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Orion Apex 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
4.8 / 5.0
The Orion Apex 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope is both high-power and compact - perfect for the beginner for both astronomy and terrestrial viewing. The correct-image finder scope makes locating objects easy.
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Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
4.7 / 5.0
The compact yet powerful Orion Apex 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope is great for observers wanting to get fantastic views during the night or day. Small enough that you can tuck it into a daypack or store it on a bookshelf.
$299.99
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Orion ShortTube 80 Equatorial Refractor Telescope
4.4 / 5.0
The beginner can explore the planets, moon, and bright deep-sky objects with the Orion ShortTube 80 EQ. It is easy to take outside and set up and can be used on a tripod as a daytime spotting scope. Track objects easily with the slow motion controls.
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Orion ShortTube 80-T Refractor Telescope
4.7 / 5.0
The ShortTube 80-T is ideal for beginning stargazing or terrestrial viewing. This scope offers a wide field of view with sharper images and better definition and contrast. Attaches to Orion equatorial mounts or photo tripods.
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Orion ShortTube 80-A Refractor Telescope
4.7 / 5.0
An upgraded version of the ShortTube 80, the 80-A is very portable and is perfect for the beginning astronomer. Wide field of view makes it ideal for deep sky viewing. The refractor optical tube attaches easily to any Orion telescope mount.
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Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ Refractor Telescope
The Celstron AstroMaster 70AZ refractor telescope is good for both terrestrial and astronomical viewing. Quick and easy to set up with no tools necessary, and it also provides a correct view instead of a backwards image.
$149.95
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Celestron FirstScope Reflector Telescope
3.9 / 5.0
A great entry level telescope, the Celestron FirstScope is very easy to use for stargazing fun. Just move the telescope tube in the direction of your desired object and start viewing. The compact design makes it easy to take anywhere you roam.
$49.95
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Celestron Travel Scope 70 Refractor Telescope
The Celestron Travel Scope 70, with its tripod and backpack, is ideal for on the go viewing. This telescope is great for terrestrial viewing as well as for casual celestial observation.
$89.95
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More About Beginner Telescopes
The question of which telescope is best for the beginner is asked a lot. The answer to that question really depends on what is important to you, because the best telescope for a beginner is one that they will use and enjoy. There are many factors, most of which can only be answered by you, to pick the best beginner telescope Price, portability, what you can see with your new telescope, and features such as computerized and GoTo functionality are the common attributes for the beginner to consider. Beginner telescopes are typically easy to use and maintain, will show you the moon and planets, and feature good optical and mechanical quality. Click the "Resources to Help You Choose a Telescope" link above for more information.

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