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    Default New member looking for some helpful advice...



    Good evening all!

    My family and I will be going on holiday to deepest rural Wales in October. The cottage is literally miles from anywhere. It’s 4 miles by country lane from the nearest village, with a further 4 miles accessible by off road vehicle only. As you can imagine, there’s no light pollution and it’s popular with astronomers.

    We know nothing about telescopes, but quite fancied buying a useful starter’s telescope and were hoping for some advice. Used would be fine and bulk isn’t a major problem. We only use iPhones for photography now, so we don’t have a proper camera to connect to it.

    We would be grateful for any help or links to any threads that you might recommend.

    PS My limited research so far picks up the AstroMaster 76. Is this a good starting point?
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    Welcome to the forum!
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    Hello and welcome to the forums

    A 150mm - 200mm dobsonian or a 100mm - 120mm refractor would do you very well in your location.
    Firstlight Optics, 365 Astronomy or Harrison Telescopes are all great vendors in the UK so you can check their websites.
    If you do not mind buying used you can check for items here: U.K. Astronomy Buy & Sell

    If you have a budget in mind it will help narrow the search for a good telescope and accessories for it.
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    Thank you! It seems a friendly Forum

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    Welcome Red Merle. Lots of good information awaits you from the folks subscribed. Not so much from me.
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    Budget?

    Im putting a toe in the water here to see if we enjoy it and Im nervous to suggest a figure. 100 for a useable used one would seem about right, but I hope that isnt too laughable

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    This is really to put a toe in the water and see if we enjoy it. Im nervous to suggest a budget, in case its unrealistic, but would 100-200 get be a useable used item?

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    If this is just tentative I would actually start with a set of 10x50 or 15x70 binoculars and a star chart.
    This way if you find locating objects and the views are not what was expected you still have a useful set of binoculars
    They will show you a lot of objects and help teach you the skies while you are deciding.
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    An interesting bit of advice, so I’ve just been learning how to read a star chart!

    This is basic stuff, I know!
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    Many of us started out with just a set of binoculars, I started out naked eye observing before getting a set and then moved to my first telescope after that.
    Binoculars will still be a useful tool after you get a telescope and many people prefer them to a telescope and just get larger sizes to view with.
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