazed at what you've seen, agree to buy a reasonable telescope and manual mount. 3. Buy a motor for the mount so you don't have to manual track. 4. Discover astrophotography. Buy a cellphone clip to take photos through the eyepiece. 5. Buy a DSLR camera and adapters because it's better than the cellphone clip. 6. Dismayed by your photo qualities, buy a goto mount for longer exposures. 7. Buy a reasonably priced color astrophotography camera and laptop for better pictures. 8. Buy a bigger goto mount because you've discovered periodic error. 9. Buy a bigger telescope for your improved mount. 10. Buy an expensive monochrome camera. 10. Begin modifying your home to accommodate your observatory. 11. Quit your job to apply more time to your "hobby." 12. After your wife leaves you, add a motorized dome to the garage roof. 13. Begin buying books on radio astronomy...
Steven Davis (7 days ago)
Wife leave you.. More like man leave the wife cause she loves it more then the man and he is sick of all that money leaving his pockets. Lol
Vlad on Flat Earth (23 days ago)
..or buy Nikon P1000 and see this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8p5Dk-Aof4&t=150s
HxissGurl (3 months ago)
yes indeed! lmao husband would be leaving in my case though😆
ZodiakAsHell (3 months ago)
Lmao
Logical Conservative (3 months ago)
+Kilgore Trout I really don't know. I settled on a CEM60
Logical Conservative (5 months ago)
Telescope buyer's guide: 1. Spend lost of money. 2. Spend more money. 3. Spend additional money. 4. Continue to spend money.
agerven (1 month ago)
@Logical Conservative: You forget the first considerations: - Don't buy a telescope at all; - Use a pair of binoculars;
Ivan Hernandez (6 months ago)
I just wanna see mars , Jupiter , Saturn and Pluto!
Grand Master Yoda (1 month ago)
well pluto is is small and faint it will look like small pixel dot in any scope. mars jupiter and saturn can you see good in almost any scope
Nevsack63 (6 months ago)
So let me guess this, I want a telescope, but I should buy binoculars first, then buy a telescope later, after I paid for the binoculars which I will probably never use again, which I could have used to purchase a better telescope ??
Zach Taylor (6 months ago)
Yes. I have 4 telescopes after I pared down last year due to space. I also own 2 pair of binoculars. Again yes. I cannot stress enough how much they will help you find things, and alone, they provide an enjoyable view for you and others waiting to look through the big glass. In addition, they can provide you and your friends with great views with almost no effort. No telescope is as easy to set up as grabbing a good pair of binoculars. They also will let you know really quick whether you are the type to own a telescope. If you won't take the time to go out at night and look through the binoculars, you won't need to invest hundreds or thousands in a telescope setup. I advocate for people buying telescopes and getting their asses outside to look at the wonder of space, but good binoculars will really surprise you how breathtaking the views can be.
Nevsack63 (6 months ago)
+Zach Taylor If I purely want to look at the night sky at distant planets and stars ? What about that ?
Zach Taylor (6 months ago)
no. you will always use binoculars if you are actually interested in using a telescope.
bradman Swag (6 months ago)
plastical?
mechadrake (6 months ago)
Watched multiple videos on first telescope slection, still do not know which one to buy. I drive older more comfy citroens(up ti 1993) by the way :D if we count car choice into account.
Zach Taylor (6 months ago)
You'll wanna buy the "Rare, confusing, hard to work on, hard to use, not really very good" telescope on the market. I'm sure if you make a habit of seeking out old Citroens, you will have no problem finding such a scope. Good luck and clear skies!
Taha Iqbal (6 months ago)
Fantastic information. I am now going to have binoculars, any advise?
Taha Iqbal (6 months ago)
Cheers mate
Gordon Freeman (6 months ago)
Some 10x50 should be fine to start, or 10x70 if you want more light but those are heavier so it's up to you. Remember the first number is the magnification and the second one is the aperture of the objective lens, so 10x magnification 50/70mm aperture.
BLACKHAWKS (6 months ago)
So how do you aim binoculars with stability to prevent the shaking of an object a billion miles away?
Cola T (6 months ago)
most can mount on tripods
Jerry Samuelson (6 months ago)
Very informative video. Do you have a preference between deflector, refractor or cassegrain for viewing and astrophotography. I have been reading and watching many youtube videos. Some say that there can be focal point problems with some scopes if you're trying to do astrophotography and use the same scope for viewing. I heard that the cassegrain might be the best selection for this but was wondering what your opinion would be. Thank you.
