Wise choice.GalaxyFunGirl":1iz1eqbp said:...Thank you for the informative thread, I plan on buying a new telescope by the end of the year........I will probably purchase it from Orion Telescope Company........
A word of warning to potenmtial telescope buyers who do not have deep pockets.
Many stores may sell cheap, substandard telescopes which can seriously disappoint a budding Astronomer & put them off observing. Here in the UK some years ago, a certain catalogue store that is to be seen in practically every British town centre (my home town has two of them), sold a cheap budget telescope that on the packaging boasted, that you could 'observe Jupiter's moons one with volcanoes erupting, referring to Io) & that you could see stars with planets around them & that many wonders of the Universe were visible as galaxies sped away from each other. I demanded to see the instruction booklet & it was full of Voyager spacecraft & Hubble Space Telescope images, insinuating that with the telescope that is what you would see. There was never any mention that these were NASA images.
I was one person who complained about the false advertising & presentation of this telescope & indeed many astronomers & science proffessionals took the store to court under the trade descriptions act (I provided some evidence concerning the booklet that came with it) & we won. The product was withdrawn & could only be sold if it was presented as the useless piece of cheap tat that it was. A £20 telescope surpassing Hubble. It was a scam.
So please be very careful about choosing equipment. With Orion Optics, there will be no issues though, as they produce outstanding equipment & they never make false claims.