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Is this a good first telescope?

Ok..So i am looking to buy a first Telescope - Is this a good one? And if so what can i expect to see with this? Will it be able to see such object like Saturn's rings etc?

114mm/4.5" Diameter
500mm focal length
Two 1.25" eyepieces (25mm and 10mm)
2x Barlow
EQ1 - Equatorial mount with RA and Dec slow motion controls
Red dot finder

While the telescope itself is probably OK, the EQ1 mount is terrible: shaky legs, wobbly axes, hard to set up and use. Most people nowadays prefer a modern Dobsonian mount, which is simpler to use and much more solid:
http://www.telescope.com/control/product/~category_id=reflectors/~pcategory=telescopes/~product_id=09814/~sSearchSession=f8005861-f898-4b3e-a701-7230e1d5895d

Better still, spend a little more and get a 6-inch Dobsonian:
http://www.telescope.com/control/product/~category_id=dobsonians/~product_id=08942

Here are a few web pages with good information on beginner's telescopes:
http://www.gaherty.ca/tme/TME0702_Buying_a_Telescope.pdf
http://www.scopereviews.com/begin.html
http://observers.org/beginner/j.r.f.beginner.html

For more advanced information, read Phil Harrington's Star Ware, 4th edition (Wiley).

You'll get the greatest value for your money with a Newtonian reflector on a Dobsonian mount, such as these:
http://www.telescope.com/control/category/~category_id=dobsonians/~pcategory=telescopes/~VIEW_INDEX=0/~VIEW_SIZE=1000000
http://www.skywatchertelescope.net/swtinc/product.php?class1=1&class2=106

Buy from a store which specializes in telescopes and astronomy, either locally or online; don't buy from department stores, discount stores or eBay as mostly what they sell is junk. Find your local astronomy club and try out different telescopes at one of their star parties:
http://www.skyandtelescope.com/community/organizations

I strongly recommend that beginners steer clear of astrophotography until they have learned their way around the sky. Astrophotography is by far the most expensive and difficult area of amateur astronomy.

Many people who buy telescopes have no idea how to find interesting things to observe. A good introduction to finding things is NightWatch by Terence Dickinson (Firefly). A more advanced book is Star Watch by Phil Harrington (Wiley).

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