Observing the planets is probably the first thing you’re going to want to do with your telescope, as the planets are easy to find, bright, and visible regardless of light pollution conditions.
Astrophotography, unfortunately, is a bit of a money pit. Not only is the gear expensive, but the overall quality of your images and the versatility of your rig is pretty much directly proportional to how much you spend.
Almost any telescope needs a finder.
For astrophotography, an equatorial mount is critical to achieving accurate tracking for sharp, long-exposure images.
If you plan on looking through your telescope, eyepieces are pretty important.
Basically all telescopes ever made fall into three types.
Buying your first telescope can be confusing. This guide will lead you to the best model you can buy; for different price ranges.