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Telescopes for the budding astronomer
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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.
$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.
$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.
$199.99
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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 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!
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Orion StarSeeker IV 150mm GoTo Reflector Telescope
4.0 / 5.0
The largest StarSeeker IV collects a ton of light with its 6" aperture optical tube for detailed views of deep-sky objects, as well as super-bright lunar and planetary observations. Included eyepieces provide 32.6x and 75x viewing magnifications.
$599.99
3 easy payments of $200.00
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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!
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$299.99
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$279.99
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Orion SpaceProbe II 76mm Altazimuth Reflector Telescope Kit
5.0 / 5.0
With this 3" reflector telescope you can view the cratered surface of the Moon, the rings of Saturn, and gigantic Jupiter along with its brightest moons. This value-packed kit comes with a Shorty 2x Barlow and the Orion Beginning Stargazer's Toolkit.
$109.99
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$147.95
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Orion SkyQuest XT6 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope
This upgraded PLUS version of our XT6 Classic Dobsonian sports a 6" parabolic mirror and useful enhancements like adjustable altitude tension and secondary adjustment thumbscrews, and expanded accessories including a Shorty 2x Barlow, and more!
$299.99
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Orion SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope
4.7 / 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 features and included accessories to enhance your stargazing experience.
$449.99
3 easy payments of $150.00
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Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope Kit
4.9 / 5.0
The SkyQuest XT8 Classic reflector has features for both beginners and experienced users. It has a large aperture, the stable base glides easily to give you total pointing control, and this package includes a Barlow and Beginning Stargazer's Toolkit.
$399.99
3 easy payments of $133.33
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$470.94
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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.
$99.99
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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.
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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.
$299.99
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Orion SpaceProbe II 76mm Equatorial Reflector Telescope
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.
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Orion Observer II 70mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope
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!
$79.99
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Orion FunScope Astro Dazzle 4.5" TableTop Telescope Kit
4.8 / 5.0
The Orion FunScope AstroDazzle Reflector Kit includes extra accessories for beginning stargazers. The Orion-exclusive telescope is decorated with a unique, full-color collage of popular space objects that's a joy to look at and through!
$119.99
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Orion Observer 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope Kit
4.6 / 5.0
This affordable telescope and accessory bundle is a great choice for kids interested in starting a lifelong appreciation of stargazing. Includes a complete 60mm refractor telescope, Exploring the Cosmos book, MoonMap 260, and Star Target planisphere.
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$89.99
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$79.99
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Orion CT80 80mm Compact Refractor Telescope Optical Tube
4.0 / 5.0
The fully coated Orion CT80 refractor is a compact, 80mm aperture telescope optical tube that delivers bright, wide-field views. Great for use as a guide scope, or for daytime viewing and stargazing. All accessories sold separately.
$109.99
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Orion CT80 EQ 80mm Compact Equatorial Refractor Telescope
5.0 / 5.0
If you're looking for a great starter telescope, but are worried about taking up too much space, Orion has the answer! Our CT80 EQ refractor packs a lot of stargazing performance into a compact telescope setup.
$229.99
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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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