I am asking this question because I have a request from a Facebook person. This person, a lady, wants to buy a telescope as a birthday present for her husband. Obviously he is not into astronomy but he has indicated his interest when they go to their seaside home where they are able to see stars in the sky. I assume they are not very limited by their budget.
As I see these are their options.
1. Low end non-goto scope like 8" Dob.
Advantages: Low cost hence low financial risk in case he loses interest, decent aperture to view fair amount of DSO's.
Disadvantages: Operator has to learn to navigate the sky which can be tough and can become the reason for losing interest
2. Low end Goto scope such as a iOptron Smart Star Cube mount with 80f5, (there are similar units from other manufacturers)
Advantages: Nice portable unit, easy to carry and set up. Goto feature helps easy location
Disadvantages: Small aperture will be a disadvantage if used at light polluted location. Goto feature can kill the challenge and become a reason for losing interest (if the user likes to be challenged)
3. Medium and high end scopes - Many wide scopes to choose
Advantages: Too many to list
Disadvantages: Most of these are heavy and need plenty of experience to set up and to operate. Probably not the best choice for a beginner.
My intention is to make sure that the this person gets a scope that will eventually make him sustain his interest.
Thank you for your opinions, I know I will not be getting one single advice that will be agreeable to all. That is perfectly fine to me.