Well this is covered in several stories in Astronomy Magazines all over the world at this time of year and I often get asked. With Christmas around the corner, please don’t rush out and buy a scope from one of the big discount retailers! Often these scopes promise huge magnifications and even computerized tracking but don’t buy the hype. Magnifications are theoretical and ability to achieve this your optics have to be perfect, not something you are going to get in bargain store scope. For the same money you can get a decent scope, or better yet for the beginner, an awesome pair of binoculars and a guide book ideal for the beginning astronomer.
So if you are looking for scope be sure to visit my primary dealer Blair of Sky Vue Telescopes in Calgary. He stocks many scopes for all ranges, can get almost anything in and can guide you as the proper scope to buy. You can reach Blair at 403 239-8386 or via email at skyvue at telus dot net.