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What is the best telescope to use for a beginner?

I am a"noob" to astronomy, but I have always been absolutely fascinated by space, nebulae, supernovas, star clusters, and galaxies and I would like to invest in a telescope that is capable of studying and tracking these objects with clarity, but is also easy to use for a beginner such as myself. I would greatly appreciate suggestions! Thank you. ^_^

The first answer you will get from most of the experienced amateurs (including pretty much every answer above) is that there is no ''best'' telescope for a beginner. You really are well advised to try out a few different 'scopes at a star party or two, with your local astronomy club(s). You can find out capabilities, liabilities and costs. You might also get a very good deal on a 'used' 'scope from one of the club members looking to upgrade (aperture fever is very common...)

All that said, your best ''first telescope'' is almost certainly - - a decent pair of binoculars!
A pair of binoculars really are two 'folded-light-path' telescopes working together. The optics are almost always fairly decent (so long as you don't buy absolute garbage or children's toys) and they are dead *easy* to understand. Very little at all in the way of ''learning curve'' for learning how to use them.
You'll be quite surprised (astonished?) at how much pops into view with a pair of binoculars - the craters on the moon show up! You can see the moons of Jupiter! Uranus is visible! Under very good conditions, you might even catch a glimpse of Saturn's rings! (Okay, that's a stretch - but it can be done!) Several galaxies are visible! And the sky fills with far more stars than you could see with 'just' bare eyes.

After that, the first 'big' telescope you might consider purchasing - a 6 inch or 8 inch Dobsonian mounted reflector - - lots and lots of aperture (well - - it sure seems that way until you've worked with it for a year or three...), easy to 'operate' (only a small learning curve) and relatively inexpensive - can be bought from a couple different major manufacturers (Meade, Orion, others) for $250 to $400.

And your friends, family and neighbors will think you have a *huge* telescope - - while you begin the first pangs of longing for a 12 inch Dob... or maybe a 16 inch... and wouldn't a 24 inch be absolutely......

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