Dobsonian Telescopes are the simplest types of telescopes. They are easy to use, are strong and robust and inexpensive. They are popular with astronomers of all levels of experience and training, from beginners and amateur hobbyists to professionals and experienced scientists.

Dobsonian telescopes get their name from their creator, John Dobson, who combined the simplicity of a Newtonian telescope with an Alt-Azimuth mount.  Here’s how a typical Dobsonian telescope looks like:


Dobson made the telescope completely from simple, ordinary household items; a process that you can replicate yourself. Just follow this DIY guide to building a Dobsonian telescope at home.

Skywatcher 10 inch Dobsonian.


1) Building a Dobsonian Telescope At Home

Why Build a Dobsonian Telescope Yourself?

Dobsonian telescopes have a very simple reflector design, which is why they are very easy to make at home. Sure, you will save money by building a Dobsonian telescope, but it’s not really about saving money as Dobsonian telescopes are never too expensive in the first place.

It is more about giving you a sense of accomplishment from building a technically advanced product that can be used in various scientific experiments.

This is a great feeling; you will feel like you have achieved something, this is much more satisfying than simply buying a telescope from the market.  You will enjoy watching the night sky with the Dobsonian telescope you have made yourself much better in this manner.

You can start by downloading the PDF version of the book, Plans for Building a Sidewalk Telescope by John Dobson and learn from the master himself.

Also, watch this YouTube video where Mr. Dobson shows you how to build a Dobsonian telescope. This video was made shortly before his death in 2014. (What a great man!)

Follow the Step-by-Step Guideline Given Here to Build Your Own Dobsonian Telescope

 Step #1: Choose the design and aperture size.

The first step to building a Dobsonian telescope is to choose the aperture size and the focal length. The aperture size is the diameter of the primary mirror.

Once you choose the right aperture size and focal length, enter them into a design program such as Newt-Web, which takes these inputs to create a Dobsonian telescope as per your specifications.

Step #2: Buy the parts and tools you need for this task.

Once you have decided on the design, buy the parts and tools you need directly off the market, or for free from many construction materials that’s lying around at your house or in the neighborhood. You will get everything you need from the local hardware store.

Here’s a list of items you need to build the Dobsonian telescope.

  • Woodworking tools
  • Electric drill
  • Telescope tube
  • Primary mirror
  • Secondary mirror
  • Spider
  • Teflon
  • Ebony star strips
  • Mirror cell
  • Focuser
  • Stain
  • Nuts and Bolts
  • Washer
  • Baltic birch sheets
  • Telrad base
  • Medical cotton
  • Silicone adhesive
  • Birch veneer

 Step #3: Build a simple optical tube.

To build the Dobsonian telescope, you need to construct a simple optical tube with baffles. Baffles are octagonal wood pieces that are placed within the tube which lend it support and help direct the light through the various mirrors and lenses of the tube.

You will need the right number of baffles. You can cut them out of wood and attach and secure to the long piece of plywood. Now secure the baffles in place and cover them with another layer of plywood – so as to give it the appearance of an optical tube.

An easier thing to do would be to buy a telescope tube directly from the hardware store; this will save you the trouble of constructing the tube yourself.

 Step #4: Mount the focuser on to the optical tube.

The focuser does the job of focusing the light as it comes through the telescope. The focuser is mounted on top of the tube – This is how it is done.

  • Choose the diameter of the focuser base – you will know this from the design program.
  • Drill a hole in the focuser base at the center and place the focuser in the hole.
  • Mark the spots where you want the bolts to go. Now take the focuser out and drill holes in that spot for the bolts to go in.
  • You can now replace the focuser and bolt it directly into the tube

 Step #5: Place the primary mirror in the mirror cell.

The next step is to mount the primary mirror and place it in the mirror cell. Do this very delicately; there should not be any bending of the mirror.  You can then tighten the clips of the mirror cell just a bit to hold the mirror firmly in place.

 Step #6: Place the mirror cell on to the optical tube.

Mounting the mirror cell onto the optical tube is easy. Place the mirror cell firmly in place with silicone adhesive pads and use bolts to fix the mirror in place. Secure the mirror cell to the telescope.

Step #7: Place the secondary mirror into the spider.

Next, you will need a spider and a secondary mirror, also called as a diagonal mirror. You can buy them at a hardware store. Mount the secondary mirror to the spider with an adhesive mount. Apply silicone adhesive t the holder before attaching the secondary mirror to it. Use toothpicks to ensure there is enough space between the mirror and the holder. Do the whole thing very carefully to prevent optical distortions, and allow it to dry for a day. The mirror will now be securely attached to the spider.

Step #8: Mount the spider with the secondary mirror to the optical tube.

The next step is to mount the spider to the optical tube. For this, use the measurements from the design program to determine where exactly to mount the spider and at what distance from the optical tube. Drill a hole in that spot and mount the spider in place.

 Step #9: Build the mount.

The optical tube is done. The last step is to build the mount. This requires some carpentry work. First, you will have to build the telescope base on which the tube rests on. Then, you need to build a holder for the optical tube which is of the right size to fit the telescope tube. Finally you will need to make a ground board, a round plywood piece that ensures that the mount is as stable as possible.

Step #10: You’re almost done!

Next, use Teflon pads to attach the base to the ground floor. Place the telescope within the holder and bolt the hold to the top of the base. That’s it, you have just built your first Dobsonian telescope. You may now raise a glass to the great John Dobson.

A constellation is a group of stars that form a recognizable pattern. Each of these patterns is named after a mythological figure or after the form it appears to take.

Since the start of human civilization, people have looked up to the stars for information such as when to plant the crop, when to harvest, or which direction to take when traveling through the desert or navigating the seas.

The ancient astronomers thought of these constellations by grouping together the brightest stars in the sky into easily decipherable shapes and patterns. There are an estimated 88 constellations. Interestingly, the number of constellations has remained the same – 88 – for hundreds of years. Nothing has changed from the time the likes of Galileo and Copernicus used to observe the stars.

How Did The Constellations Get Their Names?

The ancient astronomers named the brightest stars in the sky after characters from various mythologies. They gazed at the sky for hours every night, trying to find patterns, and wove stories into them. The constellations were a product of these stories.

