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    Hey everyone

    I am very new to this but learning more about the universe and what is out there has become very interesting to me after watching Brian Cox's series 'wonders of the universe'.

    I want to know what is the best and basic telescope for me to start looking at planets and the moon. I don't want to get too technical too soon and i don't have many funds but i'm willing to buy second hand or borrow. I just want to see what is out there and if i like it enough i could be tempted to save a few more pennies to purchase a decent telescope.

    If any can give me some tips that would be great.

    Thanks

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    Welcome to the forum. A suggestion, purchase some binoculars first before investing in a scope. That way if you find observational astronomy is not for you, the binoculars can have other uses

    If you buy a scope, steer away from anything that advertises its ability in terms of magnification on the box or promotional material
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    Binoculars (10x50mm) would be good along with a 6 inch or 8 inch Dobsonian mounted reflector.

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    I agreee with the above! The Dobs are by far the best bang for any buck. One of my goals is to learn the sky by pushing around and star hopping a Dob. and soon I'd like to learn how to use setting circles with a nice EQ mount type. I've gotten so much info off of Stellarium and my phone apps.
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    I agree with all of the above suggestions but add to your learning experience a flashlight that emits red light. The red light helps to perserve your night vision. You'll also need a Plainsphere to use while out under the stars and a book or charts showing the constellations so you can learn your way around the night sky. Many people ask me why it's important to learn the constellations. I always reply with - if you want see the Orion Nebula, you need to know where Orion is. So, don't miss out on this important part of amature astronomy.
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