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AstroBoy wrote:Just so you don't have unrealistic expectations:
Stars will "appear to be white lights with no detail at all" in any optical telescope, even the most powerful in existence. They are much too far away to ever see anything other than a point of light.
A decent telescope will give you great views of the moon, fair views of planets like Saturn (under good conditions, you'll be able to see a ring or two, under fair conditons, you'll just see a bump), Jupiter (under good conditions you'll see some bands, but don't expect colors), Mars (reddish disc, under good conditions you can make out the polar caps) and you can make out Venus and sometimes Mercury as crescents.
If you don't have light pollution or haze, you'll be able to make out deep space objects (some galaxies and nebulae) as a sort of whispy glow.
If you want better than that, you have to get into astrophotography or astro-imaging as you simply can't gather enough light in real-time for the eye to see much detail.