Modern day astronomers gave these stars new names so that they could identify them easily. Many stars are named after the constellation they fall under. The brightest star within a constellation is referred to as an alpha. The brightest star in the constellation Orion, for example, is also named as Alpha Orionis.

But how were the constellations named? Every ancient culture on the planet, whether they were the Chinese, Indians or the Greeks, had an obsession with the stars and looked for patterns in the way they appeared in the sky.

The Greeks named one such pattern as Ursa Major or the Great Bear because it appeared to them as a bear. The Ursa Major is a much larger pattern and includes smaller patterns, such as the Big Dipper, the most recognizable star pattern with 7 stars.

This was seen differently by different cultures. The English called it as the Plough, the French called it as the Saucepan, the Hindus called it as the Seven Rishis (seven saints), the Mayans called it as the Seven Macaw, after a parrot, everyone had their own names for the various constellations.

However, most of what we know about the modern constellation system comes to us from the Greek civilization. The oldest description of the constellations the way we know it comes from a Greek poem from the 270 BC written by Aratus, known as Phaenomena.

The constellations were thought off before Aratus’ time, but it’s hard to tell when exactly. We don’t know if they were created by one person or by many people over many generations – which is most likely to be the case.

How to Find the Constellations in the Night Sky?

Finding constellations is a dying art. Nobody does that anymore, especially with GPS systems becoming so widely used. But in the past, the first thing every sailor or adventurer did was to learn how to find the constellations. They learned to find the constellations in the night sky not out of academic interest but to navigate their way out of an unfamiliar territory.

Today, with so much pollution in most cities around the world, it is very difficult to find any stars in the sky, forget finding constellations. But in case you happen to get a clear view of the sky, follow the advice given here to find your favorite constellations.

Even if you don’t have a clear view of the sky, you can use online tools or apps such as Google Sky to identify the various patterns in the sky.  Google Sky provides you with a customized star map based on your location.

To get a clear view of the sky, go to some place at some distance from the city, and take your telescope with you. You will be able to see the faint and not so visible stars as well, beyond what the naked eye can see.

To begin with, find a point of reference. Most astronomers orient themselves to the North Star or the Polaris. The North Star is aligned to the rotational axis of the Earth.

Let’s find a few constellations for you.

The Ursa Minor or the Little Bear

The Ursa Minor or the Little Dipper is best seen in the Northern hemisphere in June. What makes this constellation unique is that it has the North Star, which represents the North Pole.

This constellation is named as Ursa Minor or Baby Bear because of its shape which consists of four stars forming a box and a three-star long tail featuring the North Star.

Ursa Major or the Big Bear

The Ursa Major is one constellation that most people can recognize easily. It is very visible and features the same shape as the Ursa Minor – 4 stars forming a box, with a three star tail – except that it is much larger in size.

Also, the tail has a downward bent. You can form a connection between the stars Merak and Dubhe, which are found in the upper and lower right corners of the Ursa Major to find the North Star.

Aquarius or the Cupbearer

The Aquarius is one of the largest constellations and recognized across the world. It has a very visible right arm, but apart from that, has no obvious distinguishing features as the stars are often very faint. It is referred to as the “water carrier,” or God’s Cupbearer in Greek mythology.

 Gemini or the Twins

Gemini is another widely recognized constellation named after the twins Pollux and Castor, sons of Leda. It features two identical shapes side-by-side, with the two left-most stars Pollux and Castor serving as the heads.

Orion or the Hunter

Orion is another famous constellation which is easy to identify because of its three bright stars and the Alpha Orionis at the top left and Beta Orionis at the bottom right.

Scorpius or the Scorpion

Scorpius is one of the brightest constellations with many bright stars and has a distinctive shape. Antares is the most clearly visible star in Scorpius. It is often confused with Mars, but experienced astronomers never make that mistake.

Here’s a List of the 88 Constellations from the official NASA website

Corona Borealis Northern

Latin NameEnglish Name or Description
AndromedaPrincess of Ethiopia
AntliaAir pump
ApusBird of Paradise
AquariusWater bearer
CaelumGraving tool
Canes VenaticiHunting dogs
Canis MajorBig dog
Canis MinorLittle dog
CapricornusSea goat
CarinaKeel of Argonauts’ ship
CassiopeiaQueen of Ethiopia
CephusKing of Ethiopia
CetusSea monster (whale)
Coma BerenicesBerenice’s hair
Corona AustralisSouthern crown
Corona BorealisNorthern crown
CruxCross (southern)
EquuleusLittle horse
HerculesHercules, son of Zeus
HydraSea serpent
HydrusWater snake
Leo MinorLittle lion
LyraLyre or harp
MensaTable mountain
NormaCarpenter’s Level
OphiuchusHolder of serpent
OrionOrion, the hunter
PegasusPegasus, the winged horse
PerseusPerseus, hero who saved Andromeda
Piscis AustrinisSouthern fish
PuppisStern of the Argonauts’ ship
Pyxis (=Malus)Compass on the Argonauts’ ship
SculptorSculptor’s tools
Triangulum AustraleSouthern triangle
Ursa MajorBig bear
Ursa MinorLittle bear
VelaSail of the Argonauts’ ship
VolansFlying fish

Sometimes buying a gift for someone can be a bit confusing, and if the gift is for kid it becomes more difficult because for kids we want the gift to be durable, easy to use as well as educational and fun. The gifts listed below are some of the perfect gifts you can give to your kids as well as adults. All of them are based on Astronomy theme, some are for decoration (good for adults), some are good for educational purpose and also some are great fashion statements (jewelry, plates etc.). Whichever you choose from here, you are guaranteed to get the high-quality product.

Amlong Crystal Solar System Crystal Ball with Crystal Stand

This solar system crystal ball is an adorable item for your office or study desk. Perfect for kids as well as adults. The best part about it, with different planets in the solar system it also shows their moons perfectly.

The Milky Way Galaxy Star Crystal

This cubical shape star crystal gives a beautiful representation of our milky way which is created by well-known laser artist Bathsheba Grossman. The laser beam is used to make tiny stars. We recommend buying a LED base separately because concentrates laser at the center creates a bright star and looks even more stunning with LED base.

Solar System Planetarium 3D Model Learning Study Science Kit

Perfect gift for kids above 5 years. Package includes planets, stencils, glow paint and everything else which is required to make the 3D solar system model. A great educational toy for kids.

