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Orion SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope
4.9 / 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.
$399.99
3 easy payments of $133.33
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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-degree 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.
$109.99
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Orion GoScope II 70mm Refractor Travel Telescope
4.4 / 5.0
This ultraportable day and night telescope is perfect for on-the-go beginners. It is very easy to set up, and includes a 5x24 finder, two eyepieces (25mm and 10mm) and a MoonMap 260. Comes with a backpack so you can take it anywhere you want!
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Orion Observer 60mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope
4.6 / 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.
$69.99
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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.
$199.99
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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.
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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.
$339.99
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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.
$269.99
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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.
$379.99
3 easy payments of $126.66
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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.
$199.99
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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.
$229.99
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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.
$169.99
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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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Celestron AstroFi 102mm Wi-Fi Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
The Astro Fi 102mm Maksutov-Cassegrain is a fully featured telescope that can be controlled with your smart phone or tablet using the free Celestron SkyPortal app.
$419.95
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Celestron AstroFi 90mm Wi-Fi Refractor Telescope
The Astro Fi 90mm Refractor is a fully featured telescope that can be controlled with your smart phone or tablet using the free Celestron SkyPortal app.
$399.95
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Celestron Inspire 70mm AZ Altazimuth Refractor Telescope
The lightest telescope in the Inspire series! The Inspire 70AZ is the ultimate telescope for the novice to intermediate astronomer, offers easier transport and storage, and is packed with features never seen before on entry level telescopes.
$179.95
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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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