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Best Cheaper Brands of Telescopes

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Looking at distant things, whether it is the view across a valley or the stars in the night sky, requires equipment that can range from low cost to astronomical. Since many people have restricted budgets, it is good to know that there are a variety of low-cost telescopes available for long-distance viewing. These are arranged from highest cost to lowest, but the most expensive one in this list is still under $200.

The brand that has the largest quantity of inexpensive telescopes is Celestron. This company has made great strides in allowing the average person to see heavenly bodies from the backyard or roof. Several other companies also have telescopes available that are less likely to break the bank.

Astronomers Without Borders offers the OneSky Reflector Telescope, which is distributed through Celestron, as a fundraiser item. Celestron does not offer this telescope separately from AWB. This excellent starter telescope is portable and includes a base, two eyepieces, a helical focuser, and a red dot finder. 

Levenhuk’s Strike 90 PLUS is a refractor telescope that comes with extra accessories including a tripod, two eyepieces plus a zoom eyepiece, a 3x Barlow lens, a book, posters, and a chart, as well as software and a case for easy transport.

Celestron’s 22103 ExploraScope 114AZ is a reflector telescope, good for both daytime and nighttime viewing. Built to be stable, this telescope includes 2 eyepieces and a 3x Barlow lens. This unit is intended for beginners, and also has an available downloadable app to assist in locating celestial objects.

The Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ uses a German Equatorial mount and a Newtonian reflector. It also includes two eyepieces, an aluminum tripod, and 3x Barlow lens, as well as a slow-motion control knob for more ease in following the path of the objects in the sky.

Celestron’s 21079 Cometron 114AZ has a parabolic mirror design to allow for a sharp image and the elimination of spherical aberrations. Because the unit has a large aperture, a wider field of view is available, making it perfect for viewing comets, as well as stars and other celestial bodies. The steel tripod provides stability while perusing the detail of distant objects such as the Orion Nebula or the moons of Jupiter.

Orion’s 10012 SkyScanner 100mm is a tabletop reflector telescope that is ideal for entry-level astronomers. It has no plastic lenses and allows for detailed clarity of the moon and planets even when there are city lights in the vicinity of the telescope’s location. In darker conditions, the distance of view is increased, and deep sky objects can be perceived. It includes two eyepieces, an aiming device, and software.

Celestron’s 21061 AstroMaster 70AZ refractor telescope is quick and easy to set up without needing tools. Its manual alt-azimuth mount and pan handle allow for smooth movement, which increases the ease of finding the desired celestial objects. Two eyepieces, a finderscope, and free astronomy software are also included.

TwinStar’s AstroMark 80mm portable refractor telescope comes in silver or blue and includes a finding scope, mini tripod, carry bag, and two eyepieces. This one is great for backyard astronomers.

Celestron’s compact Tel, National Park Foundation FirstScope is smaller than some starter telescopes, which results in this Newtonian tabletop telescope being ideal for camping trips or other travel. The night sky is easy to view with this handy device on its tabletop mount.

The Orion 10034 GoScope II 70mm refractor telescope sits on an aluminum tripod and comes in a backpack specially designed to be sturdy to hold and protect the telescope and all accessories, which include a finder scope, two eyepieces, and MoonMap 260. Both night sky and daytime scenery and landscape can be viewed in detail through this telescope.

Celestron 21035 70mm Travel Scope, as its name implies, is geared for traveling. It comes with a custom backpack for easy transport, which holds the telescope and all its accessories. Setup is quick and easy, requiring no tools. Along with an adjustable tripod, accessories include two eyepieces, finderscope, and pan handle alt-azimuth control.

BARSKA’s Starwatcher 400x70mm is an entry-level telescope with coated glass optics, resulting in brighter images. The adjustable tripod fits with the telescope and accessories in the soft carrying case. Interchangeable eyepieces and 3x Barlow lens increase its versatility.

The Celestron PowerSeeker 50AZ includes two eyepieces, 3x Barlow lens, and astronomy software with this beginner level telescope that makes it easy for new astronomers to view stars and planets in the night sky. Image brightness and clarity are enhanced through coatings on the glass optical components.

Meade Instruments Infinity 50mm AZ includes three magnification eyepieces and a 2x Barlow lens, an optical viewfinder, and astronomical software. The alt-azimuth mount simplifies the process of finding your target in the night sky or landscape. Not only very reasonably priced, but this telescope also has very positive reviews.

iOptron’s 6004 iExplore 50AZ is a beginner astronomer’s telescope which includes two eyepieces, a finderscope, and an aluminum tripod. The images of the moon, planets, stars, birds, or wildlife are clear and sharp, making this a great starter telescope for anyone new to astronomy.

Regardless of budget, experience, or location, there is a low-cost telescope that can assist in viewing the sky, landscapes, or wildlife.

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