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Telescopes for Newbies to Explore the Beauty of the Sky

Appreciate the bright, clear views of the night sky provided by these telescopes for any astronomer seeking serious adventure,


BY Sarah Friedman   August 1 2017

Are you a star-struck newcomer who want to see the skies above and is looking for a place to start. or If you’ve ever tried to take up astronomy but given up out of frustration, or gotten overwhelmed before you’ve even started, then you have come to the right place. As with many hobbies, getting off to the right start is foremost important, and can make the difference between an impermanent interest or a potential lifelong passion. If you’re up for some serious stargazing, then you should know that there are telescopes that will give you a better and faster start than others. Moon and planets of our solar system like Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars shine brightly in these telescopes, allowing you to inspect them in detail. so with just a little practice, your whole family can examine the heavens just like experienced hobbyists.

Celestron NexStar 5 SE

From $699.00

A Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with SkyAlign that allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process, StarBright XLT high transmission coating, optical tube and accessory tray for no-tool setup, and a computerized hand control with nearly 40,000 object database and motorized altazimuth mount. Quick-release fork arm mount

Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8

From $379.99

A large, powerful and capable aperture telescope with an elegant combination of precision optics, mechanical simplicity, and rock-solid stability. It is large enough to gather a significant amount of light from more distant celestial objects for great views of sparkling star clusters, cloudy nebulas, and faraway galaxies. and provides high-quality views on such a wide variety of celestial objects. The point-and-view simplicity of its design is not as complicated as an equatorial (EQ) mount and tripod.

Celestron NexStar 130 SLT

From $384.86

This NexStar 130 SLT telescope, comes with a fully computerized hand control that gives you the ability to automatically slew to any of its 4,000+ objects. With its pre-assembled, adjustable steel tripod, quick release fork arm mount, and accessory tray, this telescope can be up and ready to use in a matter of minutes with no tools needed. The featured skyAlign alignment technology and the included star pointer finder scope with a Red LED make aligning a breeze. View the details of the planets in the solar system or a number of the Messier objects using the additional light-gathering capabilities of this telescope’s 5-inch primary mirror that provide fully color-corrected views that are best suited for astronomical use. Includes nsol telescope control software for basic control of your telescope via computer and is compatible with optional nexremote telescope control software, for advanced control of your telescope via computer.

Celestron SkyProdigy 130

From $629.95

A truly revolutionary product with ground breaking technology, It combines electronic motors, an intelligent on-board computer, a digital camera, and Star Sense technology to create an automatic, instant alignment telescope that requires no input from the user. It also includes a sturdy stainless steel tripod and accessory tray, CD-ROM and the SkyX first light edition astronomy software, a battery pack that provides over 30 hours of power and database that allows the telescope to automatically locate over 4,000 celestial objects.

Orion 27191 StarBlast 6i

From $499.99

Small, lightweight, compact and portable computerized 6″ reflector telescope that comes with Orion’s exclusive computerized object location system, allowing night sky newbies to pinpoint hundreds, even thousands of astronomical objects with pushbutton ease and the addition of Orion’s critically acclaimed IntelliScope technology. You’ll see more celestial delights in one evening than you ever imagined! The robust construction including Teflon bearings and adjustable altitude tension on the base ensures smooth maneuvering and the masterfully engineered for reliable performance and easy point-and-view maneuverability, is a high-tech telescope with a low-tech, non-intimidating feel. One-year limited warranty.

SkyWatcher S11610

From $385.00

A traditional Dobsonian telescope with a “paraboloidal” primary mirror to eliminate spherical aberration and a four-arm, secondary- mirror bracket with fine supports, to reduce diffraction spikes and light loss. It includes a 2″ focuser with a 1.25″ adapter, allowing the use of either eyepiece size and the new feature-tension control handle.