Best binoculars, telescopes & optics according to redditors

We found 2,411 Reddit comments discussing the best binoculars, telescopes & optics. We ranked the 608 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/Grays42 · 53 pointsr/technology

The tent is pretty useless unless you are only interested in a tiny spot of sky. The mirror isn't an observatory at all, just a way to kinda be lazy and decide you'd like to look through the imperfections of a non-optically-polished surface while looking at the sky. It'd honestly be easier just to inflate a small kiddy pool and lay back in it to support your head. (Binocular astronomy is really awesome, by the way. Buy a $50-$70 pair of wide-aperture binoculars and a copy of Left Turn at Orion, and you'd be floored by all the cool stuff you can see at night!)

The shed-looking observatory is pretty standard, it's one of a number of roll-away model observatories, of which this one is my favorite. Wide, shallow, plenty of room, plenty of sky. The one in the instructable is a bit tall and cuts off a ton of sky unless you're using a schmidt-cassegrain on a tall tripod, but if you're using a Dobsonian (which pivots much closer to the ground than a SCT), you've lost most of the sky.

u/zangor · 47 pointsr/magicTCG

If you want to invest $14 into a device that will always tell you if a card is fake or not there is a Carson Microbrite.

You can look at the green mana symbol on the back of the card and a fake card will have a scattered red dot pattern. While a real card will have a L made of 4 red dots. The example picture is one I took with my own phone through the Microbrite.

u/Sleek_Bones · 44 pointsr/The_Donald

here ya go it's on amazon.

u/SarcasticOptimist · 35 pointsr/EngineeringStudents

Multimeter (Fluke 115 is slightly over budget, TekPower TP9605BT has smartphone integration)

Hakko FX888D-23BY Digital Soldering Iron (IIRC, Louis Rossmann uses this)

HP Scientific Calculators (RPN, tactile feedback, but also a battery hog, buy rechargeables).

Casio FX-115S (most powerful calc for FE Exam)

BLF A6 flashlight (quite programmable and modifiable)

Raspberry Pi

Pluggable microscope

Technical pens.

u/slipperyp · 24 pointsr/space

Some people are looking for suggestions. I second the suggestion and I have a pair of these that work well for me.

  • Good reach (magnification) - suitable for most things I'll see with my 6" schmidt cassegrain
  • Tripod attachment is important - for looking at just about anything, it's much nicer to have the stabilization of the tripod. Also, it's nice to be able to "point" them at something and have another person look through (last night I went out with my 3 year old daughter and showed her Venus and Mars - otherwise she would have needed to try to find them and hold the binoculars steady enough to be able to see them herself)

    (edit: formatting)
u/astroprof · 22 pointsr/space

The best "telescope" in that range is a pair of binoculars. Anything else is more likely to cause someone to be turned away from astronomy.

These are $56 at amazon right now (normally $90). Get those and a decent tripod (the binoculars are a little heavy), and the total price should be well under 100 pounds.

u/twistedstrain · 20 pointsr/microgrowery

Thank you. Its this one

Pretty damn good for 35 bucks id say. The flex part is metal, and the suction cup is really sturdy. No need to hold it in your hand and try to be super steady, or take "bud samples". I just suction cup it to the wall next to the plant, push it up against a bud and then adjust the focus ring. It also has adjustable LED lights, and the software is excellent. Its probably made in China, but the software and tech support is all american, and very legit

u/5fingerdiscounts · 20 pointsr/NanoGrowery

Saved this comment from a fella in micro grocery to start my set up

These are suggestions - feel free to ask more questions if you need anything.

Read this guide - I wish I had had something like this when I started: Read this guide too:


• ⁠Grow Tent: 3 ft x 3 ft x 6 ft is the size you'd probably want. This is the one I bought:
• ⁠Light: This light is a fantastic LED quantum board that is very easy to assemble - I got the 3000K one with the epistar
• ⁠Fabric Pots: Head to Amazon and grab yourself a 5-pack of 7 gallon fabric pots
• ⁠Also get yourself a saucer (you can get this at any garden store) and a pot elevator for each pot (pot elevator example:
• ⁠Soil: Get yourself a bail of Pro Mix HP with mycorrhizae (it's cheap, reliable, and hard to overwater) from Canadian Tire, Rona, any store really and get also a bag of earthworm castings. Cover the bottom of your fabric pot with the castings (2-3 inches deep)
• ⁠Nutrients: Gaia Green Dry Amendments (All Purpose and Power Bloom) Mix the All Purpose in with your Pro-Mix HP and then top dress your "soil" every month, changing it to Power Bloom during flowering
• ⁠Ventilation: Get the AC Infinity Cloudline T4 - it's absolutely worth it. Then purchase a 4-inch carbon filter and 4 inch tubing from Amazon (branding doesn't matter for these two things)
• ⁠Timer: You can go cheap on this, but also consider a smart timer (like a Wemo)
• ⁠Seeds: - Canadian breeder, amazing beans, amazing price! Go with feminized seeds for your first round.

Extra accessories

• ⁠Pruning shears (seperate ones for trimming live plants and ones for harvesting)
• ⁠a lighter (for sanitizing)
• ⁠a set of tweezers, for planting your sprouted seed
• ⁠some garden gloves
• ⁠rope ratchets for your lights
• ⁠zips ties for protecting things
• ⁠binder clips (for low stress training)
• ⁠plant ties (soft rubber and wire kind)
• ⁠watering can
• ⁠two pairs of measuring spoons for dry amendments
• ⁠a clip on fan and rotating fan (for air circulation over and under the canopy)
• ⁠markers and a pack of tag plant markers for identifying plants
• ⁠soil moisture
• ⁠paper towels (for germination)
• ⁠Bucket Head Wet Dry Vacuum Powerhead Lid for 19 Litre (5 Gal.) Multi-Use Buckets great for gathering up the excess water and tipped soil)
• ⁠3 five gallon buckets (1 for the buckethead vacuum and 2 for extra water reservoirs) and two lids
• ⁠3 surge protector power bars
• ⁠Various AC power extension cables
• ⁠1 trellis net (for ScrOG training)
• ⁠USB microscrope (used to check the trichomes at harvest - if you want you can also get an adapter so it plugs directly into your smartphone, as opposed to plugging it into a computer)
• ⁠62% Boveda packs for curing
• ⁠Mason jars for curing and storage
• ⁠hanging rack for drying (you can substitute this for a hanger and some plant ties)
• ⁠Duct tape

It's a little more expensive at the start, but this setup will pay for itself within two harvests. With this setup you can expect to yield between 8 to 12 oz every run, once you grow accustomed to the cycle.

u/Fadeo · 18 pointsr/pics

Here are some good beginner Binoculars

u/Derivinity · 17 pointsr/comics
u/noiseless-opposition · 17 pointsr/weekendgunnit

Amazon has it.

I happened across it while looking for headgear to wear on days when I can't decide whether to ride my motorcycle or retake Jerusalem.

u/PlasmaHeat · 16 pointsr/trees
u/ArchangelOX · 14 pointsr/mtgfinance

Carson microBrite Pocket Microscope...thing is legit and only 13 dollars. you can even put your cellphone camera to the viewing aperture to take pictures of the image, no flash needed. My goto fake card checker.

u/heliosxx · 13 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I've made two recommendations before. I am not an astronomer, amateur or pro. I have been interested and have found some information about it, that's where these come from.
First order of business. Bigger hole is better. Always. Get the biggest diameter scope you can get. With that in mind these two have been suggested as great starters:
The Astroscan a good review from Dan's Data. It used to be cheaper, and normally was recommended before the next one, but now they're pretty close in price, but that one is still smaller and more portable.
The Orion Dobsonian XT8 Though really any 8" telescope would be good, but at 350$ for a well reviewed major name brand one is very nice.
Oh, and two more things, 1. get a book from somewhere. It's really important to know what's worth looking at, when and where. 2. find and speak with an astronomy club. They often have viewing events where you go and look through their setup scopes. That'll get you recommendations, perhaps second hand eq, and at the very least an idea of what you're getting into.
Edit: Wow, thanks generous stranger!

u/The_Dead_See · 12 pointsr/telescopes

Don't buy either of those. Not great.

If your budget is around $200 get an AWB OneSky

If you can stretch to $250-300 get a 6" Dobsonian

If you can stretch to $400-450 get an 8" Dobsonian

u/GrassNinja139 · 12 pointsr/telescopes

Celestron 71198 Cometron 7x50 Binoculars (Black)

These are probably the cheapest decent thing you can get for ~$30 brand new. Binoculars are a good entry level tool for stargazing.

You might be able to find a used Astromaster 70 refractor online for ~$30.

u/antsugi · 11 pointsr/dankmemes

hey, you probably already know this, but your icon/flair is on Amazon

u/pleasehelpwaterfloor · 11 pointsr/microgrowery

Fellow canuck! Welcome!

These are suggestions - feel free to ask more questions if you need anything.

Read this guide - I wish I had had something like this when I started: Read this guide too:


u/edgyteenthrowaway0 · 11 pointsr/MacroLab3D

I know this is late, but I'll answer anyway. I'm a 14-year-old. A few months ago I did chores and saved for a compound microscope. It is my prized possession and has inspired me to dabble in AP biology on my own time. I believe if your child is already inspired by the wonderful world of microscopy, the type does not matter, as long as it works well. Although, if you combine it with slides and accessories/stains to prepare your own slides, your child could learn more about lab skills. This would be ideal for kids who can be delicate with such instrument, as microscopes of any kind require optics in satisfactory condition. There is a microscope made of sturdy cardboard that I briefly looked into called the Foldscope. It's not digital, although you can put a phone up to the lens. Because it is small, it is portable. I don't have too much knowledge on the digital ones because I don't have one. the most popular one on Amazon looks to be this one. It is important to note that digitals will only look at the surface of the specimen, so if you're looking at, say, the cells of red onion membrane, you'll need a bottom light like that on a compound microscope. They are also constrained by USB cables. Choosing the right one for me was time-consuming since I wanted a cheaper one but also a high-quality one. It took maybe a full day of research to decide. I think children (me included) want the highest magnification possible. Some companies will say they have 2000x magnification, but in reality, the image is enlarged without increasing the resolution of the image. If you zoom in on a picture, it does not become more detailed. Be wary of this when looking at the specs. I realize most of this information is not about digital microscopes but I thought I could contribute.


u/schorhr · 11 pointsr/telescopes

Hello :-)

If you aren't in a hurry, you can regularly get a refurbished/2nd XT6 and XT8 for $200-$285 over at If you check the used market, you might get one for even less.


New, the Orion XT6 costs $279. New, a 8" costs $350 (that's a sale currently, with one that has much better accessories than the XT8)for a much better price.

Within your budget, the only things worthwhile are the OneSky and Mini 130. The OneSky is very compact, the Mini has contrast benefits (closed tube, possibly thinner secondary hodlers) and a regular focuser.

Outside the US, the OneSky is sold as SkyWatcher Heritage 130p, and another one is the Bresser Messier 5". The Mini is more expensive here.


The XT4.5 has slight contrast benefits due to it's "more relaxed" aperture ratio (->possibly mirror aberrations, coma... Easier to reach higher magnifications with cheap eyepieces). The set comes with a lot of stuff (though a cheap barlow isn't ideal). It has a slightly smaller aperture than the OneSKy/Mini130 though.

For the price-difference of the XT4.5 and XT6, the XT6 is very much worth it. The increase of aperture shows noticeably more detail, and it's height makes it easier to observe standing/seated.

Speaking of, for the OneSKy, I use a Ikea Bekväm.

It still beats any of the sets on tripod. The 127eq, 114eq, 130eq and similar all suffer from a mount that's not overly stable, bad accessories, and flawed optics (flawed "bird-jones" type or spherical mirror in case of the 130eq). Even though some of these have amazingly good reviews, they are not good at all. Beginners reviewing them are just happy to see the moon "up close".


> planetary viewing

Do keep in mind that only three planets show noteworthy detail and aren't even up all the time. So a larger aperture for some deep-sky observing is always a good idea :-)

Links on what to expect in different telescope aperture sizes



All telescopes require one or more eyepieces to get the most out of it. But recommendations depend on the telescope you choose. Avoid eyepiece sets, they are never worth it (overpriced, mediocre, Plössl-type eyepieces under 10mm have horrible eye-relief).


Clear skies! :-)

u/StinkinFinger · 10 pointsr/askscience

To be clear, everything you see with the naked eye is not a star. You can see galaxies too, and if you know what you're looking at, nebulae. Take a pair of high powered binoculars out some night and it's like you've never seen the sky. Better yet, get a pair of these. You won't be disappointed.

u/2daMooon · 10 pointsr/telescopes

Celestron First Scope (or Cometron if you want to stretch the budget).

It is not going to be an amazing scope, but it was my first and I was able to see that Saturn had rings with it (rather than that Saturn was an oval shape). M31 and M13 as well as other deep sky targets will not look amazing, but will be visible in it.

I think they strike the right balance between not being complete shite so as to turn any interest they have into annoyance and disinterest, but also it not being the end of the world if they use it once and never use it again.

u/taintertots · 9 pointsr/Cosmos

I started looking to get a telescope a while back and a lot of what i read is for beginners to start with some high powered binoculars rather than a telescope.

They are normally quite a bit cheaper, easier to use, and do a great job for a beginner to get the hang and feel for things. Then if you really like star gazing and want to get a bit more serious about it, start looking into a more expensive option.

What I ended up getting was the following:

Might not be the same model, but they were this brand and looked almost identical to those (I am at work and can not check to be sure).

u/KuloDiamond · 9 pointsr/space
u/New_d_pics · 8 pointsr/microgrowery

+1 for the shot!

Something like this im guessing?

Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand for Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 250x Magnification)

Fun-Home Left Angle USB 2.0 Micro Male to USB Female Host OTG Adapter for SamSung i9100 i9300 With Power Features

u/bucki_fan · 8 pointsr/Costco

No idea why you got downvoted as this was a perfectly reasonable answer and suggestion for OP.

OP, try here.

Edit: Fuck all of you.

u/Dinosauruslol · 8 pointsr/youtubehaiku

Looks like $45 USD for the helmet, the sword could run you from $10 to $150, depending on how realistic you want it to be, and if it is metal or not. The shirt could just be a white sheet sewn into a that shape, kinda like a burlap sack. For the bible, you can probably get one for free from your local AA meetings, or maybe a motel nightstand. I would say total around $80 bucks if you want a sword that's not literally a children's toy, and if you can put in a bit of the effort yourself for the shirt.

u/wmtrader · 8 pointsr/space


Chart of Cosmic Exploration

History of Space Travel

Cutaway View of a Space Shuttle peel and stick wall decals

NASA Saturn V Cutaway

Skylab Cutaway illustration

International Space Rockets

X-15 Cutaway

Smithsonian Milestones of Flight

Space Stations Poster

International Space Station Planet Earth

SpaceX Falon 9

Shuttle Atlantis & Mir Space Station


Spacex Falcon 9 T-shirts

SpaceX Kids T-Shirts

NASA Logo T-shirt

NASA KIds T-Shirt


Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)

Planetary Society


Get email or text alerts when the space station is flying over


Star Walk App

Celestron SkyMaster

Celestron 71020 SkyMaster


3D Laser Cut Models

Model Rockets (starting with easiest to make and launch) First Rocket, Second Rocket, Third Rocket, Forth Rocket, and Fifth Rocket.

LEGO City Space Utility Vehicle

LEGO City Space Port

LEGO Ideas NASA Apollo Saturn V


Huble IMAX

NASA: A Journey Through Space

Moon Machines or watch at YT - this series rocks.

NASA Live - Earth From Space

HOW IT WORKS: The International Space Station


The Mir Chronicles

Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission

The Space Shuttle

North American X-15


Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Meteor Showers in 2017

Vandenberg AFB Launch Schedule

Launch Schedule

Dark Sky Map People who have never been to a dark sky area do not think that it is worth the effort to see. People who have gone to a dark sky site are blown away by the amount of stars they can see with their naked eyes. Go on a trip to a dark sky area (dark gray on the map) on a moonless (new moon) night, here is a moon phase calendar.

u/PM_ME_HUGE · 7 pointsr/space

I own one of these, it's decent:

Light pollution is the #1 problem you'll face. Something cheesy like this though can legit see the rings of Saturn.

UFOs typically fast moving. Try sighting the ISS and you will understand why people don't typically bust out a telescope to look at UFOs.

u/HenryV1598 · 7 pointsr/telescopes

PLEASE listen to the AutoModerator bot post. Those of us who spend a lot of time on here answering these kinds of questions ALL agree with it (which is why it posts what it does).

None of those that you list are worth the money. They are all low-quality scopes that will do more to discourage you than support your interest.

Your price-point is a tricky one. $300 USD would be a little better. But there's still some good options. The SkyWatcher Heritage 130P is your best bet around that price point. If you can push a little further, though, even better would be the Orion XT6 Dobsonian. I cannot recommend ANY motorized/GoTo telescopes for even twice that price (though some people may disagree).

u/yopeasants · 7 pointsr/space

Firstly, I don't recommend getting a telescope in that price range with photography in mind. You will be sorely disappointed-- to begin getting respectable photographs, it requires several thousand in equipment. There's nothing stopping you from just holding your phone up to the eyepiece and snapping a photo, but the results aren't going to be anything spectacular unless you're willing to spend exorbitant amounts of money.

That being said, the Orion Dobsonians are fantastic telescopes available at that price point. With your budget, you could get the Orion XT8 for $390 and still have some money left over for a Sun filter. It would get you amazing views of the Moon and planets (along with some nebulae and galaxies depending on light pollution).

u/LiarInGlass · 7 pointsr/trees

I bought that one. Nothing special and I don’t know shit about microscope but after getting it really close and playing with the settings this was about the best I could do. I have no idea what I’m doing though. Lol

u/sleepyminion · 7 pointsr/coins

I have a digital microscope I got for Christmas last year that's awesome. This one.

Here are some pictures.

u/netzeet · 7 pointsr/1P_LSD

Here are some of my favorite things to do:

  1. Listen to Music (especially psychedelic/trippy music)

  2. Watch Nature Videos (Heres a great one following a closed ecosystem of some micro life paired with some tasty classical music

  3. Play an instrument

  4. Lay on the floor and stare at the ceilings/walls with the lights off

  5. Take showers (Feels absolutely orgasmic)

  6. Look at things with this surprisingly amazing cheap microscope

    And a lot of other things, but those usually come from just me going with the flow of whatever is happening!
u/microglial-cytokines · 7 pointsr/microscopy

At 100x you'll see individual cells, but erythrocytes are really small, and 400x is ideal. For pond life, larger microorganisms like paramecium might be viewable, but euglena for example will be small with minimal detail.

You could try the Carson microbrite, I have one, but I know it's quite limited as a student microscope: (

The OMAX M82ES has great features and produces great images, costs considerably more though and realistically is only good to 400x (

Hope this helps get you on the right track!

u/tuber · 6 pointsr/space

Do you already own astronomical binoculars? If not, I recommend you start there.

tl;dr - two eyes is greater than one

u/vaheg · 6 pointsr/LosAngeles I had those long time ago, and sometimes on those moon days I would go out and let others view through them too, everybody was impressed.. how much better is the view through those?

u/Juno_Malone · 6 pointsr/pics
u/Zaemz · 6 pointsr/Astronomy

To be entirely honest with you, you should go for a light bucket. If you don't mind paying juuuuust a bit extra, I would go with an 8" Dobsonian. I've read in multiple places that it's the best bang for buck. You should start out, as heptapod said, with just a pair of binoculars and learn the sky. You can find many sky maps online and if you subscribe to Astronomy magazine, they supply you with a good amount. You can find an 8" Dob on Amazon from Orion for $329, which is a great deal. The larger the diameter of the telescope, the more light you'll be able to gather from the cosmos. There's many different things to check out when grabbing a telescope.

