Gordon Laing wrote:
Hi Shagrath, I can't personally recommend a cheap telescope as it will only end up disappointing you, especially if you want to get into photography with it. I'd recommend joining a local astronomy club instead as they'll have access to some decent kit which you may be able to try out - not to mention members who are experienced in such matters who can advise you. That's how I started out in astro-photography beyond a few star trails with an old SLR.
Cool, thanks for the advice, I hadn't thought about that. I wasn't sure if "consumer grade" telescopes were good enough. I'll look around for astronomy clubs if there are any near by.
Yes, What Gordon said is exactly right. Once you start using a telescope, very soon you will feel that you made a good choice by joining a club rather than buying a cheap telescope.
However, for decent visual observation, I suggest a 5" Newtonion reflector or a 3" refractor (however, refractors will cost you lot more than reflectors.
I used my friend's Celestron 80EQ (discontinued now, I guess), produced very nice sharp image of Saturn and the rings are clearly separated!
But I too suggest you join a club before making a choice to purchase a scope.