Periodically cwPartner makes noises to the effect that it would be really cool to have a small, but decent quality, telescope. Our neighbors aren’t much to look at, so I believe him when he says he wants it for stargazing.
So, he came across this Celestron Nexstar Skyalign 114GT-SA, which is currently on sale for about $300, a price that doesn’t scare him too much. We agreed that he can buy it if - and only if - it’s (1) a good value, in terms of product for the price, and (2) a decent piece of equipment that will provide a satisfactory viewing experience without too much hassle.
I’m throwing myself on your mercy, folks. Has anyone here used this particular telescope? Is the price reasonable? Is it fairly easy for a relatively intelligent adult to use? Would you advise against this item? If so, why, and what would you recommend instead?
I don’t think cwPartner has any particular experience in this area, but he does read instructions and loves to do research once he’s found a hobby he enjoys. I don’t begrudge him a new toy, but I do want to be sure he’s got half a chance of enjoying this one.
Thank in advance for anything you can tell me. Smartass comments are welcome as long as they’re relevant.