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Telescopes for the budding astronomer
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Orion CT80 80mm Compact Refractor Telescope Optical Tube
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
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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Orion 70mm White-Light Solar Refractor Telescope
A true solar specialist, the lightweight Orion 70mm White-Light Solar Refractor allows you to safely observe the Sun and solar phenomena like sunspots, planetary transits, and eclipses with its built-in solar filter.
$129.99
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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.
$109.99
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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 BX90 EQ 90mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope
With its 90mm aperture and versatile f/6.7 optics, this complete mid-size refractor telescope is ideal for serious beginners. The BX90 EQ Refractor comes with 25mm and10mm eyepieces, a 90-degree diagonal, and the EQ-1C equatorial mount.
$229.99
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Orion SpaceProbe II 76mm Equatorial Reflector Telescope Kit
This 3" reflector telescope comes with an equatorial mount for easy tracking of objects in the night sky. This value-packed kit comes with a Shorty 2x Barlow lens, MoonMap 260, Telescope Observer's Guide Book, Star Target planisphere, and more!
$139.99
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$187.95
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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.
$89.99
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$105.96
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Orion FunScope Astro Dazzle 4.5" TableTop Telescope Kit
4.7 / 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 Carbon Fiber ED66 CF Refractor & Tritech CFX Tripod
Featuring rugged yet lightweight carbon fiber construction, this telescope and tripod combo is easy to take along on your next adventure. Includes the Orion ED66 CF Refractor Telescope and Orion Tritech CFX Carbon Fiber Tripod with 3-Way Pan Head.
$899.99
3 easy payments of $300.00
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$1,049.98
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Orion Observer II 70mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope Kit
This complete kit comes with everything you need to observe the night sky. Includes Observer II 70mm altazimuth telescope, 25mm and 10mm eyepieces, red-dot sight, diagonal, Shorty 2x Barlow, MoonMap 260, Telescope Observer's Guide book and more!
$119.99
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$157.95
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Orion Limited Edition SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Bundle
4.8 / 5.0
Celebrate with the stars this holiday season with a limited edition ruby-red SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian.This special version of our best-selling 8" Classic Dobsonian reflector telescope includes a 35mm DeepView 2" eyepiece and Shorty 2x Barlow!
$449.99
3 easy payments of $150.00
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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!
$199.99
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Orion StarBlast II 4.5 EQ Reflector & AstroTrack Motor Drive
4.6 / 5.0
This combination of the StarBlast II 4.5 EQ Reflector and AstroTrack Motor Drive is a complete telescope setup that's ideal for any backyard astronomer who wants to enjoy the benefits of motorized tracking with a wide-field optical instrument.
$229.99
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$259.98
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Orion StarBlast II 4.5 EQ Reflector Telescope Kit
4.6 / 5.0
Our compact StarBlast II 4.5 EQ combines 4.5" aperture wide-field (f/4.0) parabolic reflector optics with a sturdy equatorial mount equipped with slow-motion controls. Value-packed kit includes a Shorty 2x Barlow and Beginning Stargazer's Toolkit.
$249.99
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$277.95
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Orion Observer II 70mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope
This refractor telescope goes the extra distance in introducing the novice to the wonders of the night sky. The Observer II 70 refractor features a 70mm-aperture achromatic objective lens, which provides 36% more light-gathering ability than a 60mm.
$119.99
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Orion Observer 80ST 80mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope
3.0 / 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.
$129.99
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Orion SpaceProbe II 76mm Altazimuth Reflector Telescope
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.
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Orion GrandView 12-36x50mm WP Zoom Spotting Scope Kit
This compact waterproof spotting scope is perfect for outdoor adventurers who want impeccable views of nature in a conveniently portable instrument. Complete kit includes 12-36x50mm spotting scope with angled eyepiece, tripod, and case.
$99.99
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Orion GrandView 20-60x80mm Zoom Spotting Scope Kit
This powerful spotting scope features a continuous zoom magnification range of 20-60x which lets you scan the horizon at 20-power and boost magnification all the way to 60-power when you want to take a closer look. Tabletop tripod and case included.
$149.99
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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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