OK, lets get this back on topic here.
The first thing you need to do is decide what you want to look at. Then fit that in to your budget.
You want to look at the moon, perhaps a few planets. Then invest in a good pair of binoculars. I suggest a pair of 50x10 You really donít want to go over 10x, you simply wont be able to hold them steady. The first number is the lens size. The higher this number the better. This gives you more light gathering. This will allow you to see the moon and nice detail, and resolve planets to a small disk. Jupiter will be around the size of a pea held at arms length. You wont really see cloud bands or the great red spot. But you will see the 4 major moons as points of light. You will also be able to look at large star fields, such as defused clusters. In dark skis you will see Andromoda galaxy and the Orion nebula, but not in much detail.
If you want to look at planets, and perhaps some of the brighter Messier objects then you will need to get a setup with tracking and goto. Start around 90mm to about 125mm. Here you will start to see wisps in the nebulas, but donít expect much.
If you want to go deep sky you will need to start looking at 8Ē or larger. Price really starts to clime here. Once you get to 10Ē it goes threw the roof. Also, these scopes get heavy. My OTA alone was 65 pounds. Here you will see planets in detail. I have pictures of the ice caps on Mars, and bands on Jupiter. I also got a picture of Pluto. Great detail can be seen in nebulas and galaxies. I had also photographed several comets showing detail in the tail. I have pictures of all this if you want to see.
The rule is, if you canít afford a lot, but binoculars. Fine your local astro club and find out when they have a star party. Go there and talk to people. Look threw their scopes. Donít be disappointed you wonít see color; it wonít look like the pictures on the boxes, or in the magazines. I hope this answers your questions.
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