Tip & How-To about Optics
For beginners in the Astronomy hobby we usually recommend that they buy a nice pair of either 7x50mm binoculars, or 10x50mm binoculars as their first 'telescope".
Additionally they should buy one or two Astronomy books, one of which should be a star chart. You will use the star chart and the binoculars to learn a little bit about the night sky BEFORE you buy your first telescope.
Objects in the Heavens by Peter Birren- http://www.amazon.com/Objects-Heavens-Peter-Birren/dp/155369662X/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1264187389&sr=8-1-fkmr0
Sky & Telescope Star Atlas- http://www.amazon.com/Sky-Telescopes-Pocket-Atlas/dp/1931559317/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264187432&sr=8-1
Turn Left at Orion- http://www.amazon.com/Turn-Left-Orion-Hundred-Telescope/dp/0521781906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264187469&sr=8-1-spell
Spend a few months learning the sky with the binoculars and JOIN a local Astronomy club. The members will help you learn the sky and you will get to look through their telescopes and decide on which one you should purchase. Did you know that the Astronomical League gives awards for completing several different observations using binoculars! Join your local AL Astronomy club to learn about observing awards using only binoculars!
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