Full Moon Necklace Double-sided Planet Handmade Sun Moon Necklace

Gorgeous handmade necklace features 5 different planets in our solar system as well as Sun and Moon. All the planets are made of high-quality alloy and protected with glass cover. The best part is the planets a made double sided, a feature most of the competitor lack in the market. Great gift for ladies.

Planet Plates Set – Eight 10 Inch Melamine Astronomy Dinner Plates

These cool 8 planet set (Pluto not included) are food safe and approved by FDA to be used in the dishwasher. The size of each planet is 10” and has very attractive and beautiful graphics. Great for kids!!!

4M 3-Dimensional Glow-In-The-Dark Solar System Model Making Kit

One of the best seller on Amazon this 3D solar system model kit is a perfect gift for kids above 8 years. Package includes planets, string, hanging frame, glow paint and paint brush with easy to follow instruction manual to paint and assembling the kit.

Constellation Mug

A Fun gift for nighttime sky lover. Not a common mug, the best part of this constellation mug is when you put hot coffee into the mug it displays 11 constellations. Basically, it responds to heat. A popular gift for any astronomy lover.

Great Explorations 3-D Solar System

Package includes more than 200 planets and stars which kids can hang from the ceiling in their room. Each of the 200 planets glows in the dark and gives a feeling you are in space.

Moon Phase Lunar Bracelet

Made in antique silver tone and bronze tone this bracelet shows the 7 different phases of the moon. Each phase is beautifully created and incredibly made.

Aqua Crystal Earth Sphere with Natural Earth Continents, Glass Stand Included, 1.4 Inch Diameter

This incredible glass crystal gives an accurate representation of earth geographic features such as more than 50 major rivers and each of the seven continents. Crystal earth sphere comes with glass base so that you can easily spin the sphere to explore in details.

Smartphone Stands

Add a nice touch to your desktop with this awesome and realistic looking astronaut shaped smartphone stand. Don’t worry if you use a tablet, solid build and sturdy base of this stand can also accommodate that.

4.5″ Satellite View with Cloud Cover MOVA Globe

Globe from MOVA is a unique addition to this list of the best gift for kids. View of the earth with cloud cover gives the same view of Earth as seen from outer space. Main USP of the globe is it does not require any battery to rotate. With the help of solar cell technology globe automatically rotates in indoor light or indirect sunlight. Globes silent movement represent the rotation of the earth. Perfect gift for any anyone of any age group.

Estes Tandem-X Flying Model Rocket Launch Set

Package includes two rockets, bigger one (Amazon) is about 36-inch tall and can go up to the height of 600ft whereas smaller one (Crossfire) is about 15-inch in height and can blast off to the impressive altitude of 1150ft. A great educational and fun kit that gives an introduction to rocket building and teaches basics of propulsion, aerodynamics, flight to kids in their early age.

LED Flexible USB Light

It is a flexible USB light in the shape of astronauts. Just plug into any USB port of a laptop, mobile and it is ready to be used as a torch in a dark. The amount of light it gives is perfect to work at night. Visor act as an on/off switch here.

Galaxy Kinetic Art Science Kit

Kinetic Art Science Kit from Toysmith is a perfect gift for children having an interest in astronomy and science. It requires two double AA batteries for movement. Extremely mesmerizing and eye-catching on the desk, this will keep you watching for hours.

LEGO Spaceman Key Light

As the name suggests this one is a LEGO shaped key chain. The best part about is when the chest plate is pressed built in LED light lights up. A nice astronomy themed key ring with LED light.

Glow in the Dark Garden Pebbles

These are photo luminescent pebbles means when they are exposed for few hours in sunlight they can glow at night automatically for 2 to three hours. Perfect for decorating garden, driveway or walkways.

Moon in My Room Remote Control Wall Décor Night Light

A beautiful, glowing detailed 3-D model of moon is a perfect gift for kids above 6 years to hang on the wall. It shows the 12 different phases of moon automatically and can also be controlled with a remote.

PLAYMOBIL Space Rocket with Launch Site

Great toy for kids who love rocket. Comes with different sound effect, lighting effect and the rocket also shows how the satellite is sent into space.

SUCK UK Solar System Erasers

A nice educational gift for a budding astrophysicist. Set contains 8 different size planet (no Pluto!!!) shape eraser so that you can wipe out your pencil mistakes.

FOR U DESIGNS Cool Galaxy Pattern Pencil Pen Case Storage Bag Makeup Case Pouch

Durable easy to wash fashionable pencil stand with zipper. The best part is back side is sturdy enough for it to stand upright.

The Solar System 100 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

This 100 pieces solar system puzzle is a great educational gift for kids.  A smart product for parents to gift their kids so that they can have fun and at the same time learn something.

Educational Insights GeoSafari Motorized Solar System

This battery operated solar system is a great item to convert any room into a planetarium. This model has all different 9 planets orbiting an illuminated sun with different speed to replicate the planet movement more realistically, everything is placed on a sturdy base. It also projects constellation on the wall. A great astronomy gift for kid!!!

Sega Homestar Original Black – Home Planetarium – Star Projector

A Nice little projector that projects about 60000stars on the ceiling. Light is not bright and covers the entire ceiling. A nice mind relaxing product from Sega.

Choosing the best telescope today can be a difficult task to achieve. With the amount of choice available today it can get tricky sometimes what to choose and what not to. Don’t worry, our team has picked “12 Best Telescopes for the Money” based on their popularity, their high-end features and then divided each of them in the different price category followed by their reviews. So, that you can decide for yourself how much amount you are willing to spend on your first telescope. Before we start, please read our post:-

It will help you to understand the basic terms related to a telescope like magnification, aperture, and focal length. If you are already familiar with those, skip that part.

Let’s get started:-


Quick Comparison: Best Telescopes for the Money

This table shows the top telescopes available today based on the customer reviews and our test. Each one is divided into the different price category.

In depth review for each telescope is given below the table.

Best Portable Telescope



Meade Instruments is a dynamic and innovative telescope company that offers one of the best portable telescopes. The company is acknowledged for its innovative telescopic designs and has established several improvements for several years.

Founded in 1972, Meade Instruments has created its products and reputation through new, industry-leading transformation and precision optics – the symbol of Meade excellence.

