So what telescope should you buy? And how much do you need to spend? Truth be told, you don’t want to pay any less than $200 for a scope or you’ll likely be disappointed. And if you want to spend $1500-$2000, you can get a fine set of optics. But you don’t need to spend that much unless you have a big budget or you’re really serious. For astronomers on a budget, they are many choices in the $500-$700 range. The best scope for you is the one you use most often. Get as much aperture as you can afford and safely and comfortably move around. Perhaps the best value on the market is an 6-inch or 8-inch Dobsonian reflector. It’s not too awkward to transport and set up, it can show you thousands of deep-sky objects as well as planets and the moon, and costs between $500-$800, depending on options.