Check it:

Look throughout some guides:
and others. I'm saving up for a 12" Dob. I'm also joining the local Astronomy club at the museum (The Neville Museum's Astronomical Society) which isn't a bad idea and you should look into as well. Good luck, and congrats on getting into an amazing field!

u/McArthurWheeler · 6 pointsr/mtgfinance

I used a pocket microscope to take this image of a counterfeit wurmcoil engine if it is of any help. This card failed the light test as it was black core paper though. Also if you look at the holostamp with something that powerful you can see letters in the logo spelling wizards.

Your cards sound like variance in printings though

u/idkhow2username · 6 pointsr/microgrowery

If you're looking for one: Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand:

u/Dakota360ci · 5 pointsr/Locksmith
u/Justforthisreplyok · 5 pointsr/AncientCoins

>In the next few days I'll upload a couple more of my collection!

Please do. I'd be interested in seeing more posters posting, say, a whole gallery of their collection even if on a throwaway for security reasons.

I'm trying to get around to photographing my own collection, but I'm not happy with the lighting conditions that I have. May have to buy some cheap-ish USB microscope for the task, something like this.

u/no-mad · 5 pointsr/microgrowery

I got this one. I trimmed off about 1/4 inch of plastic so I could focus closer. Got rid of the flex arm and mounted to a small piece of angle iron. That keeps it a fixed distance. I then use a deck of cards to shim the ganga sample to the right height.

u/Audibled · 5 pointsr/Autoflowers

I used an old windows laptop hooked up to...

Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android

u/minibuddhaa · 5 pointsr/interstellar

Celestron 21035 70mm Travel Scope:

I probably could have spent more time researching one, but it had good reviews, travels easily, isn't too complicated to set up and it's a great price. I decided I'd rather start here and work my way up to something more advanced later on than buy one now that's too advanced for me and more expensive.

Plus it has 70mm in the name, and I saw Interstellar on IMAX 70mm so the Murphy in me told me it was fate. :)

u/emu_unit_01 · 5 pointsr/HistoryMemes
u/Blightbuster · 5 pointsr/virtualreality
This one is pretty good and also not that expensive.

u/mushies81 · 5 pointsr/MushroomGrowers

if you have the money, this one is top of the line for the home enthusiast

u/StarkillerX42 · 5 pointsr/askastronomy

This, but here is a much better purchase

u/mad_zamboni · 5 pointsr/Astronomy

Having been at it all of two months may I recommend:

  1. Free Monthly Skymap
  2. Bookmark and learn to read the Clear Sky Chart. I'm basically look at the top four colored lines. Darker the better.
  3. Pick up a small red flashlight to protect your night vision as you read your skymap.
  4. Check out a light pollution map for your area. It may depress you some but you learn about local places to seek out as a stargazing location.
  5. I picked up a basic set of stargazing binoculars at the recommendation of others. Isn't a telescope but does a lot. Was a $35.00 investment.
  6. Find a local astronomy club. Although they seem to be lightly meeting over summers they will provide a ton of guidance. I haven't visited one yet, I have to wait till fall until they meet again.
  7. I'm assuming you know about the pending Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st as well as the Perseid Meteor Shower Peak on Aug 12?
  8. When I use my star maps, find the Big Dipper and move from there. Learn to find the North Star using that as a landmark.
  9. Personally I see myself leaning more on the "Sky Guide", "iCSC", and "Sky Live" apps and let the others sit. Most apps allow you to turn on a red light night vision mode in settings.
  10. Scope out places where you can let your night sight adjust. I found a neighborhood that is under construction about 1 mi away where streetlights are not up yet.

    Like I said, I'm only at this a month or two but really enjoy it. People here are amazingly helpful.

    Ah, as a side note - I tossed all this in a backpack that I can grab and go or can leave in my car if see an opportunity.
u/cosmicknight · 5 pointsr/vancouver

You can get some pretty decent binoculars to look up at the moon or even planets. But if you decide to get serious and choose to get a telescope, I recommend nothing smaller than 6" telescope. This should get you started to explore the sky.

Some info here:

u/Kate_Pansy · 5 pointsr/santashelpers

I got my space-loving ex these binoculars for stargazing and he really loves them. I also got him a print of the heart and soul nebula, if she has space (heh) for art on her walls. I think this goes with her interests and is also pretty lovey-dovey (heart and soul!). I used the hq image from NASA and got a poster made through a company in the UK (I'm sure there are other companies who do the same with good prices).

u/cramp · 5 pointsr/santashelpers
u/Broan13 · 5 pointsr/askscience

for 350 bucks you can get an 8 inch dobsonian (very easy to use and to take with you places.)

u/Starborn999 · 4 pointsr/Astronomy

It kind of depends on how deep your going to get into it. If your just sniffing about astronomy for the first time, then go for it. It's 42 bucks and you can sell it at a yard sale if you don't like it, you might actually turn someone on to astronomy with it

If you think you actually might want to get into astronomy as something of a hobby, go with binoculars first, good ones are a bit pricey but you can do some excellent viewing with them, I started with and still use these

These are excellent and not to heavy so your shaking all the time, but give great views, in dark skies I've gotten all four gallelian moons and a couple of Jupiters equatorial bands

And of astronomy ends up not being for you, you have a great set of binoculars for the upcoming zombie apocalypse

Edit-hey I just promoted a celestron product, can I get a hook up ???

u/SpinningDespina · 4 pointsr/sydney

Consider getting some good binoculars if you're a beginner. Million times easier to use, cheaper, you can explore much quicker, wider field of view. I find it a much more intuitive way to explore!
I have a pair of these - which are perfect for starting out.

u/GiornaGuirne · 4 pointsr/spaceporn

I actually don't know of a 4" from Orion. They make a 4.5" that runs a little over $200 on Amazon. There's also this 5" Jones-Bird Reflector from Celestron. Quality seems ok for the price, but collimation is tedious.

u/sargos7 · 4 pointsr/space

You don't need very much magnification at all, as they're visible with the naked eye. But if you want a really clear, detailed image, you want to collect a lot of light, so the diameter of the telescope is what really matters. The bigger the better. This one is a pretty good bang for your buck, especially if you also get this to go with it.

u/rooktakesqueen · 4 pointsr/Astronomy -- I bought this one a few years ago, looks like it's about $115 presently. Very basic scope, very basic mount, but the second thing I ever saw through it (after the moon) was Jupiter and its moons, and you can see them pretty well.

Alt-Az mount is way cheaper than an equatorial mount, but it means you'll have a harder time tracking objects across the sky. And you'll be surprised at how fast they move when you're looking at them under high magnification. So your investment should also consider how old your kids are and whether they're going to be able to track with the scope themselves.

u/powercorruption · 4 pointsr/microgrowery

It should be fairly easy. If you want portability, buy some Smart Pots, they worked much better than the standard plastic pots I was using before. Spend some money on some good nutrients for the N-P-K phases. I used the Fox Farm Trio for my first grow, but I will be moving onto more organic products next year. Make sure to feed them less than what the bottles tell you to. Good soil is very important, I used Roots Organic. Then get some Molasses and feed it about cap full once every couple of weeks while it's vegging, and once a week when it flowers.

One mistake I made on my first grow, was ignoring pesticides. Next year I will be using Azamax once a week when it's vegging. Caterpillars can ruin a good amount of your crop in no time.

I think that's pretty much all you need for a cheap, and low-maintenance grow. Buy some Fiskars trimmers, and a microscope when you think they're ready for harvest.

u/fronkerz · 4 pointsr/trees

You need to buy yourself a handheld micrscope this one is dope
If you see mostly clear/white crystals it will smoke like a sativa, and an Indica will have more amber/brown crystals.

u/WonJilliams · 4 pointsr/ScienceTeachers

I use these guys for scales in my classroom. I was able to outfit a class of 12 with enough for everyone to have their own for the cost of one scale from Flinn.

You might check out pocket microscopes like this one. It can't magnify as high as a traditional microscope, but they're $10 instead of $500

u/typical_stoner · 4 pointsr/microgrowery

/u/cero has it right, they won't be ready for at least 3 weeks, probably more like 4 or 5.

Buy yourself a little 60-100x led microscope to check the trichrome color, it's the only reliable way to tell when it's actually harvest time. Something like this

u/matthewrozon · 4 pointsr/telescopes

This seems to be the starting point for a lot of people. simple to use, lots of room to upgrade, decent sized aperture. It's what I have and it gets my vote

u/Danake · 4 pointsr/synthdiy

Someone posted what I use but deleted their comment so:



I use a hot air station:

Pcb Holder:

Microscope to find bad joints and loose solder balls:

Solder paste:

I like these to clean paste or flux

Conical Tip for small pin fixing

Beveled tip for drag soldering if needed

ST-Link-v2 (programmer)


What I do is put a glob of paste on a piece of paper and dip the syringe tip lightly to make a smaller glob hang off the tip, then place the small glob from the tip on the pad I'm doing. I know this isn't the right way but its the easiest I've done.


When the pieces are in place I set the hot air to 450ish and lower air flow so it doesn't blow pieces off the board. When the solder solidifies most the time everything gets aligned to the pads (capacitors will randomly stick straight up but is fixed by poking it with tweezers)


I start with Ic's then check under the microscope for bridges or loose solder balls. then resistors/caps. Double check again for anything wrong and if its good program it with the st-link. Once thats good I put on the pots/buttons/leds


For faceplates, I tried at first to 3d print them. Didn't look the best, made it look cheap. So I just order faceplates when I order the pcb's now. They cost a lot but I want them to look nice when done.

u/tinyplantas · 4 pointsr/microgrowery

Thanks! I used this usb microscope

u/Riley_UK · 4 pointsr/knifeclub

Fuck yeah I do, it was hella cheap.

u/bealetonplayus1 · 4 pointsr/microgrowery

Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android Linux

u/wepawet1 · 4 pointsr/Autoflowers

Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android Linux

u/prms · 4 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

I want to point out that you don't necessarily need a RCA out. A standard 1/8" is fine as you can use a 1/8" to rca cable. My previous setup was Fiio e10k as a DAC into Topping TP22 into those micca speakers.

u/Anomen77 · 4 pointsr/dankchristianmemes

The helm looks like this one.

The rest is probably just a cheap 10-20$ crusader costume.

So in total the entire set goes for around 70$

u/Cuzeverynameistaken · 4 pointsr/space

I'd recommend binoculars. You can get these. I have these and even though I live in the middle of a city with 7 million people in it I enjoy looking at the night sky.

u/burner110011 · 4 pointsr/microgrowery

I use a 60x - but keep in mind, that its basically impossible to see anything with it when you hold it in your hands. I usually cut a small part of the bud of and lay it on a flat surface and but the magnifying glass above it. You can also increase the magnigication to 120x with this model

u/EightPointThreeOne4 · 3 pointsr/frederickmd

Well, the traditional starter is a 50-mm refractor...what most people think of as a telescope. The optics are usually fine, but the mounts are horrible. I still remember battling mine. And the one my wife bought at the thrift store has confounded my kids. Tradition!

Another option would be a Newtonian telescope, which uses a mirror instead of a lens. They don't look like a "normal" telescope. However, they work just as well...and the mounts are a lot easier to use. The tabletop versions are portable and are intended for kids...

That's what I would have gotten myself way back when.

u/andrewpsu · 3 pointsr/Astronomy

I don't know if it's improved lately or not, but Tasco used to not have the greatest reputation. This sort of small refractor in particular is generally considered very poor.

I don't own one personably, but I've read generally favorable reviews of the Celestron Firstscope. It's less expensive, likely to be better quality, and much more portable. It's probably a good idea to also pick up the accessory kit for that.

Whatever you end up getting, it's probably not worth spending too much on unless you know you'll really like using a telescope. A cheap beginner scope will give you an idea of whether or not you like telescopes, and if you do, what sort of things in particular you like. Then you'll be ready to buy a better, more specialized scope.

u/johnnychronicseed · 3 pointsr/microgrowery

Highly recommend one of these, they are awesome and dirt cheap.

u/ItsADanThing · 3 pointsr/buildapcsales

This is the cheapest I could find with prime shipping (2 for $8). Monoprice is a little cheaper ($3.61 each).

Just find the cheapest one you can. Quality doesn't matter with short digital cables like this, either they work or they just don't.

u/akashik · 3 pointsr/Roku
u/Dagon · 3 pointsr/BudgetAudiophile

Strictly speaking, wattages and THD are a good guide for figuring out quality, but are certainly not a hard-and-fast rule. Knowing your brands and trusted opinions are better, listening to it yourself is best.

The link in the sidebar has some good ones.

I'm actually in exactly the same position as you at the moment, I'm considering this one as it's the cheapest (50w per channel, ~au$80 delivered), but apparently this one is much better even though it's only 30w per channel and is $20 more.

Or then again I could anticipate future upgrades and just go for this yammy amp which is 100w per channel for ~$190.

I really like that Denon one you've posted, though. Decisions, decisions.

u/PM_me_nice_reptiles · 3 pointsr/justneckbeardthings

Looks like you can get one from Amazon. Kinda pricey, but I sorta want one too:

u/AttackPlayz · 3 pointsr/CrusadeMemes

I got mine from make sure to order from Sharp knives brother

Edit: you will have to untie the cushioning in the helmet if your head is like mine

u/Mr_Freedom_ · 3 pointsr/dankcrusadememes

Painting it wasn’t too hard and it was a lot of fun. All you need is some painter’s tape, spray paint, an xacto blade, and patience

u/Coldercoyote · 3 pointsr/CrusadeMemes
u/cantlikethat · 3 pointsr/sporetraders
u/wintyfresh · 3 pointsr/telescopes

No, that will be awful. In that price range check out the tabletop reflectors such as this 100mm Orion SkyScanner.

u/812many · 3 pointsr/telescopes

How much magnification a set of binoculars has (i.e.: power) doesn't always correlate to the price. For astronomy, the second number for binoculars is the one that will be more expensive in your 20x50, since it refers to the diameter of the lenses on the end. The larger the diameter of the lenses on the end, the more light they can catch, and often the more expensive and heavy they are.

You could also try getting two pairs, the one that has 20 times magnification for when you want to be closer, and a 7x50 for when you want an overview binoculars (I have these cheap ones), they work ok. The other guys are right, if you want to zoom in you're going to need to be able to steady those 20x50 binoculars.

Also just to make sure, if you're seeing a super bright planet in the early evening that's Venus. Jupiter won't rise until 10:25pm right now. When you're looking at Jupiter through the 20x50 binoculars you should be able to see a small bright white disk and the four Galilean planets at tiny white dots. I don't know if you'll be able to see much detail on Jupiter itself.

u/big_bean84 · 3 pointsr/microgrowery

You don't have to cut up your plants dude. I'm talking about one of these. They're awsome.
Carson MicroBrite Plus 60x-120x LED Lighted Pocket Microscope

u/jimbo_slice_47 · 3 pointsr/canadagrows

link it’s 15$ for one (when i bought it, they had a 2 for 20$ deal) but still well worth it. The perfect tool for telling exactly when your harvest is ready.

u/Lawnmover_Man · 3 pointsr/HerbGrow

It works reasonable well, but it isn't completely free of issues. The focus wheel is kinda janky, the focus depth could be better, but it gets the job done. When you move the material to the left, it will move in the viewer to the right. Kinda weird, but one gets used to it.

Bottom line: There are better ones, but this thing gets the job done.

(German Link)

u/Carl_Vincent_May_III · 3 pointsr/occult

Crystals aren't magical because of hocus-pocus ghost magic, but because they are a macroscopic manifestation of the microscopic interactions between chaos, order, and growth. The magic they give is fuel for creativity/curiosity (same thing,) the most powerful force in the universe. Many natural objects provide such enrichment, pretty much all, but crystals have a unique ability by virtue of being physically manifested fractals.

Rule #1 of magic: the physically mundane is the most profound, the metaphysical is the most mundane. Ghost shit is normiesville.

For the low price of $12.99 with free shipping you can purchase a Carson Microbrite Plus pocket microscope and reap all the rewards of observing the microscopic for the price of a fast food meal. But that's not all, observing the cosmos directly with a telescope, binoculars, or even the naked eye will give you incredible boons as well. Explore and observe your world on all levels and you will find limitless beauty and inspiration. Naturalism, it isn't just for nerds anymore.

Dove from Carson is so sexy. *_*

u/Brettg4215 · 3 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

I have this one and it is pretty neat.

This one is a little better though and still cheap.

u/runMechanical · 3 pointsr/videos

i hear you, friend. i think the library is a great idea. even if you don't check anything out, it would be fun just simply browsing the stacks.

i'm really glad you mentioned you're into space. i'm a bit of a space geek myself (highly recommend /r/astrophotography). easily one of the best purchases i made last year was sky watching binoculars. i don't know anything about your budget, but they are relatively cheap for what you can see with them (described towards the end of this paragraph). these are 15x70, meaning they have 70mm lenses so they can gather a lot of light, and objects are magnified 15 times, so they appear 15 times larger in the binos. the downside to 15x magnitude is holding them by hand means the image will shake a bit - it's doable by hand, but it helps to hold them but rest the lens-end on something like a chair to hold them steady (a tripod would be best if you have one or can buy one, but i have simply laid on the ground outside and basically used my face to keep them steady while looking straight up). anyway, i can reliably see 3 to 4 of jupiter's moons with these. now, they are pinpoints of light in the image, but you can definitely see them and see how they are all in similar planes. saturn becomes oblong because of the rings, you can almost see the gap between the body and the rings. shadows in the craters at the moon's terminator are visible. depending on where you are, you can see the general shape of the gases of the orion nebula (m42, or messier number 42).

anyway, i kind of rambled here but if you're into space, 15x70 binos are an excellent place to start before diving into the telescope world. happy to provide more info if needed.

u/bdh008 · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Story Here

I'm pretty excited for the lunar eclipse tonight. I live on the West Coast so it's not too late for me. But my dad has these binoculars which work awesome, and I really want to see the shadow creep across the moon. I'm excited!

u/Veteran4Peace · 3 pointsr/CampingandHiking

You need an Edmunds Astroscan. I don't think there's any other contender for this category. It's surprisingly steady and comfortable to use and you can even sit cross-legged and plop it directly in your own lap. It'll give you great views on a dark night, and the thing is so easy to use that anyone who is with you will be able to use it.

You might also consider a set of astronomy binoculars. I have a pair of Celestron Skymaster (15x70) and they're just about perfect for observing Messier class objects and planets, though looking at the full moon through them is a blinding experience. :-P

But seriously, you can't go wrong with that Astroscan.

u/Zorbane · 3 pointsr/Astronomy

I got these a few weeks ago and they've been great.

I was able to see jupiter's moons, and even caught a very faint glimpse of M31 (Andromeda). I was finally able to check out the moon during Halloween and the detail that I could make out exceeded my expectations. While it was pretty small even through the binoculars for the first time looking at the moon actually felt like looking at a piece of land, for the lack of a better term, rather than a white ball in the sky.

