I can't remember the section I posted it in, and checking the 'Telescopes' forum section it is split between Refractor, Reflector and Catadioptric. But I don't know which one I want to go for so I couldn't post in any of those. If there is a more suitable location for my enquiry then Mods please move it.
I recall that Gabrielle was very helpful with her advice when we exchanged a few PMs about this, but I can't find those PMs - sorry Gabrielle
Anyway, basically I am looking for a lightweight telescope (not large in size) that Sophia and I can carry with us in the car to go into the Forest to view the sky at different locations ( as well as from our home) and is easy to set up. I don't want to have a laptop to control anything.
Primarily, we are wanting to look at the Moon, and the nearest Constellations.
Once a suitable make of telescope has been whittled down, eyepieces are going to be important too. From reading other posts on the forum there are so many choices available, that it becomes mind-boggling. A wide field of view seems to be a good consideration, so I suppose the widest possible maybe ?
As regards cost, then here the minefield begins. We don't have a specific cost in mind at the moment. We don't want to spend thousands of Pounds (Sterling) if it can be avoided.
Also, an equatorial mount will likely to be put into the mix for consideration to be able to track the stars properly.
I am not speaking with any sort of expertise here with regards to the equipment required, I am just recalling pieces of information I have gleaned from reading previous posts about 'starting out' telescopes.
I just wanted to specify our requirements at this point so we can decide on our best options.
Please don't be too technical with any advice you can give us, as it would probably just go over our heads