The Best Telescopes for Beginners 2018

(Last Updated On: March 18, 2018)

If you are new to the field of stargazing and observing celestial objects, choosing the best telescope for you is arguably most important task because if the view is not amazing  through you telescope and doesn’t delight you, your new found interest towards stargazing will gradually decline. So to find a right telescope for beginner’s first please read an article given below.

This will help you to understand all the basic terms related to telescopes like Aperture, Magnification, Mount etc. once you understand these terms, it will get very easy to find a right telescope for you.

Let’s get started:-

I hope you have read the above mentioned article and now understand all the terms related to telescopes with their advantages and disadvantages. So to find the right telescope for beginner’s we will examine the telescope on the basis of 5 points i.e. The size of the aperture, Ease of use, Portability, Accessories provided and Affordability.

 

# Important note: – If your budget doesn’t allow wait for one or two months but don’t go for the cheap brand telescope. They might be cheap but the quality of the optics are highly compromised. Always look for a brand who are in this field for a long time.

 

 

Overall score 8/10 7.8 7.6/10 8.5/10 8.4/10
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Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope



Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope



Orion 9024 AstroView 90mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope



Celestron NexStar 130
SLT Computerized
Telescope



Meade Instruments Infinity 102mm AZ Refractor Telescope
Aperture 9/10 8.5/10 7/10 9/10 7.5/10
Ease of use 8/10 7/10 9/10 8.5/10(computerized) 9/10
Accessories

8/10 6.5/10 (plastic) 7/10 8/10 9/10
Weight/ Portability

Online reviews
7/10 (24.2lbs)

8/10
9/10 (17lbs)

8/10
7.5/10 (23.7)lbs

7.5/10
9/10 (18lbs)

8/10
8.5/10 (20.8lbs)

8/10

 

 

1) Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope

 

Optical Design: Newtonian Reflectororion 09007 space probe

Aperture: 130 mm (5.12 in)

Focal Length: 650 mm (25.59 in)

Focal Ratio: f/5.0

Eyepiece 1: 25 mm (0.79 in)

Magnification 1: 26 x

Eyepiece 2: 10 mm (0.16 in)

Magnification 2: 65 x 

Mount: Equatorial mount

Tripod: Aluminum

Accessory Tray: yes

Weight: 24.2lbs(10.97 kg)

Price: 299$ approx.

Some more accessories present in the box:-

Plossl telescope eyepiece,EQ-2 equatorial mount,6×30 Finder scope,Collimation cap,Tripod accessory tray,Slow-motion control cables,Dust cap,Starry Night Special Edition astronomy software.

Review

Orion SpaceProbe 130ST where ST stands for ”short tube” is compact reflector telescope with an aperture of 130mm, the focal length of 650mm and f-ratio of f/5 that yields a wider field of view and brighter images for an assembled eyepiece. Due to its short focal length design 130 mm diffraction limited parabolic primary mirror is used to focus incoming light to a secondary mirror. And also secondary mirror is held in a 0.5mm metal veins to reduce diffraction spikes and light loss, feature mainly found in reflectors costing many times much more. EQ-2 equatorial mount with included Plossl eyepiece makes this one sweet optical telescope for beginners.

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2) Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope

 

Optical Design: Newtonian Reflector

Aperture: 127 mm (5 in)

Focal Length: 1000 mm (39.37 in)

Focal Ratio: 7.87

Eyepiece 1: 20 mm (0.79 in)

Magnification 1: 50 x

Eyepiece 2: 4 mm (0.16 in)

Magnification 2: 250 x

Barlow Lens: 3 x

Mount: German Equatorial

Tripod: Aluminum

Accessory Tray: No-Tool Tray with Eyepiece holder

Weight: 17 lb (7.71 kg)

Price: 135.14$ approx.

Some more accessories present in the box:-

Aluminum tripod, Accessory tray, 5×24 Finder scope, 20mm 1.25″ Eyepiece, 4mm 1.25″ Eyepiece, 3x 1.25″ Barlow Lens

Review

Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ Newtonian Telescope provides the perfect combination of quality, value, power, and features to its user under an affordable price range. This PowerSeeker from Celestron comes with a 5-inch aperture and fully coated glass optical components which provides enhanced image brightness and clarity also a greater light gathering power.  3x Barlow lens and 20mm and 4mm eyepiece allow an increase in viewing power hundreds of times which otherwise is not possible with the naked eye.

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3) Orion 9024 AstroView 90mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope

 

Optical Design: Refractor

Aperture: 90 mm (3.54 in)

Focal Length: 910 mm (39.37 in)

Focal Ratio: f/10.1

Eyepiece 1: 25 mm (0.79 in)

Magnification 1: 36 x

Eyepiece 2: 10 mm (0.16 in)

Magnification 2: 91 x 

Mount: Equatorial mount

Tripod: Aluminum

Accessory Tray: yes

Weight: 23.7 (10.75 kg)

Price: 279.99$ approx.

