Mark Phillips gave us a talk on what to consider when choosing a telescope as well as examples of different types and options.
The slides are available as a PDF which you may find useful or reference purposes.
You can find astronomy suppliers on our links page. The ones mentioned in the talk and used for demo purposes were:
- First Light Optics
- Rother Valley Optics
- Viking Optical (binoculars)
These are examples, there are other good ones.
Here are some useful links from the talk for 2nd hand equipment:
https://www.wexphotovideo.com/used – sold with a guarantee
https://www.gumtree.com – a bit of a wild card
Astroboot – cheap bits and pieces https://www.astroboot.co.uk/AstroBoot