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First proper telescope?

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redredwineub40 · 11/10/2022 10:17

My dd is 8, I fancy us doing some star gazing etc and a telescope for a christmas but Amazon has a dazzling array - needs to be fairly easy to use as I'm a bit dim with these things.

Anyone else getting one? What did you get?

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Namechangefail123 · 11/10/2022 10:23

What's your budget? My first telescope was a refracting Meade but you could barely spy the neighbours! Meade / Celestron are great. I'd recommend a Schmidt Cassegrain type, but the cheapest one must be above £500

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Freedomfromguilt · 11/10/2022 10:26

They recommend binoculars for people starting out star glazing, it's far easier to find what you are looking for. Binoculars are also more versatile if this turns out to be a short lived hobby. I got my DS binoculars from //www.firstlightoptics.com

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Wnikat · 11/10/2022 10:28

Don’t get a cheap telescope!! You can’t see anything with them. I’ve got a 50 quid one and it is useless. The binoculars idea is a good shout. As PP said I think you are looking at a few hundred for something decent.

defo get a stargazing app, my kids love being able to see the planets and constellations etc on that.

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redredwineub40 · 11/10/2022 10:28

Thanks @Freedomfromguilt - it's hard to say she could love it but £500 is chancery until I'm sure, I'd be ok with up to £150 for a main present. Perhaps binocs is the way to go as she loves animals too.

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redredwineub40 · 11/10/2022 10:29

Ooooh star gazing app recs?

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Freedomfromguilt · 11/10/2022 11:16
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Freedomfromguilt · 11/10/2022 11:18

We also have reclining chairs and a big flask for hot chocolate.

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redredwineub40 · 11/10/2022 11:44

Thanks @Freedomfromguilt this has solved my Christmas dilemma, those are ideal!

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