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  1. Tony, Alfi: Thanks for your prompt replies. @Tony: I was worried you'd mention about the GOTO aspect of the two telescopes I'd picked taking up a fair whack of the budget. Hopefully someone can give me some pointers towards a non-GOTO telescope in the same sort of budget. @Alfi: Thanks for those links, I'll have a look at both and compare with the two I was previously looking at. As far as transport goes - thankfully he'll be driving for the most part, so no worries about damage in transit or extra fees/problems.
  2. Hi all, Firstly, I apologise if this is one of many similar posts on here. I'm looking to get a telescope for my dad for his 60th birthday (at the end of this month!), and I think I've managed to narrow it down to 2: - Skyhawk-1145P SynScanTM AZ GOTO 114mm (4.5") reflecting telescope (Sky Watcher Skyhawk-1145P SynScanTM AZ GOTO 114mm (4.5") reflecting telescope) - Meade DS2080 80mm (Meade Meade 80mm computerised GOTO telescope astronomy starter kit) This will be a first telescope for him, and I'd like it to give him a good start in astronomy as a hobby. I have a number of queries that I hope I can get some help with: I'd like him to have the ability to use a camera with the telescope - I assume that this is fairly common in amateur astronomy, but is it possible with either of these telescopes? He spends a number of weeks per year abroad (in which time he'd more than likely be taking the telescope with him), so I was wondering how the GOTO computer would cope with multiple locations. I assume it will involve a setup for every time the location changes (from what I've read it's about 15-20 minutes for a competent person?)? The reason I'm looking at telescopes with a GOTO mount is that he's a novice to astronomy, so thought the telescopes with GOTO mounts would be ideal. I understand that the price-point I'm looking at is fairly low (up to around £250) - would I be better off spending the same money on a better telescope without the GOTO mount, and have him manually find "targets"? Apologies for what may be stupid questions - I know nothing about this subject (but I'm trying to learn!), and I want to make The Right Choice ™. Thanks in advance. :¬)
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