Note you'll need a tripod for this because it is quite heavy (3 pounds) and there is no way you will be able to hold it steady.

u/wallyfoggle · 3 pointsr/Astronomy

I bought the Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars with Tripod Adapter for a Christmas gift to myself and the family. Although I've only used them once before wrapping them, for every star I saw with the naked eye (which is less than a dozen on a good night with all the light pollution) I saw at least two dozen more looking through these. And that was holding them with my shaky hands. They fit on a standard camera tripod.

u/Trollygag · 3 pointsr/nova

> I feel like telescopes should be one of those things people can rent for a day, like a kayak.

Well, kayaks are pretty hard to break, while telescopes are pretty fragile. Kinda like renting an iPhone for a day.

If you want a cheap entrance to the hobby, look at getting a pair of Celestron Skymaster binoculars. You can pick up for under $60 and they are great for looking at many objects. You can easily identify the moons of Jupiter with them.

u/eNonsense · 3 pointsr/askscience

Here's the thing about optics for astronomy. The reason that we can't see stuff isn't because it's very far or small, but because it's very dim. To see the most interesting things in the sky, you don't really need to zoom, but just collect more light (effectively make your pupil larger). It's also comparatively much less expensive to make a larger light collector than it is to make something with a lot of zoom. Zoom is good for looking at the moon or Jupiter. Light buckets are better for everything else, like galaxies or nebulae.

So my advice to you is to look at 2 options. 1st is a "dobsonian telescope" which is basically a big tube with a concave mirror at the bottom to direct something like 12" of light into your 1/4" pupil. $3000 is more than you need, and many people actually just build them, because the mirror to eyepiece alignment is the important part and the rest is just for making it easy to aim, adjust and transport. The 2nd thing which I recommend you can do inexpensively right now is to buy some astronomy binoculars and a basic camera tri-pod to mount them on. With these you'll be able to find tons of stuff. Most of the stuff you'll look for with 12" dob scope, but just with less definition. These are the ones that I have and they're great!

u/disgustipated · 3 pointsr/telescopes

I paid less than $70 for the Celestron 15x70's. They're worth it for the price, but you'll need a tripod to get the best out of them.

For those who use them with the included tripod adapter, you can remove the flex and make it stiffer by filling the side gaps with epoxy.

u/camopdude · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

You may want to get a good pair of binoculars first. This will allow you to see if you like it, and you can use the binoculars for other purposes.

Read more here and here. Maybe try a pair like these.

u/cbalogh · 3 pointsr/santashelpers

I'm a huge space geek myself. Here are some of the things my gf has given me as presents that I've loved: Lego Space Shuttle (it's above your price range but they do have a smaller version); Metal Art Apollo Lunar Lander (they also make a Mars Rover version); Celestron Binoculars (great for checking out the moon, stars & planets - I would also suggest a tripod to go with it). Hope those help!

u/Aegean · 3 pointsr/Astronomy

The problem with binos is that you'll never be able to hold them steady enough to study things. You'll need a tripod and mount.

Nevertheless, enjoyable viewing can be had with a good set.

Here's what I'm working.

Celestron SkyMaster 15x70 $75

70-Inch Pistol Grip Tripod with Bag $55

Total Cost ~$140 shipped

This is slightly more costly than most decent starter scopes.

Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope ~$133

If money is of little object, get a basic scope and the binoculars I stated earlier. You'll enjoy having both capabilities and it will help you hunt down objects. Also fun for people who come with you to have something to do while you work the scope.

I will say that binoculars get uncomfortable if you're not laying down, or sitting naturally and even then it can get tiresome on the eyes and neck. Nothing beats a telescope imho. You can learn the sky and develop good habits just the same.

u/Irost · 3 pointsr/Astronomy

I have a Celestron SkyMaster
which i like very much. With the one you linked, with such high magnification, you would require som sort of pod to keep it stable, or else you'll tremble too much to see anything.

u/throwaway29173196 · 3 pointsr/space

Celestron Sky Master 15x70 about $60. Very well reviewed for purpose of amateur astronomy

u/granitehoncho · 3 pointsr/Astronomy

Get a pair of good binoculars. You can do a lot of viewing with something cheap and easy as this. Make sure you have a tripod, so you can stabilize it, since it is a heavy binocular. You can use an L-bracket to mount it to a tripod.

Join a local astronomy club and attend a viewing night. In my local club, about 10-20 people show up and bring all of their gear. You can learn a lot about telescopes, mounts, optics, etc. by viewing the constellations through different types of scopes. Also, many clubs have a telescope lending library. I borrowed a 16" Dobsonian telescope and kept it for a month. I saw pretty much all of the Messier Objects with it and didn't have to spend $2000 for a telescope.

u/Scorp63 · 3 pointsr/spaceporn

I'm new to amateur astronomy myself, and just ordered these binoculars after hearing good reviews.

Are there any ways to get long-exposure shots, or, pictures in general from using these?

Sorry if that's a stupid question, I've been interested in space all my life but am just now trying the optics out.

u/Tomallama · 3 pointsr/Astronomy

Try these if you don't want to always use a mount.

u/Millertime19420 · 3 pointsr/space

I felt the same way and picked up one of the “department store telescopes” people will tell you not to buy... so long as you don’t mind getting what you pay for, they can be great “gateway drugs” to enjoying astronomy.

Orion SpaceProbe II 76mm Altazimuth Reflector Telescope

This is something you could look into just to start. I began with this:

Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70AZ Refractor Telescope

Just food for thought. Will you probably turn around and wanna spend more money? Maybe... but in my mind, spending ~$100 to try something is a lot better than ~$400.

u/sex_n_drugs_account · 3 pointsr/microgrowery

I use a Carson MM-200. The knobs a kind of a pita to rotate for focus/zoom while your looking through it, but the price was right and it gets the job done.

u/DominizZzle · 3 pointsr/microgrowery

Get you a pocket microscope like this one
And check out the trichomes during the dark cycle. If most of your trichomes are a milky/cloudy white instead of clear then you are good to harvest. If they're still clear give it some more time to finish. If more of the trichomes have started turning amber you've let the plant flower too long but it's still going to be smokable it will just have more of a couch lock effect.

u/kkemepobo · 3 pointsr/trees

I have that "420 Scope", it's actually a Carson pocket microscope, which cost me $10 bucks on amazon and the 420 scope is literally that with a sticker on it for 2X the price.

Here's a link in case you were thinking of buying it.

u/Tirfing88 · 3 pointsr/space

Rule of thumb is avoid cheap refractors. With refractors you need top notch optics to get good results, and you will never find them on cheaper ones. Don't be fooled by the magnification number, 300x magnification is useless when your optics cannot produce good results to begin with. It's just a cheap trick they use to impress beginners

Your best bet, with a 200€ budget is to get a good pair of binoculars, something around 15x70 and a tripod. If you still want a telescope, what you need is a reflector. Check out the dobsonians in Amazon, they're great and pack a lot of power for what you pay for, best bang for your buck as a beginner. Example: Orion 8944 SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

Telescopes are one thing where price does really matter though, it is advised to spend as much as you can on one, because quality and results obtained exponentially go up the pricier they are.

My suggestion would be to get a pair of nice binoculars, and if you like what you see thru them in the night sky (completely dark, away from City lights preferably) save up for a nice telescope. I've seen quite a few deep sky objects with just these cheap Olympus 10x50 ones, in completely dark skies. Olympus Trooper 10x50 DPS I Binocular (Black)

Good luck!

u/nsdhanoa · 3 pointsr/telescopes

You can get a 6" Dobsonian for about $250. That's where I would start for visual observing. Astrophotography is a whole other kettle of fish and you'll need to stretch your budget by a factor of 5 to get started. The best way to get into astrophotography on a limited budget is to use your camera lenses and get wide field shots using a tracker like the Vixen Polarie.

u/Iamnotasexrobot · 3 pointsr/telescopes

Holy Batman this is an amazing response!
The 4 year old has used a telescope before, he's just absolutely fascinated by space right now. If it was just him, I'd definitely be getting the £50 type scopes. Due to my interest, I really don't believe any model I get will be a waste of money.

I had the Heritage in mind, but had never looked at that Skyliner 150p, which has lead me to the 200p....I'm sure you know the feeling!

Already purchased Turn Left at Orion, definitely want a moon filter/scope as well as a planetary one.
Finder scope is essential from what I've read.

I think I'm settled on either the Heritage 130p or the Skyliner 150p. Is there any justifiable reason to even consider the 200p? I'm fairly certain I'll go in the middle for the 150p, but always welcome opinions!
Yet this Orion StarMax and this Orion SkyQuest keep appearing in my research. It will be between those 4 for sure, if you have any specific advice on those along with any accessories I need I would be eternally grateful.

u/der_physik · 3 pointsr/askastronomy

I've owned about a dozen telescopes and the best beginner telescope is by far the Orion skyquest, 8 inch. You can find them used on craigslist for half the price.

u/TheNomadicHermit · 3 pointsr/Autoflowers

Spend $13 to get some proper magnification. Without a clear image of the trichomes, all the bud shots in the world are worthless for predicting harvest window.

u/Tokyomaneater69 · 3 pointsr/microgrowery

I got this and it didn’t break the bank. Also, it’s super fun to look at other stuff.

u/NorCalCanna · 3 pointsr/microgrowery

My situation was kind of like yours -- I saw the damage, but I couldn't find any bugs, poop, or bite marks on leaves so I just thought it was a weird revegging plant (which it also was). I was in like week 5/6 of flower when I finally bought a scope and identified them.

They start out on lower branches and feed on trichomes all the way up. Makes sense that you may have them in veg and not realize until you flip to flower. I also noticed that they spread slowly, but did kill everything in their wake.

My best advice for you is to keep your room clean of all plant matter and keep a light on and temps high for at least 3 weeks. Do not reuse your soil or pots and practice greenhouse biosecurity protocols.

Forbid is literally the only pesticide that works on russets. It's also awful and illegal in many states.

Quarantine all incoming plants and spray everything preventatively.

Buy a microscope (I have this one) and check your plants meticulously. Russets like buds and the junction where leaf meets petiole.

EDIT: Have a pair of shoes/boots sitting outside of your room and only and always wear those boots in.

Tyvek suits and shower caps are great when you have bug probs.

u/isujustice05 · 3 pointsr/CRH

Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand for Windows, Mac, Linux (2 MP, 250x Magnification) This is what I use, it is easy to store has magnification capability lights up and you can even tap the end of it to capture the image to your computer. Insane how well you can see.

u/FullFrontalNoodly · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

600 relief to a UF micro should be just fine. If you are curious, one of these scopes will show you exactly what is going on:

If you want a very small micro-bevel you might want to go up to a higher finish on the relief but a mirror is completely unnecessary. If you are chipping through the micro-bevel it is already too small, though.

u/Bad_Jubies · 3 pointsr/microgrowery

This USB microscope. Not bad for $35!

u/Arcticflux · 3 pointsr/microgrowery

Here you go

I cannot take credit for it's discovery. A recent post on this sub, is where I saw it. A redditor posted what it was and so I bought it immediately. Awesome product for $30.

u/l33tredrocket · 3 pointsr/coins

The same one /u/sleepyminion has other folks hooked on. It's really great, especially for the price, but I can't get gold to show up in the correct color yet. As you can see in this picture, it looks more like a nickel.

Here's the link to the microscope

u/Shapitizer · 3 pointsr/buildapc

Get a PC over a laptop unless you really really need the portability of a laptop

Get that PSU instead, the VS ones are pretty bad

u/strandedonearth74055 · 3 pointsr/microgrowery

Have both. 1st one much more user friendly

Check this out at
USB Microscope, Teslong Portable Multi-Function Soldering Magnifier Camera with 10-200 Magnification IP67 Waterproof for Android, Mac and Windows PC

Check this out at
Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android Linux

u/tiredbabyeyes · 3 pointsr/microgrowery

I think it’s this one but I’m not 100%. There’s a few users in this sub that have posted some pretty amazing pictures using those and it isn’t expensive either

u/bucketss420 · 3 pointsr/microgrowery

u/Donkeydonkeydonk · 3 pointsr/microgrowery

Which one is that? The one I have works quite well. It's a little bit hard to take pictures with because you have to be completely still, but you can definitely see the color of your trichomes, insect poop, etc.

u/skippybosco · 3 pointsr/Jarrariums
u/HighFawks · 3 pointsr/microgrowery

I'd recommend getting a usb microscope over a jewlers loupe.
They run about $30 but are much easier to see with and take pictures.

Since i bought this one my jewlers loupe has been gathering dust:
Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android

Ps, if you check my profile the last pic i posted was taken with mine.

u/ProfessorPilz · 3 pointsr/microgrowery

This is basically what I picked up. Just a cheap Chinese-made digital microscope with decent reviews. It only came with software on a mini-disc thing and... well I don't have a cd-rom anyway (whatyearisit.jpg) but luckily it works mostly plug-and-play with the default 'camera' program on windows. It's hard to get a good placement with nothing moving, magnification set properly, etc. but I really wanted to be able to check my trichomes (and my hand lens really wasn't cutting it). Worth the $20 for sure!

u/Orangelightning77 · 3 pointsr/HerbGrow

When to harvest. So first off, get yourself something to take a really close look at the trichomes. I just ordered this usb microscope and its only $20, well worth it for all the other stuff you can zoom in on too, but now let's look at those trichomes. As they grow and start appearing they will be clear, they will then turn white over the weeks of flower and then turn amber and brown by the end of flower. Each of these colors has massive effects on the trichomes and how the high will feel. Clear/milky white will give a more alert, energetic, uppity high. While amber/brown give a more sedated, narcotic type of feel. If you want a more energetic high, harvest while they're milk white. For a more sedated high, harvest at amber. If you want a mix of both, keep an eye on them as they transition from milk white to amber and harvest when you're comfortable with them. It's not recommended to harvest with clear trichomes, or many of them at least, and by the time they get dark brown they will actually start to fall off and you DO NOT want that. Lastly, make sure you flush your plants for a week or 2 at the end of flower to get the nutrients out of those buds. And be sure to let them dry slow, this will yield the best results. I'd recommend to dry trim in order to keep the buds drying slower

u/runninscared · 2 pointsr/Wet_Shavers

yea, keith is who i bought my first jnat from. hes incredibly knowledgable and alot of what i know is learned from his site. i literally learned to hone w/ jnats from a method he told me.

if you arent getting edges that are similar to what pros are giving you off a 12k then ill give you a few tips:

for starters i heard you have to lap a bit off the 4k/8k sides because they are a bit harsh to start(dont own one so im not 100% on this) but if you dont already have a good loupe or a pocket microscope get one. after you get the bevel set(this is really where it all begins. it has to cut hair along the length of the bevel) make sure you remove all scratches from your previous hone. after the 8k you should have a very polished bevel. you will need to know what to look at though so its going to take some practice. hit your 12k and do about 20~ or so x strokes, only enough weight to keep the razor on the hone. then check the bevel. if it looks rough still you needed more work on the 8k. your 12k edge needs to be highly polished with no large scratches and definitely no chips. id say if you cant get that look off your 12k within 30 x strokes, you didnt spend enough time on the 8. best of luck.

it really just takes a good bit of practice. to start with dont worry about overhoning. thats a load of shit anyway. as long as you arent doing uneven amount of strokes on each side and developing a burr then dont worry about overhoning. tbh stroke counting is kind of pointless anyway. i only say 20-30 as a general guideline it may take less it may take more. let the scratch pattern dictate where to go.

u/Bone-Juice · 2 pointsr/canadagrows

I just got this one from Amazon. It's a bit of a pain to try to do it while holding the scope in your hand but I just cut off a tiny piece of bud leaf and put it on the table which works out great.

u/Squints_Forever · 2 pointsr/GrowingMarijuana

That's some good looking flower I'd say they're close but the only way you're going to be able to tell when's the perfect time to harvest is by looking at the trichomes with a loupe. You can get one on amazon for ~$10.

I have this pocket microscope 60x is even almost too much because you get a very narrow view of the flower, I have to move it around a lot, but you can definitely clearly tell what stage the trichomes are at with it

u/MySecretGardenIsDope · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

My experience is that flushing is overrated, but that's just me.


As far as timing goes, I highly suggest investing the thirteen bucks into one of these - it takes so much of the guesswork out since you can see the resin glands and how clear/milky they are without straining with a loupe or something else like that.


Great looking plants!

u/alkaiser702 · 2 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

I played with something similar to this for an old job. They're pretty cool but not quite as good as a regular microscope.

I was able to see all of the tiny security features on my driver's license like microscopic letters on the ridges of mountains.

u/Guns_and_Dank · 2 pointsr/microgrowery
u/jp2188 · 2 pointsr/coins

A while back a user mentioned this one and his pictures where awesome! Not sure about video though.

u/Thalenia · 2 pointsr/coins

It's a bit tough to work with, the neck makes it a bit tough to get close easily, but it is doable. I've done a bit of hacking on it and added a different base to hopefully make it a bit easier to use, but I'm still fighting with those so no real recommendations there.

u/DrHorns · 2 pointsr/Minoxbeards

Sure! here it is

u/hamburger_time86 · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

if you got 35 bucks, grab this it's fun as shit and hi res

u/LitLikeABird · 2 pointsr/trees

It's just a cheap little guy from Amazon. I love playing around with it, though. Here's a very small album of other stuff I've looked at so far:

u/nosystemsgo · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Another guy posted a macro shot of a leaf a while back, I don't remember the name of the thread, but it had a picture of a spider mite running around. He used this one. It's probably better than the ones on ebay for 10 USD.

u/wildabeast861 · 2 pointsr/coins
u/HappyGoLuckyComputer · 2 pointsr/GrowingMarijuana

I'm happy using this one. Plugs into a usb port and takes up to 200x photos and videos.
I also use it to view compost tea microbes, so I know my brew is alive and correct. Plus viewing springtails under a scope is super cool looking.

Plugable USB 2.0 Digital...

u/CubriksRube · 2 pointsr/CRH

This is the one a lot of people on Reddit tend towards. It's not perfect, but it's pretty good for the price!

u/hardonchairs · 2 pointsr/Cameras

Or this macro lens and a cheap used Canon DSLR

1:1 reproduction basically means that it can focus close enough to see something the size of the sensor at the resolution of the sensor. So say hypothetically the sensor had 10 micrometer sized pixels, with this lens you could resolve down to 10 micrometers with whatever you're shooting.

u/tarponator · 2 pointsr/Autoflowers

I have that $10 phone clip on microscope that you see a lot of on amazon. It actually works well. Shows amber. have a nice phone screen is so much better than a loupe - just need to steady your hand. its not really a digital microscope. Its just a 60x lens that you put in front of your phone cam lens and you use your phone to zoom in. it gives me the best view of trichomes out of all the devices I have, including an old lab grade ziess microscope. and the LED light does not mask out amber.

