We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Posted 01 May 2006 - 09:43 PM
Like most things in life it's all rather dependent on budget I'm afraid. It will also depend on how seriously you intend to get into the hobby as well. You could spend thousands of Euros on a telescope which very really comes out of it's box.
The advise I remember being given was if you are new to the hobby consider buying a good pair of binoculars before progressing to a good telescope. Never buy a really cheap telescope it will give disappointing views.
If there are any astronomical societies near by, consider go along to a meeting, there will be plenty of people that can give you good advice. It is also worthwhile looking into astronomy magazines. Sky and Telescope and Astronomy are very good but more geared towards North America. Astronomy Now is aimed more at the UK and Ireland. They will have reviews of telescopes and, in the case of Astronomy Now, will have details of astronomy societies.
"Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-boggingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the street to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." - The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 1952 - 2001