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It's not really about WHAT you can see with a telescope; it's a matter of how much you can see and that, in turn, is about telescope size, in terms of the size of the lens or mirror. A small telescope can see exactly the same TYPES of objects - moon, planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters - as a large telescope, it just can't see as many of them or as much detail as a large telescope. If you are a beginner, it is important to understand that a larger scope is a better choice if you want to maintain an interest in astronomy.