This is the one that causes me issues. going to send it back. And it has built in zoom and is a true digital scope.

u/newpatientadvisepls · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

I did some searching last week to find the answer to the same question. I used this digital microscope:

I had a little difficulty getting clear pictures at first because it was pretty much impossible to prop the camera in the right position using the provided stand - there's really nowhere to rest a plastic base like that above a plant. Also, the camera is by default in 640x480 resolution and the picture quality was crap, but when I turned it up to the max of 1600x1200 there were severe image wobble issues from any movement whatsoever due to the camera using progressive scan. I grabbed my old camera tripod (a Quantaray QSX 9002TM) and found that by unscrewing the male fitting from the detachable baseplate, I could screw the bottom of the flexible camera arm into the baseplate and have a tripod mounted digital microscope, which worked perfectly. I just brought my laptop into my grow room and used the app supplied with the camera and the "take photo" button on the back of the camera to take those pictures.

u/jb0356 · 2 pointsr/Silverbugs
u/psychokitty · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Leaf irregularities, blistering, severely stunted top growth: could be broad mites. Get one of these and scope the undersides of the leaves:

If scoping confirms that broad mites or russets are present, then spray every 3 days with horticultural oil at the rate of 2 tablespoons per gallon of water, for at least 2-3 weeks. Then monitor for resurgence for the rest of the grow.

u/Lacey_Rosehips · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Your system is very unlikely to ever pull more than 300w, actually. EVGA recommends 500w to be on the safe side and I'd personally go for at least 450w, but 700w is definitely unnecessary. Also, as others have said, that's actually a legitimately scary-looking PSU in terms of build quality, and I'm the kind to go easy on budget units.

If you want something with a similar price, the CX450M is the only thing one I trust, at least that I've seen from UK retailers. Anything else will be a fair bit more expensive, but the tier list linked in the other comment will generally not steer you wrong, though it is a bit dated and occasionally inaccurate (for example, it doesn't know about the CXM refresh that greatly improved the series' quality).

u/ZeroPaladn · 2 pointsr/buildapc

The old CX (green-label) options were not terrible, but got a really bad rep due to the combination of their popularity and higher than average RMA rate (thus, a lot of people complaining about them).

The new CXM (grey-label) options are solid, though. Much better than anything else you've mentioned and highly recommended for a budget unit. Get this one!

u/KuroZwei · 2 pointsr/buildapc

Maybe [this one] ( for a little more, if it's enough wattage.

u/Cuttt3r · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Absolutely! And thank you. :)

Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android

u/FunkadelicRock · 2 pointsr/MephHeads

Same, I had a 60x joulers loupe but it never felt right, so i picked up one of these

Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android

Have taken some awesome pics with it, plugs in to your phone too

u/Zee-J · 2 pointsr/macro

Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android Linux

u/tourthevoid · 2 pointsr/hempflowers

$20 on Amazon. I wish the MP was higher though - I guess I can’t really complain for 20 bucks ha

u/JLoosifer · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android Linux

I have it, works great.

u/rsenio · 2 pointsr/microgrowery
u/kingsleysdreams · 2 pointsr/popping

Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification... 1000x!

u/strangerunknown · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

I bought this little digital microscope from Amazon. Best $30 purchase I've made.

u/redderz09 · 2 pointsr/AusGrow

Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Windows 7 8 10 Android Linux

u/wadelaideg · 2 pointsr/houseplants

I’m trying to write a reply that doesn’t look like a bot wrote it 😂
It’s a really cheap all in one microscope camera. Didn’t expect it to work so well, the link is this :

u/SGG81 · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Here ya go! 🤘🏻

u/squall1036 · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android Linux

u/crossfitdood · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Here you go

This was the cheapest one I found. They all look like the same manufacturer, just branded different. Says "China" in Trump voice

u/ThreeWindows · 2 pointsr/outdoorgrowing

Picked up this today, going to give it a go later.

These flowered awhile ago, like 1-2 months ago. I figured they'd be close to done by now.

u/unuomosolo · 2 pointsr/italy

ma un microscopio digitale?

tipo questo

ok che è un giocattolo, ma funziona

oppure anche questo

u/illegal_brain · 2 pointsr/trees

Instead of a loupe get this. Nothing beats being able to take a good picture of the goodness.

u/Voynich_Cannabis · 2 pointsr/NoTillGrowery

Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android Linux
The stand it comes with isn't the best quality, but the software and lens itself are great for the price.

u/A40 · 2 pointsr/telescopes

I know they're poor telescopes, astronomically-speaking, but a Celestron travel scope, or one like it, might be a good option.

The eyepiece provides an upright image (so aiming it is intuitive) and is set at a 45 degree angle, which might be easier to use on a table or tray.

It's light, has a tripod mount (which can be secured or stabilized in several ways) and can be operated with one hand - both aiming and focusing.

Again, not a premium scope, optically, but it might be what you're looking for. I've used one and enjoyed the experience.

u/rfiok · 2 pointsr/space

I'd get a telescope. Just a 2 min Amazon search shows that you can get decent stuff in that price range, for example:

Note that this is just the first shopping result I have found, I am sure that on reddit (e.g. /r/telescopes/ ) will be people who can recommend you the best one.

u/Cokeblob11 · 2 pointsr/astrophotography

As someone who lives in a city as well, it depends. If you can see at least a few stars at night, you might want to consider buying a telescope. I use a $70 Celestron travel scope 70. While it is pretty cheap as far as telescopes go, it does great where I live. And because the telescope will have more light collecting ability than your eye, wherever you point it you should see at least one faint star. Besides stars you should be able to see Mars, Jupiter, or Saturn. planets are relatively bright compared to other things in the sky. Really the one thing you definitely will not be able to see clearly are deep sky objects (nebula, galaxies, etc.) these unfortunately are too faint, and while you may be able to see a few stars where the nebula should be, it will be very difficult.

So really it depends on what you plan on looking at: planets/moon are great, stars are okay, DSO are very faint and difficult to see. I hope this helps!

EDIT: link to the telescope I own- it's fairly good for the price, however the tripod is a bit flimsy.

u/NintendoTim · 2 pointsr/pics

I got my wife the Celestron Travel Scope 70 for her birthday and gave it to her a bit early on Sunday since she was talking to me about the "moon dancing with Jupiter" thing that was going on over the weekend. She's been wanting a telescope for ages so I finally got one for her. It's not the greatest, but it's certainly inexpensive (~$70). We were able to score a picture of the moon and Jupiter, however, the Jupiter pictures weren't all that great. I will say the tripod that comes with it is absolute shit, and I'm lucky I had this thing in the closet that I could attach it to.

This is the photo my wife shared on facebook. Both the moon and Jupiter images were taken with a 10mm eyepiece, but I have zero experience with telescope and have no idea what I'm doing. From what I could tell in the manual that came with it, that eyepiece should give roughly 40x magnification. A pinpoint enlarged 40 times is still a pinpoint, yet I was able to see Jupiter and the Galilean moons.

Now she's on a quest for filters and eyepieces and anything she can find online for it.

u/n4k3dm0s3s · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Happy Zambambo!
What a wonderful thing to do on your birthday. This would be great to take camping next weekend.

u/artemasad · 2 pointsr/telescopes

Oh wow. Thank you so much for putting in your time to write this. Honestly the criteria & budget (and this whole idea) is set by my wife. I have a solar system book and went over it with my daughter one day, and she seemed to be very into it so my wife wants to get something to encourage her to explore into her love for science.

I was going to get this one because it was recommended by a website I browsed earlier, but my wife said she wants to get the one with tripod.

u/sleepingsquirrel · 2 pointsr/Astronomy

I own one, and I like it a lot. The biggest advantage that it has is that it is very portable. And since it is so inexpensive, you don't need to worry about it getting broken or lost. It is of course not going to give Hubble-like views. You'll be able to identify Jupiter and Saturn, but its strength is on things like open star clusters. It has a f/4 mirror, so it has a very wide field of view. I can still picture in my mind the awesome view of the Pleiades in close proximity to Venus last year. I suppose it is important to keep in mind that the Firstscope is not my only telescope (I have an 8" dob). Also it can be a challenge to align things to what you want to look at, so it will probably be best to get the finder option (or build one yourself from some PVC pipe and dental floss). Also, you can get it cheaper on Amazon. Overall, I think this is a much better first purchase for someone compared to binoculars, since you can place it on a table, and get steady views (heresy, I know). I'm probably the only person in the world to make degree circles for the Firstscope. Just keep in mind that this isn't a high performance instrument. It has a spherical mirror, and if you want to attempt to collimate it, you have to do it with secondary mirror only.

u/tradwolley · 2 pointsr/Astronomy

Any decent camera for astro-photography is quite expensive, several thousand $ or more. At your price range I would agree with the others and get good binoculars, they will provide a better beginning experience, especially for tracking faster objects.

In my limited experinece the biggest problem with low end scopes is the poor mounts which make it difficult to track and line up on objects. I did buy this scope ( and have enjoyed it even if the images are far from perfect due to distortion, much more glamorous for my kids than looking through binoculars and the mount is very stable, so I don't have too worry much about the kids moving it and losing site of what was there. It is possible to see the great red spot on Jupiter with it on a good night.

As far as pictures go, I am planning on getting a good DLSR with a good zoom lens once I can afford one. This will work for me for pictures of the planets, star clusters, etc. Then I hope to buy a tracking mount and trying my hand at some of the dimmer objects out there that require longer exposures.

u/twonicorn · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

It's too quiet in here!

This would make my daughter happy. It is a teeny tiny microscope. She can look at bugs to her heart's content and try to convince me that they are cute.

u/guitarfixer · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Get a pocket magnifier. Trichromes turning ~50% amber is the best way to tell. You can pick one up on amazon for around $5. Like this one Also that plant looks like it's a few weeks out yet.

u/Noregano · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Let me recommend this microscope to get a better view of the trichromes.

It's only $5 but its awesome. You can easily adjust the focus. It has some small LEDs that shine perfectly on what you're trying to see. I've seen it at some shops for $15-20 but it's only $5 dollars on Amazon. If you can stay steady enough you can also take pictures with it and a cellphone.

u/potsmokingpanda · 2 pointsr/trees

Yeah, that is pretty money.

I personally use this one that has a built in light on it.

u/Eabryt · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Do you have prime?

I sure hope you do!

Also, It's too quiet in here! In fact, so quiet that I might launch a contest later, it's still undecided.

u/Armsc · 2 pointsr/hometheater

I'm trying to be as gentle as I can figuring out what you need my friend. I'm also going to try to help you the best I can too.

I'm going to assume that you currently don't have anything to help out your TV audio. We are going to start with a blank page if you will. Now for some more assumptions:

  • $300 budget for a complete system for your TV.

  • 2.0 or 2.1 with an AVR...staying away from soundbars.

  • Reburb gear is ok...I'm assuming because we need to get something to work with the budget.

    Ok so now on to what I think you should look at.

  • AVR - Denon E200 refurb $130 heart of the system. This is what is going to power your speakers and make everything work.

  • Optical Cable $6 hooks the TV/cable box into the AVR.

  • Speaker wire $10 Hooks the speakers to the AVR

  • 2 Pack HDMI cable $8 hooks your AVR to the TV and you have a spare HDMI for the cable box/DVD/BRD ect.

  • Speaker stands $45 get your speakers to the right height.

  • Speakers - We have $100 left for a pair of speakers. Hear are some options: Pioneer BS-22 $97, BIC DV62 $105 right over budget.
u/lotsoquestions · 2 pointsr/gaming

Right? I couldn't believe they packaged a standard HDMI cable with a console which only outputs video from a standard HDMI port!

Too bad the HDMI Forum hasn't gotten off their lazy butts and finished that next spec, what with its 4:2:0 chroma subsampling and all.

u/the_monster_consumer · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I personally find surround to be a gimmick. Especially at this price point you get so much more from investing in a decent pair of stereo speakers than if you have to spread your money across 5 speakers.

If you could live without the soundcard and just use USB, I would spend just over $250 and get Pioneer SP-BS22-LR (just google reviews of these speakers), a Topping TP22 amp, and a HiFiMeDIY Sabre USB DAC. You will also need speaker cable, and a RCA to 3.5mm cable.

u/The_King_of_Pants · 2 pointsr/audiophile

I need to replace the Lepai 2020 that I've been using at the office for monitoring demos and as an amp for my Fiio X1/tablet.

I lucked out when I grabbed the Lepai and got a REALLY quiet one. Now I need another for a project and they appear to be out of production, so I figure it's a good excuse to upgrade my office system.

What I need:
A sub $100, compact, digital amp similar to the Lepai in size. I need 2 inputs, preferably at least one set RCA and a front-mounted power switch.

Headphone out would be nice, but isn't required. Banana plug friendly is nice, but not required. I don't need an EQ on the amp as long as it's relatively flat (for the money).

My problem is that while I enjoy making music, I'm definitely not an audiophile. I've been looking at the
Topping TP22 and the SA-60, neither have a headphone out but do seem to tick all the other boxes. Are there any other models I should be looking at, or are these pretty much where it's at in the~$100 range?

u/nakedarthur · 2 pointsr/crtgaming

Well keep in mind with speakers like screens it's a long term investment. I think they retail for $350/pair but Amazon has had the black ones for $199 for a while now. I can almost guarantee you won't find a better speaker out there for $100 each.

I'm using a small class T pre-amp to drive them. The Topping Tp22 is pretty great, zero distortion and small footprint. It doesn't have a ton of wattage but if you don't want to blow your eardrums out it should be plenty powerful. My Genesis Model 1 is probably my quietest system and when I want to rock out to some Lightening Force and crank it I get it up to about the halfway position on the knob. You can see my setup in this pic. (ignore the center speaker, it's a holdover while I finish changing my setup over to my new TV)

u/TheFlyingDharma · 2 pointsr/htpc

Probably a desktop amp and a pair of bookshelf speakers. Something like this:

Or find one of those "home theater in a box" setups and use the receiver from that, which would allow you to add more/better speakers later if you end up moving or something. I got mine fairly cheap on craigslist when I couldn't afford much else, then bought higher quality speakers later on.

u/zuperzuck69 · 2 pointsr/CrusadeMemes

SZCO Supplies Brass Crusader Helmet

Amazon is my homie

u/Dark_Shroud · 2 pointsr/The_Donald

I get not knowing to the specialty websites that sell this stuff. But even Amazon carries this stuff now.

u/Rubenick · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This helmet looks bad-ass xD

ANd you may pick anything from my US/UK lists if I'm lucky enough to win :P

I love Kevin

u/__illmatic · 2 pointsr/medieval

I know they sell them at the Tower of London, but I’d imagine they’re priced up for tourists. I got one there of pretty good good quality, but if you’d rather buy online they’re pretty cheap on amazon

u/ShamPawnYa · 2 pointsr/forhonorknights

I got it on Amazon... $58 plus shipping. Very good quality, fits nice, just needed to put some foam in the top.

Edit: Here is the link on Amazon Price went up a bit. Must be getting popular.

u/greenlightmike · 2 pointsr/TheBrewery

If you're planning on getting a camera just stick with a monocular. I have a binocular and it's really nice for viewing especially doing the long count method but if you can just get a camera. It's so much better.

There are plenty of decent ones on Amazon. Omax is a good brand.

Promotion Set: OMAX 40X-2000X Lab LED Binocular Compound Microscope with Double Layer Mechanical Stage + 100 Glass Blank Slides & Covers + 100 Lens Cleaning Paper

For a hemocytometer... Don't buy the shitty $30 one on Amazon. It fucking sucks giant donkey balls. I had that one and I seriously wanted to crush it repeatedly with our forklift. Buy nice or buy twice. Get the $130 one from sigma Aldrich. Bright line. Make sure you have the proper coverslips. Not your regular ones that come with the microscope. The sigma one comes with 2 I believe. Don't lose them or break them!!! You can order more though if it happens.

u/HRRB · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Q 1; I'm saving up for a microscope!

Q 2: I'm intrigued by cellular structure and how things are seen at tiny magnifications. Saving Private Ryan.

Thanks a ton!

u/krazykenx · 2 pointsr/biology

I bought this one years ago as my starter microscope and it works great.

u/keeblur · 2 pointsr/mycology

You mean like microscope setup?

Microscope : OMAX 40X-2000X Lab LED Binocular Compound Microscope

Camera : Nikon COOLPIX S2700

Put specimen on slide, cover it with a coverslip, look at said specimen, hold camera to lens, focus, win.

u/roninredbeard · 2 pointsr/guns
u/asquaredninja · 2 pointsr/ar15

Everybody gave you good suggestions for variable optics, heres another option to consider.

A 3x magnifier on a flip aside mount to go with your red dot.

Honestly, a 1-6x scope like the strike eagle is more adaptable, but I think magnifiers are cool as shit, and you get true 1x distortionless sights when you flip it to the side.

u/pandaman1029 · 2 pointsr/guns

This is the one that I have, it's worked great so far:

u/SlowMindPleaseAdvise · 2 pointsr/guns

Yeah, looks like a [Vortex VMX-3T Magnifier with Flip Mount]

u/2girls_1Fort · 2 pointsr/telescope

I started off with a 100 dollar 4.5 inch (70mm is 3 inch i think) orion tabletop. Then I added a barlow lens and a 6mm eyepiece for about 40 dollars each. You can find cheaper pieces though.

The tabletop I had is pretty good for beginners, I could see dark objects like the andromeda galaxy and orions nebula. Planet views are good too but the eyepieces that come with the scope dont get you a lot of zoom which is why i got a 6mm and a barlow.

You can find cheaper eyepieces and barlow lens though.

The smaller the eyepiece, the more zoom you have, the barlow lens doubles your zoom.

u/dearastronomer · 2 pointsr/Astronomy

For stuff like the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn, a ~$100 telescope is fine to start with. Some people will say to get binoculars, but I think that it is horribly outdated advice.

Do you have a local astronomy club? If so, it might not be a bad idea to visit one of their public observing nights and check some stuff out.

Even in the middle of light polluted Phoenix, I have no trouble doing sidewalk astronomy on planetary objects, and even a few of the brighter nebulas.

My daughter is just barely out of the "toddler" stage, and uses this telescope on her own to look at the moon:

I'd never recommend that telescope to anyone though, but it was a gift from an astronomer friend, and it's cheap enough to where if she breaks it, I'm not out much. Maybe in a couple more years she can start using my 8" dob.

For a telescope suggestion, I'd stay away from any equatorial mounts. Cheap equatorial mounts are more frustrating than anything.

If $100 is your budget, Orion has a nice table-top dob that would make a nice starter scope.

The problem with the table-top scopes is sometimes it's hard to use the finder scope. Once your daughter becomes familiar with the scope though, she shouldn't have trouble hitting the moon, and Jupiter.

If she plans on looking at the moon a lot, I'd suggest a lunar filter (about $20).

I know that pushes things up to ~150, but upping your budget a bit will pay off well. The toy scopes under $50 aren't really worth bothering with.

If your budget is limited, you could consider the Celestron Firstscope, which is a 3" table-top reflector. Combine a firstscope with a lunar filter, and you are talking about $60 or $70, and would still make an "okay" starter telescope.

As for keeping here interested in space/astronomy you could download and install stellarium on your computer for her. Stellarium is a free/open source planetarium program. Simply set your location, and you can view everything visible in the night skies of your area.

Also, there are a ton of "citizen science" programs your daughter could participate in.

Check out and

u/anomalousBits · 2 pointsr/TrueAtheism

>I asked him if the other planets are flat. He said there aren't any other planets (!!!!). Just the moon and the sun.

