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Telescopes for the budding astronomer
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Orion Observer II 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope Starter Kit
This complete telescope and accessory kit is a great gift for any child interested in space. Includes the complete Orion Observer II 60mm Altazimuith Refractor Telescope, Exploring the Cosmos book, MoonMap 260, Star Target Planisphere, and more!
$79.99
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$88.37
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Orion Observer II 60mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope Kit
Help encourage your child's interest in the stars and space with the Observer II 60mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope Kit. We have a feeling the whole family will want to join in the fun!
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$109.99
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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!
$309.99
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Orion SkyQuest XT8 PLUS Dobsonian Reflector Telescope
4.8 / 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.
$529.99
3 easy payments of $176.66
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Orion Observer II 70mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope Kit
This value-packed kit comes with everything you need to observe the night sky right away. Includes Observer II 70mm telescope, 25mm and 10mm eyepieces, red-dot sight, diagonal, Shorty 2x Barlow, MoonMap 260, Telescope Observer's Guide book and more!
$149.99
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$185.10
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Orion GoScope III 70mm Refractor Travel Telescope Kit
4.3 / 5.0
This ultraportable day and night Telescope Kit is perfect for on-the-go beginners. It's loaded with fun extra accessories every stargazer will enjoy. Use the included backpack to take the telescope anywhere you want!
$99.99
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$108.76
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Orion CT80 80mm Compact Refractor Telescope Optical Tube
3.2 / 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 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Telescope MAX Kit
4.7 / 5.0
Superior beginner reflector telescope MAX kit with 4.5" diameter mirror lens, pre-assembled and portable design, and includes popular accessories for a total solution
$249.99
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$286.53
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FunScope 76mm Reflector Telescope Kids Kit
4.9 / 5.0
This complete kit is packed with extra accessories at a great value. Includes the FunScope 76mm reflector which comes with 2 eyepieces, a Red Dot Finder, a MoonMap, Moon Filter, Star Target Planisphere and the Orion Exploring the Cosmos book.
$89.99
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$99.41
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Orion CT80 EQ 80mm Refractor Telescope Kit
3.5 / 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 80mm refractor kit packs a lot of stargazing performance into a compact telescope setup.
$249.99
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Orion StarBlast 6 Astro Reflector Telescope Kit
4.8 / 5.0
The StarBlast 6 Kit's portable design allows you to use the telescope just about anywhere, and includes additional accessories that will enhance your viewing experience. Good for both planetary and deep sky observations.
$379.99
3 easy payments of $126.66
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Orion StarBlast 90mm Altazimuth Travel Refractor Telescope
Our StarBlast 90mm Travel Refractor is outfitted with a stainless steel tripod and two-way pan head plus a host of great accessories -- which all fit neatly into a carry case with shoulder strap for easy transport. Perfect for day or night observing!
$199.99
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Orion SpaceProbe II 76mm Altazimuth Reflector Telescope
4.5 / 5.0
Affordable and easy to use, the Orion SpaceProbe II 76mm reflector is a great nighttime telescope for the whole family. Everyone will enjoy taking the SpaceProbe II 76mm telescope out to the backyard for great views of the Moon, planets and more.
$79.99
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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.
$299.99
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Orion StarSeeker IV 114mm GoTo Reflector Telescope Kit
5.0 / 5.0
The extra accessories included in this value-packed GoTo kit are perfect for amateur astronomers of all skill levels. The Orion StarSeeker IV 114mm presents a winning combination of motorized object-location technology and great optics.
$499.99
3 easy payments of $166.66
With payment plan
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$542.85
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Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian Telescope Kit
4.8 / 5.0
The Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 telescope is perfect for a beginner. It's a compact 114mm-aperture Classic Dobsonian reflector that shows objects in much more detail than a typical 60mm beginner telescope. This kit includes a Barlow and stargazer's toolkit.
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Orion XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope & Beginner Barlow Kit
4.9 / 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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$381.10
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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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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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