Hey everyone, just wanted some advice on which scope would be better for me.
I really just want something portable I can take out and look at planets, moons, galaxies. No imaging as I don't even own a camera so just visuals. What would ya'll recommend? Thank you
My path in the hobby is similar to yours - I also started with binocular observations. I still do dedicated binocular sessions, and even if I observe with a telescope, I always have a pair of binoculars at hand.
My suggestion is to start with the aperture in the range of 72 - 80 mm. This is what a small aperture telescope is good for:
- as a grab-n-go, you can start observing in less than a minute; this is very valuable when your astronomical weather is bad and you have to deal with clouds and low temperatures
- as a travel scope, it will enable you to do observations under breathtakingly beautiful skies - I traveled with my 72 mm to Arizona, Hawaii, and Chile
- mounting requirements are modest; with a proper mount you'll be able to achieve very steady views while keeping the mount light
- when time comes, it will be a good companion for your large-aperture instrument
Best of luck with your decision!