You can show him the planets in the sky and also show that they change position from night to night, whereas the stars stay the same relative to each other. A phone app can help you locate ojbects in the sky.

You can also buy a cheap telescope that will allow you to view the major planets. Seeing Saturn's distinctive ringed shape or Jupiter's moons, with his own eyes, might help. (Could also take him to a local star party.)

u/RoundSparrow · 2 pointsr/telescopes

> For casual observing with binoculars, check out the Celestron Cometron.

You mean these, at $33?

My thoughts: Buy 3 pairs and share them with strangers I encounter? Most the people I stand next to in Jax Beach seem to not understand why I'm standing there looking south - and I show them the live video broadcast on my phone and countdown. There is a social aspect of people not realizing they could see it. The 1:30am launches have really been cool in this regard. it's like RocketMan GO!

u/word_virus · 2 pointsr/guns

I have [these] ( They're nice, clear glass for pretty cheap (I linked Amazon out of convenience but you can find them cheaper) and work well for me out to 150 yards.

u/plinytheballer · 2 pointsr/telescopes

I don't know much about rental services, and there are very few truly cheap (<100$) telescopes that this sub would recommend for you. Have you considered a good set of binoculars? They can be much cheaper, still great quality, excellent for sweeping along the spine of the Milky Way and you can use them for daytime terrestrial viewing as well.

I own a pair of 10x50s, but often people recommend going a little less than 10. I've always been intrigued by how cheap these are:

But I'm not sure if they have hidden drawbacks over the ones closer to the 100 dollar mark.

u/KristnSchaalisahorse · 2 pointsr/telescopes

If/when you visit a dark location, I highly recommend you bring some binoculars. Even a very inexpensive pair can be extremely rewarding and show you a vast amount invisible to the naked eye. For example, these are only $26 with free shipping (in the US).

u/totallyforwork · 2 pointsr/Hunting

[These] (
$35 star gazing binos are great for surveillance. They give you a wide Field of view and send more light than your dilated pupils can use.

Primary Arms
makes good scopes. I have one from this company on my precision rifle but mine is first focal plane which this is not; this one has a illuminated mildots. $160.

u/Growmaster22 · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Carson Micro Brite Plus 60X-120X LED Lighted Pocket Microscope

u/Rpash_ · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Carson Micro Brite Plus 60X-120X...

Best bang for your buck IMO

u/Asurian · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Im no professional but I think your to far away with the Loupe.

Personally i use this 15$ thing from amazon it has 60-120x zoom.

Edit: Ninja'd by /u/MySecretGardenIsDope

u/pnw_nerd_treeaccount · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Take a look at a bud under a microscope. If you don't have one, you can get a 120x for like $15 on Amazon

If the trichomes are amber and/or cloudy then it's harvest time, but if they're still clear then give it more time.

u/SushinWasabi · 2 pointsr/MOMpics

I use this to check out when my weed is ready to chop, you can make insane close-up picture

But it's 60-120x , maybe too much but it's so fun !

u/CannaSoul · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

I use this

u/kitreia · 2 pointsr/uktrees

I recommend grabbing that dude, check your bud under a microscope. It's definitely worth doing so you don't smoke bad bud!

u/Growaway420420 · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Just try to make some room for the light to reach the lower buds. Also trim some lower leaves that may not be getting any light.

Here is the jewlers loupe I use and really like it:

u/InhaleBot900 · 2 pointsr/Astronomy

I got these for around $40 a few years back. I don't think you need to drop over a hundred dollars immediately. The advice I was given was to start out with binoculars and then move up to the usually more expensive telescopes when you get serious.

u/cryptical · 2 pointsr/astrophotography

I just wanted to second the binoculars recommendation. I got a pair of these (non-affiliate link to Amazon) and use them all the time. If you have a reclining outdoor chair, you can just lay back and enjoy the view!

u/jswhitten · 2 pointsr/askastronomy

You can't go wrong with a Dobsonian in the 6"-8"-10" range. At the lower end they'll be less expensive and more portable, but at the higher end you'll be able to see more.

I have an Orion 8" Dobsonian. They also sell Intelliscope models that will assist you in finding objects. I like finding things on my own, by star-hopping, but it takes a little patience and experience. These books will help:

I recommend getting one with at least two eyepieces, or at least one eyepiece and a Barlow, so you'll have a choice of magnifications.

And whether or not you get a telescope, a pair of binoculars is a good thing to have. 7x50s are nice and easy to use without a tripod. 10x50s will show you a little more but are a little harder to hold steady. Anything larger and you'll probably want a tripod for them. I have 10x50s and am considering getting these:

u/pixelmonger · 2 pointsr/space

If you are in the USA or Canada this might be useful for satellite watching. There are apps for this on smartphones too (iPhone and Android).

A good pair of binoculars can really be useful from a dark location (not just for satellites).

Using both of your eyes to view the night sky is much more satisfying. Binoculars are a great addition even if you plan on getting a standard telescope. Try to resist the urge to get higher and higher magnification powers. These become much more susceptible to shake and are more difficult to aim. The lower power options, 10x to 15x, will allow you to take in a larger expanse of the night sky.

u/Xenocide321 · 2 pointsr/HuntsvilleAlabama

I would like to point this out:

>And don’t settle for a 99% partial eclipse just outside the path. “There’s no comparison between partial and total solar eclipses when it comes to sheer grandeur and beauty,” Michael Zeiler, longtime eclipse chaser and creator of the Great American Eclipse website told Universe Today. We witnessed the 1994 annular solar eclipse of the Sun from the shores of Lake Erie, and can attest that a 99% partial eclipse is still pretty darned bright!

Do yourself a favor and make the short trip up to the Nashville area where you can see "Totality" for up to 2 minuites and 40 seconds.

I also recommend a good pair of solar sunglasses and maybe a good pair of binoculars with a solar filter.

Do not ever stare directly at the sun without protective gear on

u/arandomkerbonaut · 2 pointsr/Astronomy

I wouldn't recommend the 127 EQ for anyone. The mount is too wobbly and it's just not a good scope in general. With that budget, just get a tripod and some really nice binoculars. You will get much better views with it. I personally have these binoculars. They are great, you can just spend hours looking at random portion of the sky just gazing in them. They also show things like the Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, and the Pleiades really well.

u/BuckDunford · 2 pointsr/telescopes

Also, collimation could be an issue if you hit a lot of bumps. If you wanna bike or walk to your viewing spot you could start with some ballernoculars like these

u/burningrobot · 2 pointsr/cincinnati

I don't know much about the tunnels, but I'm sure others do. Check out other local parks, big and small, to find places you like [Winton Woods, Sharon Woods, Mt. Storm, Ault Park, etc).

Take The Cake [Cafe+Bakery] in Northside has a chalkboard menu, so every day the food is different, but awesome. (I'm biased towards this place. Others will say MELT, etc)

If you like music, be sure to keep track of all the local venues, big and small.

  • 20th Century Theater, Madison Theater, etc
  • Memorial Hall, Music Hall
  • Northside Tavern, Mayday, MOTR, Drinkery, Neon's, Mockbee, (is BunkSpot still open?)
  • US Bank Arena, Riverbend, Bogarts, etc
  • Contemporary Art Center also has the occasional concert

    Arcade Legacy is popular amongst redditors, they moved to Cincinnati Mills Mall, haven't checked out the new location yet, but they have $10 all you can play, plus a large selection of music and games that are very reasonably priced.

    MPMF Indie Summer Series is going on now. Every Friday on Fountain Square there's live music, 3 bands each night, and sometimes they have really good tunes. My highlights from last year were Pomegranates and These United States.

    If you like stargazing, or just want to be able to see stars, I recommend Stone Lick State Park. It's about 50 minutes East of Cincy, and the park is a dark sky site, so there's not much light pollution and you can see the sky much better than you can in the burbs or the city. I've got a pair of these Celestron binoculars, you can see some incredible stuff on a clear night.

    That's all I've got off the top of my head. Cheers!

    *Edit: Final Friday's in OTR/Cincy, most of the galleries have stuff going on [wine & cheese], same thing with a lot of the bars. Second Saturday in Northside is the same deal. Going to gallery openings is fun because you can feel fancy, see some good art (sometimes), and drink free booze.
u/Polderty · 2 pointsr/pics

I have been reasonably happy with these. But I use them for looking at "stars".

u/Bob_Sacomano · 2 pointsr/askscience

My girlfriend bought me these for my birthday earlier this year. I bring them everywhere I go - especially when I have the opportunity to escape the light pollution barriers of the cities.

I highly recommend downloading Stellarium for you computer, or Google Sky for the android phones. (I'm sure iPhone has something similar). With this tool, you have an interactive star map you can use from anywhere. You can even track satellites!

With high powered binoculars like mine, or larger Newtownian / Cassegrain scopes, my favorite things to look at in the sky are (you can use stellarium or google sky to find them):

  • Jupiter and its moons (you can see 4 clear as day, but there are 64 in total!)
  • Betelgeuse (top left corner red star in Orion)
  • The Orion nebula (about where the right thigh is)
  • The moon of course (you can get lost in all of the craters and shadows)
  • Andromeda
  • Pleides (M45)
  • Omega Centauri
u/sew_butthurt · 2 pointsr/pics

Awesome! Good on you for parenting and teaching the beauty of the natural world. If you've never tried stargazing with binoculars, I highly recommend it.

I have these, they're cheap and a pain in the ass to get focused, but once that's done they're incredible:

u/ddevil63 · 2 pointsr/Astronomy

I've seen these recommended and it's what I plan on getting. Celestron SkyMaster 15x70

u/prbphoto · 2 pointsr/photography

Here's my revised advice, get this telescope and this adapter.

I'm not thrilled with the aperture value (f7.8 or something at 1000mm) but it does come with cheap German Equatorial mount. You can use the finder piece and the mount controls to manually track stars and planets. I believe the German Equatorial mount, if my memory serves me correctly, can be set to various angles so that you will only have to adjust one knob to track any body in the sky (as opposed to having to turn two knobs like an etch-a-sketch to track).

Long exposures are needed to photograph planets, stars, galaxies, etc. You'll want the tracking ability, even if it is done manually.

u/pawned79 · 2 pointsr/HuntsvilleAlabama

I just bought a Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope for my family. We've looked at the moon, Mars, and Venus. It can imagine the rings of Saturn, but I haven't had a chance yet. I'm going to buy this phone/tablet mounting bracket so I can take pictures through the scope.

u/phylogenik · 2 pointsr/space

My grandpa mentioned recently wanting a telescope to play around with so I sent him this one a few days ago when I saw it for ~$60 on sale (not bought on Amazon though). He's told me he's managed to resolve some of Jupiter's and Saturn's moons with just the eyepiece and tripod and everything else that came with the telescope, and pictures of planets taken with the scope from some of the reviews seem decent enough, though obviously nowhere near as good as the OP's (and from the review the former picture is technically long-exposure and using a fancy tripod, so not quite what you're eye would see).

u/dizzyvonblue · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Microscope Somewhat random, but I want it for a weird reason. To inspect sperm, yup.

Never did one. Laxative cupcakes would be hilarious.

I have a fish tattoo on my left foot and it looks like it has a wiener.

u/DomoFTW · 2 pointsr/microgrowery
u/CantThinkofaGoodPun · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

If your provide pictures of the plant then people can guess.

if you cant get pictures of the trichomes then any answer someone gives you will be a guess.

amazon has a few cheap options you should look into if you really want an accurate assessment of your plants time till harvest.

hope this helps.

u/PotatoAcid · 2 pointsr/chefknives

What you want is a microscope, something that provides 50x or higher magnification. This thing from amazon apparently works well. There are cheaper options from China, but the reviews aren't as favorable. You can try something like this if don't want USB connectivity.

u/sharinghisstupidity · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

My hands are shaky too, this is what I have:

So looks like a much different type from yours. I just press mine down onto my desk to steady it.

u/Te55_Tickle5 · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

Anything with a magnification from 40-100x. They are easiest to see in the dark so the magnifier would need a light. this is what you want. Other things will work but that'll be the easiest to see things accurately with.

u/AdventurousAtheist · 2 pointsr/Astronomy

I've been searching for a telescope too lately. I'm a newbie, but what I'm finding out is that a lot of people really recommend the Orion XT6.

It has a 6" aperture so it collects a lot of light and is able to see a lot of distant and faint objects such as nebulae and galaxies. If you think your son is really into astronomy it might be worth is since a lot of people, even experienced amateur astronomers seem to keep these around. The advantage here is seeing distant objects and planetary ones as well as learning how to navigate the sky. The disadvantages being no go-to setup, it's larger size, and it's a little more pricey. Worse case scenario you could always resell it used and lose a little out of it.

However if you think it might be a phase your son is going through it might be advantageous to go with a "Go-To" computerized type scope. The advantage is it is easier to use, but the cons are the increased costed for the computerization, small aperture (loss in the ability to see distant objects), and not really learning the sky since the computer does it for you. The advantages being a smaller size and less learning involved to enjoy the skies.

Also, check out craigslist. I've been keeping an eye on there and there was a guy selling an Orion XT6 in good condition for only $190.

u/AirbagEject · 2 pointsr/telescopes

While it's not directly related to the telescope, if you are buying from amazon the Orion 27193 XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope and Beginner Barlow Kit isn't going to be in stock for another 3 weeks.

In my opinion you will not be missing much to get the one without the additional barlow lens+red light.

Instead I would spend that extra $20 the way u/schorhr's recommended to me by buying the book, Turn Left at Orion. It is an awesome book that teaches you a ton about all different aspects of astronomy including what you can see in a telescope, and where/when you can find it.

u/Aleforge · 2 pointsr/telescopes

If you don't mind tossing a bit more money on it this might be a better purchase if you want to keep things on the cheaper end.

Orion SkyQuest XT6

u/globeheadscience · 2 pointsr/flatearth

I actually just used my cell phone camera, but with the help of an Orion XT6. I've been getting into astrophotography a bit recently, but I still need a few parts before I can start taking really nice pictures.

u/DrunkenEffigy · 2 pointsr/Physics

Comes highly recommended as one of the best affordable stater telescopes. I can throw my own personal experience behind that.

I'll check out James Web, thanks.

u/aaronguitarguy · 2 pointsr/space

This Orion has great reviews. I have a Skywatcher myself, which is slightly more expensive. Of course you can also go the second hand route, just have to take a good look at the state of the primary and secondary mirrors.

u/themarinebiologist · 2 pointsr/Astronomy

Thanks for posting back. Is this the telescope that you were talking about?

Anything you can tell me about it would be helpful. My dad has wanted a telescope for years and I really want to find the perfect one. Thanks!

u/ieGod · 2 pointsr/space

Personally I'd get a dobsonian; more bang for your buck, but equatorial tracking can be pretty expensive with them. Without modifications though, you could get a sweet 8" scope for not very much.

u/vlmodcon · 2 pointsr/

I would say the best way to start in observing is to buy a simple Dobsonian telescope and a couple of Star catalogues. What you're looking for is the ability to gather a lot of light, not necesarilly magnification. Something like this will reveal many, many things:

Once you learn, and find you really enjoy it, then you might look at more expensive scopes or astrophotography. But the first fun...and it is fun, is to simply use your own eyes and hands to control a simple scope that gathers a lot of light. Good luck. If you have other questions please write me.

u/russell_m · 2 pointsr/askastronomy

If you feel like reading on your own, over at /r/astrophotography we have a pretty comprehensive Wiki geared toward helping you figure out which scope works for you. Keep in mind though it's with imaging in mind and not just basic observing.

Orion is a quality manufacturer, their gear is used pretty widely across the board with amateurs and enthusiasts for observation and astrophotography.

The first thing you need to do is have real expectations, all the cool space shots you see are always done with long exposures, usually stacked. This means that your camera sensor is opened up to accept a a lot of photons over a longer period of time, the resulting image ends up in way more detail and contrast than you would get with just viewing through the eyepiece. If you scroll down toward the bottom of this you'll see some comparisons of what you can expect to see.

If you don't plan on imaging, you essentially want the largest aperture scope you can afford, this will be a reflector like the one you linked. However I would look for a Dobsonian mount instead of a equatorial (tripod mount). You can get an 8" Reflector for just about $400. But this is a big footprint scope, heavier and not totally easy to tote around frequently. This is kind of a catch-22 because the way you will get the most out of this scope is to bring it to the darkest area possible, up into the mountains like you mentioned would be ideal.

A couple good examples would be either M31 (Andromeda) or M42 (Orion Nebula) both large and fairly distinct objects, M42 is actually the closest Nebula to us and that's one of the reasons it's so widely photographed and viewed. Andromeda with a 8' Reflector at a dark site would yield you something like this. On the other hand, an image from user /u/kindark with a less powerful scope but multiple stacked exposures was able to produce this. The former is more what you can expect to actually see.

u/acangiano · 2 pointsr/Astronomy

> I am looking for a really good telescope that is between 100 to 150 dollars...200 would be pushing it. Does anyone have any good recommendations?

There is no "really good" telescope within your budget. An 8" Dobsonian would be ideal but it costs $330. Stretching your budget a little you could get a 4.5" one for $230.

u/boogiemantm · 2 pointsr/Astronomy

Dobsonian is a type of mount - which is of the style: Alt-azimuth opposed to the other popular style: Equatorial
You can read about the differences here:

In short, Dobsonian style mounts are designed to be stable and easy to use but they're not ideal for long term tracking of objects in the sky for the use in say astrophotography. I would recommend this type for a beginner just because I find it easier to understand and use. It is also one of the cheaper solutions. Most Equatorial style mounts with a good telescope will cost you a good deal more than $300.

As for the 6" mirror. It's really quite simple. The bigger the mirror, the more light it collects and the better the image will be. Besides overall quality of the telescope, location, pollution, etc.. bigger is ALWAYS better. 6" is a good starting point. the XT8 (8" version) of the same maker is also a good choice, but would cost you a bit more than $300 - coming in at around $350 + accessories / shipping.

Take a look at these pictures:

Taken from a XT8. they will give you an idea of what you'll be able to see with these telescopes.

u/rhennigan · 2 pointsr/Astronomy

According to the OP this was taken with an XT8, which is a very modestly priced telescope:

u/Somali_Pir8 · 1 pointr/space

> Celestron SkyMaster 15x

These guys?

What would be the next higher binoculars? I could easily swing something more expensive than $55.

u/SurlyTurtle · 1 pointr/Astronomy

I have a pair of these and like them just fine. Not sure if these were the ones mentioned in the previous thread, but the "somewhat heavy"" and "best with a tripod" descriptions would apply to these.

u/GuidoZ · 1 pointr/space

It appears a tripod isn't a necessity, but certainly makes for better viewing. Here's an Amazon review discussing this fact:

>My first night out under dark skies with these binoculars was a terrific experience. In ninety minutes of observing I had great views of M36, M37, M38, M44, M50, easily saw the Trapizium in Orion's nebula, saw the Andromeda galaxy and it's companions streaching across 75% of my FOV. It had taken me two observing sessions with my 5" reflector to find M33, with the Binoculars I found it in two minutes, M81 and 82 were also easy.
>All this and I don't even have a tripod yet. I may well spend more time with the 15 X 70's than I do with my telescope.

u/sharkfrog · 1 pointr/Astronomy

There are some great links on the side about choosing a first scope. Your best bet would be to buy some binoculars first and learn the night sky. You'd be surprised how much you can see with something like this, and you'll still use them when you move up to a telescope. As far as telescopes are concerned I see these recommended again and again for beginner scopes.

u/LemonMellon · 1 pointr/ISRO

Dude, like the other used said, a good pair of binoculars are much better than low end telescopes. You get better optics, and larger aperture. The only place where binoculars might lag is magnification. That being said, I own a pair of Celestron 15x70 which I'd recommend to anyone in a heartbeat. They're brilliant to get started with, not much set up involved(except collimation, that's easy but), and I even managed to get a glimpse of saturn's rings recently!

u/Captain-Peacock · 1 pointr/perth

I got these before they stopped shipping to Aus, amazing for the money, can see the moon clearly! ( in AUD plus delivery around $120)

Looking to upgrade to 25 x 100 even more powerful.

u/TheLastOne0001 · 1 pointr/funny

As an armature astronomer my self this is good advice OP. You will want something big lenses in the front (aperture) to collect lots of light and you want good optical quality so you can see as much detail as possible. I recommend something with a prism built in. I have these and they work great.

u/acepincter · 1 pointr/space

Here you go! My $50 pair.

