Any amateur astonomers out there?
I need some telescope purchasing advice. I recently inherited a scope which has reignited a dormant hobby I once used to be interested in, namely astronomy. The scope I had been given is, unfortunately over 25 years old and the scope is now 'tired' according to a telecope shop I was in today (the image isn't what it should be) as it had been stored in an attic for many years. What I am after is a better scope, with automated sighting and good image results. Teh shop I went to for advice was keenly pointign to a scope costing £400 with the advice 'you'd proberbly never need another scope again if you where to buy this'. \yes, and for that price I'd never forgive myself either. This scope was a Skymax-127 and I can't remeber teh stand\trackign device model.
What I am looking at though is this one from Celestron:Celestron 31145 NexStar 130 SLT Series Newtonian: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics & Photo
Which is a lot cheaper, and has all of the features I want. Does anyone out the in EduGeek land have a scopelike this or can recommend an alternative in that price range?