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1. Celestron Firstscope 114EQ 114mm
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2. Meade ETX125AT Telescope w/ UHTC,
$130.39
3. Celestron Powerseeker 114EQ Telescope
$876.13
4. Meade ETX105EC Telescope w/ Autostar
$422.28
5. Celestron C102HD 102mm Refractor
$895.39
6. Meade ETX105AT Telescope w/ UHTC,
7. Celestron Nexstar 5 Telescope
$399.99
8. Galileo G102MD 1100 x 102mm Catadioptric
9. Celestron Firstscope 114 Short
10. Meade DS-114EC 325 x 60mm Telescope
11. Orion SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector
12. Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Dobsonian
13. Orion SpaceProbe 130ST EQ Telescope
14. Orion StarMax 102mm EQ Maksutov-Cassegrain
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15. Cstar 360 Series 114 x 500mm Reflector
16. Celestron NexStar 130 SLT, 130mm
17. Blue Baytronix AstroVenture 4.5"
18. Orion StarBlast Astro Telescope
19. Orion StarBlast 4.5 EQ Reflector
20. Silver Baytronix AstroVenture

1. Celestron Firstscope 114EQ 114mm Reflector Telescope
by Celestron
Electronics
list price: $358.00 -- our price: $207.44
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Asin: B000051TN3
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

The Celestron Firstscope 114 EQ is a Newtonian reflector telescope packaged with two eyepieces and a sturdy equatorial mount. Invented by Sir Isaac Newton, reflector telescopes provide more light gathering power per dollar than any other telescope design. The Firstscope 114 EQ, with 114mm (4.5 inches) of aperture, provides images that are twice as bright as 80mm telescopes, and more than three times brighter than 60mm beginner scopes. Read more

Features

  • Manual slow-motion controls
  • Newtonian reflector optics
  • 900mm focal length
  • Comes with adjustable aluminum tripod
  • 227.5x maximum magnification

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Off to a great start!
I recently purchased this scope from amazon.I read many reviews and suggestions and decided to go with the Firstscope 114 because it seemed to be the most scope I could get for the least price.I considered some cheaper models with the same features, but I'm glad I chose this one because the differences in quality would have ruined my experience.It took about 2 weeks to receive my scope from Amazon, but you can't beat free shipping!The scope was well packaged, the only casualty during shipping was a wingnut on the tripod with a broken wing.I contacted Celestron, and they immediately sent me another wingnut.Great customer service!
4-0 out of 5 stars Terrific telescope for a really pleasant price
I've had this scope for about 4 months now and I have been very pleased with it.Firstly, I received it in only three days from Amazon.Secondly, I was genuinely pleased that all components are made of an alloy or other metal, unlike a particular Meade unit, which I used that had lots of plastic screws and other parts.Even the tightening screws for the lens mounts and red-dot sight are metal on this Celestron.The aluminum tripod is quite sturdy and adjustable; good for the little guys and girls that star-gaze too.The housing tube is black aluminum and sturdy as well.The red-dot sighter works well, especially when looking at stars/planets with a high-power lens, with less eye relief.The magnification and clarity of the views are really good.I've seen the rings of Saturn and Jupiter quite clearly with this scope.I also purchased the Celestron eyepiece kit that offers additional plossy lens (varying power) and a pretty good set of filters (including a moon filter).The only down side I can think of would be that the lubricant used by the company for the rotating axis' is quite sticky if you get it on ya.For the money, you're not going to regret the buy and you'll probably be glad you went with this quality model over lesser ones, that might even cost more.Celestron has a good product with this one.Hope this helps some.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is my first telescope - so far, so good
Okay, I am new to the world of stargazing.I purchased this telescope based on recommendations here at Amazon.com.I have been completely satisfied.I am especially impressed with the clear, crisp viewing of the moon.I can see a few planets, but they are of course very small through the eyepiece.
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2. Meade ETX125AT Telescope w/ UHTC, Autostar Controller (497) and Tripod (884)
by Meade
Electronics
list price: $1,564.00 -- our price: Too Low To Display
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Asin: B00008IOVZ
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

The ETX-125EC permits a broad range of astronomical study. In deep space, the ETX-125EC's larger aperture enables the observation of galaxies and nebulae in much wider extension and permits the resolution of celestial objects as faint as magnitude 12.5. The entire Messier listing of 110 objects is now not only visible, but, in addition, every object takes on a readily discernible structure. The Autostar controller turns the ETX-125EC into an automatic celestial object-locating system.Read more