If you are searching for a great telescope with a simple design and layout, Meade instrument Telescope has all that you need to observe the beauty of the night sky.

The telescope is Ideal for observers who observed and watching terrestrial and astronomical objects in the sky. The Meade Infinity Series incorporates quality optics and altazimuth mount for an excellent value.

The refracting telescope is for beginners and novice alike. It is a superb way to locate the cosmos and explore the outdoors.

Key Features

  • The Refracting Telescope is 102mm (4”) in size, it delivers accurate and bright images, which is ideal for viewing and observing land objects as well as celestial objects.
  • Meade infinity 102mm Altazimuth refractor telescope comes with an Altazimuth mount. Also, it has slow motion controls, which makes it effortless to monitor the movement of celestial objects in the night sky.
  • It displays three eyepieces that offer high, medium, and low powered magnification for watching different objects including planets, moon, or land.
  • The telescope comes with an instructional DVD, which contains over 10,000 celestial objects.
  • It features a Red dot viewfinder which helps you focus your scope on the celestial bodies or any objects you wish to view.

If you are searching for best portable telescope to get you started in astronomy, the Infinity 102mm Refractor telescope is for you. The 102mm (4.0″) aperture provides sharp and bright images for celestial and land objects. With this telescope, you can view nebulae, the rings of Saturn, the moon, Jupiter, as well as land objects. Furthermore, the Meade Infinity 102 Refractor telescopes allow you (a beginner or an expert) to examine the solar system and the world in general.


  • The Right-side up image makes it easy to hunt, observe the ocean, birds, and so much more.
  • It has a large aperture size, which lets you view and observe more images
  • It is very Easy and convenient to assemble
  • With its Refractor, there is basically no need to align mirrors or collimate. You can use it immediately.
  • It weighs about 10kg; hence, it is easy to carry about.


  • Due to the fact that the control works left, right, up, down, monitoring celestial bodies is less easy compared to an EQ mount. However, the EQ mounts can rotate as the earth rotates.
  • Meade instrument 102 mm refractor telescopes have a (weak and fragile aluminum tripod. Not to worry, place a (heavy sandbag on the accessories tray for more stability.


  • Aperture: 102 mm
  • Optical Design: Refractor
  • Eyepiece 1:26 mm
  • Focal Length: 600 mm
  • Magnification 1: 23 x
  • Eyepiece 2: 9 mm
  • Eyepiece 3: 6.3mm
  • Magnification 2: 66.3 x
  • Barlow lens: 2x
  • Mount: Alt-azimuth
  • Accessory Tray
  • Tripod: stainless steel

Overall, Meade infinity 120mm Refractor telescope is the best portable telescope for beginners or hobbyist, thanks to the quality designs, low price, and amazing features!


2) Celestron 70mm Travel Scope: Adventurers Wanted


Some astronomer enthusiasts love the idea of having a grand observatory with the latest technology and the most powerful telescope; for others, it’s about getting outside and seeing the worlds around you. I am not saying it can’t be both, but if the latter sentiment strikes you at all, the Celestron 21035 70mm Scope might be the purchase for you.

The Celestron 21035 is the best travel telescope on the market in its price range by far. With intuitively easy setup, this telescope is ideal for both beginners and experienced astronomers on the move. It does have some drawbacks, but overall this is another solid staple entry in Celestron’s storied history.

Pros: As mentioned, this telescope is easy to set up day or not, making it optimal for novices or wilderness wanderers. It comes with a travel bag that is surprisingly good quality. The telescope produces a clear image when properly focused. All these things considered, it’s an extremely versatile telescope. The telescope has awarded “Gear of the Year” in 2014 by 50 Campfires magazine.

Cons: There are two major drawbacks to the Celestron 21035, both having to do with the materials used. In order to keep the telescope light and portable (which it absolutely succeeds at), plastic components are used. The plastic focuser in particular gave me trouble. Once I was able to properly focus, the views were crisp, but the process to get there took longer than with higher quality focuses. The second problem is the tripod.

Again, it’s lightweight, so it’s easy to travel with, but this comes at a great cost to sturdiness and stability. I would recommend investing in a separate tripod, which is not too much to ask considering the low price of the Celestron 21035.

Key Features

  • All coated glass optical elements for clear images
  • Smooth positioning mount
  • 70mm refractor telescope
  • Focal length :400 mm, eyepiece 1: 20mm (20X magnification), eyepiece 2: 10mm (40X magnification)
  • Custom bag for tripod and telescope
  • Bonus astrology software with 10,000 object database

Main issues

  • Tripod – thin, flimsy, a little undersized.
  • Focuser – plastic, hard to get just right.
  • Power – portability sacrifices power. This one won’t register stars as well as other heavier telescopes.

Conclusion: The Celestron 21035 70mm is a great option for beginners and travelers alike. It travels extremely well and setup is 1-2-3 easy. The plastic components cause the integrity of the product to suffer, but it is perhaps worth it because it travels that much easier. The 70mm telescope and it’s lenses aren’t as powerful as you can get with heavier telescopes, but the images produced are crystal clear.

This telescope could be used as an economical alternative to a guidescope with excellent results. The travel case and accessory package (2 lenses + astronomy software) both add to the incredible value of the product. Plus, it won “Gear of the Year” in 2014 through 50 Campfires magazine, which is all that really needs to be said.


3) Orion Starblast 4.5 Astro reflector telescope

People who are looking for the high-end telescope will love the Orion Starblast 4.5 Astro reflector telescope. It is the best piece of technology comes with the extraordinary features.

The telescope is simple to install and gives you the ability to view high definition pictures in all types of light conditions. It will inspire the whole family to spend the time watching the natural wonders.

The manufacturing company used the high-quality material in the building telescope which gives you long-lasting benefit. You will never find the similar quality in the other telescope at the same price.

Orion Starblast 4.5 Astro telescope is made by using the latest technology. It provides great performance to the users. The users who are at the beginning stage of their journey will enjoy the simple design and utility. No need to spend learning the technology or understand how to manage the telescope in a different scenario. The installation process is kept simple so anyone can learn using the telescope instantly without getting into any trouble. The simple process enhances the interest of the user in the astronomy. It is one of the best portable telescope available in the market.


