Beginner Telescope Advice

  1. Hello there, I'm new around here. :)

    I'm looking to get my first ever telescope and so I wanted a bit of advice on what would be the best telescope to fit my needs and also if you could remember, please mention what type of telescope you first purchased!

    As a beginner, I'm looking to view:

    - Planets
    - Moon
    - Stars
    - Some galaxies/nabulae would be a plus but not really needed for now.

    I'm also not spending too much money on my first telescope (<$100) for obvious reasons.

    Thanks to everyone in advance for your advice!
     
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  3. Bandersnatch

    Bandersnatch 1,251
    Gold Member

    Hello Ibn Sina, welcome to PF!

    Have you read the sticky thread we've got here about this very subject?

    https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=391086

    If you want a quick bit of advice, though, then I'd say buy a good pair of binoculars. They're cheaper, easier to handle and carry around, and comparable to small telescopes as far as stargazing goes.
    You can upgrade later on, if you find yourself limited in what you want to do.
     
  4. Ouch, I missed that sticky :/
    I feel dumb right now, but thanks for the help Bandersnatch!

    I suppose this thread can be deleted.
     
  5. Chronos

    Chronos 9,874
    Science Advisor
    Gold Member

    I second binoculars, bigger aperture is better so long as you keep the magnification at 10x or less. On your budget that should not be an issue. A good quality 8x50 sounds ideal.
     
  6. bapowell

    bapowell 1,822
    Science Advisor

    I agree with Chronos. Not only is it a good idea to get familiar with the night sky using binoculars before you get a telescope, at your budget a telescope of even passing quality does not exist.
     
  7. Binoculars every time

    Definitely go for binoculars for general astronomy use - And if you can, invest in a Sky Mirror. That will extend your viewing comfort and endurance many times over. I've had numerous telescopes up to a ten inch Newtonian. They are fine if you want to specialise - I used mine for looking at external galaxies, but for a varied useage, it's binoculars every time. Mine current ones are simple Russian Bearcat 10x50= plus my Sky Mirror.
     
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