Top 10 Beginner Telescopes

Top 10 Beginner Telescopes

With such a large selection of Telescopes and Accessories, Amateur Astronomers and Astrophotographers can easily immerse themselves in the hobby of discovering the awe-inspiring complexities of the universe. The perplex variety makes it difficult for a novice to make the right decision on what type of Telescope to invest in. Fortunately, OPT is here to help guide the path to your first (or maybe second) Telescope! 

Celestron 8" SCT Advanced VX   iOptron Urban 150 Explore Scientific 80mm Celestron 8se Skywatcher Evostar 80mm Celestron 6se Meade StarNavigator 125mm SkyWatcher 8" Celestron 114Lcm Celestron Astromaster 130 EQ-MD
celestron 8" Advanced VX iOptron Urban 150 Explore Scientific 80mm F/6 Essential Series Triplet Refractor W/ Exos-2 Goto Eq Mount Celestron Nexstar 8se F/10 Goto Telescope Skywatcher Evostar 80mm Doublet Apo Refractor With Allview Alt-az Mount Celestron Nexstar 6se F/10 Goto Telescope Meade Starnavigator 125mm Sky-watcher 8" F/6 Traditional Dobsonian Telescope
$2,639.95 $1,899 $1,199.99 $1,199 $1,175 $799 $499 $385 $309.94 $248.95

 

Celestron 8" Sct Advanced Vx Telescope- $2,639.95


Celestron 8" Sct Advanced Vx Telescope

New Amateur Astronomers will also benefit greatly from the advanced features of the Celestron VX Mount. You can rest easy knowing that this Mount will serve you for a long time to come, whether you wish to do visual or imaging work, or a combination of the two! The 8-inch f/10 Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube assembly, also known as the "OTA", is one of the Best-Selling Telescopes in the world. The f/10 focal ratio is classic when it comes to visual observations and planetary photography, and when it comes time to do some deep-space imaging, an optional Focal Reducer

 

The Celestron 8-inch SCT Advanced VX Telescope is a great all-around Telescope choice, whether you are new to the hobby or are simply upgrading to a better Telescope. This Telescope delivers much of the big-scope experience at the lower end of the size and price range for these powerful big boys. If you're looking to eventually get into serious Astrophotography, this Telescope provides an excellent platform for the price


 

Ioptron Urban 150- $1,899


iOptron Urban 150

Living in the city or populated suburbs shouldn't exclude you from being able to enjoy the night sky. In such environments, you need a Telescope that can be effective under "light-polluted" conditions, which is exactly what the iOptron Urban 150 delivers! This easy to set up Go-To Observing System will serve you well, even if you live in or near an urban environment! Its portability is perfect for the for the times you head to darker skies and is compact enough for storage in the limited living space generally available in urban dwellings.


 

Explore Scientific 80mm F/6 Essential Series Triplet Refractor W/ Exos-2 Goto Eq Mount- $1,199.99


Explore Scientific 80mm F/6 Essential Series Triplet Refractor W/ Exos-2 Goto Eq Mount

Explore Scientific 80mm Essential Series Apochromatic Refractor can be your ticket to a lifelong ride in the world of Astronomy and Astrophotography and can provide will provide beginner to intermediate Astronomers with the highest possible image quality at an affordable price!

 

This Telescope will open up a new world of celestial phenomena such as the Moon's surface, Saturn's rings, or any of the deep sky objects found in the Messier catalog. Compact enough to inspire impromptu stargazing excursions, the ED80 offers true diffraction-limited optics and is the ideal grab-and-go scope for celestial exploration

 

The Bresser EXOS-2 GoTo EQ Mount has a load capacity of up to 28 lbs. and has a database holding over 30,000 potential astronomical targets, so you can be sure not to miss a thing


 

Celestron Nexstar 8se F/10 Goto Telescope-$1,199


Celestron Nexstar 8se F/10 Goto Telescope
Celestron NexStar 8SE is the most popular 8-Inch Computerized Telescope on the market. A NexStar SE can help you find thousands of stars, planets, galaxies and more at the touch of a button! It's so easy to setup and can have you exploring the night sky in minutes.This Telescope is one of the best choices for a beginner getting into Astronomy

 

Its large 8-inch aperture is powerful enough to resolve details in galaxies, yet lightweight enough to pack up in your vehicle to take on trips. The Celestron Nexstar 8SE F/10 Go-To Telescope is also versatile enough to be used for both Deep Space and Planetary Astrophotography


 

Skywatcher Evostar 80mm Doublet Apo Refractor With Allview Alt-az Mount- $1,175


Skywatcher Evostar 80mm Doublet Apo Refractor With Allview Alt-az Mount
A perfect marriage of performance and portability, the Sky-Watcher Evostar 80ED apochromatic refractor is ideal for Amateur Astronomers providing the sharpest, best quality imaging you'll obtain from any telescope of the same aperture. A prize for any observing astronomer, this ED-APO offers modestly wide field views which are bright, sharp and without aberration (defects or limitations). The 80mm also doubles as a precision imaging lens and is very well suited for wide-field astrophotography of bright nebulae, star clusters, and even galaxies, given the right conditions.

