questionslooking for a good telescope


When I was looking to buy one for my husband, I called the local planetarium ( and they were quite helpful giving me guidelines on what to look for in purchasing one.

This was quite a few years ago so I am sure that they have newer recommendations, so I am not including the information they gave me.


You can have mine. Due to some stupid court order, I'm no longer allowed to own one.....


@captainsuperdawg: Are you serious or just screwing with me?


I bought one that lets me see Uranus.


This web site has a lot of good information: . In general, reflectors seem to be good for viewing deep space objects, while refractors are preferred for moon and planetary viewing. I have a fairly cheap 4.5" reflector, and it gives great views of the moon and planets, although I think the eyepieces are not very good quality and it is difficult to get a sharp image at higher magnification.


Second the site. First off I would say don't expect to see the images that you do in books or on TV. You can get very good views of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn (Venus is a bright spot that goes through phases like the moon) depending on the quality and aperture size of the scope.
A reflector will give you the best bang for your buck. Have you considered binoculars? They are more natural with both eyes open, I first saw Jupiter and the Galilean moons with binoculars. There are also books and audios for learning the sky, a 'go-to' scope eliminates some of that, but I think you should know what you're looking at or where to look.
Lunch break is over, that's it for now.


how much one scope like that will cost and the best one i bought is one like this: it meet all my needs !