Features

  • Includes AutoStar controller and deluxe field tripod
  • UHTC coatings are on all optical surfaces for enhanced detail
  • 500x maximum magnification
  • Maksutov meniscus corrector lens of Grade-A BK7 optical glass
  • Includes a Meade Series 4000 Super Plvssl 26 millimeter eyepiece for 48 times magnification

Reviews (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Very nice for a beginner
I've bought mine when I did not know anything about astronomy. It is an amazing toy for an intelligent person. I thought that my 10 year old son will play with it, but it is over his head, I am actually playing with it. It is a completely automatic scope, i.e. after alignment is complete, it will guide you through the sky, and show you anything which is in it's database and above the horizon. The scope comes with a hand-held device "Autostar" which is a computer with a built database and 2-line alphanumerical display. It is menu-driven, and very easy to understand and operate after reading a manual for 10 minutes.
1-0 out of 5 stars Meade EXT125EC /uhtc w/ autostar
A novice to astronomy i bought this unit with extra bells and whistles, thinking it would be a good intro to astronomy.I am completely disappointed and would never recommend it to anyone for any purpose other then a door stop.Unless you already have some knowledge of telescopes avoid it at all costs.Set up is difficult to impossible, and what eventually appears is not much better then what you can already see on a clear night.As far as i am concerned this purchase was awaste of money.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Telescope!!!!! Beginner or Expert!!!!!
This is an awesome scope that is so much fun to use and makes it easy as can be to learn about astronomy.It comes with everything you need to see some of the most amazing outerspace objects, nebulas, other galaxies,and more.I can not say enough how easy and fun you will have with this scope.You can use it for terrestrial or space exploration.The only negative to the scope is do not expect to get many hours out of the AA batteries.Some things to do: first is buy an electronic focuser or a focus extender (flexible kind), I have the electronic focuser because it was just easy to use.Next, buy rechargeable batteries NiMH, or build you a 12volt power supply like I did with a lead-acid battery and small battery box.It will last you for several weeks of viewing and plenty of power.The price is not cheap, but remember you get what you pay for these days.I started with a lesser scope and had to upgrade a month later to this one.Just do it right the first time and get the ETX-125 now instead of wasting your time and money with other smaller scopes.Again, this is an awesome scope you will be proud you purchased and impress your friends! ... Read more


3. Celestron Powerseeker 114EQ Telescope
by Celestron
Electronics
list price: $167.95 -- our price: $130.39
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Asin: B0000Y8C2Y
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

I love bargains, so I was eager to try out Celestron's new Powerseeker 114 Newtonian reflector telescope. With its 4.5-inch mirror, Celestron's Powerseeker 114 gathers three times more starlight than popular 60mm refractors. The Powerseeker package includes two eyepieces (K20 and SR4), a plastic 3x barlow, and a lightweight equatorial mount. Read more

Features

  • Affordable telescope for beginning astronomer; portable yet powerful
  • All-glass optical components with high transmission coatings for enhanced image brighness and clarity
  • Newtonian optical design with a 114mm aperture and 900mm focal length
  • Equatorial mount for tracking the sky
  • Includes 3x Barlow Lens (1.25"), 20mm eyepiece, 4mm eyepiece, aluminum tripod with accessory tray

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars A good value for the $$
I bought this scope as a b-day gift for my hubby who has never owned a telescope before. It was fairly simple to put together, and we found the directions to be very helpful and accurate.
1-0 out of 5 stars There are better scopes
My recent Christmas experience with the Celestron Powerseeker 114EQ, my first "real" telescope, was a great disappointment. The assembled telescope looked very impressive but functioned poorly. It came without a detailed instruction manual making it difficult to set up, balance, and aim even for a mechanically inclined novice. The plastic finderscope was very cheap, blurry, and hard to align with the main scope. The "equatorial" (EQ) mount knobs moved the scope with jerky motions at times and the scope itself seemed a bit vibration prone on its tripod. Stellar images were blurry and unimpressive (possibly due to mirror misalignment in shipping and/or manufacturing defect) thus other individual scopes may do better than mine in this category. Newtonian reflector type telescope mirrors go out of alignment ("collimation") fairly easily and this scope came without instructions for how to realign them. I returned the telescope within the 30 day refund period and am looking for a better quality and sturdier one like the highly praised Orion Skyquest series or possibly the smaller and more portable Edmund Scientific Astroscan.
5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent beginning scope.
I received this telescope for Christmas and I must say after waiting two nights to use it I am impressed.My first target was M42 Orion's Nebula and the K20 eyepiece gave me a mesmerizing view of this amazing stellar nursery.The mount does have some shakiness to it but, it's nothing that can't be overlooked.I have the updated scope so it came with a metal focuser which is a big plus.The 3x Barlow is okay with the 20 but is useless with the 4 as is the 4mm eyepiece itself.If you are thinking of getting a more expensive scope of this size I recommend getting this and buying a 25mm Plossl eyepiece and a 2x Barlow and possibly a 7.5mm eyepiece (planetary and moon viewing) for the extra money you would spend on a more expensive scope. ... Read more


