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    Default Buying Advice



    Hi All,

    I'm new to the forum, so hello anyone that's reads this!

    Was thinking of buying a telescope for myself and kids to use.
    I have no real experience, but reading up on telescopes would probably go for a reflector?

    I've seen this on eBay: Hi All,

    I'm new to the forum, so hello anyone that's reads this!

    Was thinking of buying a telescope for myself and kids to use.
    I have no real experience, but reading up on telescopes would probably go for a reflector?

    I've seen this on eBay (Description because won't let me paste the URL):

    Skywatcher 200p, eq5 mount and accessories.

    Skywatcher 200p is in excellent condition. It comes with extra accessories plus 2 phone adapters and a dual axis motor drive.. selling it as i never had chance to use it properly


    They are asking £400 for it.

    Just wondering if it seems like a good telescope for a novice and if its a good price?

    Thanks in advance to anyone that takes time out to answer my question!

    Just wondering if it seems like a good telescope for a novice and if its a good price?

    Thanks in advance to anyone that takes time out to answer my question!

    Si

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    Default Re: Buying Advice

    Hello and welcome to the forums

    Depending on the size of your children this may not be a kid friendly telescope for viewing as the eyepiece can end up in some awkward viewing positions.
    You can compare prices by checking UK retailers such as First Light Optics, 365Astronomy or Harrisons.
    Let us know if you have any other questions
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    Default Re: Buying Advice

    If you are doing only viewing then I'd recommend an Altitude-Azimuth mount. With those the eyepiece will remain in the same general location - up/down left/right. An EQ (equatorial) mount can have you on the ground or some really weird angles. Generally EQ mounts are used for astrophotography (AP). However, you can use an inexpensive to make "clamping" device that will allow you to rotate the tube to a more comfortable position after slewing to a target. I see that https://www.firstlightoptics.com/ref...-200p-eq5.html lists for 448 pounds - for a new one. That scope looks much like my Orion which does a good job at AP. But I bought the Orion EQ-G which handles the weight easily. Maybe someone else can speak to the quality of the mount. Frankly, though I'm always skeptical of ebay stuff. 400 pounds is a lot of money - maybe the extra 10% for buying a new one from a reputable dealer might be worth considering.
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    Default Re: Buying Advice

    I would not recommend buying anything used from eBay. I recommend a refractor on an alt-azimuth mount for a novice. Check out UK Amazon. They have a bunch of scopes shipped by Amazon. If there is a problem with the product, Amazon pays for return shipping. Just make sure it is being shipped or fulfilled by Amazon.

    This refractor by Meade is highly regarded. The cost is just 210 pounds, leaving you plenty of cash for an astronomy chair, upgraded eyepieces, a book "Turn Left at Orion", etc.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Meade-Instr...gateway&sr=8-2

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Turn-Left-O...gateway&sr=8-1

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    Default Re: Buying Advice

    Hi All

    Thanks so much for your input. Don't think I'll go for that one then!

    thanks
    Si

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    Hi All

    After reading a few reviews I think I might save up my money and invest in a Celestron NexStar 8SE. Do you think this would still be ok for a beginner?

    thanks
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    Default Re: Buying Advice

    Hello Si, the 8SE is a good telescope.
    I would actually suggest you start with a set or two of binoculars if this is your first time starting to view objects.
    This way you can discover what objects you like to view the most and then decide what telescope would suit your style of viewing best.
    10x50 or 15x70 with a tripod will really let you see a lot and with a star atlas let you all learn the skies.
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