Go Back   IceInSpace > Beginners Start Here > Beginners Equipment Discussions

Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old 23-11-2018, 04:25 PM
m11 (Mel)
Registered User

m11 is offline
Join Date: Jan 2016
Location: Melbourne
Posts: 361
+1 for Bintel support and knowing their products.

In particular Don has helped me heaps and is a fountain of knowlege.
Reply With Quote
Old 20-12-2018, 09:26 PM
FredinBroome's Avatar
FredinBroome (Fred)
Registered User

FredinBroome is offline
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: Broome WA
Posts: 74
Originally Posted by countryboy View Post
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.
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
Reply With Quote
Old 22-02-2019, 02:43 PM
Registered User

pdv is offline
Join Date: May 2018
Location: melbourne, Australia
Posts: 3
try finding a used computerized scope like celestron nexstar 4se. You can easily get one good used condition around 600. Its very easy to setup and align even for a beginner and takes away the the pain of manual moving and night sky knowledge thats a big plus for a beginner.
Reply With Quote
Old 22-02-2019, 08:34 PM
Ukastronomer's Avatar
Ukastronomer (Jeremy)
Registered User

Ukastronomer is online now
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Llandysul, WALES, UK
Posts: 996
Originally Posted by Stonius View Post
+1 for 8" dob.

Avoid any kind of computerisation at this stage - it just makes things too complicated for a beginner.
And they could be put off for life.

Also avoid EQ mounts, go for AltAz, there is nothing worse than spending ages kneeling, bent double trying top polar align a scope before getting round to using it.

MY ADVICE BUY NOTHING, for anyone, let them chose what THEY want by first JOINING A CLUB and learning through trial what they need

AltAz is for beginners and advanced users
Attached Thumbnails
Click for full-size image (P1050532.jpg)
170.1 KB7 views
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +10. The time is now 10:53 PM.

Powered by vBulletin Version 3.8.7 | Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SkyWatcher Australia
NexDome Observatories
Lunatico Astronomical
Meade Australia
Celestron Australia
OzScopes Authorised Dealer
Astronomy and Electronics Centre