The universe is vaster than we could ever image and seems the more we learn the more mysterious it becomes. Gazing through a telescope is a fascinating hobby that once started can last a lifetime. Today, we offer up a selection of 10 scopes that are suitable for beginner. They cover the spectrum of features and any of them can fit into most budgets. Learning about the universe in which we live is an exciting hobby and one that you’ll find rewarding as well. So let’s open the door for your stargazing with 10 of the best that the Net and Amazon has to offer.
10. Gskyer Space Astronomical Refractor Telescope 400x80mm Dual-speed Slow Motion with Aluminum Tripod
For the newbie this is a great start into the world of stargazing. 3 different eyepieces (5, 10, and 25 mm) make viewing the cosmos simple and easy. This 80 mm diameter Refractor gives you a clear field of vision and the Barlow multiplier boosts each of your eyepieces 3X. You get a tripod that holds your telescope steady to look at distant clusters of stars and the planets. A special moon filter helps you with your lunar observations and taking pictures. We rate this scope at 4.3 Stars out of 5.
9. Orion 09798 StarBlast 4.5 Equatorial Reflector Telescope
Orion lets us look at the sky with a Reflector Telescope that gives you a 66 degree field of vision and its equatorial tracking systems lets you follow your object of interest across the night sky. The moon comes so close you feel you could reach out and touch it. The optics let you make your observations without straining your eyes in the endeavor. Finally, it all sets up in a snap and you could be outside that very evening marveling and the grandeur of our universe. A fine piece of optical engineering that rates 4.3 Stars in our book.
8. Gskyer Refractor 400x70mm Travel Telescope with 2 Eyepiece Aluminum Tripod & Canvas Case
You have a 70 mm diameter opening to the mysteries of the universe. Two eyepieces let you explore the moon, stars and planets. The tripod is sturdy and you have the help of a 3X Barlow multiplier that increases what you see and with that you can have lots to show and tell your friends about the next day. With a few extra attachments, you can even have your laptop control where the scope is directed and follow slow moving objects as they traverse the night sky. We give this scope a rating of 4.1 stars.
7. Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope
Refractors are some of the oldest scopes around. However, they get you close to the celestial object quick and sure. The 80mm on this one gives a focal length of 900mm. This is enough magnification to take you to Jupiter and you have a X Barlow multiplier to go with the eyepieces You also get a precision German made equatorial mount that keeps you pointed and looking at your chosen subject of observation. You can’t go wrong with a Celestron telescope that we rate in at 3.9 stars out of 5.
6. Celestron 31042 AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope
Going up the scale a bit we have the AeroMaster 114 EQ. Here you have a scope that brings the rings of Saturn in close. Craters on the moon jump out at you and the Red Spot on Jupiter is viewable almost anytime you like. You also get software that with a laptop or a tablet you can zero in on the object that has aroused your interest. All in all it’s a great buy for the newbie astronomer and you have a full sized scope that’s not a toy. The 114 EQ rates in at 4.1 Stars.
5. Orion 9024 AstroView 90mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope
Again we have an excellent scope from our friends at Orion. You normally can’t touch a 90mm Refractor with this quality for such a low price. You also get the EQ-2 mount that lets you track objects smoothly and without jitter. Finally a rack and pinion focusing system lets you see with crystal clarity. This all combines into a complete nighttime observation system that we give 4.5 stars to.
4. Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70AZ Refractor Telescope
Watching the night sky just got easier. Celestron gives us a 70mm scope with a built-in star pointer and an ease of setup that helps a newbie get into action looking at their favorite stellar objects quickly and painlessly. At 18 pounds, it is light enough to move about and yet the tripod id stable enough for clear viewing. Jupiter and the rings of Saturn are easily discernable. The Starfinder helps you lock in on distant or dim objects. We like this scope and it gets a solid 4.2 in our book.
3. Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope
We are starting to see some of the best Orion has to offer. A 5&1/2 inch reflector is a great tool to use to explore our neighbors in space. Moon watching is better than ever and distant features of Saturn’s rings become visible. The mount is stable and the scope tracks smoothly across the heavens. The scope is made to go where the viewing is best and this is reflected in the 24 inch long tube. Now you have a scope you can take to the top of an Arizona peak if that’s where you’ll get the best view.
2. Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope
One of the best buys with a German EQ mount and a 127mm diameter aperture for light gathering. The universe is in your grasp and you can explore places that were forbidden with earlier scopes. The scope is priced well and it moves from location to location much better than some of the larger scopes in this range. So if you want a great scope that gives you a clear image, this one has you covered. However, it will take a bit of time to learn how to adjust for the best imagery. 3.9 Stars is our opinion of this telescope.
1.Vixen Space Eye 50mm Telescope 32751
A great little scope that a nighttime sky watcher can have fun with, though it is not as powerful as the previous scopes we’ve looked it is a great one for a young person to get their feet wet and learn the basics of stargazing. We feel that in some cases a high powered scope can be detrimental to a beginner as it takes a lot of control and patience to get good results. This scope only weighs 6 pound and is a breeze to set up. This lets you get away from the light fog that is getting worse every year even out in the country. With this all taken into account, we give this scope a nice 4.6 Star rating out of 5.
Today you’ve seen 10 telescopes that are able to bring the universe closer for you to enjoy. Some are reflectors and others are refractors. Each has advantages and drawbacks. However, our selection is broad enough that you’ll find one that catches your eye and you’ll want to put up in your back yard. Find the one that suits and then let Amazon do the rest. Then you can start exploring a experiencing the wonders of the universe for yourself.