About this time of year I field questions about which telescope to buy for a budding amateur astronomer. My advice is to stay away from telescopes at first and concentrate on learning the sky. There are amazing sights that can be enjoyed with a pair of binoculars at relatively low power. Ten to fifteen power is great, but you'll want big lenses ... 50 millimeters or more if possible. You can spend a lot on serious instruments - thousands in fact, but for beginners something like this Celestron 15 power with 70 millimeter objectives is ideal and inexpensive. You can also use them for birdwatching.