Thanks for the input everyone! I didn't expect this many replies! I think I'm going to go with an 8" Dobsonian one! As far as my interest in using it goes, it'll mostly just be in my backyard and at night. Also, I was wondering whether or not I'll actually be able to use it in my backyard since they look like they go on top of a table. Would it be possible to mount them?
Hi, As you can tell, I am new to the world of telescopes and astronomy. I have several questions about telescopes in general. 1) Some telescopes come with the ability to pinpoint stars and planets automatically with coordinates or some other technology. I'm wondering if it is possible to manually move those telescopes. I haven't been able to find the answer to this question anywhere, but I prefer one that is able to be manually moved over automatic movement if they are not able to move. 2) As far as I know, there are 4 types of telescopes: The Dobsonian, Refractor, Reflector, and Cassegrain telescopes. Which one is more advantageous to a beginner and which would be of use to a beginner for a longer period as they progress through their "stargazing journey?" 3) What are the advantages and disadvantages of the four aforementioned types of telescopes? Thank you for reading and all help is much appreciated!