The following links are provided as a primer for amateur astronomers. Not every telescope is the same, and many have their own pro's and con's. Hopefully the links below will help people when deciding which telescope to settle on for their own star viewing*.
1. Telescope Primer #1
2. Telescope Tutorial - Buying a Telescope
3. Binoculars - Halfway to a Telescope
4. Choosing your first telescope
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*Your best bet is to start with binoculars.