REVIEWS

Equipment Reviews & Buying Guides

 

Welcome to the new Astronomy for Beginners reviews section. If you’re thinking of buying a particular telescope you can see what curent owners think about it and how they rate it before you buy. Or, if you have a telescope you can submit you own review to help everyone else, and help this section to grow.

TELESCOPE REVIEWS

 

Best Professional Telescope

Best Professional Telescope

Introduction: If you are a seasoned Astronomer looking for a professional tool this buying guide will cover everything you need. These powerful telescopes were designed for the most demanding customers and targeting a professional level. Which of these suits your...

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Best Telescope For Beginners

Best Telescope For Beginners

Introduction If you ask around trying to find the best telescopes for beginners, you might get hundreds of different suggestions for expensive telescopes without any explanation as to what they are used for or why they are good. If this scenario sounds familiar,...

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Best Refracting Telescopes

Best Refracting Telescopes

Introduction As an astronomer, you probably know that there are many different types of telescopes and that all of them have their place in an astronomer's toolkit. Today, we will review the best refracting telescopes on the market and give you enough information on...

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Best Camera For Astrophotoraphy

Best Camera For Astrophotoraphy

Introduction Getting into Astrophotography is a super fun and rewarding hobby. You get to combine the discovery and research of the wonders of the universe with a creative process such as photography. But understanding the gear you'll need to produce stunning images...

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Best Telescopes for Astrophotography

Best Telescopes for Astrophotography

Introduction Astrophotography seems to be self-explanatory. Astro (relating to space) plus photography equals taking pictures of things that have to do with space. Pretty simple right? However, astrophotography is much more than just taking a camera and pointing it up...

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Best Telescopes Under $300

Best Telescopes Under $300

Introduction If you've been inspired by Astronomers like Carl Sagan and want to explore the endless distances of space, then you've probably thought about getting a telescope. Nowadays, you can get amazing tools for exploring the night sky for a very modest price, and...

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Best Telescope Under $500

Best Telescope Under $500

Introduction Telescopes come in different sizes, shapes and construction technologies, but they also come at very different price points. A mid-tier telescope retails at 300-500 USD and can be considered both a beginner's telescope, as well as an expansion of an...

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Best Telescopes Under $1000

Best Telescopes Under $1000

Introduction The tried and true method is to sort through hundreds of telescopes until you know exactly what you’re looking for. Fortunately for all of us, we can nowadays find the best telescopes for under 1000$. Will it be like the stuff NASA uses? Of course not,...

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Best Dobsonian Telescopes

Best Dobsonian Telescopes

Introduction What in the name of the stars is a Dobsonian telescope and why should you care when searching for your perfect telescope? Once a field that could only be studied by scholars and the wealthy, astronomy has made leaps and bounds in ensuring that star-gazing...

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Best Telescopes By Aperture size

Best Telescopes By Aperture size

Introduction If you did some research you will probably know by now that the aperture is one of the most important factors while choosing a brand new telescope. In this buying guide, we will focus on the best telescopes by aperture size: 6", 8", 10", 12”, 14” and 16"...

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Best Computerized Telescopes in 2019

Best Computerized Telescopes in 2019

Introduction From beginners to serious amateur Astronomers, the modern tools available are certainly becoming more and more capable and complex. But there's such a collection of brands and products that picking the right telescope can be quite overwhelming. In this...

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Best Celestron Telescopes in 2019

Best Celestron Telescopes in 2019

Introduction Stargazing and astrophotography are wonderful hobbies; but to indulge in either, you must have the right equipment. The right equipment for hobbyists and professionals alike generally includes one of the Celestron telescopes at some point. The first...

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Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Review

Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Review

Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST   PRODUCT DETAILS This 5.1 inch aperture reflector telescope gathers an ample amount of light for great views of the planets and Moon, as well as brighter galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters Short 24 inch long optical tube design for...

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Orion 9851 SpaceProbe 130 EQ Review

Orion 9851 SpaceProbe 130 EQ Review

Orion 9851 SpaceProbe 130 EQ   PRODUCT DETAILS Complete 5.1" aperture reflector telescope with full-size adjustable tripod and equatorial (EQ) mount for easy manual tracking of objects in the night sky 900mm focal length and f/6.9 focal ratio makes the SpaceProbe...

