Found 24th Sep 2009
My parents are retiring to a house that has got a nice view of a river about a quarter to a half a mile away and the previous owners had a telescope up on the balcony for looking at the wildlife. Now I was thinking of getting my Dad something similar, instead of him having to use his ropey old binoculars. Anybody got any suggestions and or advice? Im not sure he will want to do astronomy with it so that aspects not so important, just birdwatching etc. Looking to spend between 100-300 snots if that helps?

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A telescope will show everything upside down,If you want something for birdwatching etc "ahem" you need a spotting scope,:thumbsup:

You could go with a spotting scope instead of a telescope, might get more for your money.

]How to choose Spotting Scope

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tonyg1962;6380783

A telescope will show everything upside down,If you want something for … A telescope will show everything upside down,If you want something for birdwatching etc "ahem" you need a spotting scope,:thumbsup:



I never knew that, so they see the moon etc upside down? How wierd.

ghinzani;6380845

I never knew that, so they see the moon etc upside down? How wierd.



There is usually a erector lense in with the telescope that flips the image

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Celticsun;6381010

There is usually a erector lense in with the telescope that flips the … There is usually a erector lense in with the telescope that flips the image



So a Telescope could theoretically work both ways ? Better check he doesnt want to look at the moon too then.

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Oh apparently he has got good binoculars for looking at the wildlife, and its the night sky he fancies looking at in his retirement, so the specs now a good basic beginners telescope.... does not need to have tripod as have one already.

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Anyone know much abouut this scope? Konus Digimax-90 uk-telescopes.co.uk/kon…htm The fact that it can automatically find stuff might be of some use to my Dad - or is it too complicated for a beginer? Or conversely will its autofind mean he misses out on valuable experience?
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