I wasn't sure how to categorize this, so feel free to move if desired.
I want to get my father a telescope for Christmas. I would like to stay under $200 for the package. I know this is a tall order but here is my wish list for him. I'd like the package to include the entire setup: OTA, mounting, mount, tripod, eyepiece. I'd like for it to be relatively transportable; he goes outdoors alot. He will only use this for visual and I'm guessing he will not spend much time, if any at all, on DSOs. So moon & easily seen planets. He does wear glasses and he's in his late 60s but pretty active. I envision him using this a small amount at home in a red zone on the light pollution map but more when he goes on his canoeing and weekend camping trips. He is very mechanically savvy, so learning collimation should not be too hard for him. I prefer to get him something new.
Among others, I have a 5" Newtonian which I really like, so I'm kind of leaning that way.
I found the Celestron Powerseeker 127EQ on Amazon: https://www.amazon.c...4QYH9BVPN9EY784
I like that it is nearly 5", brand new and comes with everything. Reviews say the tripod is flimsy. One review said collimating a Jones-Bird Reflector can be difficult and time consuming. I am planning to get him an inexpensive laser collimator on Amazon as well.
After reading how difficult the collimation on that scope can be I found the Celestron 70mm Travel Scope: https://www.amazon.c...RN1W8XRJKQ85SMH
Its nice that it's a refractor. One review said the tripod is stable. I don't love that it's only 70mm.
Comments on these scopes and suggestions for others are most welcome.
Edited by HasAnyoneSeenMyNebula, 25 July 2021 - 07:28 PM.