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    Hi

    I would like to buy a good quality telescope for star gazing and have a budget of $400-$500, would love to hear some recommendations!

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    Hi Mary - welcome to the forum. I assume you are in Melbourne Aus like myself? Or is it Florida?
    That has a bearing on what kind of $ you are talking about and how far they will go.
    Might be worth quickly introducing yourself in the Welcomes section. The folks on here are very friendly and patient and only too willing to help. Posting there will get their attention and let them know you are starting out.

    You can certainly get a reasonable beginner's scope in that price range. But to get the "right" scope for you will take a bit of a discussion here on the forum.
    Mostly it's about matching expectations and reality. For instance, if you are living in Melbourne, Aus you are undoubtedly affected by light pollution. But maybe you have a getaway with darker skies. So then portability is a factor.

    Anyway - let's not get too far down the track.
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    Welcome Mary! Glad to have you join us. KenGS is right, need more info if we are to speak intelligently.
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    Mary!

    I agree with Ken, it would be good to know more details and also to hear about your expectations.
    Meanwhile as a *warm up* several links providing general info

    Telescope Aperture and Detecting Detail in Astronomical Objects
    WHAT CAN WE SEE IN TELESCOPES?
    What can you expect to see in a telescope?
    How To Avoid The Agony When Buying Your First Telescope

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mary2 View Post
    Hi

    I would like to buy a good quality telescope for star gazing and have a budget of $400-$500, would love to hear some recommendations!

    Thanks,
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    Welcome to the forum!

    I know I'd like a bit more information as well. Things like what vendor you want to use. Whether you will be observing in heavy light pollution. Do you have physical limitations which could cause problems with transporting or viewing. What you most want to observe, etc.

    But most important?!!! I strongly recommend you go to several star parties with your local astronomy club before you buy. You will learn so much about what you value and what it is worth to you that way. There is absolutely nothing better for learning the equipment and the skies than to spend time with a good astronomy club.
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    You're going to get different opinions from everyone. I suggest trying to find a local astronomy club and going to one of their star parties. That way you get to try out different scopes. Then you can make a better decision.


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    Hi guys

    Thanks so much for your replies so far! Here is a bit more info: I'm from Melbourne (Australia) but am actually buying this for my brother who lives in Berlin (with the hope of getting one for myself down the track too!), so light pollution is a bit of an issue, however he does have access to a countryside family farm, so portability would also be great. I am wondering whether to buy one from a German retailer to save on shipping, or he is coming to visit at Easter and whether to give one to him then but getting it back on the plane may be an issue..?

    Hope that's a good bit of info to start, let me know if there's anything else you would like to hear from me.

    Thanks for the help!

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    You have a very lucky brother!
    It would almost certainly be cheaper to buy it from a German or at least a European retailer. And you then don't have the problems of excess baggage.
    What you could do is to look around locally to pick a suitable make and model, then order online from a German retailer for delivery to his home there.
    Also good to know it is a gift as otherwise I would have suggested looking at secondhand gear.
    You might want to head over to Bintel in Camberwell or check out their website to get an idea of prices. There are other stores in Melbourne but I've not used them.
    By the way, if you are intending to buy from overseas for your brother, I think its best to be up front about that with the store.
    And of course, as suggested, get along to a club and join a star party.
    Having your brother in the equation adds a bit of complication because an important next question is "what do you expect to see".

    Now I hope I don't get in trouble for this but you should also head over to Ice in Space which is an Australian based forum. Its a good source of local information like clubs, star parties, observing locations etc... Also very friendly but it doesn't have as much activity as here so sometimes it takes longer for your questions to get answered.
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    If we're talking Germany, then you may want to consider this vendor: Teleskop-Express: Astro-Shop + Fotografie + Naturbeobachtung

    I'm not sure how many Euros you are interested in spending, however.

    I like the idea of letting him visit and then make the decision. Ideally he visits at a time that a local astronomy club is having their star party. Get him to the star party and find out what he likes. Then you can order from Teleskop-Express and he gets the thing in Germany.

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    I've contacted a retailer in Germany and am looking at perhaps one of the following, wondering your thoughts about the pros/cons of each? Thanks!
    Omegon AC 102/600 AZ-3 telescope

    Omegon Telescope N 150/750 EQ-3

    Omegon Telescope N 150/750 EQ-4

 

 
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