Brian (6 months ago)
Very good advise! I bought a pair of binoculars... a really good pair... Swarovski 10X50 and never moved on... loved looking at the moon and galaxies and stars... they are easy to use... easy to transport.... also, I use them for bird watching.... I think most people are better served with binoculars rather a scope... especially when the mosquitos are out or it’s cold out....
1962Lespaul (2 months ago)
For $3500? That was not really his point for the beginner.
Stephen Crawford (7 months ago)
binoculars
Hudec John (7 months ago)
Great work! Just one minor point. I found some of the information somewhat dated. Field Guide s & star charts have been eclipsed by apps like Star Walk & devices like Celestron s Sky Scout, or Meade's My Sky. Binoculars used to to be the standard starting point in our hobby, but the lower cost of small wide field telescope s $ eyepieces have superceded them to some degree. Everyone should have a small binocular, or monocular in any event though. As for the rest of the tutorial, right on the $. All of this meant respectfully & IMHO. Thank you for your work, really enjoyed it. Brought back great memories of my first Edmund telescope & How to use your Telescope booklet.
Shawn Grant (7 months ago)
The advice starting at minute 13 about goto not for beginners is flat out wrong. It is just so 90's. Star hopping is very frustrating and difficult to learn. The learning curve of goto or digital setting circles are far easier. A computerized telescope should be the default suggestion. A beginner considering a manual telescope should be met with the same warning as with department store telescopes. We need to modernize and rethink the advice commonly given to beginners. What will give them the least frustration? Technology is not evil. Embrace it. Also your advise on magnification is wrong. We are so used to cautioning people against the 850X 80mm refractor that we over compensate too far the other direction. The eye has a hard time seeing faint objects. In order for the eye to see a dim object it needs to be big enough to see. Most objects require high magnification to see detail or even see at all. Yes there are some large low surface brightness objects where high power diminishes the view but this is the exception not the rule. One of the best guides for use of magnification is Visual Astronomy of the Deep Sky by Roger N Clark https://www.amazon.com/Visual-Astronomy-Deep-Roger-Clark/dp/0521361559
MrOzozah (8 months ago)
would you take Maksutov-Cassegrain or refrector Achromatic? same price
Darrell Heath (7 months ago)
If this is a starter scope, and assuming that the quality of the optics for both telescopes are good, then I would recommend that you get the refractor because they are simple to use and the images are bright and sharp. You didn't mention anything about whether or not the scopes are provided with good, sturdy mounts. That should also be a big factor to consider, because if they don't, then you are still looking at even more expenditure. But you also need to consider aperture. The bigger the aperture, the more light gathering power your telescope will have. The old saying about the best telescope you can get is the one that you will use the most applies here. If you want ease of use and portability, then the refractor might be the best route to go. If you have had some experience with owning telescopes and want the light gathering power, then go with the Cassegrain.
MrOzozah (8 months ago)
apochromatic
SurferHawa (9 months ago)
what kind of binoculars should I start with? don't want to spend more than $70
Darrell Heath (9 months ago)
If you want to go big, then you might consider the Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 binoculars. Just be aware that you will need to mount them on a camera tripod. If you want something that will be more light-weight and hand-held friendly, you might think about getting a pair of Bushnell 7x50 binocs. I am sure that there are others out there, but these two come immediately to mind.
nonyabeesnees (9 months ago)
Right! lol
vidiac2012 (9 months ago)
Are $150-$200 reflectors any good, or is it just a waste of money?
vidiac2012 (9 months ago)
Wow, thanks a lot for this reply man! I didn't think I'd get an answer so quick. I'll definently do a bit more research and purchase a reflector soon, and I'll buy more expensive telescopes and gear later down the road.
Darrell Heath (9 months ago)
You can certainly buy quality reflectors within that price range but they are likely to have rather small apertures, which will be fine as long as you mostly interested in lunar and planetary observing (mainly Jupiter and Saturn) as well as in viewing a few of the brightest deep sky objects. My astronomy club and local library partnered to buy the library small, table top reflectors for patrons to check out. The scope is one of the Orion StarBlast series with a 4.5" aperture and costs around $250 (see our library telescope video). These are remarkable, robust beginners scopes and the library patrons have loved them (we recently had feedback from one patron who loved it so much he kept it past the return date so that he could throw a successful lunar observing block party in his neighborhood). So yes, you can buy decent scopes in that price range, but keep in mind that you will be bit limited in what all you can observe with it (i.e. things like Mars or the Ring Nebula will mostly be off limits). But, you should still be able reach the moon, the larger, brighter planets, things like the Andromeda Galaxy , Orion Nebula, the double star Albireo, the Hercules Cluster, the Pleiades and many more.