Easy to setup characteristics gives greater stability to the users who are using it the first time. The layman can use the telescope without having any knowledge about the equipment. This is what attracts more users. The developer of the telescope has kept the design simple.

They embedded all the high-end technology in the small piece of the telescope to make it more useful for the users. The default setting of the telescope is sufficient enough to start your astronomy survey. You can also update it to the advanced level to gain more power and access the wide range of facility that telescope offers to you.

The telescope has 4.5 inches of aperture and fast F/4 focal ratio that provide bright image output in the low light. You can easily get the detailed view of our solar system by targeting the telescope to the moon or planets.

In addition, the wide field allows you to watch long distance celestial objects such as nebulas and star clusters. On a clear evening, you can spot the pleasing view of giant Jupiter from the telescope. The orbiting moon looks great when viewed from the telescope. Saturn rings look astonishing in the dark sky.


The Orion Starblast 4.5 Astro reflector telescope has some problems with the magnification of the picture. Many users have reported that the magnification technology is not that good as it is expected from this high-end telescope. Even different eyepieces are unable to solve the problem.

Finder laser dot sites lense occasionally gives a problem while viewing the long distance objects.

The Telescope is made for the beginners who are in the school or the college and never used the high-end telescope before. People who are already in the astronomy industry with a good amount of experience may not like the features provided by the telescope manufacturing company.

The telescope lacks many essential features such as long distance zooming to capture the clear image of the bright object, atmospheric change detection to avoid blur effect, Instant image capturing facility to take the photo of the viewing object, surrounding vibration stabilizing to give steady viewing experience are some of the factors that you find in the expensive telescope are missing in this equipment.

Key Features:

1) Design for the intermediate and entry level astronomy enthusiasts.

2) It comes with the Substantial 4.5 Inch aperture and fast f/4 focal ratio.

3) The telescope is light weight.

4) Price is quite low compared to the quality it is offered to the users.

5) Build quality is made to sustain for a long period.

6) Advanced zoom features enables the users to view long distance object easily.

7) The Image stabilization feature gives you the stable picture quality.

8) Easy to installation makes the quick setup.


Orion Starblast 4.5 Astro reflector telescope is great equipment in the category. You will not find the features that this telescope offers in the given price range. Generally, the quality and the new technology increase the price of the equipment which makes them more expensive, but in this case, the manufacturing company has kept the quality high and reduced the price of the product. It allows the growing astronomer to build the interest in the small investment and work towards gaining more information about astronomy.


Best Budget Telescope (Under 300$).

1) Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope


If you are low on budget or do not want to invest much in your first telescope the PowerSeeker telescope from Celestron is the right telescope for you. Celestron PowerSeeker features a 5-inch aperture and has a focal length of 1000mm and it also includes some advanced accessories like two Plossl eyepieces, one Barlow lens, an accessory tray etc. and it all cost just around 135$.

Optics is made of glass and also has an excellent aluminum coating to it to increase the reflectivity.

Included two eyepiece of 20mm and 4mm focal length gives the magnification of 50x and 250x respectively. When we combine them with high power 3x Barlow lens we get the3 times more magnified view.

Included eyepieces alone cost around 60$ when bought separately.

Another reason we included this telescope in the list because of the sheer volume of positive reviews it gets on Amazon (900+ reviews) from its verified customers.

Many of the reviewers for this telescope praise the quality of image they get through it and how easy it is to use.

Let’s talk about some of the cons of the telescope.

Most of the reviewer complained and even we noticed that the mirror was not completely aligned (not collimated) and thus result in a blurry image. But that is a common problem in any reflector. Every reflector needs to be collimated once in a while, you can take help of lots of YouTube videos or even can read our post (click here) to collimate your telescope in less than 10minutes.

Another common complaint among users is, the eyepiece is made of plastic. But guys, what more can you expect from a telescope priced under 150$. One thing we noticed that the quality of optical tube (the most important component in any telescope) is not compromised at all.


Majority of reviewers given this scope above 4 stars. In fact, 70% out of 965 reviewers rated above 4 stars to it. At the time of writing Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker is retailing at 135$ on Amazon and according to the vast majority of users, a great scope to have in this price range.

Here are some comments from verified users on Amazon,

I get it super good, and it works great. Now to look for the world. I am from Paraguay, and it was good arrived.


It’s a great little machine. Well worth the money.

2) Celestron Astromaster 130EQ MD telescope


The learning of astronomy is enjoyable when you have the right kind of equipment with you. Without having the good quality telescope you will never get to experience the real world that resides above you.

Celestron Astromaster telescope has developed to serve a dual purpose. It is an appropriate telescope for both terrestrial and celestial viewing. You can use it to view the land and sky without compromising the quality.

You will be overwhelmed by bright, clear image of the moon and planets when viewed from the telescope. Want to look at the long-distance object? Then no worries, the telescope provide you zooming feature that enables you to extend your viewing capacity and see the bright object located far in the sky. The Jupiter moons and Saturn rings look extraordinary when viewed from the Celestron Astromaster telescope.

Moreover, viewing the extra deep field of the sky to see the objects such as galaxies and nebulae are very easy. You can use the additional equipment to gather more light and distinguish the celestial body. The light gathering ability of the Newtonian reflector is very high which will support you to see the long-distance objects through a telescope. It is the best budget telescope under $300 you can find in the market.

Moter drive facility makes the object detection quick as it uses the automated tracking system without needing your input.


Celestron Astromaster is a beautiful looking telescope gives you the capacity to learn faster. The piece of equipment looks good in all manners and presents the high-end performance to the users. The latest technology makes the telescope futuristic. The features that mentioned about the telescope works best in all conditions.

The automated tracking system enables you to detect the object without needing your input. Erect image optics provide you an advantage while using the telescope in the terrestrial and astronomical survey. The German made an equatorial mount with the setting circle is helpful to accurately locate and track the sky object. The equipment comes with the pre-assembled high-quality tripod with 1.25″ steel tube legs.


While considering the telescope, it is recommended that user should consider the price range as well. If you are comparing the telescope with the high-end equipment, then it might not stand in the front of the quality that you are expecting from this telescope. Many users have reported some issues with the functionality of the telescope.

