posted on Nov, 22 2009 @ 05:28 PM
I will give you a bit of advice.
Don't buy any telescope by how high the power is rated!
If you are near an amateur astronomer or club, pay a visit, they'll be more than happy to give you the proper guidance.
It really depends on budget and what you want to do with it.
The most important part is the mount, preferably an equatorial if you plan on doing any imaging, unless you just want to observe with it.
The rule of thumb is 50 power or times per inch of aperture. Be careful of any telescopes which claim more. Aperture is the size of the objective
lens or mirror.
There's nothing like taking a look through a good instrument.
Beware of the high power rated scopes, its not a lie, they can go to that power, but you won't be impressed with the image. I personally like 8"
mirrors, they are not too heavy and give good power for the money.