Large, Crisp and bright enough that the moon's terminator can be seen to ripple with the relative depth of the terrain. Also, will amaze you during the day - I had no idea there were that many birds in the sky at seemingly all times!

However, don't expect the planets to be more than bright blobs. For that kind of detail a telescope is the only way to go. These Binocs are good for watching animals/people other things at great distance though.

u/bearadox · 1 pointr/Astronomy

I would invest $50-100 in a good pair of binoculars before you invest even more in a telescope. Telescopes are much more stable and customizable (namely in terms of changing the eyepieces/magnification), and you'll be able to pick out details like the rings of Saturn which you won't get from binoculars. However, they require a larger investment, more setup time, and are not nearly as portable (a big deal if you want to do some stargazing on a hiking trip). They're also just more complicated to use, at least at first.

A few years back I purchased some Skymaster 15x70 binos. They are quite powerful and work well on a tripod. However, there have been systemic issues with the lenses falling out of alignment over time. This can be fixed by adjusting a few screws (you can Google it), so if you don't mind a bit of mechanical work I can recommend them.

u/plastic_apollo · 1 pointr/starparty

If I could bother you again, I'm looking at both of these binoculars and am trying to decide, based on the specs, which one I should get, but I'm mainly relying on the reviews to guide me and was wondering, if you had a moment, if you could recommend one or the other:


Sorry to be a pain if you're busy!

u/BioTechDude · 1 pointr/Astronomy These get good reviews for their price-point. They are a bit large to hand-hold though. Look to add a camera tripod rated at 6lb+ to hold the binoculars. Something like this kit.

u/kofrad · 1 pointr/Astronomy

Corrent me if I'm wrong but aren't the ones in your link the same as these?

Thanks for the link though, I think the detailed specifications just sold me on it. Being in Florida and planning on primarily star-gazing near a canal the water proofing definitely stands out to me. The lifetime warranty even more.

u/TopNFalvors · 1 pointr/Astronomy

What price range are you looking at? I recently did some research and found the following:

Garrett Gemini 15x70 LW

Oberwerk 11x70mm and 15x70mm Fully Multi-coated Giants

Celestron SkyMaster Giant 15x70 Binoculars

u/feynbear · 1 pointr/exmuslim

Unreal Developer's Kit. It's Epic's game engine, free to download, but if you sell any games made with it, you either have to purchase a license or give epic a percentage of all profits.

As far as telescopes go, if you can look to go to some sort of star party first to get an idea of what does what. A lot of people opt to start off with a good set of binoculars until they get their celestial body finding chops to a point that they can get the full enjoyment of the more expensive stuff.

This was my first star gazing purchase

The club I'm a part of has an observatory in a park with a 16 inch telescope. Those will run you about 10,000 USD. Portability is also a big issue, especially if you live in a city. A lot of people opt to buy an 8inch scope after the binoculars, as its a good improvement, and is still manageable size wise. Those will cost closer to the USD $500 range not including the costs of different eye pieces you'll need. I really recommend looking into a local club if interested, they can really help out, and you can test the equipment so you won't have to go into it blindly. Also there are other directions you can go into - some members are into solar astronomy, others radio astronomy and some are more interested in astrophysics than star gazing.

u/flannell · 1 pointr/pics

Son of a bitch. Just bought Celestron 71009 purely on this post. Damn it! The kids will have to starve!

u/axstoro · 1 pointr/Astronomy

The Celestron 15x70. they had Prime shipping when I got them.

u/bravo_delta · 1 pointr/Astronomy

In in the same boat as you. But I did purchase these with the recommendation from another Redditor. I'm waiting for them to arrive.

Also look up the Astroscan telescope. It's about $250 and suppose to be really good.

u/SwordOfStone · 1 pointr/astrophotography

This will be a really broad question but here goes...

What is the best starter telescope I can get? I have literally nothing right now. No camera, no mount, no scope, nothing. I want to get into the hobby, but I just want to make sure I spend my money the best way possible without spending a fortune.

Was looking at the Celestron 127EQ but from what I understand is you can't take photos with it.

Edit: I'd like to be able to see planets like mars, jupiter, and saturn with some good quality.

u/Seven65 · 1 pointr/space

I sent op's image to my brother, who has a Celestron 127eq. He said he's seen Saturn similar to the image on the left, not quite as good. He's also been able to see a couple of Jupiter's moons.

Not as nice as OP's scope, but it will get you looking at planets, and might be easier to aspire to.

u/call_me_cthulhu_ · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. I don't expect you to gift me this, I'm just linking it because its the telescope that's been on my wish list. feel free to share yours after so I can compare :D

  2. I'm going to guess you'll have $8.15 left over
u/Poorrusty · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I think you should buy this And I know it's more than $50. But, after having purchased a very similar scope within the last few weeks, I wish I had gotten it sooner. It is so much fun going out after dinner and looking at the stars, reminding me that, although I feel so small and insignificant sometimes, maybe someone, something, out watching me the same way, feeling the same things. And I don't feel so alone after all. Not so mention being able to see something so vast, so spectacular...a little closer and sharper. Treat yourself. It's worth it.

u/Tokyo_Jones · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

For looking at the moon, you really don't need something crazy expensive. You could get a small dobsonian type like this for some good moon views. If you wanted to get more into looking at planets or nebulas you would want to go bigger. The one I was using to get this shot was a 10inch dobsonian which was around $600.

u/BrotherManard · 1 pointr/astrophotography


I'm a complete noob to amateur astronomy. I once had a cheap refractor telescope as a kid, but it's long broken. I'm currently looking to get a new one, primarily for the purposes of stargazing, but perhaps further down the line take some photographs (issue is I don't have a camera, nor am I sure I will get one). I'm more interested in viewing deep field objects, but as I understand it, the only way to do so is through long exposure with a camera (?).

I'm currently looking at a few different models:

Celestron NexStar 4 SE Telescope -this one being the absolute limit of my budget

Celestron 21035 70mm Travel Scope

Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope

From what I've gotten from the 'What Telescope?' post, I need to choose between deep field and planetary viewing. What will I be able to see with my eyes, versus a camera?

u/vasundhar · 1 pointr/Astronomy

Astronomers without Borders have some amazing telescopes and least expensive
Don't go for a high end one , just pick a beginners

Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope

Gskyer Telescope, AZ70400 German Technology Astronomy Telescope, Travel Refractor

Don't worry about the books for now, once you trigger interest he will do his own research on the web.

Feel free to reach me if you need any help.

All the best

u/PharmerRob · 1 pointr/Astronomy

If she loses interest, I won't. So I think I am going to go ahead and start with a scope. Is something like this any good

u/viciouspictures · 1 pointr/space

I am buying my son this telescope for Christmas. I hear good things, and it falls within your budget. Our goals are to see lots of Moon craters and check in on Saturn and other planets.

u/ziasaur · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Wow seriously??

Does it come with any carying case type of thing? I'm hoping for a backpack-style one so i can load it in the car easily

this one looks badass , but it again comes down to not really knowing much on the difference O:

u/1ncehost · 1 pointr/telescopes

Hey, great idea introducing your cousin to astronomy! His first views through a telescope may be times he remembers for the rest of his life. :)

You may want to try Amazon's International Shipping section. It has a lot of well priced scopes!

Here is my pick for your budget:

That scope is good enough to see details on the planets (jupiter's clouds, saturn's rings) and a lot of the brighter deep space objects (nebulas, clusters, galaxies). If you go out to the country, you'll be able to see a lot of fainter objects, perhaps up to around magnitude 10.

Hope it works out!

u/CMDRflon · 1 pointr/EliteDangerous

This. my Dad got it for Me, its also why I recently purchased this.

u/FatalErection · 1 pointr/AskReddit

The problem with all telescopes is they can get real expensive for a good one.

For the money and his age (in case he out grows his interest I'd start cheap).

This one would make for a half way decent beginner telescope without breaking the bank.

Also another thing I thought of for a young kid interested in astronomy is one of these.

I had a more primitive version of one of those things when I was a kid but would still stare at my ceiling for hours when I had it turned on.

u/lludson · 1 pointr/atheism
u/johnrkennedy · 1 pointr/pics

incase you're wondering. The Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor Telescope is the telescope I used. I bought it for them as a combined Mother's/Father's day gift. I also took a picture of Saturn. Looks better with your own eyes, but you can still see the basic shape

u/Anonymoushipopotomus · 1 pointr/microgrowery

I went with this one

Its a little small but does the job. USB microscopes are usually cheap too, and a large screen helps.

u/cdcox · 1 pointr/AskSciTech Some not bad advice in that thread. Let me second a stereo-microscope. The stereomicroscope in my lab is easily my favorite to play with. I'd start by reading this

I think something like this or something like this which are, as far as I can tell, modified dermatologist scopes, might be good for a 5th grader. (Reviews are pretty good indicators on this, though don't trust zoom numbers most zoom 20-30x and the rest is all digital.) I spent a summer volunteering at a place with something like these, they are fun. Also if you want something that doesn't take pictures but is a pretty neat field scope you should check out, this, this, or this (note, jeweler loupes do not have lights built in). If you want something kind of medium range, most sites recommend Celestron scopes as pretty good. If you really want a compound microscope (and you know how to operate a microscope, I can't emphasize this enough, otherwise it will not work!) this is recommended by the microscope buying guide. (Also as someone else said, you will run out of stuff to look at pretty fast with a compound scope.) Though that site has a number of nice compound microscopes.

u/indigobud · 1 pointr/microgrowery

I personally think you would leave yourself disappointed if you harvested now. Your buds will still most likely swell larger (increasing your yield). You also definitely need to get a microscope to check the trichomes and see if they're ready. I have harvested early before and comparing effects to a properly harvested plant you'd be missing out greatly!

I use a microscope similar to this:

Info on when to harvest:

u/mybotanyaccount · 1 pointr/microgrowery

one of these and my phone camera through the scope. Ghetto but it worked 😝

u/DoomsdayHoliday · 1 pointr/microgrowery

> Nirvana NL

Same here too. I am in week eight with mine, but had some setbacks, so I count in an extra week or two. Already started flushing. We are almost there, you are closer to harvesting than I am and I also hate to wait for that. The trichomes are all clear on mine, can't clearly say that with yours tbh. -Pic- for guideline. And what I use to check the trichomes.

u/hydro613 · 1 pointr/microgrowery

when you say electronic do you mean USB? This is what I have

I just tried taking a small piece off the plant and that helped a whole lot

u/thrwawyandburn · 1 pointr/microgrowery

A microscope is exactly what you want.
You can also get a super cheap - i'm talking less than ten dollars - microscope or loupe just for this.

something like this - they make even cheaper ones. You don't need a anytign fancy at all

u/duhblow7 · 1 pointr/microgrowery

Best way is to get a 20x scope. Something like this will work fine.

You can even get a jewelers loupe which is even cheaper.

The trichs convert from THC to CBD's. A higher ratio of THC to CBD will give a more cerebal "head" type of high. A higher ratio of CBD to THC will create a more body type of high. The first is more like a sativa and the second will resemble more of an indica. I believe that 40% amber gives a good representation of what the plant is.

u/ortl · 1 pointr/microgrowery

Is this what you are talking about:

I am about to purchase it. Are you satisfied with it? Typically I read negative reviews right before I buy something. The negative reviews made this seem rather difficult to use.

u/starmandan · 1 pointr/telescopes

As mentioned in a previous post, most scopes in this price range on a tripod will not provide pleasing views. If you want to see things with as much clarity and detail as possible, you need to get a Dobsonian telescope and get the largest aperture (the diameter of the telescope) as you can afford. This scope will be your best bet within your budget.

u/dadkab0ns · 1 pointr/Astronomy

Just have Takahashi custom build you one of these for ~$300,000 (yes, that's a 12" apochromat)

And you'll be all set :D

On a more serious note, I would take the time to save up to $350-400 dollars. That might be easier said than done, but it opens up a solid class of telescopes for you that will be more rewarding and enjoyable to use.

As others have said, an 8" dobsonian is perfect for a beginner. It's easy to use, easy to set up, and gives excellent aperture for your dollar. Great general-purpose telescope.

If you want to stay at $300, then an Orion 6" SkyQuest Classic is a solid purchase:

u/thebrownser · 1 pointr/Astronomy

For the planets viewing from your backyard will be fine because they are very bright, but for most DSO's you will need to go to a dark spot, use this

Id go with a 6 inch dobsonian because you have the aperature to see DSOs but is small enough that you can actually take it to a dark site where you can view them.

Now for eyepieces:
You take the focal length of the scope, and divide it by the focal length of the eyepiece and you get the magnification it will provide.
For example the 6" scope I linked has a focal length of 1200mm, so with a 10 mm eyepiece you will get 120x.

Tthe best views of the planets are going to to be about 180-200x when you factor in seeing conditions and having to adjust the scope for the planets moving(move faster at higher mags).
For DSOs you want to use lower magnifications because they are very faint, so you will want from 40-100 depending on what you are looking at.
The orion sirius plossl eyepieces I have give great crisp clear images so im sure you will be happy with them, and they are not very expensive at about 40-50 each.
Barlows basically double your scopes focal length, so when used with an eyepiece it doubles the magnification. They effectively double your eyepiece collection so consider them when you are picking eyepieces.
Also download it is free and will teach you the constellations and will show you how to find anything you want.

Edit: also learn to collimate whatever scope you get or else you wont see anything good.

u/weeniehut · 1 pointr/telescopes

So right now I'm deciding between these three telescopes, including the ones you recommended (thanks!).

Do you think that these are reasonable deals and prices?

u/ajamesmccarthy · 1 pointr/askastronomy

Based on the very little info you provided (and my advice for most amateurs) I'd recommend a dobsonian, because you will get the most bang for your buck if you're willing to spend some time learning the sky, and in the short term you will be able to see planets and the moon very clearly. You save money with a dobsonion because the technology is very simple-  it is essentially just a long metal tube, with two mirrors mounted on a simple pressboard mount. What you save on simplicity, you can put towards aperture. The aperture does two things- it allows more light to enter your eye allowing you to see fainter objects (such as nebula, galaxies, etc), and increases the highest useful magnification of the scope, which is better for planetary viewing. Overall, bigger= better so long as the optics are decent.  
One of the advantages of the dobsonian telescopes is the simple movements- it has an Altazimuth mount. That means there are two perpendicular axes for the mount, a vertical and a horizontal. It makes pointing the thing incredibly easy. "Equatorial" mounts are much less intuitive, they are set up to follow the arc of the sky and have adjustments that move the scope in counterintuitive ways. These mounts are much better for photography, but for simple viewing they are cumbersome in my opinion.
The disadvantage to the dobsonian is the lack of a motorized mount and the lack of a goto system (unless you spend much, much more). This means you will have to learn the sky, and once your skills improve, you will never be able to use this scope to photography deep sky objects. However, since they are so handy for quick viewing, even if you move on to different equipment, the scope will still be useful. I still use mine for photographing planets even though I have upgraded to an SCT, and just last week I used it to photography the International space station.

Anyways- so you can benchmark your price for this, here's a link to the amazon page for an Orion 6" dobsonian.  It's about the least amount you can spend without being disappointed by the scope as your hobby develops. If you can swing it- spend a bit more and get an 8" or 10". There are entire reddit communities devoted to this hobby you can check out, a lot of great advice about equipment there. The first link is good for someone that's on a budget, the second is good if you're curious about astrophotography.

u/mjbehrendt · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Thanks. I spend a fair amount of both time and money on my hobby.

The scope I linked is a fairly good starter scope. The mount may look a little intimidating but is easy to get the hang of. A similar telscope on a simpler mount is called a Dobsonian. They are very easy mounts to use. Here is a good example of a decent starter dobsonian. I would recomend getting a free program called Stellarium for pc/mac/linux. That is a great way to start.


u/lempson · 1 pointr/space

I got this one for my kids this Christmas, Pretty reasonable price and I can clearly make out the Cloud bands on Jupiter and the 4 Galilean moons. I guess I will find out about being able to see the spot and the shadows later this month. If I knew then what I know now I would have kicked in the extra $$ for the XT6...

This was a great resource for me in trying to sort out how to best spend my money.

u/molinasnecktat · 1 pointr/photography

this one right here. I just didn't know exactly what i need. When i google it i find so much information

u/TEAgaming2154 · 1 pointr/furry_irl

I have that sticker on my telescope. To be specific, this one:

u/NV5E · 1 pointr/telescopes

If you're locked into purchasing from Amazon, you have these options for an 8" dob:

$390 but out of stock until August 4th:

u/OdySea · 1 pointr/Astronomy

What budget are we talking here? On virtually every astronomy sub/site you'll find this little beauty being recommended.

u/Transill · 1 pointr/space

Check out Orion's 8 inch dobsonian reflector telescope. Its on wheels so you can roll it in and out of your home easily and they have a sale every year before xmas for around 3-400 bucks. I have their astro 90mm refractor and love it for its price and portability. One day ill grab that dobsonian too.

Edit: link for the telescope

u/I_Has_Internets · 1 pointr/space

You and others should look into buying a telescope and driving out to some dark skies to do some of your own observing. An 8" dobsonian like an Orion XT8 is affordable and allows you to see a lot of cool stuff. Join a local astronomy club too.

u/Slugywug · 1 pointr/Astronomy

Imho it looks vastly overpriced for what it is - the standard 650mm FL celestron tube with a computer mount.

Better would be this

Or maybe a dobsonian

Also allow some room to buy some eyepieces

Check out the links in the side bar.

u/neon_overload · 1 pointr/aww

According to this, it's an Orion xt8 $350 and it's great for looking at the moon.

u/styliek · 1 pointr/telescopes


So I have been convinced not to go for the motorized telescope(as much as I like little motors going purr)

This has been recommended

and it beats this

Both are comfortably under budget, should I pick one or are there other Dobsonians around the €700 budget ?


u/tripped144 · 1 pointr/telescopes


Here's the XT8 plus (come's with better focuser and some extra things.

This is the Apertura AD8. It's pretty much the most recommended if you can afford it. It's the right size between being able to handle/portability (it's still huge though) and being able to see things. It's the one I wound up getting for my son/me. It comes with all the bells and whistles except some upgraded eyepieces, which you should get with any telescope you buy. I didn't want to put myself in the position of every time I pull out my telescope I would think "What if I had gotten the AD8..."