The engineering done by adjusting the mirror with the screw makes the telescope low quality as you cannot rely on the function for long periods. The mechanical device looks low quality and can be damaged anytime while operation. It gives trouble to the users while adjusting the mirror to get a clear picture.

In addition, the stand that comes with the telescope is lacking the weight balancing function. Sometimes you feel the stand is too shaky to manage the telescope. The manufacturing company should work on the permanent solution to give stable stand that doesn’t require any fixing.

Key Features:

1) Easy to install facility enables the users to use it instantly as it reaches to your home.

2) Automatic tracking features give you auto setup when viewing the celestial objects.

3) Erect image optics serves a dual purpose. You can view terrestrial and astronomical both types of objects by using this telescope.

4) The specially made equatorial mount allows you to locate and track sky object without any trouble.

5) The telescope comes with a pre-assembled tripod.

6) The lenses are coated with the glass optics to generate clear, crisp images.


Celestron 31051 AstroMaster 130EQ MD Telescope provides you various benefits while spending time doing a celestial object search under the dark sky. The manufacturing company has provided all the features that essential for getting the clear images while using it.

Best Value for the Money Telescope



There is a profound, awe-inspiring feeling that comes with watching the night sky through a telescope, and if you’re looking to get one, you should get the Gskyer Telescope, 130EQ Professional Astronomical Reflector Telescope – the best telescope for the money!

If you’re a first time user, don’t be discouraged by the “professional” in its name. The Gskyer Astromaster 130eq might be difficult to use as a beginner – nothing good comes easy –  but it comes with a manual, YouTube video to show you how to go about it and there are quite a number of write-ups online you can read to direct you.

Now, there’s nothing more annoying than a telescope with an enlarged and fuzzy image that makes it virtually impossible to keep images in the telescope’s field of view due to its defective and unbalanced design, that’s why the Gskyer Astromaster 130eq  Professional Reflector Telescope comes with three different types of magnification eyepieces – there is a low (25 mm) which magnifies 40x, medium (10 mm) which magnifies 100x, and high (5 mm) which magnifies 200x with 3x Barlow lens that delivers the best accuracy and precision.

There is a finderscope with a red dot finder as well to make things easier for you to find. The focal length which is 650 mm – enough to take in Orion’s entire Sword – and a focal ratio of f/5 – and an aperture of 130 mm, delivers high-magnification viewing. The most amazing thing here is the rack-and-pinion style focuser used.

Fun Fact: The vast majority of major celestial discoveries in the history of astronomy were made by amateurs.

Another feature of this best telescope for the money is the telescope mounting. Most “off-the-shelf” instruments are usually lightweight and unstable and attached to a wobbly tripod – which is a disaster because even with the best of optics, a poor mount will give you bad images – as a result of images not been held in place.

The Gskyer Astromaster 130eq delivers one full-size stretchable tripod made of stainless steel – steady, sturdy, and smoothly working. It is also multifunctional, thus it enhances your view from certain angles. With Multi Anti-reflection Blue Film used for optical coating to bring you enhanced image brightness.

The advanced design and features of the Gskyer Astromaster 130eq Professional Reflector Telescope, it can be used for both celestial and terrestrial viewings. With views ranging the Moon’s seas, the ring of Saturn, the moons of Jupiter, tracking fast-moving celestial objects such as comets in a 1.5° field of view, to bringing distant wildlife up in a close-up form for detailed views.


  • Aperture: 130mm (5.1″).
  • Dimensions: 32 x 18 x 8 inches
  • Focal Length: 650mm
  • Main mirror length: 609.6mm
  • Field of view: 1.5°
  • Finderscope: Red dot finder
  • German equatorial mount
  • Rack-and-Pinion Focuser
  • Accessory tray
  • 3x Barlow lens
  • Tube Connection: Anchor Ear
  • Stainless steel tripod and
  • A low (25mm), medium (10mm), high (5mm) magnification eyepieces
  • All-glass optical components
  • Item Weight: 34 pounds

What you’ll basically find after purchasing your Gskyer Astromaster 130eq telescope are:

  • Gskyer AstroMaster 130EQ Reflector Telescope
  • One 10 mm eyepiece
  • One 20 mm eyepiece
  • Planetarium software
  • One 5 mm eyepiece
  • Three Barlow Lenses
  • Stainless steel tripod
  • Gskyer Astromaster 130eq how to use (short description leaflet)


  • High magnification factor
  • Great precision
  • Pretty easy to set up with no-tools – ready for use with minor assembly.
  • Sturdy construction
  • Excellent quality
  • High-quality multilayer lenses


  • Manual does not give precise instructions.
  • No remote control (handheld) for mount
  • Heavyweight

In summary, the Gskyer Astromaster 130eq telescope, gives you maximum accuracy and precision, with an extraordinary view.

Looking through the Gskyer Astromaster 130eq Reflector Telescope gives you the celestial view in a dimensional quality that you don’t get by just looking up at night, so order for you’re the best telescope for the money – Gskyer Telescope, 130EQ Professional Astronomical Reflector Telescope now!


2) Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope


We choose the Celestron NexStar 130SLT telescope in our list because of some of the advanced features it has like computerized control, automatic tracking and much more in less than 400$. It is a Newtonian design reflector telescope that uses a 5-inch primary mirror and a focal length of 650mm to collect the incoming light.

The focal ratio of f/5.0 lets in a lot of light inside the tube in short time thus results in a brighter and sharper image.

The scope comes with two eyepiece of 9mm and 25mm that gives a magnification of 26x and 72x respectively.

Highest useful magnification of the telescope is 260X (two times the aperture of the telescope) so a 5mm Plossl eyepiece and a 2x Barlow lens will be a good option to have in future to explore even further deep in the sky.

Let’s talk about tracking

Due to its sky align technology tracking the object is quite easy in the sky. Just put the date, time and present GPS location after that point the telescope to any three stars in the sky and you are ready to go. After that insert, the name of nebula, star, or galaxies you want to locate the telescope will automatically point to that direction with the help of 4000 object database installed in its database.

Two most common problem most reviewers found with telescope is

1-    Battery runs out quickly

The best solution for this problem will be a separate power tank. Buy a separate power tank and always carry with your telescope.