4. Meade ETX105EC Telescope w/ Autostar Controller (497) and Tripod (884)
by Meade
Electronics
list price: $1,135.26 -- our price: $876.13
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Asin: B00008IOVW
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

The ETX105EC is the newest model in Meade's popular ETX series. Independent reviewers have consistently praised the ETX Maksutov-Cassegrain telescopes fortheir excellent optics but questioned some of the ergonomic features, especially the finder scope. The optics fully live up to the hype, and the ergonomic problems can generally be surmounted with the right eyepiece. Read more

Features

  • Includes AutoStar controller and deluxe field tripod
  • 4-inch aperture
  • Electronic controller for slew speeds and built-in clock drive
  • Maksutov meniscus corrector lens of Grade-A BK7 optical glass
  • Includes a Meade Series 4000 Super Plvssl 26 millimeter eyepiece for 48 times magnification

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars etx 105 initial impression
OKi'm 2 weeks into discovering this little scope.4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful little scope!
I've had the ETX 105 for over 3 weeks now.I've taken it out 4 times already (weather permitting) and viewed the moon once and Jupiter 3 times.This is my first scope and I think it is great.5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent telescope
The ETX105EC is definitively much better built than the ETX90 although it is in the limits of portability because is fairly heavy. It is incredible silent while tracking objects and it obviously gathers more light than the ETX90. Want proof? The 105 shows one of Saturn's moons whereas the 90 doesn't (at least my friend's ETX90 didn't).Read more


5. Celestron C102HD 102mm Refractor Telescope
by Celestron
Electronics
list price: $599.99 -- our price: $422.28
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Asin: B000051TIA
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

The Celestron C102HD telescope is regarded as a major bargain for good reason. Instead of computerized bells and whistles, you get the solid optical performance of a full sized four-inch achromatic refractor combined with a serviceable German Equatorial mount. Experienced observers frequently recommend the C102HD to beginning astronomers for one simple reason: it delivers great views of the planets. Read more

Features

  • Refractor telescope for serious astronomers and terrestrial observers
  • Rigid German equatorial mount for following objects
  • Slow motion controls on both axes object
  • Magnification: 241x
  • Objective lens: 102mm

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Celestron C102HD 102mm Refractor Celestron C4-R
Ordered The C102HD but believe this is the newer version Celestron C4-R. On just one night of viewing, conditions hazy, Still able to view one of my favorites, Saturn. Cassini division easily visible, nice image at 160X, used one of my own eyepieces 12.5mm plus 2x short focus barlow. A band stood out and well wrapped around the planet. Did not notice any Chromatic Abberation on Saturn. The optics on this 4 inch objective are impressive for such a value priced telescope ! The Mount works very well goes and stops were you want it, the tripod is aluminum, not the stroger tube variety, making the works abit shaky, but otherwise supports well. Another favorite Jupiter started to rise but conditions changed to heavy overcast before I could give a better rating, the two large bands were well separated and detail was starting to appear then clouds moved in. Jupiter did produce some color distortion but not that objectionable to me. Only star tests were Sirius (brightest star in the heavens) and the companion to Polaris (North Star). Sirius did show some of chromatic abberation but not all that bad, Polaris at 160X was satisfying with its blue companion well placed. Managed to view a few open clusters but again sky conditions not favorable, will update in future. UpDATE: Yet to reach a dark sky, intown viewing, the famed Orion Nebula, beautiful flower-like, couldn't resist 160X on the also popular Trapezium (4 tight stars inside the Orion Nebula), actually an overkill at this power, stars filled with black between them, Very Nice! Just above the three star belt of orion is a fainter M78 Nebula,is much smaller, noticeably brighter than the ETX90.
5-0 out of 5 stars WoW
I finally had a clear night although it was a bit on the windy side, and I was very impressed with the performance of my C102HD refractor. I have never really had a real Telescope I alway's Fell to the ads of those high powered store sold 60mm. refractors, those are junk. I saw more on that one night than I have all of my life, I saw the Orion Nebula for the first time,it was great at 50 power with the 20mm. eyepiece, also the moons of Jupiter were very sharp plus the rings of Saturn, I also bought the Celestron accessory kit so I have plenty of options when it comes to power. I just can't say enough to express my delight with my new scope and probably can't say it right. But this a real quality item,and amazon.com is a great place to purchase it, they have great service and the scope came very well packed. So I would really recommend one of these scopes you will really be pleased and amazed at it's performance.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every bit worth the wait!
I used to work on 10" and 12" refractors and in comparison this scopes only lacks in size. I started running around in circles after looking at the amazingly sharp views of Saturn, Jupiter, the Moon, and the Orion nebula the first night. Stars are sharp pinpoints. Plan to buy additional eyepieces as this 20mm Plossl (pretty decent per se) is just a starter. My 6mm eyepiece works beautifully at 150x. With the 2x Barlow lens, the 20mm gives you 100x. In a light polluted city (like where I live), the best I could get was around 200x.Read more


