posted on Jan, 17 2006 @ 05:20 AM
Absolute best bang for the buck is the Orion Intelliscope XT10i & XT12i. ( www.telescope.com...
) The XT12i is about 90 pounds and the XT10i is
about 70 pounds. So it depends on your physical strength. The larger the aperture the more light you can gather. (The more you can see...)
Some galaxies are visable in a 10" scope but they start to stand out to where you can see dust lanes in a 12" and 14" scope.
I own a XT10i with the computer. For under $1200 Canadian, it rocks. Very comparable to 2 and 3 thousand dollar scopes.
With my XT10i & my 12mm wide angle lens the view of the Hercules Cluster is absolutely awesome, especially on a REALLY dark night.
I would have bought the XT12i but it was released 2 months after I got the XT10i
Meade also makes some good dobsonian scopes. A dobsonian scope (ie xt10) is one of the best starter telecopes around.