Dave Burchette (9 months ago)
Everything terrynak said. Excellent. Thank you so much!
aschmi03 (9 months ago)
Brilliant! thank you!
S S (9 months ago)
What kind of car should you drive? an EV aka Tesla!
ElenarMT (6 days ago)
Or not
missdidss (9 months ago)
Help! Choosing between a Mizar Tec TS 70 astronomical telescope (Aperture 70mm, focal length 300mm) and a Jason Mercury Astronomical Telescope Model 408 (F = 700mm D = 60mm) Help!
Darrell Heath (9 months ago)
I think that the 60mm/700mm will give you images that have less chromatic aberration. But, as I said, I really don't know anything about the Jason Mercury or the quality of their optics. My advice, is to see if you can test each of them before you buy, if possible. If not, I would personally be hesitant in making a purchase of a telescope that I am not familiar with.
missdidss (9 months ago)
would you recommend aperature 70mm with focal length 300mm vs aperature 60mm with focal length 700mm? if they both had the same lenses?
Darrell Heath (9 months ago)
I'm afraid that I won't be of much help, I've heard of Mizar but thought that they had been out of business for some time. Is this a second hand scope? As for the Jason Mercury, I've never heard of them before. If you are wanting an inexpensive, yet good quality refractor, I might suggest one of the First Light series from Explore Scientific.
Mamta Singh (10 months ago)
What's your review on Celestron 130eq
Darrell Heath (10 months ago)
I have not used the Celestron 130eq before but it appears to be a fine scope for beginners. My only qualms about it might be that, if you are a first time scope owner, the eq mount might be bit difficult to use at first. If you are gadget savvy and patient, then you should be just fine. If not, I would suggest a simpler mount, like a Dobsonian. If you have an astronomy club nearby, I would suggest visiting with them to see what kind of scopes they might have that you could look through, just to get a feel for what kind of scope you think would be right for you.
baig yasir (10 months ago)
https://www.squarecube.shop/collections/electronic-product/products/2018-upgraded-600x90mm-az-astronomical-refractor-telescope-german-technology-scope
baig yasir (10 months ago)
Please guide either to buy? I a bigginer
Laking613 (1 year ago)
Wow it's cool to see Liam Neeson explaining telescopes!!
N7492 (1 year ago)
He gets some details wrong. The difference between a Schmidt-Cassegrainian and Classical Cassegrainian is not mentioned. A Schmidt-Cassegrainian is not noticeably dimmer than a refractor or reflector of similar size. The fork mount shown is equatorially mounted, not alt-az. There are other videos out in YouTube land that are more accurate. View a few others before you buy.
Sanket Dave (1 year ago)
what are your views on orion 10012 skyscanner ?
Darrell Heath (1 year ago)
I've not had any personal experience with that model but I do own a couple of other Orion scopes and have always been pleased with them. This should make a nice entry level scope for a beginner. My astronomy club has helped our local library purchase a number of the Orion 10015 4.5 StarBlast telescopes for patrons to check out from the library just like they would books. The scopes are of great quality and are very robust, library patrons seem to love them.
It's so cool
Game Spots (1 year ago)
Very good. Help me. I have 50 mm refractor with focal length 500 mm and i have eye peices of 9 mm and 17 mm. When i see jupitor and venus , i see dot like star no disk and no surface detail with 30x and 60 x.
Grand Master Yoda (1 month ago)
well you have a very small scope. venus you never good detail anyway. the sky is refelctive that nase cant see the surface by normal zoom. but high tec to scan the surface like sonars. jupiter you will see more detail more easy if you just go to up on bigger scope.
Tcbabu Thayyil (1 year ago)
I am a bigner, to see all solar planet, which type telescope use? What is the rate that type of telescope?
Atanu Chatterjee (1 year ago)
Very informative and effective for people trying to step into astronomy and astrophotography
Seekthetruth3000 (1 year ago)
Great video, the only problem is the background music.
