The Best Telescopes for Beginners 2022

Start your journey in exploring the night sky with OPT's guide on the best telescopes for beginners! Our vast collection of telescopes include features like user-friendly, portable, and easy set-up. Start here to narrow your search and find the perfect amateur telescope today!

Not shopping for you? Explore our beginner telescope gift ideas or our kid-friendly telescopes page for more choices! If you're looking for budget-friendly telescopes, see our guide on the best beginner telescopes under $300.

The Top 10 Best Telescopes for Beginners

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Celestron 8-inch SCT Advanced VX Telescope

The Celestron 8-inch SCT Advanced VX telescope is one of the best-selling telescopes for beginners in the world! Benefit from the advanced features of the Celestron VX Mount while easy to use for amateur astronomers. The VX mount makes it possible to clearly observe the night sky or for imaging work. 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!

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STELLINA Smart Telescope

STELLINA is a smart and automated device that will let you travel across the cosmos in less than 5 minutes. It is a perfect telescope for beginners because of its user-friendly, quick and easy setup, and portable features! Choose your next destination from a catalog of over a hundred celestial objects. STELLINA integrates a SONY sensor extremely sensitive in low light. In a few seconds, beautiful details appear on your screen that only the station can reveal. Connect up to 20 mobile devices to your station with the multi-user mode. Share your photos of the universe in Ultra HD on your favorite social network. 

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Meade LX65 8-inch ACF f/10 Telescope Bundle

The Meade LX65 8-inch ACF telescope is a great telescope for beginners because it delivers a high level of optical performance, giving pinpoint images and outstanding contrast. Its portable Alt-Azimuth Mount comes equipped with the AudioStar Hand Controller, providing GoTo and Tracking capabilities for over 30,000 celestial objects! Also included is, a FREE Green Laser Pointer and LED Headlamp Included with Your Purchase From OPT ($60 Value)! The included Phone Adapter lets you capture detailed images of the Moon and other objects. 

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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! 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.

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The Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 130AZ Smartphone Telescope

Tour the night sky with your smartphone and the DX 130AZ telescope. Lock targets for eyepiece viewing with in-app bullseye and slow-motion manual controls. 130 mm (5-inch) Newtonian reflector with highly reflective optical coatings for excellent viewing. Includes 10 mm and 25 mm eyepieces, smartphone dock, red dot finderscope, and full-height tripod. Smartphone not included.

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Sky-Watcher Flextube 300P f/4.9 Dobsonian Telescope

The Sky-Watcher Flextube Dobsonian is precision engineered instrument that will allow you to easily find and enjoy viewing night sky treasures, such as planets, nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, and much more. The elegant truss tube design was carefully engineered to combine ease of use, extreme portability, and consistent performance in an affordable package. Unlike other truss tube designs, the Sky-Watcher Flextube Dobsonian does not need to be disassembled between uses. It transports as two compact pieces that can be assembled and ready to use in just seconds!

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Celestron NexStar 6SE f/10 GoTo Telescope

The Celestron 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, by choosing any three bright objects, 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! It is also versatile enough to be used for both deep space and planetary astrophotography.

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Meade StarNavigator Next Generation 125 mm Maksutov

The Star Navigator Next Generation 125 mm 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.


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Sky-Watcher 8-inch 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 their early start in astronomy. This Dobsonian is the middle-sized telescope in the Sky-Watcher Traditional Dobsonian line. 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.

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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. Automatically locate thousands of celestial objects using the NexStar hand control! 

Want to learn more about different types of Telescopes? Check out our blog posts on the Newtonian, Dobsonian, and Cassegraintelescopes. Curious to learn how a telescope works? Click here to see our beginner's guide on how to use a telescope!

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