If you get the 6" in a light-polluted area, you'll wonder "What would this look like under some really dark skies??" If you get the 6" in a really dark sky area, you'll wonder "what would this look like with an 8"??"

u/LtChestnut · 1 pointr/telescopes

None of those are Dobsonians. Dobsonians are relfectors (Which is what they are) and a Dobsonian mount. Many people recommend the XT8. I personally have the skywatcher 6 inch dob

u/Cannon190 · 1 pointr/telescopes

Is orion xt8 similar to z8?
The prices are almost identical.

u/SwiglordGreg · 1 pointr/spaceporn

This is taken from my Samsung Galaxy S6 camera through an [Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope] (

u/holyshiznoly · 1 pointr/Astronomy

Okay gonna [order the XT8].(

And this as advised by another redditor, anything else I need besides maybe a case?

u/I_love_aminals · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I actually was just saying that I need a new wallet because mine is falling apart! I would love the normal sized wallet.

A telescope of course!

How were you able to volunteer in Thailand? I got into Peace Corps. So I wanted to know how other people's experiences volunteering abroad are.

u/DaulPirac · 1 pointr/telescopes

I have a common 700x76 so its fine if I cant really see much detail (of course I would like to upgrade but right now my only option for sky viewing is hiking). As long as I dont downgrade from there Im fine. I got a plossl 25mm lens which improved the quality a lot but it's still hard to distinguish much detail.

My current budget would be around a 100 dollars. Where I live (Argentina) things are pretty rough with inflation and basically anything like this costs almost twice as much when you make the conversions. I have a relative travelling to the US and they could pick up a scope like this for me. Of course I could simply hold on and save for the next occassion.

Nebulae is something I would love to see but I could never do it, probably due to the light pollution. I basically gave up on them thinking its impossible. Would I be able to see them with a refractor? Clusters and panning scross the sky also sounds good and kind of what I want to do.

Maybe I should get some binoculars instead but I would really like a telescope I can take on hikes and take some beginner pics with my phone, sorry for the link but something like this is what I had in mind:

u/skiptor · 1 pointr/telescopes

Am I blind or did Amazon just adjusted their pricing AND reduced it with a promo? Link

I swear I was looking at it just before I made this thread and it was 165$...

u/tglmnop · 1 pointr/GrowingMarijuana

Carson MicroBrite Plus 60x-120x LED Lighted Pocket Microscope

Just buy it.

u/Reggina_Pals · 1 pointr/Autoflowers

Carson MicroBrite Plus 60x-120x LED Lighted Pocket Microscope

u/parsing_trees · 1 pointr/microgrowery

I use one of the 30x ones from this set, you could probably find one individually for $6 or so. 30x vs. 40x or 60x may not matter much for you. They're really common and there's nothing particularly special about that set. I already had them because they're also really useful for working with tiny electronics. :) It works to hold it to the lens on my phone, too.

When I started growing cannabis I tried getting one of the adjustable hand microscopes, but I found it much harder to use that the loupes I already had unless I cut buds off the plant and held them flat.

u/Newtoogrowing · 1 pointr/outdoorgrowing

I was looking at one that I didn’t need to drag a computer out to my plants. Is something like this ok?

u/MarijuanaConnoisseur · 1 pointr/microgrowery

I bought a pocket microscope, but its a double A battery instead of a USB, and it does a better job of showing the actual trichome heads clearly than any other handheld I've had.

u/WilliamBott · 1 pointr/CRH

I use a 30x/60x loupe with LED lighting. Super cheap and does a fine job. Loupe $11 now, same as when I bought it.

For coins or anything I need a finer, more stable look at, I use a 60x-120x LED-lit microscope. Microscope $13 now, bought it for $6.60 a couple years ago.

u/DevIceMan · 1 pointr/HotPeppers

Looks like edema. Typically means you're watering too much. The pepper plant cant get rid of the excess water, and you end up with those bumps on the undersides of the leaves, in particular close to the stems.

If you want to be sure, get a cheap handheld microscope, like this one: link.

The 'cure' is typically watering less. Unfortunately, I'm growing hydroponically, so that's not really an option for my case, but if you're growing in soil, water less - don't let it dry out completely - but peppers do well in soil that is a bit on the dryer side.

u/DonFazool · 1 pointr/Autoflowers

I went with one of these :

Thanks for the tips. I think this will be much easier for me

u/Ryidon · 1 pointr/mtgfinance

30x is the min. with a light.
I use this one that has up to 60x to 120x:

It helps you see some of the finer details and its under 15.

u/BurntB · 1 pointr/microgrowery

I just hooked up this one for the first time tonight. Seemed pretty easy to get good shots of the trichromes.

u/liltoomuchweight · 1 pointr/microgrowery

Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand for Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 250x Magnification)

u/876watts · 1 pointr/Autoflowers

It's pretty awesome. I was on the fence until I actually tried it out. So much easier than a jewelers loupe.

plugable microscope

u/ThatUserIsNotHere · 1 pointr/coins

If you can, get one of these and post a magnified image of the S/8 to fully confirm it's not PMD/modified/actually an S.

u/inthepixelforest · 1 pointr/3Dprinting

it's just a cheap usb microscope i grabbed off amazon, link here

it's not super great image quality but it does the job and has proven handy when trying to diagnose stuff with the prints.

u/MrGoopz · 1 pointr/microgrowery

I'll check back tonight when I get home from work but I got it on Amazon per the recommendation of someone on this subreddit.

Actually I found it on my phone, here you go:

Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand for Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 10x-250x Magnification)

Just saw the 2nd question. I tried holding it but my hands are too unsteady. I typically bring my plants into my computer room and stick the mic to a large jar that I can position around the plant to get pics of different buds.

u/editfate · 1 pointr/Autoflowers

Sure thing. Its called Plugable USB 2.0 Microscope for about 35 bucks. If you want to start seeing things at a cellular level I've heard you need about 400x. My 2 year old daughter loves looking at the images the USB scope makes and I won't lie, it's kind of fun to do! I recommend it to anyone who is tired of trying to use a jewlers loup. For about 35 bucks I feel like I'm getting something that isn't pro quality but should last a little while.

u/deadgalaxies · 1 pointr/NatureIsFuckingLit

I was here to ask the same question. I'm gonna order one of these and hope it works out. Recommendations welcome if anyone knows anything about digital microscopes.

u/SpacemanTy · 1 pointr/microgrowery

grabbed this microscope of Amazon. 250x zoom 2MP for like 35 bucks

u/jayann · 1 pointr/microgrowery

Thank you! I use this which comes with a software that lets you do movies, stills or timed shots:

u/dbmeed · 1 pointr/chefknives

This is the one I was thinking about:

Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand for Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 250x Magnification)

It’s a bit cheaper on, but there are plenty of others if you just search for USB microscope, then pick something with 4 stars or better

u/Lucipurrrrrrr · 1 pointr/microgrowery

Plugable USB 2.0 Digital Microscope with Flexible Arm Observation Stand for Windows, Mac, Linux (2MP, 250x Magnification)

It doesnt zoom... At least how im using it but it does have a focus which is nice. Easy to use and take pics. I dont use the stand it comes with, just hand held

u/420ThrowAway9000 · 1 pointr/microgrowery
u/howtoweed · 1 pointr/microgrowery
u/WackyXaky · 1 pointr/Jarrariums

amazon link. I wouldn't recommend this one (difficult to adjust the lens without moving the slide, not particularly powerful), but it is cheap.

u/Youarethebigbang · 1 pointr/coins

I don't own one yet but I've got my eye on this one since I want something fairly inexpensive and easy to use for my first purchase:

It's only 2mp and uses a flexible arm to hold it instead of a sturdy, straight stand so not sure how great is for photography. I think I'm going to use it mainly for viewing a lot of coins vs. photographing a few ones so might fit the bill.

But if I'm being honest, I hope I can get cool pics as well :)

u/zenthrowaway17 · 1 pointr/buildapc

I would be a little worried about the storage size.

You can always buy an HDD later, but you could also buy an HDD now and buy an SSD later.

Depends on your friend's needs and when you might have an extra ~£40. But there are a lot of big PC games to consider.

Also, have you asked your friend about the case and fans?

That's probably the only part I wouldn't want to pick out for someone else without their help, just because personal taste can be so different. They might even like the look of something that's cheaper.

Overall though, looks very good!

If you decide you want to go for a slightly higher quality PSU, consider a Corsair CX450M or a be quiet! Pure Power 10 CM, both of which are also semi-modular.

u/Curty176 · 1 pointr/buildapc is this the PSU you think i should get? if so i might get the 550 watt version just to be safe since i'll be upgrading my build more soon.

Also i think i'm gunna get the Corsair 270R since it looks cool. Thanks for the suggestions.

u/CainIsNotShit · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU | Intel Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor | £51.99 @ Ebuyer
Motherboard | ASRock B250M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard | £73.99 @ BT Shop
Memory | Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2400 Memory | £49.25 @ Amazon UK
Storage | Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive | £41.98 @ Amazon UK
Video Card | EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB SSC GAMING Video Card | £112.80 @ Alza
Case | BitFenix Nova ATX Mid Tower Case | £28.86 @ Aria PC
Monitor | Samsung S22D300HY 21.5" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor | £82.99 @ CCL Computers
| Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts |
| Total | £441.86
| Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-05-04 23:25 BST+0100 |

with this PSU

which will be about £492 total. Use the £8 to buy some generic mouse+keyboard on Ebay.

u/kcbrads · 1 pointr/pcmasterrace

I would highly recommend this one. It is modular so you don't have to have the extra cables if the case taking up room. I cant tell if it prime I am from the US bit i seams to have free shipping.

u/beardlessdeveloper · 1 pointr/buildapc

They don't sell the budget CPU you recommended, at least not at any merchant I recognise, in the UK. But when I went onto it on Amazon, it suggested the Corsair CP-9020101-UK. Would that work? And is there anything I should be looking for besides the watts?

My friend recommended the Zalman Z11, but I'm really just looking for a case that functions. Not bothered about lights or windows, so just a casual case would suit me.

And thanks for this!

u/Silver_Foxxx · 1 pointr/computers

It's not that your HDMI isn't working; your computer isn't working with the power supply you've installed.

You will need a four pin to eight pin adapter for the power supply to work. Take a careful look at the item and make sure it'll fit your power supply before you buy anything. You don't have to buy this item, but something similar will do.

Don't buy power supplies that haven't been reviewed by professionals. When you look at power supply reviews read the conclusion first to save some time. If the power supply looks promising, and it's recommended then read the review. And make sure the power supply will work for you as is.

This website says your power supply is 200 Watts.

It would probably be best to return the power supply if at all possible and get something a bit more reliable.

u/FireMochiMC · 1 pointr/buildapc

That's better, grey label is literally a grey label

This one should fit your case perfectly fine if the case fits atx psus which it should

u/tariqazad · 1 pointr/buildapc

Hey guys, I've had my build running for a couple of weeks now. I'm running a fairly simple home office PC (parts below), and am wondering if it's worth it for me to up the RAM frequency up to 3000mhz? I've unfortunately had a few BSOD's already (video tdr failure atikmpag.sys is the error code I get) and was just looking for a way to stop this from occurring


[PCPartPicker part list]( / [Price breakdown by merchant](




**CPU** | [AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor](

**Motherboard** | [Gigabyte - B450 I AORUS PRO WIFI Mini ITX AM4 Motherboard](

**Memory** | [Patriot - Viper 4 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory](

**Storage** | [Crucial - MX500 500 GB M.2-2280 Solid State Drive](

**Case** | [Thermaltake - Core V1 Mini ITX Desktop Case](

**Power Supply** | [Corsair CP-9020101-UK CX450M 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply Unit]( |

| *Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts* |

u/beardedone86 · 1 pointr/microgrowery

It'll require an app download if you use your phone.

u/YonseiHydro · 1 pointr/NoTillGrowery

Do you know what strength magnification would be needed to see the microbes? Literally looking at amazon right now lol. Do you think this would work?

u/korbin_w10 · 1 pointr/microgrowery

this is what I use
It’s hard to use but it’s cheap and it’s pretty decent

u/Rook_Castle · 1 pointr/microgrowery

Toss that loupe and get one of these units:

$3O CDN and it works amazing. Download an app, plug into your phone, get amazing pics.

I'm sick of making myself blind squinting into the loupe. This unit is worth every penny.

u/apeonpatrol · 1 pointr/GrowingMarijuana

what kind of scope or lens where you using to get your picture? this is what im using worth every penny

u/anal_bifurcation · 1 pointr/tressless

For $20 you can answer this question yourself. Buy a cheap digital microscope like this one on amazon:

Use it to go look at what your donor region looks like and compare that to the areas you are worried about.

u/ryfitz47 · 1 pointr/GrowingMarijuana

This one. It's fun. You can't focus, only zoom. But it takes great shots and is cheap.

Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android Linux

u/MassGootz · 1 pointr/druggardening

Better than the loup, you can get a 40x-1000x microscope that plugs into your cell phone for about $22 on Amazon. Ill try to find a link. Its great.
Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android Linux

u/OK405Grower · 1 pointr/OKmarijuana

Just grab a cheap microscope that you plug into your phone, they are around $20, here are some examples: - $23.99 - $22.99 - $20.99 - $19.98 - $19.87 - $17.99 - $17.77 - $17.14 - $15.99

u/Mas0n8or · 1 pointr/weedbiz

I've been having a blast with these dirt cheap macro cameras that plug right into your phone or computer

u/ThrobbinGoblin69 · 1 pointr/Ecosphere

I was skeptical how a microscope that cost less than the jar I had would work but I'm very surprised. It can plug into computers and androids. I recommend it for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the life inside your jar.

u/arcandor · 1 pointr/videos

Nice video! We did a science fair project using a cheap endoscope on amazon to get a similar zoom level. It's a ton of fun to see things up close!

Here's a (non affiliate) link to the one we used, there are a ton of similar ones too:

u/HerrFreitag · 1 pointr/mycology

I just got this one 2 weeks ago. Works great!
Dimensions 5.4 x 5.1 x 1.9 inches
Item Weight 7 ounces

u/I_Main_Bastion · 1 pointr/microgrowery

I just ended up going with this one -

Cheap and it seems to do the job.

u/imail724 · 1 pointr/vinyl

Yes, it is on a stand and has a built in light that can be adjusted to be brighter and darker. It is this one to be specific.

u/Fret_Bavre · 1 pointr/microgrowery
u/PM_ME_YOUR_GROOL_GRL · 1 pointr/microgrowery
u/Hobbit_Killer · 1 pointr/coins
u/gillius6 · 1 pointr/microgrowery

i like a nice chilled couch lock, great for films and munchies..

I got a cheap cam from amazon its abit dodgy while plugged in to your phone.. seems to disconnect alot, but seems ok while plugged in to your pc.

u/Shekh_ma_shieraki_an · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

My sister is 7 and pretty into learning so I got her things to try and keep that spirit alive. I bought her this telescope and a childrens book about celestial bodies. I also bought this for a girl about Isla's age for Christmas. I got to play with it in the store and it feels pretty awesome and never dries up.

Edit: Adela might be interested in the other things I got for my sister which were a Crayola crayon/marker maker, Bill Nye science books and this DohVinci thing

u/jaschac · 1 pointr/pics

I started with a Celestron FirstScope ( Very inexpensive - ~$40 - easy to use will get you some great sky viewing with no real effort or investment. It was enough to see if it was a hobby I'd really get into before I dropped serious money.

u/moon-worshiper · 1 pointr/space

It depends on how good the smart phone is, how much you want to do, if the camera has apps. Sony is introducing a 22MP CMOS camera chip for smart phones. This could be close to using a DSLR as the telescope camera.

That telescope is really low end, so it might be good for nature shots, the examples on the Amazon review page shows really blurry Moon shots, recognizable Jupiter.

u/pxsloot · 1 pointr/space

I had quite some fun with this Celestron and the extras.

u/Alililele · 1 pointr/space

i have this one
i'm happy when i see jupiter and its moons.

and i need a new DSLR. my minolta X500 is just too old.

u/mike413 · 1 pointr/

I got a VERY inexpensive starter scope ($40), the celestron firstscope and it's been great to get the family started. It's very portable too.

The only reason I broke the "get binoculars for your first telescope" rule is that I could point the scope, take my eye away and let the kids look.

But take this with a grain of salt, I'm still just starting out.

u/air28uk · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

niceEshop Mini 45X Microscope w/ Illuminator

i really like the anchor necklace in your wishlist!!

u/captainplantit · 1 pointr/microgrowery

If for nothing else other than the cool factor of watching your pistils develop, you should probably pick up a pocket scope. Here's one that looks pretty decent/cheap on amazon

u/BeesFlying · 1 pointr/cannabiscultivation

Hey, Im having trouble finding my other scope, but it looks similar to this one:

Anyway, best of luck in your search!

u/Andaroodle · 1 pointr/trees

or buy this cheap lil doo-dad and hold it up to your iphone lens. works for me!

u/swimmerboy89 · 1 pointr/microgrowery

Personally i feel the pistils are a terrible way to determine harvest, many different strains produce pistils in a variety of ways, my suggestion is to look at the trichs themselves and when most of them are milky white (not clear, and not amber) its time to harvest. Here is a link to a real cheap and effective jewelers loupe that i myself use, i love it and have about 5 of them, i keep one in my room, one in my bong bag, one in my stash jar ect.

Hope this helps bro

u/A-DubMicroGrower · 1 pointr/microgrowery

I bought this based on someone else's post and it works pretty well

u/chicimono · 1 pointr/trees

Hey guys! This is awesome! BUT check this out!

u/majoroutage · 1 pointr/buildapc

The only thing I can think of is an HDMI cable, if you need one. Not too many monitors come with those just yet. AmazonBasics has a nice cheap 2-pack.

u/Xathroz · 1 pointr/hometheater

Well, unless you have a 4K display and 4k source, just get the cheapest version 1.4 you can find.

Amazonbasics for example

u/JXC0917 · 1 pointr/xboxone

I already have all of this set up except for the XB1. Right now the switcher just goes into the TV. I've had it for about a month so I'll tell you my experience so far.

First off, here's the switcher I got. It's $87 but it's on sale for $34.99. That's why I got it all now, I couldn't pass that price up. Installation is really easy. In the picture you can see there are 5 numbered ports that you plug the devices into. There's one port for output. And, of course, a power input. The front has 5 LED's, one for each input. Whichever input you use is the LED that is currently lit. Also there's an LED to indicate that it's on. What isn't shown is the remote (I don't know why). It's very small. I'd say about 3"x2"x1/4". It takes one of those round watch batteries. It only has 8 buttons- 1 for power, 5 for inputs, 1 with a left arrow, 1 with a right arrow (for quick input switching). The IR detector is on the front next to the LED's. The switcher is black, so it blends in. It was very easy to set up and use, this coming from a guy that knows nothing about wiring things or any of that. If you can install a game console into a TV, you can install this thing. Basically, plug all your devices into the inputs via HDMI cable (if your device doesn't have one, look for an HDMI out port on it or a converter for the device). Then, plug an HDMI cable from the output of the switcher to the input of your TV and you're done. Just turn on your cable box, for example. Let's say it goes to input 1 on the switcher. Put the switcher on input 1, and the TV will show the picture. What I've been finding is if I have my cable box on in input 1, and I turn my xbox 360 on (in input 2), the switcher will automatically switch to input 2. However, when I turn the xbox off, it doesn't automatically go back to input 1 which is weird. Also, the LED's on the front are bright. I'm not kidding, it was somewhat blinding. Especially since the remote has to be pointed directly at the box, so you can't exactly hide it. I put a piece of black paper over it. It's dark enough to dim the light, but thin enough to still show what input I'm on. These are just some things to consider.

