How to choose a telescope
There are three basic types of telescopes: refractors, reflectors, and catadioptric telescopes. Each one uses different optics in order to magnify distant objects, refractors being the most common. The most important thing to look out for when buying a telescope is the diameter of the aperture, as this will determine what celestial bodies you can actually see and their level of detail. Often overlooked, the sturdiness of the mount will also heavily impact your viewing experience. Mounts include the altitude-azimuth which is the most similar to a photo tripod, and the equatorial mount which provides tracking capabilities.