My 74 year old Dad mentioned he would like to have a telescope. He has never had one so he is a beginner. I have been researching different telescopes and have seen the astronomy binoculars that are available. Which do you think would be a good fit for him, a telescope or the binoculars? I realize he will need a tripod for the binoculars too. He does wear eyeglasses if that is a factor in this decision. My price range unfortunately is going to have to be around the $100 range. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
This is a tough one, because the more you pay, the better the telescope. And $100 is just about the entry level for a scope. The best source for this type of scope is probably Orion--and here is a link to a nice scope they are offering, on sale, for right at $100:
Binoculars are also fun to play with, and they really are a good way to get to know the sky and it's delights, but your dad wants a telescope, not binoculars. And while binoculars will show you lots of dim fuzzy clouds in the sky, the best views of the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn are going to be with a telescope, not with binoculars.
If you have more money, invest in a scope that has a larger diameter, because that will gather more light and show more things!
I think he'll be happy with this scope---and have a lot of fun with it.
Hope that helps