2-    Mount is not stable enough

At 380$ approx. you are getting a computerized telescope, an automatic mount and two high-quality Plossl eyepiece which is already a great deal. And we agree Celestron had done some compromise in the quality of tripod to keep the price in the affordable range. But that’s ok, the best solution would be to keep a heavy sand bag on the accessory tray that will provide more stability to the telescope.

Some comments on this telescope from buyers on Amazon,

“Optics are good, everything is pretty much good, the pointier, eyepieces, packaging. Except for the tripod” (verified buyer on Amazon)


“This is an excellent beginner/intermediate or advanced grab and go scope providing crisp images, ease of use and many desirable software capabilities. I recommend it.” (Also a verified buyer on Amazon)


 3) Orion SkyQuest XT10 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

SkyQuest XT10 from Orion is a classic Dobsonian style telescope. It features a 10-inch aperture, largest in Orion line of XT telescope. Results in excellent light gathering capability for deep sky observation. Dobsonian telescopes are known for its simple design, easy to use feature and here even SkyQuest XT10 does not disappoint on this front.

XT10 Dobsonian telescope features a 10-inch parabolic mirror housed in a 48-inch solid steel optical tube with f-ratio of f/4.7 to give a bright and high contrast view with a minimum color distortion.

Orion uses a CorrecTension spring to easily attach or detach the telescope from its base. The feature is so simple to use that once the package arrives at your door it will not take more than 10 minutes to assemble the telescope. These spring also provide enough resistance to keep the telescope stable at one position during observation.

Orion listed this telescope as perfect for intermediate users. But in our opinion, even the beginner users will not get disappointed because of its simplistic design and easy tracking feature.  To track an object, laser dot EZ finder II is included in the package. To observe the object you just have to align the red dot to whatever you wish to observe, so simple like point and view.

Include25mm Plossl eyepiece gives a wide field of view up to 48X magnification when used with a 1200mm focal length of this telescope. Highest useful magnification of the telescope is 300x, so an additional high power eyepiece or a 3x Barlow lens will be a good accessory to have in your eyepiece collection.

Let’s talk about the one disadvantage of big size Dobsonian style telescope. Most common problem with this telescope is its weight. SkyQuest weighs about 54lbs when fully assembled. Quite heavy for an average user to move the telescope from one place to another.


Currently priced at 599$ SkyQuest is a simple, portable, excellent performing telescope. Perfect for any beginner users as well intermediate users to enjoy the night sky.

Here is a comment from verified buyers on Amazon,

“So far I have seen the Orion Nebula, the moon and clear image of Jupiter with its 4 moons. This was the first time I have ever seen a planet so detailed! My kids and I have had a great time so far!! I would highly recommend this telescope to anyone interested in getting into the hobby of star gazing!”


4) Celestron SkyProdigy 130 26×345 Telescope

Celestron SkyProdigy is simple to use telescope comes with the wide angle lens to capture the celestial object in the sky. View the long distance object easily without needing any special operating skill. The Celestron SkyProdigy telescope has one viewing port which gives you clear image quality.

The point and view feature don’t require any motor skill or technical knowledge to find the object in the sky. You can use any mobile app to find the current position of the celestial object such as the moon, Mars, Jupiter or Saturn and point the telescope in a direction to view them.

The Saturn ring looks beautiful when viewed from the Celestron SkyProdigy telescope. It will give you goosebumps when you are watching it the first time. You get high definition picture quality which you cannot expect from any other telescope that comes in this price range. It will be a mesmerizing experience for the beginner who never saw the celestial object before.


The Celestron SkyProdigy 130 26×345 Telescope build by using the latest technology that enables the telescope to obtain a great quality picture with the highest precision. It comes with the fully automated functionality to alight the telescope in the right direction. You can do this by using the attached remote control.

No need to touch the telescope for aligning to the objects. Just set the viewing angle and point in the area where the celebrity object is located. The motor precisely adjusts the telescope and gives you the perfect picture of the object. It is using Computerized Altazimuth Mount that moves easily as per your need.

Assemble and dissembling of the telescope is very handy. You can quickly release the fork arm mount and optical tube without needing any equipment. High-quality stainless steel tripod and accessory tray give the telescope a strong base.

The pre-installed batteries provide over 30 hours of power to your activities. You can also get specially developed Astronomy software from the app store that helps you to use the telescope efficiently. The app will have extraordinary features that you can use while getting involved in the astronomy.


The Celestron SkyProdigy 130 26×345 Telescope is providing various kinds of automated features which are really good to some extent, but when it comes to using those features the users are finding difficult. Not all users are technology driven so setting makes very difficult when you do not have the support of an expert. People have reported that they find very hard time to use the telescope due it automated technology. It is restricting the users from customizing the access. Sometimes the telescoping mechanism shows errors while operating.

It is a very bad experience when you purchase something to enjoy your time and when you get a hand on it you realize it is not what you were expecting from the product.

Key Features:

1) Comes with fully automated alignment procedure.

2) The computerized system allows the users to access the telescope by using the remote control.

3) No tool setup needed.

4) Tripod made of Study stainless steel gives the strong base of the telescope.

5) It requires 8 x D Cell batteries and provides the 30 hours of battery power.

6) Specially developed software available to access the large database of a celestial object, printable sky maps, and 75 enhanced images.


Celestron SkyProdigy 130 26×345 Telescope has great features that you can not find in this price range. The build quality of the telescope is really good. The automation technology is far advanced. Sometime the technology might concern you while operating it, but once you have a good hand on the setting and various features, the operating telescope becomes easy. Overall, it is the Best telescope for the money. You can purchase it without having a second thought in mind.


Best Professional yet Inexpensive Telescope

1) Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope Dobsonian Telescope


Orion SkyQuest XT8i is an 8-inch reflector telescope. Orion also calls these scope Intelliscope because of the intelligent features it possesses. More on that later, first let’s talk about the optics. SkyQuest XT8i has a diffraction limited parabolic mirror and an aluminum & silicon dioxide coating to increase the reflectivity that results in clearer deep sky images without any color distortion.

Orion has included two Plossl eyepieces of 25mm and 10mm. wide angle 25mm eyepiece gives the magnification of 48x and high power 10mm gives the magnification up to 120x.

Because of the computerized object locator and push to navigation system, these are also called as IntelliScope. To use the IntelliScope feature you need to align the telescope first by pointing the scope at any two bright stars. After it is fully aligned rest of the process is simple!!!

