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Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope
4.7 / 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.
$399.99
3 easy payments of $133.33
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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.
$329.99
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Orion ShortTube 80-T Refractor Telescope
4.7 / 5.0
This compact, grab-and-go 80mm refractor is outfitted for enjoyable daytime terrestrial viewing and casual nighttime stargazing. Just pop it on a telescope mount or photo tripod and start exploring! Includes high- and low-power Plossl eyepieces.
$219.99
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Orion ShortTube 80-A Refractor Telescope
4.7 / 5.0
The Orion ST80-A compact refractor may just be the perfect telescope for family stargazing fun. With wide-field 80mm f/5 optics, all-aluminum optical tube, and an array of great accessories, it's one "astronomical" value! Just add your own mount.
$219.99
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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.
$429.99
3 easy payments of $143.33
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Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
4.8 / 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.
$579.99
3 easy payments of $193.33
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Orion SkyScanner 100mm TableTop Reflector Telescope
4.7 / 5.0
The SkyScanner 100mm table top reflector is a perfect starter telescope. It is large enough to view night sky objects such as the Moon, planets, and bright nebulas and star clusters, yet compact enough to sit on a desk or store in your closet.
$159.99
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Orion GoScope 80mm TableTop Refractor Telescope
4.8 / 5.0
The lightweight, compact design of the GoScope 80mm makes it perfect for the beginner and a great grab-and-go telescope. The red-dot finder makes it easy to locate objects in the night sky, and the 80mm allows you to see more than with the 70mm.
$239.99
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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 114mm-aperture Dobsonian that shows hundreds of objects in much more detail than a typical 60mm-aperture beginner telescope. The sturdy Dobsonian mount is easy to set up and use.
$379.99
3 easy payments of $126.66
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Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope
4.7 / 5.0
Good affordable beginner reflector telescope with 4.5" diameter mirror lens provides clear views of the Moon, planets, and brighter deep-sky objects. Portable design with compact, pre-assembled tabletop base makes setup easy for the whole family.
$269.99
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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.
$449.99
3 easy payments of $150.00
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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.
$299.99
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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.
$449.99
3 easy payments of $150.00
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FunScope 76mm TableTop Reflector Telescope
4.9 / 5.0
The FunScope is a great telescope for beginners and families to explore astronomy affordably. The FunScope Moon Kit includes the Orion MoonMap 260, a 20mm eyepiece for 15x views, a 10mm eyepiece for 30x views, and a red-dot finder.
$73.99
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Orion GrandView Vari-Angle 20-60x60mm Zoom Spotting Scope
5.0 / 5.0
This 20-60x60mm spotting scope features a unique adjustable-angle eyepiece so you can easily view at 90-degrees, straight-through, or any angle in between! Powerful zoom magnification range of 20-60x lets you explore objects in detail.
$269.99
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Orion GrandView Vari-Angle 20-60x80mm Zoom Spotting Scope
The powerful GrandView Vari-Angle 20-60x80mm Spotting Scope features a unique adjustable-angle eyepiece so you can easily view at 90-degrees, straight-through, or any angle in between! Explore distant objects in detail with the 20-60x zoom eyepiece.
$429.99
3 easy payments of $143.33
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Orion StarBlast II 4.5 Equatorial Reflector Telescope
4.6 / 5.0
The Orion StarBlast II 4.5 EQ Reflector is a perfect family telescope. Its short focal length allows you to see more of the sky, which makes it easier for beginners to find objects. Includes 25mm and 10mm Plossl eyepieces, MoonMap 260, and more!
$259.99
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Orion Observer 80ST 80mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope
4.0 / 5.0
An ideal telescope for the observer on-the-go, the compact Observer 80ST packs a lot of performance into a petite telescope design. This short, f/5.0 refractor delivers wide views of the Moon and planets as well as brighter nebulas and star clusters.
$159.99
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Orion SpaceProbe II 76mm Equatorial Reflector Telescope
5.0 / 5.0
The 3"-diameter (76mm) primary mirror gathers enough light for great views of many star clusters and nebulas, as well as Saturn's rings, Jupiter's moons, and the stark, cratered terrain of the Moon.
$129.99
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Orion Observer II 70mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope
4.0 / 5.0
The Observer II 70 Altazimuth Refractor is delightfully easy to operate, and its affordable price makes it a great telescope to start with as you discover the rewarding hobby of amateur astronomy. Includes the Orion MoonMap 260!
$109.99
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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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