I am located in the southern part of India and am looking forward to buy a telescope to gaze up to look ay farther planets, moons in our solar system and take pictures. How should I go about getting a telescope as I know nothing about telescope and things I need to know?
If you are a beginning astronomer, there is not much point worrying about all the bells and whistles you can get with a good telescope.
Instead, the key points to look for are:
- light-gathering diameter - this gives an indication of how dim an object you will be able to see
- supports/stand/mount - a basic tripod will be fine if you want to see no further than Jupiter, but it will wobble too much for longer distance viewing, so a solid mount will be essential
- motor/computer drive - at high magnification, objects will pass the eyepiece very quickly, so you will want to look at tracking drives that can follow objects smoothly
But to be honest, you could start with a $100 telescope and really enjoy yourself learning the sky.
Celestron 127slt is a great way to start and reasonable price for a beginner. It has star align system that it can guide you through the sky objects during the time zone you are in after you calibrate it. It has also pretty good vision with its spectacular lens !