6. Meade ETX105AT Telescope w/ UHTC, Autostar Controller (497) and Tripod (884)
by Meade
Electronics
list price: $1,247.00 -- our price: $895.39
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Asin: B00008IOVX
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

The latest model in Meade's popular ETX line, the ETX105EC with premium Ultra High Transmission optical coatings (UHTC), is one sweet portable package. The included Autostar controller delivers excellent tracking and pointing. The #884 Tripod combined with the aluminum frame and ball-bearing chassis delivers vibration-free viewing. And the optics are simply the best I've ever seen in a small Maksutov-Cassegrain or Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope. Read more

Features

  • Includes AutoStar controller and deluxe field tripod
  • UHTC coatings are on all optical surfaces for enhanced detail
  • Electronic controller for slew speeds and built-in clock drive
  • Maksutov meniscus corrector lens of Grade-A BK7 optical glass
  • Includes a Meade Series 4000 Super Plvssl 26 millimeter eyepiece for 48 times magnification

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Optics but poor assembly
We had our new ETX 105 inspected and tuned by the astronomer at the Arkansas Observatory. The optics were measure at 1/8th wave and were rated as A++.Only slight tub alignment was necessary to optimize optical performance.Meade has a reputation for excellent optics - especially with the UHTC coating. This is probably the biggest reason to choose this brand! The optics are all made in the USA at Meades Irvine California factory.Most other scopes in this price range are made in China and have inferior optics.Read more


7. Celestron Nexstar 5 Telescope (Telescope Only)
by Celestron
Electronics
list price: $1,049.99
Asin: B00004ZD39
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

The NexStar 5 combines deluxe features with Celestron'slegendarySchmidt-Cassegrain optical system to provide amateur astronomers with asophisticated and easy-to-use telescope. It has a 5-inch diameterrefractor, afocal length of 1250mm, a focal ratio of f/10, and one multicoated 25mm(50x)1.25-inch Plossl eyepiece.Read more

Features

  • Focal length of 1250mm
  • 127mm (5-inch) diameter Schmidt-Cassegrain refractor
  • Observe immediately with the computerized auto align feature
  • Automatic slewing to over 18,000 celestial objects
  • Common sense menu descriptions

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars goto where ?
After receiving this scope .I read the instructions and understood them. The goto feature is not difficult to figure out.So I had no problems there. I have never been able to see any neb. or gal. Nothing but the usual boring venus and jupiter. The moon of course. This scope although expensive is no better than my dept. store telescope. What good is goto when you getthere there is nothing to see. Star test was excellent so it doesnt need collimation. DO NOT BUY ANY SCOPE WITH LESS THAN 8inches of apeture. And you can take that to the bank!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars What I see through this scope
I originally ordered the Nexstar 80 GT because I wanted to see the bands of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn during winter of 2001-2 while those planets were high and bright. Before it shipped, an astronomer friend suggested that I save [price] on a 5" or 8" scope by not buying that one. So I bought the Nexstar 5 instead. Overall, I am very happy with it, but now I wish that I had saved [price] on an 8" or 10" scope by not buying the 5". 5-0 out of 5 stars Compact and easy to use.
Small enough to throw in the trunk of your car, sturdy enough to withstand the rigors of stumbling around the backyard in the dark, the Nexstar 5 offers fine viewing and ease of use for any beginner that does not have the time or the attention span to learn the locations of many celestial objects. ... Read more


