Choosing a telescope

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Today I was bored, so I went into my closet and found an old telescope of mine. I spent like a half hour star-gazing, but quickly became bored. I couldn't see very far with this telescope, since it was a cheap one I got for Christmas a few years ago (and funny thing is, around the time I got it, I saw it in a CVS Pharmacy.) It was about $50. I decided to buy myself a nicer one, and after researching for about an hour (yes, I read the sticky.) I settled on two.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000XMT42/?tag=pfamazon01-20


https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0007UQNKY/?tag=pfamazon01-20

The Orion one has better reviews. So far i'm leaning towards that one, but the Celestron looks like it could be good. Just wanted to check in here before I made a final decision.
 
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the celestron will be far better. the main thing you want in a telescope is a large objective (size of the primary mirror in a reflector, or lens in a refractor).

also dependent upon what kinds of things you like to observe - if wide star fields, a short focal length scope is good - if planets, moon, messier objects, then you want a longer focal length for higher magnification.
 
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You might want to discuss this in the "Planning to buy a first telescope?" thread; stickied at the very top of the page.
 

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