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Old 23-11-2018, 03:25 PM
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+1 for Bintel support and knowing their products.

In particular Don has helped me heaps and is a fountain of knowlege.
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Hello everyone,

I have been picked to buy a relative a telescope as a gift for their 40th birthday. I know absolutely nothing about telescopes and I hope that someone can steer me in the right direction.

The relative has an interest in astronomy, hence the decision to give a telescope as a gift. The budget is around $600 or so.

Knowing nothing, I'm intrigued by those telescopes that can be controlled by your smartphone - are they any good? Something like that might well appeal to my relative.

Any assistance that can be provided would be appreciated.
Thanks.
If your relative looks like he will get into astronomy I reckon a dobsonian reflector of sorts. I just picked up one brand new 200/1200 Saxon, delivered for $500 from E-bay. These require regular maintenance to cullumate so a passing interest wouldn't suite. A refractor would be the best in that case I reckon. Cheers
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