 

Compact, versatile and smart! The AllView mount is the perfect companion to the SkyWatcher 80mm ProED. Full automated GoTo capabilities give you the ability to capture time-lapse, panoramic and Astro images. The smooth range of motion lets you take full 360-degree panoramic shots or motion time lapse. Pair it with a video camera and use as a motorized panning head. Complete with an easy to use hand controller with a 42,000 object database!


 

Celestron Nexstar 6se F/10 Goto Telescope- $799


Celestron Nexstar 6se F/10 Goto Telescope
The Nexstar 6SE is a very user-friendly Telescope. The SkyAlign function will get the NexStar 6se aligned and ready to observe in minutes. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the night sky, you can easily align your Telescope on any three bright objects. You can align with the moon, planets, or stars; it doesn’t matter what they are, just that you center them in your eyepiece when aligning. Once Aligned, the telescope can automatically locate, point to, and track any of the 40,000 celestial objects in its database that is up in the night sky.

 

This Telescope is an excellent choice for a beginner getting into Astronomy and has a large 6” aperture that is powerful enough to resolve Cassini’s Division in Saturn’s rings, the cloud bands on Jupiter, and geographic features on the surface of the Moon. It is lightweight and can be run on batteries which will make it easy to take on trips. It is also versatile enough to be used for both Deep Space and Planetary Astrophotography


 

Meade Starnavigator Next Generation 125mm Maksutov- $499


Meade Starnavigator Next Generation 125mm Maksutov
The Star Navigator Next Generation 125 mm (5-inch) Maksutov Cassegrain continues a proud Meade tradition of providing everything a beginner needs to start observing in one place. The StarNavigator series has provided those new to Astronomy an easy pathway to access Go-To capable instruments at an affordable price for years, and the Next Generation series takes this proud tradition to the next level.

 

This powerful and easy to use Telescope is a Beginner Astronomer's perfect foundation for getting acquainted with everything the Night Sky has to offer! With the assistance of Meade's AudioStar computerized controller and easy to operate robotic mount, the Next Generation 125 mm can be used to view a wide range of celestial objects. Toggle between the two eyepiece sizes included with this telescope to hone in on specific targets and goals, and use the AudioStar to take a guided tour of the night sky


 

Sky-watcher 8" F/6 Traditional Dobsonian Telescope- $385


Sky-watcher 8" F/6 Traditional Dobsonian Telescope
Many of OPT's Telescope experts started out with one a Skywatcher 8" Dobsonian Telescope and have fond memories of silently pushing it around the sky, peering into the star clouds of the Milky Way in hopes of finding a new galaxy, nebulae, star cluster, or interesting star to investigate.

 

Although this Dobsonian is the middle-sized Telescope in the Sky-Watcher Traditional Dobsonian line, you are definitely getting a lot more bang for your buck with an 8" Dobsonian than with a comparably priced Cassegrain or Newtonian reflector on an Equatorial Mount

 

In addition to its low cost and ease of use, the Sky-Watcher Dobsonian will give you the opportunity to learn the sky and heighten the sense of discovery. With the help of a Red Dot Finder, you can hunt down an object yourself, instead of letting a computer do it for you.


 

Celestron 114lcm Computerized Telescope- $309.94


Telescope Celestron 114lcm Computerized Telescope
This Computerized Telescope is perfect for the Beginner Astronomer and can embark you on a journey to the depths of our solar system and the wonders of the universe with the touch of a button, by automatically locating thousands of celestial objects using the NexStar hand control.

 

Even if you’ve never used a telescope before, OPT makes it easy to get started with Amateur Astronomy with the inclusion of two eyepieces and a full-height tripod!


 

Celestron Astromaster 130eq-MD Telescope W/ Motor Drive- $248.95


Celestron Astromaster 130eq-md Telescope W/ Motor Drive
The Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ-MD Telescope w/ Motor Drive is part of a high quality, economical telescope series with superb optical systems. These telescopes yield breathtaking views of the moon, Saturn with its ring structure, Jupiter with its belts, and hundreds of deep-sky objects including; galaxies, nebulae, and star clusters. Add an optional Solar Filter

 

and you can observe activity on the Sun. While observing, you'll notice that as the Earth rotates on its axis, stationary stars appear to move across the sky causing the object you're viewing will drift out of the field view. The telescopes on their mounts can be aimed at celestial objects and guided by the slow motion controls to track your targets!

The Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ MD comes complete with a pre-assembled mount and tripod. The Celestron CG-3 equatorial mount is quite stable, with setting circles and slow-motion controls on both axes for easy, smooth tracking and now a clock drive which continually tracks objects in right ascension.


 

Want to learn more about different types of Telescopes? Check out our Blog Posts on the Newtonian, Dobsonian and Cassegrain Telescopes