Hi Venus, and welcome to CN. Is your brother a CNer?
If not, Step 1 is to get him signed up as a member. I also recommend adding your location to your CN profile, since there is likely an experienced CN member living near you that may be able to offer help or support.
Since there are many different kinds of telescope in a variety of configurations (including a few lower price ones that most CNers consider to be "bad" telescopes), I do not recommend surprising someone over 12 years old with an expensive telescope that may not be what they want. You should have their input!
For first telescope buyers, I propose that buying a telescope without at least seeing and using it in person is a fool's mission. The solution for that is easy and essentially cost free, and will likely avoid wasting money and having a lot of frustration and regrets: Join you local astronomy club! Did you know that a lot of clubs, even some libraries, offer loaner telescopes for members to use?
For beginners, I highly recommend starting with Rhetfield's recommendation for a 5" tabletop dobsonian telescope like the Heritage 130 and Zhumell 130 (or AWB Onesky in the USA). Quite capable, yet very easy to use and portable, telescopes that can serve an astronomer well for decades.They are not "Kid scopes" although they are easy enough for kids to use and their simplicity inherently teaches users a lot of essential information about telescopes and astronomy. The should also cost no more than 200 pounds - Best Bang for the Buck in a beginner telescope in that price range.
These won't be his only telescope if he stays interested in astronomy, but they are "Keepers" and will continue to be useful and almost essential as his "grab & go" telescopes in the future.
Along with the telescope, your brother should also get a few extra low cost items:
- A good easy to use astronomy book like "Turn Left at Orion"
- A free cell phone astronomy app and planetarium software like Stellarium (amazing features).
But most of all - Join your local astronomy club, just google to find one.
Best wishes and clear skies.
Edited by JohnBear, 03 June 2020 - 11:31 AM.