I live in Mississauga (a large city in Ontario, Canada), I am looking for a budgeted telescope around $150. Which one or what type should I go for to explore the night sky planets?

  • $\begingroup$ I found this ontariotelescope.com/Cometron-Firstscope_p_617.html Any suggestion or advice $\endgroup$ – Zawad Hossain Oct 9 at 14:34
  • $\begingroup$ If all you want to do is view planets, buy some 10X binoculars. Much more flexible and quite sufficient. $\endgroup$ – Carl Witthoft Oct 9 at 14:37
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    $\begingroup$ It's possible that you might be disappointed after your purchase, depending on what your expectations are. I'd recommend you try to find a local astronomy group and join them during an observing night and get a feel for what planets look like in various telescopes. They can also provide you with a lot more advice than this site can. Planets are really small, they don't look like they do in photos you may have seen unless you have a fairly good telescope and mount and a good night. There's bound to be several groups in your general area. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Oct 9 at 15:12
  • $\begingroup$ It's possible that you will find the mount on the Cometron-Firstscope pretty frustrating if you want to use high magnification to try to see some features on planets. Things will move fairly quickly, you'll have to re-point it by a half-degree every roughly 2 minutes at 100x, mostly horizontally but sometimes vertically. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Oct 9 at 15:18
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    $\begingroup$ Related: around 900 USD, around 500 USD, 300 USD and 2000 USD. $\endgroup$ – Ertxiem - reinstate Monica Oct 9 at 16:43

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