Decided On A Reflector? Get A Dobsonian Telescope 

To a first time buyer, my reflector recommendation is the Dobsonian telescope. Known as “Dobs” these are simple to assemble and operate. Just to be clear the telescope is actually a reflector but the mount is a Dobsonian.

This combination is perfect for the new scope owner.

Of course you can get a reflector on an alt-azimuth or equatorial mount as well if you choose.

All three mounts will also allow you to choose computerized star finding and tracking if you want...for an additional cost of course.

SKYSCANNER 100 TABLETOP

Orion SkyScanner 100mm TableTop Reflector Telescope Orion SkyScanner 100mm TableTop Reflector Telescope

This 4in(100mm) baby reflector is great for getting started. You can use it as is or purchase a tripod to attach it to.

Good for city viewing in light polluted skies but capable of seeing deep-sky objects when your viewing conditions allow.

The included eyepieces give you 20 times and 40 times power for Moon watching and features of Jupiter and Saturn.

F/4 focal ratio offers wide-angle field of view(FOV) and can see objects down to 12th magnitude in the right conditions.

Also Available as a bundle with a tripod.

SkyScanner 100mm Reflector Telescope and Tripod Bundle

XT6 CLASSIC DOBSONIAN

Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Telescope

The XT6 is a nice Dobsonian telescope. With its easily assembled base you will be out stargazing in no time.

This scope comes with a 25mm eyepiece which yields 48 times magnification.

With a 1200mm focal length and a 6in(150mm) aperture you can get eyepieces to give you up to 300 times magnification, although you won't want to use that much power often.

But there is plenty of room to grow with this telescope.

Brings in objects down to 13th magnitude. Narrow FOV at f/8 which is the trade-off of getting to see farther away.

Weighing only 35lb fully assembled so its quite portable. Also separates easily as the tube detaches quickly.

XT8 CLASSIC DOBSONIAN

Orion XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope & Beginner Barlow Kit Orion XT8 Classic Telescope & Beginner Barlow Kit

This is the choice as far as I’m concerned for the backyard stargazer.

With this Dobsonian telescope you will find star clusters, bright nebulae and galaxies.

Object such as the planets and moons in the Solar System will come into view.

In clear dark skies see Neptune and Uranus resolved into blue-green disks.

Count the rings of Saturn and see some of the Solar Systems largest moons.

73% more light gathering than the 6in but the same focal length. This yields a wider FOV(f/5.9).

Comes with a 25mm eyepiece(48 times)but can be used up to 300 times power effectively(406 times maximum).

Weighs 41lbs fully assembled.

If it fits your budget this is the way to go.

FUNSCOPE 76mm TABLETOP

FunScope 76mm TableTop Reflector Telescope Moon Kit FunScope 76mm TableTop Reflector Telescope Moon Kit

For the budget conscience or if you are buying for a younger child I recommend this scope.

A good way to test the hobby and see if it sticks. Why buy a large expensive telescope that won't get used next month?

Lower priced but not low quality this is better than a department store cheap telescope.

A 3in(76mm) aperture will enable you to view the Moon and bright planets easily. In darker skies you can even get some deep-sky objects in.

15 and 30 times power eyepieces are included and with a focal ratio of F/3.9 you get wide-angle FOV.

Can be mounted on a tripod(sold separately, Orion does offer a bundle with the tripod included.

FunScope Reflector Telescope and Tripod Bundle

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