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Best Telescopes Jan 2018

  • #1

    Celestron NexStar Evolution 6 Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope w/ WIFI,Black 12090

    • 480x Maximum Magnification
    • 7.99 Inch Aperture (203mm) with StarBright XLT Multcoated Optics
    • Stainless Steel Tripod and a Single Fork Arm Altazimuth Mount

    Wireless and auxiliary connectivity puts you in complete control of the Celestron NexStar Evolution 8, which is why this model shows up time and time again in telescope reviews. Whether users want to move the telescope’s position with their phone, display a list of visible objects based on time and location or utilize the SkyAlign technology, it’s possible through its built-in wireless network. Long-lasting battery life and an on-board USB port are just icing on the cake, making this model our pick for the best telescope on the market.

    All of those technological advances are a nice complement to the telescope’s high-end resolution and durability. With an eight-inch aperture and useful magnification ranging from 29X to 480X, this model is ideal for tracking celestial objects and astrophotography. The stainless steel tripod supporting the telescope also features specific indentations for transport and storage. At this price point, you can do no better than the NexStar Evolution 8.

  • #2

    Gskyer Telescope, 80mm AZ Space Astronomical Refractor Telescope, German Technology Scope

    • Aperture: 80mm. focal length: 400mm. focal ratio: f/5. rack-and-pinion focuser. comes with Low (25mm) , medium (10mm) and high (5mm) magnification eyepieces & 3x Barlow lens.
    • Fully Multi-coated optics glass lens ,1.27in preassembled adjustable full size stainless steel tripod& accessory tray, 1-years limited warranty on parts and labor.
    • Large aperture-80mm, all front and back lens are coated with multilayer film, which render excellent transmittance and clear image.

    For aspiring stargazers, the Gskyer AZ80400 is a great place to start. At 18 pounds, this telescope is light enough to move around the house, while an adjustable lever lets you pan across the sky with ease. Because this model comes with three interchangeable eyepieces, a 3X Barlow lens and a beginner’s version of Deepsky Astronomy software, users can experiment and learn what they like on the fly.

    This model mounts on top of an adjustable stainless steel tripod, which raises the telescope into a convenient viewing position for lunar and planetary observation. Its high-powered eyepiece increases your viewing range, while the moon filter and green-coated optics make objects appear brighter. The Gskyer AZ80400 is one of the best telescopes for beginners.

    Buy Read Reviews $197.39
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    #3

    Meade Instruments 1205-05-03 LightBridge 12-Inch Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope, Open Truss (Black)

    • Item may ship in more than one box and may arrive separately
    • Open truss tube design with new anti-reflection coatings on trusses and castings
    • 12-inch aperture and a focal length of 1524-millimeters

    With its portable design, high-end optics and versatile mount, the Meade LightBridge 1205-05-03 offers a rare combination at this price point. The telescope’s diffraction-limited primary mirror and 12-inch (305 mm) aperture provide enough resolution to clearly view objects outside of our solar system. Truss technology also keeps the mirrors on the same axis for optimum light circulation, making it one of the best telescopes to buy for home use.

    Despite its 80-pound weight, this telescope transports easily. It assembles and disassembles in minutes and has a small enough footprint to fit in the backseat of a car. That versatility is mirrored within the mount as well. A hand-powered tension brake gives you full control over the viewing angle, while bearings on the side and vertical axes ensure smooth, stable movement. The Meade LightBridge 1205-05-03 is a tremendous telescope for any level.

    Buy Read Reviews $1,098.99 $1,011.72
  • #4

    Orion 0 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope

    • his 5.1 inch aperture reflector telescope gathers an ample amount of light for great views of the planets and Moon, as well as brighter galaxies, nebulas, and star clusters
    • Short 24 inch long optical tube design for easy portability and fast f/5 focal ratio for pleasing wide-field performance makes the SpaceProbe 130ST EQ a very versatile telescope the whole family can enjoy
    • Sturdy EQ-2 equatorial telescope mount and adjustable tripod allows manual slow-motion tracking of celestial objects as they appear to migrate across the night sky

    Although it has a low-end price point, the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST offers higher-level resolution. With its 650-millimeter focal length and f/5 focal ratio, the Orion SpaceProbe 130ST provides impressive, wide-angled performance. It also has an aperture measuring just over five inches (130 mm) and is an astrograph, which allows users to take pictures of their favorite objects. This is the best telescope for the money available to consumers.

    Several extras make the SpaceProbe 130ST’s price point even more appealing. This telescope includes a tripod accessory tray, collimation cap and Starry Night astronomy software, which contains simulations and informational resources that are great for beginners. Lightweight and portable, this model is tremendous value for entry and mid-level stargazers.

