Let me start off by saying that I know nothing except what I've learned while cruising the internet the past few days, so I apologize in advance if I sound misinformed or ignorant...
I started out shopping for a telescope for my four year old son who has a mysterious infatuation with constellations, planets, and space. I say mysterious because he's developed it by himself through books, since no friends or family ever talk about it or are even really interested in it. So I entered this with the idea and understanding that I'd be doing everything and he'd just be looking through the eyepiece once it was setup, since he's only four but I wanted him to hopefully see some "neat stuff" other than just the moon. I had it narrowed down to the Celestron Cometron FirstScope, Celestron 70mm Travel Scope, or the Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ (obviously all very different). The more I read the more interested I became because this stuff actually seems really cool, haha. So I was pretty much decided on the PowerSeeker 127EQ (comes with 4mm, 20mm, and 3x Barlow), but stumbled across a nice deal on an AstroMaster 130EQ including an eyepiece kit (so in total 20mm, 15mm, 10mm, 9mm Kellner and moon,blue, & red filters) for $70 more but still under $200.
I live in an NYC suburb in Long Island, so light pollution will be terrible. On the DarkSiteFinder map, my house is the light gray ring outside of NYC. However, I can drive 10 minutes to the beach where it's dark red or 20 mins to where it's dark orange/yelow(?). I will also car travel with the telescope to much better places upstate which are in the light and dark green areas on the map. Primary spot would be backyard if possible though, then the beach, while upstate trips are infrequent and only a few times a year.
I'm not dead set on a Celestron, just seems that everything I read and researched led me to these. For some reason I'm against dobs, don't really know why, other than it seems like a pain whereas the tripod style mounts seem more comfortable and easily moved around. I've watched a few YouTube videos about setting up an EQ style mount and about collumating and I'm up for both.
I think my primary wish would be for us to see planets because that's what my family knows about, but honestly I'm not even sure about that because deep sky objects (Messiers?) also seem pretty interesting and that greatly expands things to find and observe.
Would both of these telescopes allow me to see the same things? Are there drastic differences between the two? Reviews are all mostly favorable on both of them, but with the PowerSeeker having about three times as many.
Or am I completely off base with everything I'm thinking? then feel free to lock my account and throw me off the forum, haha
Thanks in advance to everyone who reads and more thanks to those who respond...My family really appreciates the help...