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There are several components that you need to look at when you are buying your first telescope. You need to be sure of what kind of use you will get out of the telescope -- do you want to take photos? Do you want to look at the sun? Do you want to gaze from a single spot, or do you want to be able to transport your telescope to other locations? You should take some time and research several brands of telescopes -- go to a local telescope retailer and read reviews online. It also helps to set a budget for yourself, it will keep you from overspending, and help to narrow down your choices. Once you determine your budget and needs, focus on researching telescopes that fit in to those categories.