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    Hi everyone.

    Just joined this forum as it seems well populated.

    Been a long-time naked-eye gazer and looking to buy my first telescope.

    There's so much info here I'll probably be reading posts for the next week before I start asking for recommendations in my price bracket. :-)

    Cheers and have a good one.

    Nick
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    Default Re: Hi from a new member

    Hello Nick! Welcome to the forum and thanks a bunch for joining us!

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    Default Re: Hi from a new member

    Hello and welcome to the forums Nick.
    Do you know what type of objects you would like to view the most?
    That can help with deciding what types of telescopes would work best.
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    Hi Nick, welcome to the Forum!
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    Default Re: Hi from a new member

    Hi and thanks for the welcome.

    Firstly I guess very simply the moon. Thats what I'd aim my scope at first. Other stars, other planets as well that I've been told I should be able to see.

    I wont be using the scope for terrestrial viewing so that narrows the choices down slightly.

    As a novice first time user I'd want something reasonable quality that is low maintenance, which from my research would suggest a refractor scope with the biggest appature I can afford.

    Please correct me if I'm wrong. Currently my budget is quite small (sub $400 :-()

    Cheers.

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    refractors are great and im guessing $400AU might get you the celestron SLT goto, but i dont know the prices in Aus , i know here in the UK you could get the 102 SLT Goto for £435, but if you want to learn the sky the OMNI XLT 102 on the CG4 (much more stable) is £400 in the UK - both are refractors
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    I guess the biggest question I'd have would be as a novice are reflectors that hard to use and maintain as what I read?

    Another thing I didn't mention was that what ever I buy I'd like it to have the ability for a camera mount so I can do some photography.
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    I guess the biggest question I'd have would be as a novice are reflectors that hard to use and maintain as what I read?

    Another thing I didn't mention was that what ever I buy I'd like it to have the ability for a camera mount so I can do some photography.
    refractor all the way for me on that one as you might not get focus on the reflector, refractrors dont need colimating either
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickParker View Post
    I guess the biggest question I'd have would be as a novice are reflectors that hard to use and maintain as what I read?

    Another thing I didn't mention was that what ever I buy I'd like it to have the ability for a camera mount so I can do some photography.
    Refractor on an EQ mount all the way, everything you have stated so far points directly that way. It also is my favorite set up.

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