Looking at buying a telescope to look at the constellations, planets and the moon. What telescope do you recommend?

Just beginning :)

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  • Elaine
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    One of the recent issues of "Astronomy" had an article on the various kinds of telescopes.  Go to the Astronomy website and look up the back issues or you can look up Celestron. 

  • 4 weeks ago

    As a true beginner, most would recommend starting with some decent binoculars. With these, you will be able to see the phases of Venus, the major atmospheric bands of Jupiter as well as its four large Galilean moons, the rings and moons of Saturn, and many deep sky objects, including most of the objects in the Messier catalog. Good luck. 

  • 4 weeks ago

    None, since we don't know where you are (large city with crappy sky, deep dark country site, some island with clouds) or how much you want to spend (a few hundred or thousands) or how much you know about Astronomy and how to use a telescope.

    Best is to join a local club, get information on what to use, look through different types.

    Since this virus crisis has suspended a lot of those meetings and demos, you should wait.  In meantime, www.skyandtelescope.com and its magazine, or Astronomy magazine, or books from library or on line searches can teach you much.  Maps and a guidebook, binoculars can prepare you to use a good scope effectively.

    A six inch Newtonian reflector on a short sturdy Dobsonian wood box stand for less than $350 is a great beginner's choice.  See www.optcorp.com or www.orion.com for a wide selection.

    Spindly tripod stands, tiny lenses in long tubes are hopeless crap that will terminate your interest quickly.

    I have sixty-one years experience in making and using telescopes from 6 to 25 inch size, running and help making planetarium shows, laser optics, photography, and college classes teaching.

  • 4 weeks ago

    i would look at the ones on amazon and then decide

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