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Beginners Telescope Advice

Postby Kirsty » Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:56 am

I want to buy my partner a telescope. I only have up to £500 to spend. We live in a village but near Milton Keynes so light pollution is a fair problem, it would be good to take the telescope camping with us in the UK so need something fairly portable
I have been looking at the Sky-Watcher Skyliner-250PX FlexTube Dobsonian Telescope.
Is this a good buy?
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Re: Beginners Telescope Advice

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:31 pm

Wow! I didn't know you could get one of those for about £500!

Many on here would recommend it but I'm not sure. In my opinion, it would make a great "first serious" telescope but it could be a bit large for a beginner. I would start off with a pair of binoculars.
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Re: Beginners Telescope Advice

Postby Graeme1858 » Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:32 am

I would say have a go with binoculars at first as well.

I had a Sky-Watcher Skyliner-250mm Dobsonian, it was a great telescope but it's definitely not the one if you have portability in mind.

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Beginners Telescope Advice

Postby Affekeete » Tue Jan 29, 2019 3:36 am

Hi, a friend in UK - new to astronomy - is looking to buy a National Geographic 60/700 AZ Refractor telescope. About 80 pounds sterling.
Any advice re this? It seems to get quite good reviews online. Thanks for advice :
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Re: Beginners Telescope Advice

Postby The Man with the Corrugated Iron Roof » Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:59 pm

Affekeete wrote:Hi, a friend in UK - new to astronomy - is looking to buy a National Geographic 60/700 AZ Refractor telescope. About 80 pounds sterling.
Any advice re this? It seems to get quite good reviews online. Thanks for advice :


I used a similar telescope for many years and certainly got my money's worth. As a first telescope it is a good, if not ideal, choice. It delivers great views of the Moon and can show the phases of Venus and Mercury, Jupiter's moons and some surface detail and Saturn's rings. For deep sky, it will split many double stars but some of the larger objects, such as the Andromeda Galaxy, are too large and you cannot see the whole galaxy in the same view.

If you buy binoculars as well as this telescope, it would give a good start. Otherwise consider a shorter tube refractor.
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