My son and I are really getting into astronomy and would like to get a good quality telescope. We bought a $100 Edu Science scope at a toy store that spouted 600x. It was so shakey and hard to adjust we boxed it up and will take it back tomorrow. We'd like one that could see a planet or two and good detail of moon surface and maybe a stray galaxy. In doing a bit of research I've found that going for "power" is really just an advertising gimmick used to lure you into a cheep scope. The true power comes from focal length and objective size and some ratio of the two. Any ideas on a scope say no more than $300 or at least some good brands to research.