We hear of new celestial discoveries every day from the scientific community and yet, you do not have to be an astronomer to gaze upon the night’s sky and ponder about the wonders of the Universe around us. In fact, all you need is a reliable telescope and the time it takes to set it up. Whether you’re a newbie or an experienced user, you will need a good telescope to help you in your quest for whatever it is you’re looking for up there.
In this regard, let us point out that there are many telescopes to choose from, some more expensive than others. Even so, a telescope’s price isn’t always indicative of its quality, which is best that you take the time to research what the market has to offer before making any sort of purchase. To give you a better idea of what to look for, we put together a list of the ten best telescopes money can buy.
10Vivitar TEL50600 60X/120X Telescope Refractor with Tripod
This inexpensive telescope from Vivitar may be high-end as far as telescopes go but it is definitely a good one for any newcomers to the art of star gazing. It uses 60x and 120x eyepiece lenses with storage cases along with a 3x finder scope to locate objects faster and a mirrored diagonal eyepiece for easy viewing. At the same time, it comes with a full-sized expandable tripod that is very easy to set up.
9iOptron 6004 iExplore 50AZ Refractor Telescope
Surprisingly affordable given its capabilities, iOptrop’s 6004 may just have everything a beginner could possibly need. Not only does it have a 600mm focal length refractor tube to help with its magnification but it also comes with two eyepieces and a finderscope for good measure. Not only that but it also comes with a sturdy aluminum tripod that you will be able to set up in just a matter of seconds.
8BARSKA Starwatcher 400x70mm Refractor Telescope
Like the name suggests, this is a refractor telescope by design, which is perfect for anyone looking to get a good view while sitting comfortable. With a 300x power and 400mm focal length, this telescope will provide everything you would expect a much more expensive telescope to deliver. For instance, it benefits from coated glass optics for enhanced image brightness and interchangeable eyepieces with 3x Barlow lenses for a greater viewing versatility.
7Meade Instruments Infinity 50mm AZ Refractor Telescope
With this particular telescope, you get an aperture of 50mm with a focal length of 600mm and a focal ratio of f/12. It also features a Rack-and-pinion Focuser along with a 5×24 optical viewfinder to help you point our scope at any objects you want to observe. Furthermore, the telescope comes with an accessory tray that stores any accessories you might have, which when combined with the telescope’s Astronomical Software & Instructional DVD makes this telescope a great deal.
6Meade Instruments Infinity 102mm AZ Refractor Telescope
This high-end telescope from Meade comes with a red dot viewfinder to help you point your scope at any objects you may want to view much more accurately than you would with a standard telescope. As for its capabilities, let us point out that this telescope has a 102mm aperture, a focal length of 600mm, and a focal ratio of f/5.9 with a rack-and-pinion focuser for good measure. Not only that but it also comes with an Altazimuth mount with a panhandle and slow motion controls for precision tracking purposes.
5Orion 9024 AstroView 90mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope
What makes this particular telescope stand out is the fact that it can also be used for daytime terrestrial viewing with the help of a correct-image diagonal feature. It also has a 90mm aperture and a 910mm focal length feature, which provide crisp images of even the most distant sky objects. Interestingly enough, it also comes with two Sirius Plossl 1.25″ eyepieces, a 6×30 finder scope, a smooth-adjusting 1.25″ rack with a pinion focuser, and a 90-degree diagonal to increase its nighttime performance.
4Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope
This reliable telescope from Orion is aimed at entry-level and intermediate astronomy enthusiasts who are thinking about making the transition to a professional telescope. Thanks to its substantial 4.5-inch aperture and fast f/4 focal ratio, it will provide bright, detailed views of solar system targets along with great pictures of farther, smaller celestial objects. Due to the fact that it comes pre-assembled from the get-go, you can set it up in just a few minutes before starting to use it.
3Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope
Orion 09007 SpaceProbe is without a doubt, as close to a professional telescope as you can get in this price range. It features a 5.1-inch aperture reflector designed to gather an ample amount of light before providing the best image possible. Thanks to its short 24-inch long optical tube design, this telescope also offers great portability, the type of convenience you aren’t likely to find with regular telescopes.
2Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope
If you’re looking for an affordable telescope that is easy to set up and even easier to use, then Celestron 127EQ is the way to go. This particular telescope has 3x Barlow Lens designed to provide images of the highest quality without any blur or interference to speak of. At the same time, it has a 127mm aperture and a 1,000mm focal length for good measure. Not only that but it also comes with a German Equatorial Mount, an aluminum tripod, and an accessory tray to top it off.
1Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope
There are perhaps no better telescopes outside professional ones that will provide the same standards of image quality that Celestron NexStar 8 SE provides. The reason behind this being its 480x magnification capability, its 29x low magnification, and its impressive 2032mm focal length. On top of this, it uses a quick-release fork arm mount, an optical tube, and an accessory tray that will fit more accessories than any other telescope out there. Last but not least, it comes with an object database which contains nearly 40,000 objects along with 200 user-definable objects and expanded information for over 200 further objects you might want to add.