Reflector - Reflector telescopes use a mirror-based design to collect light and provide you with a view of the sky. These telescopes are generally known for providing excellent value for money, and you can get a telescope with a very large aperture at a reasonable price. These telescopes are good for the moon, stars and other large and bright objects, but are not the best choice for deep space viewing. Reflector telescopes by default provide an upside-down view through their eyepiece, which can prove challenging for beginners to navigate.
Refractor - Refractor telescopes are designed using a series of large lenses, which can be costly to make, which means larger refractor telescopes tend to be more expensive. Refractor telescopes are sturdy and beginner-friendly, they are available in portable, travel-friendly sizes, and they provide an image that is the right way up. If you want to view deep space objects, such as galaxies and nebulae, refractor telescopes are the way to go, while they can also be used with great success for land viewing.