Joined: Tue May 19, 2009 2:15 pm Posts: 1892 Location: Johannesburg - too far from the closest Sanpark
I suppose it depends on how seriously you take it and what you want to look at. For example, I'm still learning about basic constellations and astronomy, so even if I had a telescope I wouldn't how to use it or what to look at.
I imagine you can go quite far with just binoculars.
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I think a long lens (400 mm or more) would be more usefull? You can take photos with you then, to peruse later, and you will need that lens for birds and animals further away anyway. A canon 100-400 only weighs 1.6 kilo, so that should not stop you.
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I have long and short lenses, plus zoom for Pentax camera, do not like digital cameras. This is the Celestron scope for star gazing tracking, that weighs so much, but is not tool set up on the tripod its great, but heavy (D... baggage allowances)
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Probably not a great idea to take a telescope to the KNP in summer. At that time of the year you will have 99% cloudy skies at night and you will get all frustrated. Of course because I have put this in writing the week that you go will have the most fantastic clear skies ever. Or maybe not. Also, lugging a telescope around on bumpy roads will probably put the optical collimation out and you will need to fix that before you can observe. Rather leave it at home and use the binocs to do some star gazing if it is clear. And get yourself a copy of the Sky Guide Africa South for 2011 from the park or some good local book shop as it contains everything you need regarding whats in the sky for us this year.
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