Avani (avani) wrote,
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[Lazyweb] Telescope Advice

I've been called on to buy a telescope as a present for a cousin who is graduating high school and headed off to a fast-track NASA aerospace engineering program.

It's been a while since I've looked at the market. I'm currently considering buying her a Maksutov-Newtonian, since she's likely to have access to darker areas and appreciate the added clarity. I'm debating between a larger Mak-Newt or a smaller refractor. My budget is $1000, +-500, with a hard cap around $2k. Are modern cheaper refractors really as bad as some people seem to think? Also, does anyone here have experience with SCTs? I have heard they are amazing, but have never seen one in person. The easy portability sounds like a big plus for a student.

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