Well, I am new to telescopes and astronomy, so this is my journey thus far.
Beginning a couple of months ago I have been frustrated in my attempt to buy my first telescope as all the vendors seem to be on back order and delay, delay, delay. I have already ordered 5 different scopes but the more I read and research the more unsure of what to buy so I keep cancelling my orders. At this point I have probably spent some 50+ hours reading, researching specs, and watching youtube videos…but still have yet to own a scope.
I do own “Turn Left at Orion”, own “SkySafari” on both my laptop and iPhone, and a pair of quality 12x60 binoculars.
I was going to just get an Orion AstroView 90mm Refractor ($350) as it is basic without costing much with good reviews… and knowing I would upgrade to something better in a year or two. But I changed my mind again.
My strategy for the moment is to get an Orion Starmax 127mm Maksutov with EQ mount ($600), Orion 1.25 Lenses accessory Kit ($99), a planisphere, and dew shield ($50) hoping this will be pretty good quality to last me indefinitely for general usage.
I live in the suburbs and will more than likely use it to look at the planets, moon and some deep space learning all I can. It is very important to me that my system is small and light enough to set up and store in the corner of my dining room or den and easy to transport to my back yard. Although a little nervous about learning how to use an EQ mount, I am convinced it is the way to go. I want to avoid a “Go To” system as I suspect they can go bad and then not sure I could use the mount manually. Besides I really want to learn how to do it all and maybe eventually upgrade to a computer system.
If I grow to love this, in a year or two after saving some money I would like to buy my dream system - an Orion EON 110mm ED (f/6 and 660 mm focal length) APO Refractor with an Orion SkyView Pro EQ mount, Orion 9x50 Right angle correct image finder scope with cross hairs, and Orion 1.25 Lenses accessory Kit. This totals to about $2,000. I do not want a more basic refractor as I worry about CA color distortion. Or should I just buy this to start with?
I also like the Meade LX85 115mm Triplet APO Refractor bundle with (F/7 and 805 mm focal length), but it costs $2,500.
Although I can manage this, it is a fair amount of money to me, but I’m not getting any younger.
Any ADVICE would be much appreciated. Thanks in advance.