I know there are quite a few people on here who are "into" space and stars and the like (myself included), and my Dad wants to get a telescope to have a bit of a closer look as to what is out there. Only problem is, they range in price from about £15 into the thousands - and unsure of which to go for. He said he only wants it to stick in the garden and look at the moon, or to take ontop of the cliffs and peer at France, or look across the county etc. With that in mind, he doesn't want to spend a fortune (although in his own words he said "i know to do it properly you want to spent a minimum of £500"). he emailed me this link, what do you guys think? Celestron Astromaster 70AZ Telescope: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics it looks quite cheap and cheerfull and only has a 2.76" aperture (a friend of mine has recommended this should be 5" minimum for good results). however, at the bottom of that page I found this one http://www.amazon.co.uk/Celestron-Astromaster-130EQ-MD-Motor-Drive/dp/B0013Z42AK/ now this looks like a nice bit of kit, has a motor so looking at objects in the sky is easier and wouldn't cost the earth (no pun intended). Any other suggestions? I know you "get what you pay for" with most things, but he doesn't want to spend upwards of £500 - what else is there to consider? Thanks in advance.