posted on Mar, 1 2009 @ 02:33 PM
The best answer to your question is "it depends".
For some basic astronomical observing (moon, planets in our solar system, and some basic Deep Space Object (DSO) viewing), the Meade you have listed
should be fine. You will get more "bang for the buck" with a Dobsonian telescope. When it comes to astronomy, the basic rule is aperture is king.
The more light you can gather the better.
If you are into more terrestrial viewing (birds, planes etc), I would recommend a spotting scope or a good pair of binoculars, you will be able
to track objects much faster.
Check out Orion's telescope.com site, they have a lot of good buying info. No financial interest here, just a satisfied customer.
A couple of good books I recommend on the subject:
Star Ware: The Amateur Astronomer's Guide to Choosing, Buying, and Using Telescopes and Accessories by Philip S. Harrington
Astronomy Hacks by Robert Bruce Thompson