Hey, I am also looking for a scope. I got a bush of B-=Day money $_$ so I have about 250-300 to spend. I am a beginner,; but I don't want a crappy scope (obviously) I want to be able to see everything, not just planets/deep space etc. On the other board, I had the Spaceprobe 130 reccomended, but I would love to hear other thoughts/recommendations. Also, what are the benefits/downfalls of a shortscope versus a longscope?