posted on Feb, 13 2012 @ 04:43 PM
You should check out your local Astronomical Society or Astronomy Club. They love sorting out beginners with advice. Often members will have equipment
for sale and you can be confident that the kit'll be in good condition and that the price will be fair. Failing that, at least check out
The advice I would give is to work out what you need before you part with any cash as it can be an expensive mistake if you buy the wrong
A quick guide to telescope types...
Uses a combination of lens and mirrors. The most popular type of telescope currently. A great all rounder and suitable for photography. I wouldn't
consider one with less than 5" diameter though. Ideally 6" or more.
Reflecting telescope. Cheapest type of telescope by aperture. Great for deep sky (galaxies, nebulae etc), not so great for planets. Most Newtonians
are not suitable for photography with a DSLR due to focal length issues. This explains why...
Again if you go down this route go for 6" or above.
The most expensive type of telescope by aperture. You would need at least a 4" lens. Cheaper models will produce some false colour. Great for
planets, not so good for deep sky use unless you hook it up to a permanent polar alligned mount and a specialist camera.
All the above can be bought with computer 'goto' tracking.
One final word about buying second hand. You have no way of knowing if the equipment has been well looked after or what condition the mirrors or
lenses are in without inspecting the telescope. Be wary of buying off the internet.
Hope this helps - good luck!