Christmas is coming! If you are considering getting a telescope for the family astronomer, you are probably about to go shopping, and worrying about making the right choice. You want to open new horizons, not acquire another cupboard dust gatherer. There are some traps out there. I hope these notes help a little in avoiding problems.
When you ask most amateur astronomers (or me) which telescope we recommend for beginners, we will all tell you what you don't want to hear: don't buy a telescope first. Buy a pair of binoculars, learn the sky, and then buy a telescope. But that isn't the answer you wanted, so you go buy a telescope anyway. I understand. I've been you. So, if you aren't going to listen to me: here is my advice on what telescope to buy as a first telescope.
Having a hard time trying to buy cheap telescope? You dont know what kind of telescope would you buy? How much will you pay? And where is the perfect place to buy cheaper but excellent telescope? Then just go on reading. This might help you clear your mind.