First post here, but if all goes right then there'll probably be more posts ... but by a younger me.
Just another dad looking to fulfill there son's wish / demand for a telescope. 12 years old and has formed at fantastic fascination with astronomy. Something I'd like him to keep to.
To this end I am hunting for a starter scope on a rather tight budget. It's the usual $200 range, but more like $175 thanks to my currency tanking.
Don't want to get him anything too crazy, but at the same time not something that will turn him off this interest.
I also have a limited range of products to pick from here in South Africa unless I seriously start increasing the budget.
To this end I have made a short list as follows:
1. National Geographic (Bresser?) 114/500 reflector Dobson mount
2. National Geographic 114/900 AZ reflector
3. Celestron Powerseeker 70AZ 70/700
4. Carson RP-100 Red Planet with smartphone adapter 76x700 AZ
I have seen numerous Powerseeker 70AZ reviews, but they're all over the place.
The biggest concern there is the provided eye-pieces.
I'm leaning towards the 114/500 NG/Bresser reflector.
As a beginner scope is this ok? Or should I rather go with the 114/900 and try and find a Dobson mount in the future?
I've not had much luck figuring which one of these NG are parabolic or spherical mirror.
I also like the fact that it is pretty compact and we can try and take it along on vacations to much darker country areas.
The Carson I am not sure about.
I would really appreciated input on these scopes. Thank you!