8. Galileo G102MD 1100 x 102mm Catadioptric Telescope w/Motor Drive
by Galileo Visions, Inc
Electronics
list price: $429.99 -- our price: $399.99
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Asin: B0001AC2L4
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Editorial Review

With the Galileo G-102MD catadioptric reflector telescope, you can scan the skies without looking away from your eyepiece, thanks to a hand box control center. Whether you're photographing a comet or watching a shadow transit of one or more of Jupiter's moons, the G-102MD will deliver the performance you need. Read more

Features

  • Catadioptric telescope has a correcting lens built-in into the optical tube
  • Fully motorized, dual-axis German equatorial mount
  • 102mm primary mirror accepts 28 percent more light
  • 2 eyepieces (6.8mm-16mm zoom & 20mm); 3x Barlow lens
  • 1-year warranty

9. Celestron Firstscope 114 Short Telescope
by Celestron
Electronics
list price: $378.99
Asin: B000051TN5
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Celestron's compact Firstscope 114 Short Telescope offers three times the light gathering power of 60mm refractors in a system that's light, portable, and affordable. The package includes the CG-2 equatorial mount, an adjustable aluminum tripod, two eyepieces (20mm and 10mm), a red dot finder scope, and an introductory version of "The Sky" astronomy software. Read more

Features

  • Manual slow-motion controls
  • Newtonian reflector optics
  • 1,000mm focal length
  • Comes with adjustable aluminum tripod
  • 18-inch tube is compact and portable

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars I like it better and better each time I use it.
I've had my Firstscope 114 Short for almost two years now. I really think I couldn't have chosen a more appropriate one. I live in a house with a backyard and I have a car. Since the telescope doesn't take up much space, I just keep it set up in a corner of my room for the entire winter when I'm not using it. (I live at 64�N so stargazing in the summer is off.)
4-0 out of 5 stars good scope...
i took delivery of this scope about a week ago, and though i haven't used it much for astronomical observing, i have had a whale of a time with terrestrial stuff. for the price i paid, it's an excellent VFM product, and i'm looking forward for the skies to clear so that i can really freak out with this telescope, with astrophotography being at the top of my list.3-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good scope
This a very portable scope. Its aperture is big enough to show pleasing views of fairly bright deep sky objects. The planets are good,but not as good as a refractor of similar aperture. Its mount is not that shaky. I recommend this scope for anyone starting in astronomy. ... Read more


10. Meade DS-114EC 325 x 60mm Telescope
by Meade
Electronics
list price: $598.00
Asin: B00004SPCB
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Meade's DS-114EC reflecting telescope offers a large aperture, high-quality optics, and easy push-button electronic operation, making it a perfect instrument for the serious beginner or intermediate observer. It features improved mounting for precise, smooth altitude and azimuth movements. Its high-resolution, multicoated primary and secondary mirrors are free of the optical zones and irregularities often found on optics of lesser quality. It includes the Meade handheld electronic controller, which allows for four-speed push-button operation and easy object location and tracking. It also includes Meade's StarNavigator software, which displays more than 10,000 celestial objects for help in locating galaxies, nebulae, star clusters, stars, and planets. It comes with a full-length adjustable heavy-duty aluminum tripod with accessory shelf.Read more

Features

  • Newtonian reflector telescope with 114mm aperture
  • 910mm objective lens focal length
  • Includes electronic controller for easy push-button object location and tracking
  • Smooth, precise tracking with altazimuth mounting
  • Includes full-length, adjustable heavy-duty aluminum tripod

Reviews (16)

3-0 out of 5 stars Buy it for $122 from Meade... on eBay
Hello!Thinking of the Meade DS 114, 4.5" reflector?It's a very good starter telescope, provided you get 1.25" eyepieces and not 0.985" eyepieces, and a 30mm finder and not a 24mm finder.4-0 out of 5 stars Best First Telescope
It's a great price. It gives clear views and the objects are very detailed when looking through a high magnification eyepiece.3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a starter scope
I bought this for my daughter who wanted a telescope. I have had a few over the years and know my way around a telescope and the night sky. Over all I like the scope, especially at the price. It could use better eye pieces and a the finder scope that comes with it is a pain. I plan on buying more eyepieces and replacing thefinder. ... Read more

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11. Orion SpaceProbe 130 EQ Reflector Telescope
by ORION
Electronics

Asin: B0000XMSWK
Sales Rank: 816
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • An affordable but very capable telescope
  • 130mm aperture and 900mm focal length for great all-around viewing performance
  • Includes sturdy tripod and equatorial mount for hands-free celestial tracking
  • Includes two eyepieces, finder scope, focuser, collimation cap, and FREE TheSky astronomy software
  • One-year limited warranty

