Magnification vs Aperture
WhenÂ I set out looking for a beginners telescope, IÂ initiallyÂ thoughtÂ OKÂ whats the biggest magnificationÂ I can get for my money. I was surprised to find out that its aperture not magnification that is the most important thing when it comes to astronomy telescopes.
Aperture is the diameter of the telescopes lens or mirror, the bigger the aperture the more light the telescope can gather, and the more light you can gather the brighter and more detailed your image will be.
Another thingÂ I have seen mentioned on many sites is to stay away from telescopes that try to sell themselves with their magnification. Aperture is king. So in simple terms the fatter the telescope the better.