Sorry for any daft questions - I’m a complete beginner to this.
I’m looking to get a scope primarily for my 12-year old daughter (but for me as well). As kids do have a tendency to lose interest in things, I’m after something that’s easy to use and around the £200 or under mark - but good enough to actually present a little bit of “wow” factor - so something that will at least give a good view of the closer planets - Mars, banding on Jupiter, Saturn’s rings etc.
I’ve done some reading and narrowed it down to the Zhumell Z130 and the Starblast 4.5. The main thing is whilst I can find plenty of info and reviews on the Orion, I can’t really find much around the Zhumell, which looks to be the better scope on paper - Dob rather than EQ which I’m guessing will be easier for a beginner (and a 12-year old), larger apature etc. I expect we’ll be looking at better eyepieces, a Barlow etc etc as we get more experienced.
Am I on completely the wrong lines with these two? Anyone out there with the Zhumell who can report on performance, usability etc?