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars We love this scope
My family and I love this scope.We've been able to observe very crisp images of Saturn and Jupiter with 180x using the supplied 10mm eyepiece and a separately purchased 2x barlow.With or without the barlow, viewing of the Orion Nebula is easy.We've also enjoyed looking at the moon and several other objects e.g. Clusters, Andromeda Galaxy.
4-0 out of 5 stars My first real telescope
Let me begin by letting you know that I am not new to astronomy or telescopes. 20 years ago, I spent countless hours with a 60mm ~f/10 Meade on an Alt-Az mount (a mount that goes up-down and left-right) in both the stark cold of a northern minnesota winter and warm buggy/mosquito infested season of summer. It was fun, and I remember looking mostly at the planets, the Pleides, and the Orion nebula - and could even barely make out the Andromeda galaxy, but I always longed for something more.
5-0 out of 5 stars Great Starter Telescope!
This telescope is easy to use. This is my first scope (I am approaching 60) and I just wanted to be sure that I would enjoy looking at what's up there before I invested more money later as you can spend a lot on some models. With this scope I got the most for my money. Who knows, I may not have to get anything else! This is a great looking, quality telescope! ... Read more


12. Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Dobsonian Reflector Telescope
by ORION
Electronics

Asin: B0000XMSNO
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

Orion’s Skyquest XT4.5 is the smallest in their Dobsonian line of telescopes that includes theB00020WZB0 XT6 , XT8 , and XT10.Newcomers to the hobby are always surprised at how large amateur telescopes are, but to experienced observers, this XT4.5 is considered a very small scope.Tiny, in fact(It’s so small, astronomers are buying them just because they think they're so cute).Make no mistake, though--the XT4.5 is a full-fledged telescope, and is a serious observing tool that could last you for years. Read more

Features

  • ".... a new standard for the beginner's telescope" -- Sky & Telescope (4/01)
  • 114mm aperture and 910mm focal length for views of lunar craters, planets, nebulas, and galaxies
  • Sturdy Dobsonian mount and handy grip knob allow for effortless maneuvering
  • Includes two eyepieces, finder scope, focuser, collimation cap, and FREE TheSky astronomy software
  • One-year limited warranty

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great telescope for kids and adults
We received the SkyQuest XT 4.5 about two weeks ago and we absolutely love it.My six year old daughter and I opened the two boxes, put it together, and within 15 minutes we were out in front of our house looking at the moon, start clusters, the moons and cloud bands of Jupiter, and the Andromeda Galaxy.It is big enough to see all of these things from a big city yet it is small enough to easily fit in a closet.
5-0 out of 5 stars "More than just a first telescope"
I've had the xt4.5 for a year now, and even though I have since purchased the xt10, I still use the xt4.5 more frequently because you can just pick it up w/ one hand, carry it outside, and begin scanning the sky.Even though a 4.5 inch primary mirroris small for a dobsonian telescope, this is a serious piece of equipment for the money.This is no cheap "department store junk" scope.
5-0 out of 5 stars A very serious, professional little Dobsonian scope!
This is, quite simply, one of the best buys in smaller, portable Dobsonian Newtonian Reflector scopes today.Usually, the two terms (portable and Dobsonian) are mutually exclusive, but the 4.5 weighs in at only around 22 pounds, which makes it quite portable, and a pleasure to operate and turn and point with its Dobsonian base.I have owned the XT4.5 and the XT8.Both phenomenal pieces of gear.Both capable of deep sky views.Having used both, I can assure you that the 4.5 is capable of clear views up to around 200x.It was even able to handle the increased magnification of a Barlow Lens and high power eyepiece, for utterly stunning close up views of the lunar surface on a really clear night!Saturn's rings and the 'Cassini Division' was easily discernable as well. Of course it won't rival the views of the larger Dobsonians, but the 4.5 holds its own as a real, well crafted, quality telescope.An adult will have to bend down a bit for viewing, but I solved that challenge by simply putting the scope on a milk crate, or using a small, portable folding gardeners chair, which is low to the ground.No big whoop.All in all, a GREAT tool for viewing the heavens for your kids AND adults! ... Read more


