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hi there. i am totally new to astronomy and would like purchase a telescope that could see planet and view as many star as possible. my budget is not more than $1000 and i am quite confused since there are so many brands to choose from. i saw vixen had quite a good quality of telescope but the price were too expensive.. thank you
It is less a matter of brand and more a matter of features when buying a telescope. Keep in mind there is no absolute single best, only the best in terms of features that work for you and your observing. There is far too much for a single post, so check the articles I have included. These will get you through the most basic decisions.
The most important feature on a telescope is telescope size. All telescopes, regardless of size, can see exactly the same types of objects - moon, planets, galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, but a large telescope can see not only more of these objects, but also more detail in these objects. For a beginner, it is important to understand that a small telescope will not maintain an interest in astronomy for long. In the world of telescopes, anything less than 80mm is considered a small telescope. A small telescope, such as a 60mm or 70mm telescope, is NEVER a good choice if you want good images of faint objects such as galaxies, nebulae and star clusters. If you want to see more, buy the largest telescope you can afford (not the one that advertises the most power) that has all the features you want. Each design has its good and bad. Only you can decide which is right for you.
thanks Jne_K for the great reply. i will take a look in the FAQ section that you mentioned just now. and one more question please. is it alright for me to use telescope when i am wearing a glass? as you know. usually you need to stick your eye onto the telescope if you wanna see things clearly, and it seems to be a problem to me. could you give me some recommendation for some of the best telescopes which have multi-feature that are easier for beginner to use and yet it still contain sophisticate function that allows you to gaze the planets, nebula or galaxies? as a beginner i don't know much about the function for any telescope and in the meantime i wish to get a quite decent telescope which will cost around $700-$900. thank you very much