Christine the 10 inch Orion is a really nice telescope, but Raz is right. I just want an entry level telescope. I've never owned a telescope and I'm not taking it on every camping trip. It's for occasional use. Maybe if we really like it we'll buy a better telescope and really dive into this hobby. Thank you so much for the suggestions on the apps. That was a real great help. We've bought apps before only to find out it's not what we wanted.
I'm not worried about the weight
of the telescope but, having a small trailer and carrying most our things in our SUV means room is at a premium. It also means things need to be stacked so durability is an issue. I'm not going to put the telescope at the bottom of the stack but, I'll bet the first turn we make a case of water will end up on it! Lol!
I'm still googling some of the terminology. Refractor, Reflector, Newtonian! I didn't even realize some telescopes invert images and make daylight viewing difficult.
It amazes me how versatile FGRV owners are, and when it comes to different subjects, wow! The Edmond Scientific telescope looks nice. I'm going to look into this.
I live in Laredo, TX. It's in South Texas, 150 miles south of San Antonio.
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