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    I want to buy a telescope for my mother in law. She has a long standing interest in astronomy but has never had her own telescope. She lives in the country side and so has little light pollution from her garden. Something portable but with very good optics and easy to use is the ideal.

    I have a budget of £250-ish. I am not sure if a GoTo system is worth buying in this price range.

    I should welcome advice on which scope to buy. Having read reviews recently right now I am considering:

    SkyWatcher Explorer 130P GOTO
    Skywatcher Exporer 130M motorised
    Skywatcher Explorer 150P
    Celestron 114 LCM

    I should welcome advice as I am very much new to this, and the range of options out there is pretty confusing to a new comer!

    Thanks in advance

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    hi and welcome to the forums.
    a great place to be.
    of the three you have listed there,the 150p
    would be my choice.
    the first two are similar scopes except one has an ra motor drive,
    on an eq mount,i have one.
    they are decent scopes,but the tripod is a little shakey.
    there are ways to illiminate some of the problem,but you will never
    get rid of it all.
    the celestron:
    4 1/2" aperature and computerised.
    does your mil want a goto?
    take a look at these,more bang for your buck so to speak,
    manual yes,but they will afford better views.
    and the dob style is easier to set up and easier to use than the eq
    mounted skywaychers.
    take a little more time and study what scopes do what.
    hope this helps.
    clear skies,
    andy
    edit:why not show her some pics of the various scopes and see which one
    she would prefer?if you like,make on it's for yourself,so she doesn't know
    you're getting it for her
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    How OLD is this lady? Past 55? Try to think small and light. Like this one or the equivalent Skywatcher:

    Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope | Orion Telescopes
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    I would have to agree with Joe's take. You probably want something that is simple and quick to set up. A small Dobsonian on a Alt -Az mount would fit the bill.

    Dobsonian

    There is a smaller one as well .

    Smaller Dobsonian

    If Goto is an option then maybe look at this one as well

    refractor goto


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    Boy oh boy do I ever agree with asking the same question my fellow OLD MAN .... (Joe Lalumia) asked....

    We both, in addition to being senior citizens, share the same (DISLIKE) for using any Gem mounted Newtonian....

    These things are chiropractor specials !!!! Very hard on our "older bodies" difficult to bend and contort yourself into a position to even get your eye close to the eyepiece which even can end up pointing straight down to the ground ...

    SO.......Unless you do not like your Mother in Law do her a favor and do not go that route....

    All the scopes you mentioned are Newts ..BUT 2 of them are GoTo Newtonian OTA's that are mounted on a much easier and more comfortable to use Alt/Azm mount ....

    Problem with ALL lower priced GoTo scopes is that most of your you money is being spend electronics rather then on the Optics...

    If your mother in law needs some help to find everything except the moon I strongly suggest you look at the Orion dobs with the intelliscope... $400 bucks "US" will get you a 150 (6 inch) mm Dob that is simple to use simple to set up, simple to align and very simple to find 10000 items ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by VJ&T View Post
    I want to buy a telescope for my mother in law. She has a long standing interest in astronomy but has never had her own telescope. She lives in the country side and so has little light pollution from her garden. Something portable but with very good optics and easy to use is the ideal.

    I have a budget of £250-ish. I am not sure if a GoTo system is worth buying in this price range.

    I should welcome advice on which scope to buy. Having read reviews recently right now I am considering:

    SkyWatcher Explorer 130P GOTO
    Skywatcher Exporer 130M motorised
    Skywatcher Explorer 150P
    Celestron 114 LCM

    I should welcome advice as I am very much new to this, and the range of options out there is pretty confusing to a new comer!

    Thanks in advance
    Hi V&T,
    Welcome to Forum!
    You may buy any of the telescopes on your list if you are happy to see your mother in law very often, sometimes in the night They all fairly complex to use for a novice, and need some smart servicing. Collimating Celestron 114 will make you look like a rocket scientist to your in-law.
    As for me, I would buy something like this Orion StarSeeker 80mm GoTo Refractor Telescope | Orion Telescopes This would make the lady quite happy and save me a lot of time for watching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Lalumia View Post
    By the way, I am a WELL preserved -- OLD GUY!

    I try not to wear a hat because it makes me look 20 years younger! Ha! PLENTY pretty for my age! all I need now is a RED Corvette convertible!

    Joe:
    Most of us OLD FARTS have multiply Telescopes...and some of us have Multiple Corvettes... But I have a problem with hats blowing off my bald head in the wind driving any of the Convertibles... LOL

    Bob G.
    BTW all of them are asleep in the garages until April Fools Day when this old fool will crank'em up ...
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