Some more accessories present in the box:-

Plossl telescope eyepiece, 1.25″, 90ºMirrorstardiagonal(1.25″), Orion Equatorial mount, Orion 6×30 finder scope, Tripod accessory tray, Slow-motion control cables, Dust cap, Accessory tray bracket, Wrenches, Phillips-head screwdriver, Flat-head screwdriver key, Starry Night Special Edition astronomy software

Review

Orion AstroView is a power performer refractor with its 90mm aperture and focal length of 910mm.it provides a jaw dropping view of the moon, Jupiter, Saturn rings and it’s the largest moon Titan when used with 25mm Plossl eyepiece. After inserting a 10mm eyepiece magnification increases to 91x. View of the Orion Nebula is just astonishing.  Refractors are more powerful that reflectors but there is one drawback also they cost more per inch than other telescope design because manufacturing of lens is costly than manufacturing mirror. There is a good news though, advancement in lens manufacturing technology is helping to bring the price down. This Orion 90mm is priced to please the customer without compromising the quality of optics.

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4) Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope

 

Optical Design: Reflector

Aperture: 130 mm (5.12 in)

Focal Length: 650 mm (25.59 in)

Focal Ratio: 5

Finderscope: StarPointer

Mount: Motorized Altazimuth

Eyepiece 1: 25 mm (0.98 in)

Magnification 1: 26 x

Eyepiece 2: 9 mm (0.35 in)

Magnification 2: 72 x

Accessory Tray: yes

Tripod: Steel

Weight: 18 lb (8.16 kg)

Price: 380$ approx.

 Some more accessories present in the box:-

Sturdy stainless steel tripod, Accessory tray, 2 Eyepiece, Star Pointer Finderscope, Computerized hand control with 4,000+ object database, The Sky” Level 1 planetarium software.

Review

This Nexstar 130 SLT from Celestron comes with fully computerized hand control. Very easy to setup and gets ready to use in matters of a minute. Provides a 30% more light gathering power than its predecessor Celestron Nexstar SLT 114mm telescope. Sly align technology makes the alignment process fast and easy. You just have to point to the moon and any two bright stars in the sky (it’s ok if you don’t know their name) put your GPS location, date and time. That’s it your telescope is fully aligned and you are ready to explore, so simple!!!. Stainless steel provides the stability to the telescope.

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5) Meade Instruments Infinity 102mm AZ Refractor Telescope

 

Optical Design: Refractor

Aperture: 102 mm (4 in)

Focal Length: 600 mm

Focal Ratio: f/5.9

Eyepiece 1: 26 mm

Magnification 1: 23 x

Eyepiece 2: 9 mm  

Magnification 2: 66.3 x 

Eyepiece 3: 6.3mm

Magnification: 95x

Barlow lens: 2x

Mount: Alt-azimuth

Tripod: stainless steel

Accessory Tray: yes

Weight: 20.8lbs (10.75 kg)

Price:  205$ approx.

 Infinity 102mm refractor telescope from Meade is specially designed for beginners to introduce them to astronomy by giving a great view of the moon, stars, some planets, meteor shower and many more things without increasing the price of the telescope. A wide range of observing possibilities is present with the bundled three eyepieces and 2x Barlow lens. Adjustable tripod stand with Altazimuth mount provides stability and also enable the device for slow-motion control. Erect image diagonal prism allows the telescope good for celestial observation as well as terrestrial viewing. Overall very nice package under 200$.

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Final Verdict

Our team has tested all the above Telescope and they all are doing quite a good job. But if you ask us, The Standout performers are,

1)Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope    &

We choose Celestron because of it’s:-

  1. Computerized feature
  2. High-quality optics
  3. Future Proof, if you want to go to the next level from beginner to an intermediate level and explore much further. NexStar 130SLT telescope has this option just buy some Eyepiece and a Barlow lens!!! Job done. No need to buy another telescope for that.

 

2)Meade Instruments Infinity 102mm AZ Refractor Telescope

 Meade made into the list because of its:-

  1. Affordability (only 200$ approx.)
  2. Amount of Accessories in box at its price point.
  3. Easy to Use.

 

 

 

Some more useful link:-

List for kids!!! If you or your friends have a kid under 15 years and they show interest towards astronomy then the telescopes given in this list are best items that you can gift them. Nice telescopes under 100$ price mark after all nobody would want to invest in high-end expensive telescopes for kids. That will require a lot of care and patience but we all know most kids lack that 🙂

 

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