Want to buy a good telescope as gift.Reflector or Refractor? What to get and what make?
Want a good telescope that will last for years to come
- suittiLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
First, and this is very important. Don't buy a scope at Walmart, ToyRus, or your local grocery store. It may be cheap ($20!), but you get something that is nearly unusable, even by an expert. Wobbly mount, magnification that is unusably high, poor focuser, and so on.
The cheapest scope i recommend is the StarBlast. $180.
If that's too much, i suggest 8x40 binoculars. $70. More than 8x magnification will require a tripod, which is another $100. May as well buy a scope. Some say that 10x binoculars can be hand held. I find them too hard to hold still. But i can only do about 25 pushups. Perhaps your arms are stronger.
On the refractor vs. reflector - reflectors give you more aperture per unit cash. Refractors are OK at the very low end with low magnification - such as binoculars.
But, it's very hard to buy a telescope for an avid astronomer. Better might be to give them a membership in a local astronomy club, or a one year subscription to either Sky & Telescope magazine, or Astronomy magazine.Source(s): http://www.telescope.com/control/product/~category... http://www.telescope.com/control/product/~category... http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/organizat... https://secure.palmcoastd.com/pcd/eSv?iMagId=03401... https://secure.kalmbach.com/offer/Default.aspx?c=I...
- 4 years ago
D=50mm is way to small for anything but the moon. 10x50 binoculars will show you far more things at less cost. Get at least a D=70mm refractor like the Bresser skylux as a beginner scope, usually £150 but often on special offer at £70
- 1 decade ago
If it's for a newbie, the right answer would probably be to buy a reflector on a dobsonian mount. Anything over 6" would be enough to begin with (I had good results with my very-old 4" Tasco).
As for brand... there are too many. Be careful with E*aby stuff, though, as the quality is generally poor.
If you want to learn *a lot* before making any decision check a website called cloudynights <dot> com
- Anonymous1 decade ago
who is it for? what level experience do they have? how much $?