QUESTION: I am looking for a telescope I want your advice of the best option (a great all around telescope for viewing the widest variety of things) in different price ranges. What is the best under 250$ USD? Between 250 and 500 dollars? And under 1000 dollars?
ANSWER: Hi Dustin
Telescopes are always a compromise between size, cost, andd performance. At the lower end of your price scale, I would the biggest scope I could: a 6 inch reflector with a very simple mount (alt/azimuth).
At $500, you have to make a choice. I would go for a larger scope with that same mount--but an 8 inch mirror.
Once you get to $1000, I think you should look for more convenience: a compound reflector like a Schmidt Cassegrain with automatic mount, like a Celestron or Meade.
Hope that helps--drop me a follow up note if you want more info.
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QUESTION: Do you have any specific models in mind that would be best?
There are a lot of good companies--but to keep it simple, I've always had very good luck with Orion Teelescopes out of Santa Cruz. Goood people, and every scope they carry is a reasonable value for the money. Take a look at their website...it's a great place to start