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Orion 10014 SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian Review

Orion 10014 SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian Review

Orion 10014 SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian     PRODUCT DETAILS   114mm aperture and 910mm focal length for views of lunar craters, planets, nebulas, and galaxies Sturdy Dobsonian mount and handy grip knob allow for effortless maneuvering Includes 2...

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Meade 12-Inch LX90-ACF (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free

Meade 12-Inch LX90-ACF (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free

Meade 12-Inch LX90-ACF (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free Telescope   PRODUCT DETAILS 12'' f/10 Advanced Coma-Free Optics 3048mm focal length Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) Standard Field Tripod AudioStar handbox with speaker and Astronomer Inside  ...

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Meade Instruments ETX90 Observer Review

Meade Instruments ETX90 Observer Review

Meade Instruments ETX90 Observer   PRODUCT DETAILS Cordless motor drive for fully automatic tracking Equatorial fork mount Flip-mirror system Maksutov meniscus corrector lens of Grade-A BK7 optical glass Includes a Meade Series 4000 Super Plvssl 26 millimeter...

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Meade ETX70AT Telescope w/882 Review

Meade ETX70AT Telescope w/882 Review

Meade ETX70AT Telescope w/882 Tripod and Software     PRODUCT DETAILS   Exclusive multicoated, air-spaced achromatic objective lenses Razor-sharp images of both astronomical and terrestrial subjects Extremely portable at only 6.8 pounds Telescope can be...

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Meade Instruments ETX125 (205005) Review

Meade Instruments ETX125 (205005) Review

  Meade Instruments ETX125 (205005) Review     PRODUCT DETAILS   The ETX125 Observer is a fully-featured GoTo telescope Includes AudioStarcontroller, the heart of this computer guided telescope AudioStarcontroller boasts a number of features of its...

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Meade ETX-125AT (f/15) Maksutov-Cassegrain Review

Meade ETX-125AT (f/15) Maksutov-Cassegrain Review

Meade ETX-125AT (f/15) Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope   PRODUCT DETAILS Includes AutoStar controller and deluxe field tripod 500x maximum magnification Maksutov meniscus corrector lens of Grade-A BK7 optical glass Includes a Meade Series 4000 Super Plvssl 26...

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Meade Instruments Infinity 90mm AZ Review

Meade Instruments Infinity 90mm AZ Review

Meade Instruments Infinity 90mm AZ Review   PRODUCT DETAILS Aperture: 90mm(3.5"). Focal Length: 600mm. Focal Ratio: f/6.7. Rack-and-Pinion Focuser 900mm Focal Length F/10 Rack & Pinion Focuser Alt-Azimuth Mount With Slow Motion Controls Two 1.25 Premium...

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Meade 12-Inch LX200-ACF (f/10) Review

Meade 12-Inch LX200-ACF (f/10) Review

Meade 12-Inch LX200-ACF (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free Telescope   PRODUCT DETAILS 12'' f/10 Advanced Coma Free Optics 3048mm focal length Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) Giant Field Tripod AutoStar II GOTO system Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) Warranty: 1 Year...

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Meade Instruments LX90-ACF 10-Inch Review

Meade Instruments LX90-ACF 10-Inch Review

Meade Instruments LX90-ACF 10-Inch (f/10)      PRODUCT DETAILS   10'' f/10 Advanced Coma-Free Optics 2500mm focal length Ultra-High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) Standard Field Tripod Knows the sky so you don't have to. The AudioStar controls the...

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Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Review

Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope Review

  Celestron NexStar 8 SE     PRODUCT DETAILS 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, StarBright XLT high transmission coatings come standard StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating objects Quick-release fork arm mount,...

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Celestron NexStar 4 SE Review

Celestron NexStar 4 SE Review

Celestron NexStar 4 SE     PRODUCT DETAILS Celestron’s iconic “orange tube” design is updated with all the latest features to provide the best stargazing experience for beginners and experienced observers alike. 4-inch aperture provides excellent...

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Celestron CPC 800 XLT Review

Celestron CPC 800 XLT Review

Celestron CPC 800 XLT Computerized Telescope     PRODUCT DETAILS 8" diffraction limited Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings Fully computerized dual fork arm Altazimuth mount 8x50 finderscope to help accurately find...

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Celestron CPC 1100 StarBright XLT

Celestron CPC 1100 StarBright XLT

Celestron CPC 1100 StarBright XLT     PRODUCT DETAILS 11" diffraction limited Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope Celestron's premium StarBright XLT coatings Fully computerized dual fork arm Altazimuth mount 8x50 finderscope to help accurately find objects Newly...

