Refractor Telescope  

Here are my recommendations for refractor telescopes.

Remember that these refractors are smaller and mostly meant for Solar System viewing.

You should be able to see the rings of Saturn and the four largest of Jupiter's moons.

Also good in more light polluted skies. In darker skies you will get views of the brighter deep-sky objects as well.

ORION 80mm(3.2in) GOSCOPE

Orion GoScope 80mm Refractor Telescope and Tripod Bundle Orion GoScope 80mm Refractor Telescope and Tripod Bundle

This small tabletop scope also comes bundled with an adjustable tripod. It can be used mounted or just on the built in base set on a suitable surface.

The three included eyepieces are able to offer different magnifications of Solar System objects. A 20mm(17.5 magnification) 10mm(35 times) and the 6.3mm(55.5 times) are all easily follow the formula for maximum magnification. This scope should use no more than 160 times magnification based on its 3.2in(80mm) aperture size.

With a focal length of 350mm and a focal ratio of 4.3(f/4.3) the telescope offers a wide field of view(fov).

Best used on Solar System objects such as the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn. Good in light polluted skies and in dark skies can even be used on bright deep-sky objects.

Includes a 90 degree diagonal which produces a “right-side up” image so the scope can be used to bird watch. Light weight at only 8.5 pounds fully assembled and mounted.

ORION GOSCOPE 70mm(2.8in)

Orion GoScope 70 Refractor Telescope & StarGazer's Kit Orion GoScope 70mm Telescope & StarGazer's Kit

This 70mm refractor is quite portable as it comes in a backpack system. Just pack it up and take it where ever you would like to stargaze.

Equipped with both a 20mm and a 10mm eyepiece this scope is ready to go when you are. Magnifications are 17 times and 35 times respectively.

See stars as dim as 12th magnitude in dark skies and good seeing conditions.

Achromatic lenses to help control chromatic aberration and offer nice views of the planets and the Moon.

Includes a diagonal to enable correct image viewing during the day and weights a mere 6 pounds.

Includes an aluminum tripod.


Orion AstroView 120ST Equatorial Telescope Orion AstroView 120ST Equatorial Refractor Telescope

For those who would like a larger refractor there is the Astroview 120st.

With a 4.8in(120mm) aperture this is a refractor that can get in some nice deep-sky viewing as well as the usual Solar System views that refractors are known for.

With a 600mm focal length and f/5 ratio this scope has a nice wide field of view.

A 25mm eyepiece(24 times) and a 10mm eyepiece(60 times) give you nice power to see star clusters and nebulae.

Comes with an equatorial mount to help with tracking and can even have an electronic drive added.

This is not a beginner's refractor telescope. You should only consider this telescope if you are sure about being a backyard stargazer.

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