Beginner Portable Scope
You can always use any spotting scope for some astronomy, but if you are serious about astronomy, you should get an astronomy telescope. It's as much a matter of the mount as it is the scope. A photo tripod used with spotting scopes is limited in terms of the magnification it can handle. If you want to go with a spotting scope, a model which uses standard telescope eyepieces is a good choice. try the Celestron C90.
For a telescope, try a Meade DS2114, but sand is the enmesis of any optical instrumnet. Be careful.
A great way to learn more on the basics of choosing a telescope is to first read my article, Telescope First Questions. This gets you started with the two most important decisions to make, right away. Then narrow your choice down even more with my article How to choose the right telescope This discusses the pros and cons of each telescope design.
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