If you are just thinking about getting into astronomy, or do not want to spend too much money on a telescope, you can do no better than the Meade 20218 NG-70SM.
This refractor telescope, produced by the biggest manufacturer of home telescopes, has the best features and quality available at the price. At just under 10 pounds in weight, it’s also very easily carried around, so you can take it out to the backyard, or on camping trips, and it won’t be a pain to transport.
Looking at customer reviews on many different sites, like Amazon, you will see that this telescope is very highly praised, being seen as a lot of kit for the money, and I believe, the best choice for beginners.
The kit that you will receive contains the following –
If I have any criticism of the Meade 20218, it’s that upgrading to a more powerful lens type, such as a Barlow lens, will nearly double the price, which isn’t really a criticism of the telescope, more an observation of how affordable it is. But a Barlow lens, which will double the magnification, can of course be bought at a later date.
Meade advertises this telescope as being ideal for terrestrial viewing (bird watching etc,) so you can get dual use out of the one item, although I have not seen much evidence of people using it for anything other than astronomy, which is really what it is designed for.