Just put the name of nebula, cluster or whatever object you want to see on the navigation remote, reading on the remote will tell you how much turn and tilt of the telescope is required until the target is in the field of view. These type of navigation is called push to navigation where we don’t have to be fully dependent on the motor of scope to point it to the object here our hands replace the job of the motor and thus results in low power requirement.

Users sometimes find difficult to assemble the telescope. Don’t worry there is a lot of YouTube videos present online that can help you on that.


Orion SkyQuest is almost a perfect scope that brings in more light for that amount of money. Dobsonian base provides the much-required stability during observation. If you in a search for professional yet inexpensive telescope then this is the one you should definitely check out. As one reviewer on Amazon comments,

” Excellent light bucket for entry/intermediate level. If the cost little too high for you, go for a 6-inch dob your child will still rule the planetary skies. Couple it up with a Celestron eye piece/filter set and increase your viewing potential greatly.”

2) Celestron NexStar 6 SE Telescope

Nexstar 6SE is a Schmidt Cassegrain design 6-inch Catadioptric (compound) telescope that uses a combination of both mirror and lens to form the image. These are compact and portable telescope and the biggest benefit of Schmidt Cassegrain design is it can pack in 5x focal length (1500mm exactly) of its actual length (16”).

The optical tube is Starbright XLT fully multicoated where alloy of multilayer aluminum mirrors is used with titanium dioxide to increase the reflectivity. For a fast and easy alignment process, point the telescope to any three bright stars. Once aligned NexStar 6SE is easy to operate. Hand controller allows to move the telescope at your will and offers a tour of the night sky and locate the galaxies, planets, nebulas with the help of 40000 object database stored in its computer.

With Motorized alt-azimuth mount and inbuilt RS232 and auxiliary port, you can connect it with computer or laptop to remotely control the telescope and enjoy the view on the big screen. You can also take the time exposure video eclipse (with a proper filter) or planets with an automatic tracking feature. Perfect for Astrophotography.

The telescope comes with 25mm eyepiece, which gives a 60x magnification a so great, clear and crisp view of planets and deep sky object even in a light polluted areas.

Most common complaint users have with this telescope is the in-built battery runs out quickly. Power tank or AC adapter will be a good accessory to have with this telescope. (Check out our full review here)


At the time of writing Celestron NexStar 6SE is retailing at 799$* on Amazon, 80% reviewers out of 355 given this telescope above 4 stars and rated the telescope excellent. If you have a budget of 1000$, don’t hesitate to go for this all round telescope that has high-quality optics, computerized automatic tracking, solid steel tripod, portable and light weight, all that advanced feature at 799$. Buy some extra eyepieces and power tank with those extra 200$.

“My first venture at seeing the stars, love the tracking function and ability to use my camera to photograph things I may want to get a picture of” J.Fields (verified customer on Amazon).

[Note: Celestron is offering heavy discount of $100 on its NexStar series telescope. Celestron Nexstar 6SE is now retailing at 750 dollars and Celestron Nexstar 8SE at 1100 dollars. If you have some extra cash to spend you can definitely look for Nexstar 8SE. It is an upgraded model of 6SE in terms of aperture. NexStar 8SE features an 8-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain design with fully automatic computerized controls. In our Opinion this is the best telescope anyone can purchase even under 1500 dollars. You can read our full in-depth review of Celestron NexStar 8SE here. ]



Best of the Best Telescope

1) Celestron NexStar Evolution Series 9.25”: Game Changer


If you made your way to this page trying to find out if the Celestron NexStar 9.25” is worth the price, I will save you some time and say definitively, “Yes.” When it comes to astronomy consumer options, this telescope is the best of the best.

The draw of the Celestron NexStar 9.25” is its integration with the free Celestron SkyPortal app, which allows you to explore over 120,000 stars with a few touches of your phone screen. The app and telescope is a huge improvement over earlier products that forced you to enter coordinates manually. In contrast, the Celestron SkyPortal app user interface is intuitive and quick. There are a few drawbacks, but overall I could not be more impressed with this telescope.

Pros: Putting the actual telescope together and syncing up with your phone is easy and will only take a few minutes. Alignment process is easy as well and does not require counterweights. Celestron did not skimp on any material costs. For example it’s the only telescope in its price range that uses brass worm gears. The tripod is also exceptional quality. It adjusts well and will not break.

The incredible tracking technology (automatically counteracts Earth’s rotation) makes it perfect for astroimaging, and the images produced are as clear as you will find in this day and age. Celestron SkyPortal allows you to view sky in real time and select your viewing. Finally, this is the first consumer app to use it’s own battery, which can last up to 10 hours on a single charge.

Cons: There are few cons, but worth pointing out none-the-less. The wireless connection is not perfect. A couple times it disconnected and I had to redo the alignment process from scratch (but it doesn’t take too long). The app itself crashed on me a couple times.

Sometimes the app froze while processing and the telescope continued moving, causing me to reset the process. It doesn’t include the cable necessary to update the actual telescope software. Considering the price, it would have been easy to include it with the other accessories. Also, for beginners, the price may be a little steep. (Our full review here.)

Key Features

  • Integrated Wi-Fi, ready to sync to phone in minutes.
  • Built-in battery with USB ports to charge your devices
  • Portable 9.25-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube with StarBright XLT optical coatings.
  • Computerized GoTo mount with worm gears and motors to reduce backlash and increase tracking capability.

Main issues

  • Price – this quality doesn’t come cheap.
  • App issues – app sometimes freezes or disconnects.
  • Cable – doesn’t include software update cable.

Conclusion: called it “the coolest app-cessory in the galaxy.” This is the telescope for astronomers who want the best of the best. It is actually lighter than most scopes in its class and will transport well. When the app is working, it’s absolutely stellar. It completely changes the game on astral tracking and accessibility. The GoTo mount and tripod included are smooth and sturdy. The 10-hour lithium battery works great and is an improvement over previous telescope battery options. All in all, it is a superior telescope with I dare say revolutionary consumer technology.


Final Words

This concludes our “Best Telescopes for the Money” article. As you can see there are lot of great telescope available for the users in different price range. Now it’s up to you see how much you are willing to spend. We just tried to give an honest review of each one of them and sincerely hope that it helped you with your decision.

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