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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 of astronomy equipment and specifications can make it difficult for a beginner to make the right decision. Fortunately, OPT is here to help guide the path to your first (or maybe second) telescope! 

Celestron 8-inch SCT Advanced VX Telescope

Celestron 8" Sct Advanced Vx Telescope

New amateur astronomers will also benefit greatly from the advanced features of the Celestron VX Mount. 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 an "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 can help speed up your focal ratio to capture stunning images!

The Celestron 8-inch SCT Advanced VX Telescope is a great all-around telescope choice, whether you are new to the hobby or looking to upgrade to a better telescope. 


iOptron Urban 150

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 set-up, GoTo Observing System will serve you well, even if you live in or near an urban environment! Its portability is perfect for darker skies and is compact enough for storage in the limited living space generally available in urban dwellings.


Explore Scientific 80 mm f/6 Essential Series Triplet Refractor

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

Explore Scientific 80 mm Essential Series Apochromatic Refractor can 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 pounds and has a database holding over 30,000 potential astronomical targets.


Celestron NexStar 8SE f/10 GoTo Telescope

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 set up 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 GoTo telescope is also versatile enough to be used for both deep space and planetary astrophotography.


Sky-Watcher EvoStar 80 mm Doublet APO Refractor 

Skywatcher Evostar 80mm Doublet Apo Refractor With Allview Alt-az Mount

A perfect combination of performance and portability, the Sky-Watcher Evostar 80ED is ideal for amateur astronomers providing the sharpest, high-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 that are bright, sharp and without aberration (defects or limitations). The 80 mm 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 80 mm ProED. Fully 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 it 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

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. 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-inch 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 125 mm Maksutov

Meade Starnavigator Next Generation 125mm Maksutov

The Star Navigator Next Generation 125 mm (5-inch) Maksutov Cassegrain is a powerful and easy to use telescope. A perfect beginner astronomer's 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-inch f/6 Traditional Dobsonian Telescope

Sky-watcher 8" F/6 Traditional Dobsonian Telescope

Many of OPT's telescope experts started out with one a Skywatcher 8-inch 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 an interesting star to investigate.

Although this Dobsonian is the middle-sized telescope in the Sky-Watcher Traditional Dobsonian line, you are definitely getting more bang for your buck with an 8-inch 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

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

Celestron Astromaster 130eq-md Telescope W/ Motor Drive

The Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ-MD Telescope w/ Motor Drive is part of 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 to 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.

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