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Orion StarBlast 80mm AutoTracker Refractor Telescope
4.0 / 5.0
This portable 80mm refractor telescope is ideal for astronomy buffs on-the-go, or for those looking for a compact telescope setup with motorized tracking. After a simple alignment, this tabletop telescope will track celestial objects automatically!
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Orion Observer 70mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope
4.6 / 5.0
This is a great beginner telescope for all ages. The sturdy tripod and Altazimuth mount allow easy movement and tracking for daytime and nighttime viewing. The 70mm allows you to see objects brighter and in more detail than the 60mm.
$129.99
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Orion GoScope 80mm Refractor Telescope and Tripod Bundle
4.4 / 5.0
If there isn't a table nearby when you want to stargaze, we now provide our Orion GoScope 80mm TableTop Refractor Telescope bundled with a sturdy field tripod so you can gaze at stars anywhere. Bundle also includes a high-power, 6.3mm eyepiece!
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Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
4.8 / 5.0
The Orion XT4.5 telescope is perfect for a beginner. It's a compact Dobsonian that shows hundreds of objects in much more detail than a 60mm refractor (a classic beginner telescope). The sturdy mount with grip knob allow for easy maneuvering.
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Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope
4.8 / 5.0
The Orion SpaceProbe 130ST reflector telescope is perfect for the more serious beginner or intermediate stargazer. With a 130mm parabolic primary mirror, the 130ST provides great views of deep-sky objects on the included EQ-2 mount and stable tripod.
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Orion StarBlast 80mm AutoTracker & Beginner Barlow Kit
4.0 / 5.0
This portable 80mm refractor is ideal for on-the-go astronomers, or for those looking for a compact telescope with precise automatic tracking abilities. This value-packed kit comes with a Shorty 2x Barlow and the Orion Beginning Stargazer's Toolkit.
$299.99
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$321.45
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Orion SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope
4.6 / 5.0
This upgraded PLUS version of our XT6 Classic Dobsonian sports useful design enhancements like adjustable altitude tension and secondary adjustment thumbscrews, and expanded accessories including a Shorty 2x Barlow, Safety Film Solar Filter and more!
$349.99
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Orion StarBlast 114mm AutoTracker & Beginner Barlow Kit
4.4 / 5.0
The StarBlast 114mm AutoTracker Reflector makes it easy for the whole family to stargaze with its combination of great optics and a motorized mount. This value-packed kit comes with a Shorty 2x Barlow and the Orion Beginning Stargazer's Toolkit.
$299.99
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$376.45
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Orion SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope
5.0 / 5.0
This deluxe upgrade of our XT8 Classic telescope boasts a redesigned Dobsonian base, adjustable altitude-axis tension, 2" dual-speed Crayford focuser, and a host of other upgrades and included accessories to enhance your stargazing experience.
$499.99
3 easy payments of $166.66
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Orion StarBlast 62mm Compact Travel Refractor Telescope
5.0 / 5.0
Extremely portable at 3.1lbs. and just over a foot long with its lens shade retracted, the finely crafted StarBlast 62mm Compact Travel Refractor packs a ton of performance into its small telescope body and can be used for any type of observing.
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$379.99
3 easy payments of $126.66
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Orion GrandView 16-48x65mm Waterproof Zoom Spotting Scope
5.0 / 5.0
With excellent fully multi-coated optics and a comfortable 45° angled eyepiece packed into a durable, waterproof housing, the Orion GrandView 16-48x65mm Waterproof Zoom Spotting Scope will amaze you with crisply detailed views of the outdoors.
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Orion GoScope II 70mm Refractor Travel Telescope Moon Kit
4.3 / 5.0
This ultraportable day and night telescope is perfect for on-the-go beginners. It is very easy to set up on the tripod, and includes a 5x24 finder scope and two eyepieces (25mm and 10mm). Comes with a backpack so you can take it anywhere you want!
$89.99
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Orion Observer 60mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope
4.5 / 5.0
The Observer 60mm is perfect for the young beginner. It has a red dot finder scope that makes it easy to find objects. The light weight tripod and optical tube make it very portable. It includes everything you need to get started viewing.
$89.99
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Orion StarMax 90mm TableTop Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
4.6 / 5.0
This table top 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain is a lightweight and compact telescope for the beginning viewer that you can take anywhere. The red dot finder scope makes it easy to find objects in the sky. The mount can also be attached to a photo tripod.
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$229.99
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Orion SkyScanner 100mm Reflector Telescope and Tripod Bundle
4.8 / 5.0
If there isn't a table at your favorite observing spot, we now provide our Orion SkyScanner 100mm TableTop Reflector Telescope bundled with a sturdy field tripod so you can scan the skies anywhere! An included 6.3mm eyepiece yields high-power views.
$179.99
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Orion StarMax 90mm Mak-Cass Telescope and Tripod Bundle
4.6 / 5.0
Our pint-sized power performer StarMax 90mm Maksutov-Cassegrain and Tripod Bundle will provide you and your family with pleasing, high-power views of the heavens whether there's a sturdy table nearby or not. Bundle also includes a 6.3mm eyepiece!
$319.99
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Orion StarBlast 6 Astro Reflector Telescope
4.8 / 5.0
The StarBlast 6 is a great telescope for the whole family. Its portable design allows you to use the reflector just about anywhere, and it packs away easily for storage and transport. Good for both planetary and deep sky observations.
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Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
4.9 / 5.0
Are you looking for your first Dobsonian? The SkyQuest XT6 is a classic entry-level reflector at an amazing price. The XT6 is very portable, has a stable mount, is easy to operate and is affordable, making it a perfect telescope for the beginner.
$299.99
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Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
4.9 / 5.0
The SkyQuest XT8 Classic has features for both beginners and experienced stargazers. Its large aperture will help you see more. Its stable base glides easily and gives you total control to point at any celestial object. All for an affordable price.
$389.99
3 easy payments of $130.00
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Orion XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope & Beginner Barlow Kit
4.7 / 5.0
Are you looking for your first Dobsonian reflector? The SkyQuest XT6 is a classic entry-level telescope at an amazing price. The XT6 is easy to operate, affordable, and this bundle comes with a 2x Shorty Barlow and the Beginning Stargazers toolkit.
$329.99
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$396.45
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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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