    Buy Read Reviews $309.99
  • #5

    Sky-Watcher Doublet APO Refractor Telescope

    • 120 mm APO Refractor with ED Schott glass, 900 mm focal length (f/7.5), Dual-speed 2″ Crayford-type focuser with 1.25″ adaptor
    • 20 mm and 5 mm 1.25, 8×50 RA viewfinder, 2″ dielectric diagonal
    • Tube-ring attachment hardware, Aluminum carry case

    Expect clear, contrasting views with the high-quality features available on the Sky-Watcher Pro 120ED. Schott BK-7 and FPL-53 ED glass virtually eliminates false color along the fringe of objects under high magnification. Anti-reflective metallic also coats each lens of the telescope to ensure only optimum light gets through – this is one of the best telescopes on the market.

    In addition to those features, this telescope’s 120-millimeter aperture and 900-millimeter focal length provide an impressive view of the moon, planets and other celestial bodies in deep space. Because this model is also an astrograph, or astrographic camera, users can also take high-quality images of their favorite objects. At just over 11 pounds, the Sky-Watcher Pro 120ED telescope offers high-end quality in a compact form.

Telescopes-single Reviews & Comparisons

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TELESCOPES Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Meade LightBridge 1205-05-03 Sky-Watcher Pro 120ED 2 Gsyker AZ80400
MODELS Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Meade LightBridge 1205-05-03 Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Sky-Watcher Pro 120ED Gsyker AZ80400
X-FACTOR Wireless connectivity Diffraction-limited primary mirror Collimation cap included High-end glass Free accessories
APERTURE 8 in/203.2 mm 12 inch/305 mm 5.1 in/130 mm 4.72 in/120 mm 3.15 in/80 mm
TYPE OF TELESCOPE catadioptric reflecting reflecting refracting refracting
USEFUL MAGNIFICATION LOW TO HIGH 29x-480x 305x max 19x-260x 17x-283x 120x max
WEIGHT (LBS) 40.6 lbs.  80 lbs.  27 lbs.  11.31 lbs.  18.1 lbs.
WARRANTY  2-year  1-year  1-year  2-year  1-year
FOCAL LENGTH (MM) 2032 mm 1524 mm 650 mm 900 mm 400 mm
FOCAL RATIO f/10 f/5 f/5 f/7.5 f/5
MOUNT / STAND YesMark YesMark  YesMark NoMark YesMark
ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY YesMark NoMark YesMark YesMark NoMark
AMAZON PRIME YesMark YesMark YesMark YesMark YesMark
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Telescope Buyer’s Guide

There’s a lot of technical terms being thrown around in these reviews, so it may benefit you to brush up on some of the features to look for when purchasing the best telescope for your needs. Here’s a quick breakdown of some terms you’ll often see and how they’ll relate to your stargazing experience.

Aperture: The most important feature within a telescope is its aperture, the diameter of the main lens or mirror which light enters through. A model’s aperture determines how bright and sharp an image appears, so the bigger the better. Bigger apertures allow you to use more magnification.

Focal Length and Ratio: Focal length, which is expressed in millimeters or inches, determines its angular field of view. The focal ratio is found by dividing a telescope’s focal length by its aperture. Models with a higher focal ratio are generally better for high-magnification viewing.

Magnification: Magnification is one the most misunderstood specifications within a telescope. Experts say magnification range is nearly infinite, but it all depends on the type of eyepiece you use. A telescope normally lists a range of values for its useful magnification because too much power just makes images look fuzzy. If a specific model doesn’t list its useful magnification range, a good rule to find the max value is 50x your telescope’s aperture in inches and 2x its aperture in millimeters.

Type of Telescopes: Telescopes fall into three categories: refractors, reflectors and composites, also called catadioptric models. In refracting telescopes, the front, or objective, lens focuses light to form an image in the back eyepiece. Refractors typically produce clear, high-contrast images that are suitable for high magnification. A reflecting telescope uses a mirror to gather and focus the light. These models offer significant value in terms of more aperture for the money. Compound telescopes use both mirrors and lenses to gather an image, and are often compact and transportable. Catadioptric models are usually the most technologically advanced and versatile telescopes.

Keep these terms in mind when comparing prices and features to find the best home telescope for you.

Top 5 Best Telescopes

Telescopes Best Feature
Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Wireless connectivity
Meade LightBridge 1205-05-03 Diffraction-limited primary mirror
Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Collimation cap included
Sky-Watcher Pro 120ED High-end glass
Gsyker AZ80400 Free accessories