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Celestron 31045 AstroMaster 130 EQ Review

Celestron 31045 AstroMaster 130 EQ Review

Celestron 31045 AstroMaster 130 EQ   PRODUCT DETAILS   Quick and easy no-tool setup Permanently mounted StarPointer Erect image optics - Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use Quick release dovetail attachment - no tool setup German Equatorial mount with...

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Celestron 31042 AstroMaster 114 EQ Review

Celestron 31042 AstroMaster 114 EQ Review

Celestron 31042 AstroMaster 114 EQ   PRODUCT DETAILS Quick and easy no-tool setup StarPointer finderscope Erect image optics - Ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use Quick release dovetail attachment - no tool setup Pan handle Alt-Az control with clutch, for...

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Celestron 21063 AstroMaster 90 AZ Review

Celestron 21063 AstroMaster 90 AZ Review

Celestron 21063 AstroMaster 90 AZ Refractor Telescope   PRODUCT DETAILS   Quick and Easy Setup Mounted StarPointer All Coated Glass Optics Made of highest quality material Quick and easy no-tool setup StarPointer finderscope Erect image optics - Ideal for...

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Celestron 21062 AstroMaster 70 EQ Review

Celestron 21062 AstroMaster 70 EQ Review

Celestron 21062 AstroMaster 70 EQ PRODUCT DETAILS If you're looking for a dual-purpose telescope appropriate for both terrestrial and celestial viewing, then the AstroMaster Series is for you. Each AstroMaster model is capable of giving correct views of land and sky....

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Celestron 21045 114mm Equatorial PowerSeeker EQ  Review

Celestron 21045 114mm Equatorial PowerSeeker EQ Review

Celestron 21045 114mm Equatorial PowerSeeker EQ  PRODUCT DETAILS Affordable telescope for beginning astronomer; portable yet powerful All-glass optical components with high transmission coatings for enhanced image brighness and clarity Newtonian optical design with a...

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Celestron PowerSeeker 21037 70EQ Telescope Review

Celestron PowerSeeker 21037 70EQ Telescope Review

  Celestron PowerSeeker 70EQ Telescope   PRODUCT DETAILS 70mm (2.8") diameter refractor, 700mm focal length (f/10), German equatorial mount with RA and DEC slow-motion controls and setting circles, 5x24 finderscope, 20mm eyepiece (35x) - 1-1/4", 4mm eyepiece...

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Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Review

Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Review

  CELESTRON 127EQ PowerSeeker   3x Barlow Lens German Equatorial Mount 127mm Aperture 1000mm Focal Length Comes with aluminum tripod and accessory tray   127mm 1000mm No Alt-Azimuth   ...

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Orion 10020 SkyQuest XT12i IntelliScope Review

Orion 10020 SkyQuest XT12i IntelliScope Review

Orion 10020 SkyQuest XT12i IntelliScope    PRODUCT DETAILS Takes big-aperture astronomy to a new level of performance and user-friendly fun! Locate more than 14,000 fascinating celestial objects with pushbutton ease with optional controller! 305mm aperture and...

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Orion AstroView 6 EQ Review

Orion AstroView 6 EQ Review

Orion 9827 AstroView 6 EQ PRODUCT DETAILS All-around performance at a great price for those who want to move beyond the typical starter scope 150mm aperture and 750mm focal length for pleasing images of a rich variety of celestial objects Includes sturdy tripod and...

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Orion AstroView 120ST EQ Review

Orion AstroView 120ST EQ Review

  Orion 9005 AstroView 120ST    PRODUCT DETAILS   A wonderful telescope for viewing the moon, planets, and even deep-sky objects! 120mm aperture and 600mm focal length for sharp views of nebular clouds, star clusters, and galaxies Includes sturdy...

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Celestron C6S XLT Review

Celestron C6S XLT Review

  Celestron C6S XLT     PRODUCT DETAILS Introducing the C6-S, the newest member of the Advanced Series family. The Advanced C6-S is Celestron’s first new Schmidt-Cassegrain optical system in over a decade. A totally unique aperture size, the C6-S is...

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Celestron NexStar 130SLT Review

Celestron NexStar 130SLT Review

  Celestron NexStar 130SLT     PRODUCT DETAILS   NexStar 130SLT - General Features Compatible with 2" eyepieces High quality 130 mm reflector Fully computerized Altazimuth mount StarPointer finderscope to help with alignment and accurately locating...

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