Best telescope for viewing planets and galaxies
The least expensive and best u201cbang for the bucku201d telescopes are Newtonian reflectors on an alt-az mount/base and are called Dobsonians after a man named John Dobson who came up with the original idea.
These are very popular with amateur astronomers.
One big advantage is because of the base, they are very stable.
Money can be spent on the optics instead of a tripod base.
Inexpensive mounts will vibrate quite a bit.
That barely noticeable vibration becomes very apparent at 100 or 200X.