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 Computerized Telescopes in 2018

  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 2018

  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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Educational Insights Geosafari Vega 600 Telescope Review

Educational Insights Geosafari Vega 600 Telescope     PRODUCT DETAILS Includes telescope with all-glass optics and 30x, 60x, 75x, and 150x magnifications. Also includes 50mm objective lens, 2 eyepieces, 2x image erector, 5 x 24mm finder scope, and 2-element achromatic...

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Educational Insights GeoSafari Vega 360 Review

Educational Insights GeoSafari Vega 360     PRODUCT DETAILS Durable and lightweight, this real, powerful refractor telescope is perfect for backyard exploring and on-the-go discovery. Explore birds and animals, the craters of the moon, and more! Includes telescope...

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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 easy...

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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 130...

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Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope Review

ORION 8945 SkyQuest XT8 Classic dobsonian telescope    PRODUCT DETAILS A large aperture Classic Dobsonian reflector telescope at a very affordable price! 8" diameter reflector optics lets you view the Moon and planets in close up detail, and has enough light grasp to...

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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 eyepieces, finder...

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Meade NG60 60mm Refractor Telescope

Meade NG60 60mm Refractor Telescope     PRODUCT DETAILS Telescope Features: Red Dot Viewfinder, Slow Motion Control Electric, Both Axes, Accessory Tray Magnification: 78.0 Focal Length: 700.0 mm. Objective Lens Size: 60.0 mm. Mount Type: Altazimuth Includes: Accessory...

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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   f/123048mm Yes...

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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 eyepiece...

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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 used on any...

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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 own, including a...

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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 millimeter...

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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 Eyepieces...

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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 (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 telescope to find and...

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Meade Instruments 6-inch LightSwitch Series Review

Meade 0610-03-10 ETX -LS   PRODUCT DETAILS Delivers 1-Touch Telescope Location, Time, Date, Orientation & Alignment Lightswitch Technology Automatic Self Alignment Advanced Coma-Free(Tm) (Acf(Tm)) Optics Provide Sharp, Clear Resolution Built-In Eclips(Tm) Ccd Imager...

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iOptron 9803B-A SmartStar N114 Review

iOptron 9803B-A SmartStar-N114 GPS Computerized Telescope     PRODUCT DETAILS Seeing stars? You will with the iOptron SmartStar-N114 Computerized Telescope. This 114mm reflector telescope is equipped with the award winning Cube telescope mount (Hot Product 2008 by the...

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Celestron Powerseeker 50 Refractor Review

Celestron Powerseeker 50 Refractor     PRODUCT DETAILS Optical Design - Refractor Aperture - 50mm Focal Length - 600mm F-Number - 12 Finderscope - 5x24 Quick and easy no-tool setup Slow motion controls for smooth tracking Erect image optics - Ideal for terrestrial and...

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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, optical tube and...

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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 light-gathering...

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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 objects Newly...

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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 designed...

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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 Setting...

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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 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 terrestrial...

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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  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 21041 60mm PowerSeeker Review

  Celestron 21041 60mm PowerSeeker   PRODUCT DETAILS Affordable telescope for beginning astronomer; portable yet powerful All-glass optical components with high transmission coatings for enhanced image brightness and clarity Refractor optical design with a 60mm...

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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 (175x) -...

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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   [site_reviews_form...

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Barska 40070 Starwatcher

Barska 40070 Starwatcher PRODUCT DETAILS The Barska 40070 Starwatcher Compact Refractor Telescope with Table Top Tripod and Carrying Case is an ideal telescope for the aspiring amateur astronomer. Ideal for students or those interested in learning more about the night...

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Tasco Luminova 675 x 114mm Review

  Tasco Luminova 675 x 114mm  PRODUCT DETAILS Powerful reflector-style telescope with advanced features Easy-to-use, slow-motion controls work with either alt-azimuth or equatorial mounts Lightweight and extremely portable Magnification: 675x Objective lens: 114mm  ...

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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 1500mm...

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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 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 tripod, equatorial...

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Meade DS-2114ATS Review

Meade DS-2114ATSPRODUCT DETAILS The DS-2114ATS-LNT is a fully GoTo telescope. It’s onboard computer knows the night sky. After a short alignment procedure, your telescope will be ready to take you on a tour of the universe. You will see more objects in one night than...

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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 available in...

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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 objects...

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