13. Orion SpaceProbe 130ST EQ Telescope
by ORION
Electronics

Asin: B0000XMSJI
Sales Rank: 4235
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Designed for the serious beginning or intermediate stargazer
  • 130mm aperture and 650mm focal length for a wider field of view and brighter images
  • Includes sturdy tripod and equatorial mount for hands-free celestial tracking
  • Includes two eyepieces, finder scope, focuser, collimation cap, and FREE TheSky astronomy software
  • One-year limited warranty

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Views!
First of all, everything I know about using a telescope comes from the Orion website.They have articulate, concise, and well written articles/tutorials/star charts, that gently introduce beginners to the hobby FOR FREE!Second, and most importantly, this little scope is amazing! I live in suburbia next to a street lamp, and down the road from an obnoxiously bright Walmart.Even with the moon setting in the western sky, I could easily see Saturn, and the Cassini Division. In the week that I've owned the scope, I have also seen Sirrius, Mars, and spectacular views of the moon w/ terminator.My house blocks the northern sky from the backyard, so I haven't been able to Polar align the scope yet. But with a star chart, objects are relatively easy to find using the finder scope. The 130mm aperature captures a lot of light! Deep sky images are wonderful with high contrast and wide field of view.Planetary images are very well defined with higher magnification eyepieces. I have had the best luck setting the tripod in grass, because hard surfaces tend to cause a little vibration. Additionally, the physics of the EQ2 mount may necessitate an above average degree of mechanical aptitude (The original owner I bought it from assembled it completely wrong, and even discounted the price because she thought it was missing parts, which it wasn't)!I can't wait to take it away from the city lights! I highly recommend this telescope for its quality and value (even when purchased new).I also recommend the company for its dedication to my enjoyment of the hobby, even though they made no profit from my purchase (yet! They've won me over for the next one though). ... Read more


14. Orion StarMax 102mm EQ Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
by ORION
Electronics

Asin: B0000XMSPM
Sales Rank: 3416
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Rivals the quality and performance of comparable refractors but at a fraction of the cost
  • 102mm aperture and 1300mm focal length for sharp images of the moon, planets, and deep-sky objects
  • Includes sturdy tripod and equatorial mount for hands-free celestial tracking
  • Includes one eyepiece, finder scope, diagonal, carrying case, and FREE TheSky astronomy software
  • One-year limited warranty

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars An Informal Review
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4-0 out of 5 stars A pretty cool, pretty powerful little telescope...
I've owned one of these for a couple of years now, and find it to be a pretty good scope for the price. The Mak-Cass design provides a tremendous focal length (1300mm)which means that you can attain alot of magnification per eyepiece used. Alot of magnification... This scope does a good job resolving detail on the Moon and gives decent views of the planets, but it's no rich-field scope- not by any means. I get much better views of nebulae and glalxies through large aperture binoculars. One just doesn't get alot of light thru this tube. Increasingly powerful eyepieces will dim the view exponentially. But this is true of any scope, so don't let that keep you away from this great little scope! It's a snap to set up and the Equatorial mount it comes with is very good. This is a scope which requires very little tinkering with, so you will carry it outside alot more than some bulky, complicated scope. More time under the stars is what it's all about. The Sirius 25mm Plossl eyepiece it comes with will give you 52x in this scope. Best to get some others so you can vary your magnification. Orion offers the back-yard astronomer good quality for the price. It's no Questar, but it's not $7,000.00 either!!! A good Read more


15. Cstar 360 Series 114 x 500mm Reflector Telescope w/360° Rotating Eyepiece
by CStar Optics
Electronics
list price: $479.99 -- our price: Too Low To Display
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Asin: B0007YR642
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Editorial Review

Is the Milky Way something far more than a candy bar to you? If so, you can bring the heavens into focus with the Cstar 45-360 360 series 76mm reflector telescope. This optically engineered system features a large, 76-millimeter objective lens that delivers bright, sharp images with no blurry edges around the viewing area. The aluminum alloy tube is lightweight, seamless, and durable. You'll be impressed by the low color aberration from the multi-coated glass lenses.Read more

Features

  • Delivers bright sharp images
  • Features a red-dot scope for low power scanning
  • Large, 76-millimeter objective lens delivers plenty of light
  • Aluminum alloy body provides lightweight strength
  • Includes a full-size, adjustable aluminum tripod

16. Celestron NexStar 130 SLT, 130mm (5.1") diameter Newtonian Reflector Telescope with Motorized Altazimuth Mount & 4,000+ Object Database - Demo Model
by Celestron
Electronics

Asin: B000FAQZFE
Sales Rank: 5046
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Features