All in all, I love it, and I can't wait to use in on the XB1. It'll be great.

TL;DR: Mine was on sale for $35, but regularly is $87. No, setup is a breeze, even for a guy like me who knows nothing about wiring. If you can hookup your game console to your TV, you can hook up one of these.

EDIT: I'd also like to point out to anyone wondering, there's no lag caused by this at all. It's just like the XB1 passthrough. It doesn't do any upscaling of definition or anything like that.

u/rahlquist · 1 pointr/fireTV

I have soft restarted it from the menu. I have not powered it off by unplugging. As I menteiond, when I had the switchbox between the fire and the TV the resolution menu in the fire would tell me the display was not HDCP2.2 compliant. Once I removed the switch I replaced the hdmi cable with So there are only 4 devices hooked to the TV, HDMI 1 is the DirectvDVR which feeds through an Xbox one. HDMI 2 is the FireTV. and the Optical audio output is connected to a Vizio soundbar. Near as I can tell everything is correct, the FireTv just wont enable its menus.

From the manual;

> HDMI 2 (ver.2.0) – HDMI 2 houses a HDMI version 2.0 connection. Under
ultra HD 4K x 2K resolution this connection supports 60 Hz refresh rate and
HDCP 2.2. This HDMI also supports CEC (consumer electronics control)
function. HDMI connects to devices that use HDMI cable, such as Blu-ray or
HD DVD player, or HD cable / satellite set-top box. This connection port
receives pure digital audio and high definition signal through one single cable.
This port also can accept a HDCP video device for video.

>HDMI 1 (ver. 2.0 / MHL) – HDMI 1 houses a HDMI version 2.0 connection.
Under ultra HD 4K x 2K resolution this connection supports 60 Hz refresh
rate and HDCP 2.2. This HDMI also supports CEC (consumer electronics
control) functions. HDMI connects to devices that use HDMI cable, such as
Blu-ray or HD DVD player, or HD cable / satellite set-top box. This
connection port receives pure digital audio and high definition signal through
one single cable. This port also can accept a HDCP video device for video.

u/Scienlologist · 1 pointr/DIY

Just standard HDMI cables, just made sure they supported ARC. The wall plates are basically just a female to female adapter. These are the parts I used.

HDMI wall plate adapters x 2

HDMI cables

Double gang wall plate kit

Speaker wall mounts

Generally everything else was just off the shelf at Home Depot.

u/TBPT · 1 pointr/vinyl

is there any difference between these two amps?

and ??

they seem to be the same, one is in stock and one isnt and they are named a little bit differently? if they are different, what is different about them? thanks

u/Pahkk · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

The turntable I was looking at has a switch to go from phono output to line and includes RCA cables, would that be sufficient to go straight into the amp or is a preamp still needed? I was reading that this turntable had a built in preamp.

As far as amps go, I was looking at this:

u/Un_Delincuente · 1 pointr/Zeos

Same as /u/Garak, came in looking up VX1 and this review was on top. Great review btw.

I bought this a couple of weeks ago to power my P4s and my turntable but it doesn't seem to like my PC at all. The DAC input keeps dropping out and freaking out my PC to the point where it completely stops playing any audio and prevents it from playing unless I go into the control panel and disable the VX1 drivers. Have you ever had this issue while testing/using it?

This is the second VX1 I've gone through and im just thinking of getting the TP22 and use and AUX to RCA cables for my PC input. You have a review of the TP21 and was wondering if you have any experience with the TP22? Sounded like the TP21 was just pretty horrible. Maybe i should just stay away from Topping in general...

u/JbstormburstADV · 1 pointr/audiophile

Agree with this setup so much. Only thing I did was downgrade to the Dayton SUB-1000 and switched out the SMSL A2 for a Topping TP-22 and a Schiit Modi 2. I wanted the modularity of having separate components, plus the electrical isolation was a big help.

If you do decided to go this route, you'll need to do four runs of speaker cable (one from each speaker to the sub, and one for each channel on the sub to the amp) and buy an RCA to RCA cable. The Modi 2 will come with a USB that'll connect to a computer and Win7+ will install drivers automatically. I would also recommend getting these. A good set of banana plugs will save you a lot of frustration if you need speaker wire going to terminals that can accept these. It's too bad, though, that only the amp I use feature the right connector.

u/gxim · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

I've been on the hunt for a receiver for a bit and no luck. Would something like not be good enough?

u/thewatermellon · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

If you want something small, chances are you won't find anything with all the extras you're looking for. u/explosivo563 had a good point with the art preamp with USB in, I had forgotten about that one. For a good small amp something like the smsl sa50 or 60, or the Topping Tp22 for a small step up would be perfect. The downside to these style amps is you don't have the bass and treble adjust, but honestly I don't think it's that necessary anyway.

u/sancsui · 1 pointr/audiophile

I just got a Topping TP22 to power my 2 Monoprice studio monitors. The monitors take TRS or XLR inputs. The Topping's output seems to require banana cables, which I've never used before. How do I connect the amp to the monitors? I can't seem to find any "banana cable ---> TRS/XLR" cables.

u/flammable99 · 1 pointr/BudgetAudiophile

Which of these ones do you think would be what I needed for the Miccas?

Dayton DTA-120 60WPC w/ headphone

Topping TP21 25WPC w/ headphone

Topping TP22 30WPC



I think I'm missing something about the Toppings, is there a reason they are the same price as the others but with only half the WPC?

u/jbrown5217 · 1 pointr/vinyl

I am pretty new to this, but my old roommate had a setup and I just couldn't get over how much better the sound can be so I went searching and I found two turntables that I am buying. One is a Scott PS 49A and the other is a Kenwood that I can't recall the model of.

My question is more of a setup. I was looking at some devices and I am looking to keep it realatively budget friendly ($150 or less for preamp and amplifier). My parents are providing me some old speakers so no cost there and I was looking to, buy this preamp and this mini amplifier.

Are there any receivers for $150 or so with a built in phono preamp that can also power some passive speakers?

u/Letscho95 · 1 pointr/forhonorknights

Amazon or wish for example

Szco Supplies Brass Crusader Helmet by SZCO Supplies

u/Supberblooper · 1 pointr/CrusadeMemes

Here. I like it so far

u/Danishauce · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I really enjoy this item, along with the other, slightly cheaper version of it. Always ben obssessed with DnD and medieval history. I wanna ride my bike with THIS helmet on!

u/SethSpld2 · 1 pointr/microscopy

Not much experience, but I had good luck right out of the box with this one:

I recommend getting some sample pre-prepared slides as well so you can focus on the scope usage at first.

u/JesseAD · 1 pointr/microscopy

Sure thing! I bought this one from Amazon last year. I love it. It's perfect for every day use. Here's a video I took last year of pond water with cell phone camera.

u/AnonIn925 · 1 pointr/AskScienceDiscussion

I ordered here this one. Got good reviews and says that you can buy an optional camera attachment to plug into a computer. Which sounds awesome to me.

u/mac15max15 · 1 pointr/MicroPorn

OMAX 40x-2000x compound microscope (
I really like and it's a solid microscope that's comparatively cheap. I took the photo just by holding my phone up to one of the binocular eyepieces and holding it steady.

u/OfficerPewPew · 1 pointr/ar15

I had one for a set up and used it a few times. Now my sights are all on guns that don't have the room for the magnifier. I'm not sure if I'd really want to use that setup, but I like having the option.

Vortex 3x is what have and is nice.

u/STLsportSteve88 · 1 pointr/guns

Yeah I was looking at this one as my backup option if I don’t get the Juliet:

I think it’s a little heavier and maybe not the same seamless compatibility as the Juliet. But not sure if there’s any other downside

u/beetman · 1 pointr/guns

Red dot then add a 3x flip up magnifier if you find yourself actually shooting at 300 yards often.

Holosun red dot

Well reviewed "budget" red dot. 50,000 (!!!) hour battery life so you can leave the red dot on all the time and only change the battery every couple years, great for HD.

For a magnifier, the vortex are reputed to be good, larue makes an excellent one, just get whatever you like

u/zxj4k3xz · 1 pointr/airsoft

In my opinion and experience, yes. Unless you can get a legit magnifier like Vortex.

u/irrelevant_query · 1 pointr/guns

I should have mentioned that the rear magnifier has a flip mount.

It is actually pretty sweet, but as you can see it would work much better if you have a rail that goes over the handguard as well.

u/Rb556 · 1 pointr/guns

I second the Aimpoint suggestion, but the PRO

Edit - Since you want magnification also, get a Vortex 3X magnifier to go with the Aimpoint PRO. Both could conceivably be had for ~$600.

u/ssris · 1 pointr/ar15

I was considering the Vortex Sparc II paired with the Vortex VMX-3T
for the 16" AR. Does anyone have any experience with these optics?

Also I'm looking for a lightweight reflex/ red dot for the AR pistol- any suggestions?

u/Spoot52Bomber · 1 pointr/ar15

I love it, the glass is really clear, the eye relief is nice and you can also adjust the focus, of course. For the money, I'm very pleased with it.

In terms of comparing it to the Vortex VMX-3T, which has the same price point as the Burris combo [$199], I would 100% recommend this one over it solely because the Burris flips out to the right (The Vortex magnifier flips out left, which will obstruct your view should you want to go with no magnification).

u/SniperGX1 · 1 pointr/ar15

The Vortex VMX-3T works pretty well. It even comes with a flip mount. I got mine for $160 so shopping around is probably a good idea.

u/vgeek79 · 1 pointr/airsoft

Those are CAD price so they are more expensive and also this is thru a local shop which the guy probably spent 2-3 hours with me explaining, recommending and trying stuff :)

As for the sights I'll see if he can source other stuff but I'm might snatch these's, anyone have experience with them? Also overkill for Airsoft?

Vortex VMX-3T Magnifier

Bushnell Trophy Red Dot TRS-25

Also got any brand names/models or links for these's Helmet?

u/failing_forwards · 1 pointr/CasualConversation

/r/Astronomy plug. I personally got this telescope, and it works phenomenally out of the box. I didn't want to go all-in on something I might not be interested in :p

As far as other ideas that fit for a more quiet person go:

  • Learn an instrument
  • Learn another language
  • Woodworking
  • Hobby farming (Dependent on where you live. I know a ton of people who have some chickens and a goat or two on their smaller properties. Def check bylaws though, some places don't allow this. Could tie in nicely with his love of cooking though!)
  • Archery (Often considered to be very cathartic, again, dependent on bylaws if shooting in backyward)
u/GalacticSum · 1 pointr/telescopes

No it's definitely alright! I appreciate that you are being completely honest. I can spend up to $100. So, that SkyScanner 100 is good? I see it for $100:

u/DeCabby · 1 pointr/telescopes

The heritage is a bit out of my range. How about this one.

4inch table top skyscanner.

Woulf a tabletop be a bette choice for a newbie? I would assume they would put more quality into the scope itself if the tripod is not needed?

u/CharacterUse · 1 pointr/telescopes

You could get an Orion Skyscanner or the slightly smaller Orion Funscope/Celestron Firstscope. Or in the more expensive direction an Orion StarMax mak. (My preference would be for the Skyscanner in this case, 4" aperture and universal while not being too expensive if it breaks.)

u/Im_a_cantaloupe · 1 pointr/space

I was the same a couple years ago and wasn't sure where to start. I ended up settling on this:

It can be mounted to any standard tri-pod too. I live in the suburbs in a very light polluted area however I can still see the moons of Jupiter (and very slightly the bands in the planet) and I can easily make out the rings of Saturn.

I later bought a barlow lens and just a few weeks ago I bought a clamp that fits over the lens so I could take pictures. This is one of the ones I took of the moon a couple weeks back.


u/IPbanned · 1 pointr/pics

I went with a similar scope based on your recommendation. I'll let you know how it goes. The only downside is the inverted terrestrial viewing. I don't have any hot neighbors so I guess it won't matter.

u/xbsorx · 1 pointr/space

I bought this one for my first one LINK accompanied by this. I can see Saturn's rings, Jupiter's moons, and Mars.

u/CraigKostelecky · 1 pointr/pics

Might want to stick with a 7x Navigation unless you also have a tripod so it doesn’t shake as much. I bought these a few months ago and they were very nice for a low price ($35). I also got a tripod and something to mount my phone on (but have yet to test it beyond just looking).

u/Mythiose · 1 pointr/Astronomy

I think it actually is 5x70, this is the link from Amazon.

u/Dope_Witch · 1 pointr/telescopes

I started with these, then when I still really wanted a telescope a year+ later I got a Z8. Happy with all my decisions.

u/jb611 · 1 pointr/backpacking

After some research I landed on the binoculars since a telescope was just too heavy and you'd have to make too many sacrifices for it to be lightweight enough.

Celestron 71198 Cometron 7x50 Binoculars (Black)

u/orlet · 1 pointr/telescopes

> I have a tiny little step ladder that would perfect and folds nicely

Great! And you can also use that stepladder to sit on, since you'll rarely be using the scope when it's fully vertical, however, having somewhere to sit on is a great way to increase your stability and enhance the observing experience. And stepladders happen to be one of the quick-and-dirty solutions I suggest around quite often.

> I'm so glad you mentioned binoculars! I didn't even think about that but it is such a great solution. Any tips on binoculars?

Well, it depends on your budget. Basically, the best 7x50 bins you could afford. Something like Celestron Cometron 7x50 if you're super tight on budget, or Nikon Aculon A211 7x50 if you want a more durable set that'll last you for longer. There're a lot more options, these are just the two that immediately came to my mind :)

Binoculars are also great aid to have aside the telescope as well. you can use them to plot star hopping route, or just look at objects that would be otherwise too large to fit into telescope's field of view.

u/alkibass · 1 pointr/microgrowery

I have one of these and my phone camera up to the viewfinder. Best to scope on a's a bitch trying to handhold the microscope.

u/kcashat · 1 pointr/MephHeads

Get a loupe for like $10 on amazon and check your trichomes.

I have this one.

u/FarplaneDragon · 1 pointr/pics
u/speqtral · 1 pointr/microgrowery

I just got this one and I'm happy with it. I've seen it recommended a lot here

u/urbangunslinga · 1 pointr/microgrowery
u/NewToGrowing · 1 pointr/CanadianMOMs

Sorry for the delayed response! I just picked up one of these for cheap and snapped a few pics through it with my phone. Certainly not ideal but after some more practice I can get decent shots now.

u/legendofgardening · 1 pointr/MephHeads

Carson MicroBrite Plus 60x-120x Power LED Lighted Pocket Microscope (MM-300)

u/lampdude · 1 pointr/telescopes

Carson Microbrite Plus

I got one of these about a year ago, probably the best $12 I ever spent. Of course you can't see microscopic life or anything like that, but I was and am still blown away by the details I can see with it. I suppose it's not what you're looking for, but still a cool little gadget.

u/skoomd1 · 1 pointr/microgrowery

It helps to zoom in on your camera if you are taking pictures through a magifier/loupe. I hated using a loupe though, because you almost have to take decent pictures through it to get an accurate amber % idea (maybe i'm just too shaky to hold it still enough, idk)

Next time I plan on using a little 15-20$ 60-120x handheld microscope instead

u/yycdouchetruck · 1 pointr/functionalprint

I have now realized I way over engineered my original design, here is a single print design that works just as good:

u/Jiberesh · 1 pointr/fakeid

Carson MicroBrite Plus 60x-120x Power LED Lighted Pocket Microscope (MM-300)

Did I get a good one? I'm not really sure about the power, my friend has a 10x loupe for coins and shit but it's not focused enough on any of my ids

u/4lan9 · 1 pointr/galaxys10

you can use one of these to get shots like this

u/johnnyrojr · 1 pointr/Autoflowers

Carson MicroBrite Plus 60x-120x LED Lighted Pocket Microscope

Check this cheap and works super well usually snip a little sugar leaf

u/simshim · 1 pointr/me_irl

A single pixel consists of one red one green and one blue sub pixel. Together they make a single pixel.

Get a pocket microscope from amazon.

Something like this

It's quite amazing down there.

u/joeb2880 · 0 pointsr/AndroidTV

The amazon basics cable (at least in my country) only supports hdmi v1.4 which tops out at 4k 30fps, meaning that any higher frame rate content presumably isn't being played above 30fps?

u/drippingthighs · 0 pointsr/hometheater

this is the cable im using for hdmi, it says 1.4 but research says theres no such thing as 1.4 vs 2.0 cables? confused

u/ultimaregem · 0 pointsr/microgrowery

Watch the video, get a magnifying glass, or microscope (preferred) and stop asking stupid the same questions over and over and over. 😉

Carson MicroBrite Plus 60x-120x Power LED Lighted Pocket Microscope (MM-300)

Not an affiliate link

u/SixesandNines · 0 pointsr/pics

I have used this:

for over a year now and have been pretty satisfied. I wouldn't pay much more than the $60 cost, but they do a fine job. I've been able to see all the major planets, the moons of Jupiter, a bunch of Messier objects, and larger asteroids like Ceres, Vesta, and Pallas, all from light polluted NJ.

They can be used handheld if you lean on/against something, but a tripod is really the way to go.

u/Marcus_Maximus · 0 pointsr/telescopes

Yeah, the timings slightly unfortunate since I'm getting this scope for my mom as well, and she'd really like to see the planets. So I'll probably start with the moon and move on to clusters, etc.!

The 'fatal flaw' comes from the 4th paragraph of 1st review on the amazon page:

I did some searching on Cloudy Nights, but there doesn't seem to be anything on it. The reviewer might be mistaken.

Also, I wasn't aware the SkyWatcher was the same as the AD8. The stickied post mentions it has the same OTA as the XT8, but is there any source linking it with the AD8 as well?

u/Goldin · -1 pointsr/telescopes

Tbh that looks like a really good beginner scope. It's not meant to be an investment, it's meant to help you determine if stargazing is right for you.

You could also look at:

Portability might be a factor for you, I know it is for always read the reviews carefully!

u/mitchy94 · -1 pointsr/microgrowery

Jiusion 40 to 1000x Magnification Endoscope, 8 LED USB 2.0 Digital Microscope, Mini Camera with OTG Adapter and Metal Stand, Compatible with Mac Window 7 8 10 Android Linux for US

u/Older_Man_Of_The_Sea · -6 pointsr/mtgfinance

Number 1: What is a "Crafle"?
Number 2: Make sure it is a real Crafle. There are a lot of fake Crafle's running around. It is one of the more commonly made fakes and there are numberous versions. Take the Crafle out of the sleeve and ensure that it feels like a normal card (compare it to another rare from the same set, preferably a known real Crafle, or another land). Also, use the light test, it is the easiest one to do. A jeweler's loupe or a small microscope would be good too.
Number 3: Seriously? I would trade in some goyfs for a Crafle any day of the week. Crafles are on the reserved list and will likely only go up. Goyf is practically on the "print 'til you can't cash in anymore" list.