With the holiday shopping season in full swing, I’ve gotten a lot of questions from people interested in picking up a telescope for themselves, or for someone they know. This guide will cover telescopes ranging from $40 to $200 – great for first-time telescope buyers on a budget.
In many cases, the people I talk to have an idea of what they would like to spend on a telescope, but usually don’t have much of an idea of what they would like to view.
Different objects in the night sky can require different types of telescopes, however in the “starter” telescope price range, there are a lot of good, all-purpose telescopes that can be had – with even the most modest budget. These telescopes do not feature “goto” functions, and are operated manually.
While you CAN find “goto” telescopes for a few hundred dollars, the optics suck, and the drive systems are of poor quality. If you see a computerized telescope at a “big box” retail store, stay away! Better yet, don’t buy ANY telescope from a big-box retail/grocery store.
Keep reading to learn more about some great telescopes that will give great views without breaking your bank account. I’ve used every telescope on this list, and provide the pros and cons of each model.
Here is the archive version of last night’s episode of The Cosmic Ray Show, with astronomer and editor, Dave Reneke.
This episode marks our first appearance of a musical guest on the show. Ryan Van Sickle performed his single “When We Were Young”.
We also had another monthly installment of Amy Shira Teitel’s “This Month in Space History”. Grab a snack and a cold beverage, and enjoy the show!
Carnival of Space #277 is hosted by The Venus Transit!!
This edition features great articles about:
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I tested out the equipment for remote operation of my observatory (Serenity Valley Observatory).
This is just a test stream from the telescope.
In the test I had the scope on the moon, Jupiter, and M45. Enjoy!