  • Computerized hand control with 4,000+ object database
  • Quick-release fork arm mount, optical tube and accessory tray for quick no tool set up
  • SkyAlign allows you to align on any three bright celestial objects, making for a fast and easy alignment process
  • Comes with "The Sky" Level 1 planetarium software and NSOL telescopeccontrol software for controlling your telescope via computer
  • Internal battery compartment to prevent cord wrap during use Sturdy stainless steel tripod

17. Blue Baytronix AstroVenture 4.5" Reflector Telescope Fast f/4.4 EQ Mount
by Baytronix
Electronics
list price: $199.99
Asin: B00061YU3Q
Sales Rank: 6117
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Features

  • Spherical 114mm (4.5 inches) objective mirror, 500mm focal length
  • Fast f/4.4 F-ratio for outstanding brightness
  • 25mm & 10mm Plossl 1.25" Diameter Eyepieces Included
  • EQ Mount and Tripod w/Accessory Tray are Included (RA motor drive is available)
  • Step-by-step Color Photo Online Assembly Guide

18. Orion StarBlast Astro Telescope
by ORION
Electronics

Asin: B0000XMT38
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Editorial Review

There are plenty of telescopes available for adults, but very fewgood instruments sized for a child just getting interested in astronomy. Most "kid's scopes" are little more than toys, and not very well made onesat that.There are a few telescopes that rise high above all of the small,junk telescopes.One of the most popular is the StarBlast from OrionTelescopes & Binoculars--but don't let the "kid's scope" designation foolyou.Anyone who likes panning across the Milky Way or viewing broad-fieldtargets like the Pleiades and the Andromeda Galaxy will really it. Read more

Features

  • Kids will have a blast probing the heavens with this real reflecting telescope!
  • 18"-long tube and 4.5" mirror for exciting views of the moon's craters, the planets, and more!
  • A point-and-view telescope that swivels effortlessly on its sturdy base
  • Includes two eyepieces, finder scope, focuser, and FREE Starry Night astronomy software
  • One-year limited warranty

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Hits the Mark
My sister was considering a telescope but was unsure whether she should put out a large amount of money for something she might not often use. I suggested the Orion StarBlast Astro Telescope as a way to test the waters first. The telescope is very inexpensive, yet reviews of the scope are good. What I didn't expect was how good this little telescope can be. Saturn's rings are clear, with a hint of Cassini on still nights. Jupiter's two primary bands are clear as well, and globular clusters are much brighter and more resolved than you would believe possible for a scope of this price (don't expect glittering jewelry boxes though.)
4-0 out of 5 stars Nice optics but needs better dob mount&base
As usual from Orion nice optics for the price. Would work much better on XT4.5" mount& base. I've experimented with this scope taking mirror cell out & installing altitude bearings from a xt4.5. Then installing on XT4.5 base & mount. Balance is not an issue on such a short focal length. High power views are noweasy to track plus height is a liile better. If you love your starblast order an XT4.5" mount & base from Orion. Probably under 100 bucks. My XT8 base was 110 shipped. Only thing is you'll have to dig up used altitude bearings from somebody. Well worth the work. I do not suggest attempting this unless your absolutely sure what you have to do to make it work, drilling of holes for bearings, alighning bearings evenly side to side, etc. But the results are great

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent first scope
This is my first telescope and I am very satisfied with my purchase. Portability and ease of use are high points - you can set it on top of car trunk and start using it in seconds. Gives clear and bright views of deep sky objects such as nebulas and clusters.
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19. Orion StarBlast 4.5 EQ Reflector Telescope
by ORION
Electronics

Asin: B000AP03S4
Sales Rank: 5664
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Features

  • Kids and adults will have a blast probing the heavens with this real reflecting telescope!
  • 18"-long tube and 4.5" mirror for exciting views of the moon's craters, the planets, and more!
  • Includes sturdy tripod and equatorial mount for hands-free celestial tracking
  • Includes two eyepieces, finder scope, and FREE Starry Night astronomy software
  • One-year limited warranty

20. Silver Baytronix AstroVenture 4.5" Reflector Telescope Fast f/4.4 EQ Mount
by Baytronix
Electronics
list price: $199.99
Asin: B00061YU36
Sales Rank: 7874
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Features

  • Spherical 114mm (4.5 inches) objective mirror, 500mm focal length
  • Fast f/4.4 F-ratio for outstanding brightness
  • 25mm & 10mm Plossl 1.25" Diameter Eyepieces Included
  • EQ Mount and Tripod w/Accessory Tray are Included (RA motor drive is available)
  • Step-by-step Color Photo Online Assembly Guide

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