Are you really interested in Astromony and are looking for a Telescope that is going to grow with you then this list is for you. The below scopes have excellent features, build quality and optics in there price range.
It's just so big. For it's price it offers fantastic value for money due to it's massive 12" mirror. It's not flashy with goto controls or wifi, but a simple to use, high quality product for intermediate users. It is big in real life which is why it's not on the beginners list though does collapse down to be transported and stored. Finding objects is easy too, with something so bright it's hard to miss.
The natural evolution of the classic SE range, these new units have built in wifi for smartphone and tablet control, internal brass gears for better tracking, manual clutch control and a built in lithium battery for a completely transportable unit.
These scopes come in a 6",8" and 9.25" versions, Depending on your budget and travel requirements. If your not sure what to get, the evolution is very expandable for all of your needs in the future.
A great match of two different brands. Out the box ready for astrophotography (with the right adapters for your camera) it offers a high powered, smooth and beautifully clear image. With Meade's ACF optics, you don't need to worry about coma, stars are bright and sharp with no strange colours. With SkyWatchers tracking and great build quality it uses in it's mounts, the tube is kept very stable to be able to take full advantage out of Meade's high power 8" tube. The Mount can also be used with Skywatcher's WIFI dongle, for a wireless experience, much like Celestron's evolution.