Keith Avery (1 year ago)
Helpful.  Thank you for posting.
Abhishek Kumar Singh (1 year ago)
What a fantastic details about telescope.i just stuck to this video from beginning ,I like the way you’re detailing telescope
Bill Lovano (1 year ago)
I highly question your overall intelligence and iq. You are a "astronomer"? What I'm seeing in sky doesn't sound like what you're seeing. Looked up UALR, looks like a "credible" place that won't lie to you. Do yourselves a favor and research "Electric Universe Theory".
pointless irony (3 months ago)
God you're retarded
Sander Smit (1 year ago)
The Electric Universe model is wrong. Provably, clearly and ridiculously wrong. https://briankoberlein.com/2014/02/25/testing-electric-universe/
tjalexforever (1 year ago)
Thanks for sharing
Andromeda 1 (1 year ago)
What a great video. Very informative and easily explained. Thank you.
cas cal (1 year ago)
You're kidding of course, you surely won't see those images you showed through binoculars??? The rest of the video seemed informative.
spydergs07 (6 months ago)
Powerful enough binoculars can see those.
アレキサンダー (1 year ago)
Very nice and informative! Cheers! Alex from Argentina
Thomas Ammann (1 year ago)
GOOD one! There are similar videos, but this one brings it all to a point! Well done!
Jeff Sol (1 year ago)
anyone recommend a good sky atlas?
Fatih Sönmez (11 months ago)
stellarium.org
I recommend you to buy the Sky and Telescope's 'Pocket Sky Atlas' it is easy to use and show you the detailed map of 88 constellations and the deep sky objects and bright stars located within those constellations.
Zeus Dilu (1 year ago)
I paid $300 for a 114mm (4.5 inches) reflector, that's sad lol. I guess Argentina sucks at everything when related to pricing...
William Nikolic (1 year ago)
very helpful thankyou
mfahlers (1 year ago)
The best introductory video to telescopes I've ever seen. Not a single filler or wasted word.
shawn mendrek (7 months ago)
Rare these days to not hear fillers, I've heard them from some very, very smart people.
Ken Paul (1 year ago)
Good info and we'll done
jan monsen (1 year ago)
All great stuff, until the last part when the video changed into a commercial about a new book regarding Dr.Who and the "science" behind it, lol. If you don't mind such stupidities this video is well made and very informative. Thanks for the upload, much appreciated. Maybe a few more pics, they are so very interesting and I believe most of us find them very inspirational as well. Norway out:)
jan monsen (1 year ago)
joe collins Howdy sir. :) 1st, I'm not English so please forgive my poor English grammar. The Maksutov optical design is recognized for being a portable design that is easy to use and has a variety of applications, making it an excellent choice for both terrestrial and astronomical usage. C90 Mak has excellent optics with razor sharp images over a wide field. I haven't had the pleasure of personally experiencing this great scope but i believe it is just as awesome as excpected^^ The perfect tripod?: https://www.astronomics.com/allview-computerized-go-to-altazimuth-camerascope-mount_p20365.aspx I think it is a good idea in theory, but like I said I haven't the needed experience to really give you any expertise as such. I upgraded to the Celestron Evolution 925, and im very impressed with all its great features. The wi-fi, the built-in battery and the StarSense are all helping to make this a great scope. I got some camera equipment at the same time and I'm very pleased I did. I think that's a good idea as well if you are able, astrographic's are very beautiful little pieces of art, wouldn't you agree? Alea iacta est. Ad lux :)
john jones (1 year ago)
Hi there I have a 90mm Celestron spotting scope the tripod I have is aluminum and I get alot off vibration with it can you recommend a sturdier tripod and also what's your thought on an alt azimuth mout for that scope thanks
terrynak (2 years ago)
Excellent overview of telescopes and the strengths and weakness of each (refractor, reflector, catadioptric).  This is a video I would recommend to those thinking of getting a telescope for observing the night sky.
rccrashburn (2 years ago)
It's good that Darrell covered the 3 basic types of scopes. However, this vid is certainly not a buyers guide (stated in title) by any far stretch of the imagination as no specific makes and models are even mentioned.
Ken Paul (1 year ago)
rccrashburn true no brands are mentioned however brands and styles change over time but the general principles in this video will probable not change as quickly I would think :)

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