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Telescopes for Beginners Review
REVIEWS AND COMPARISONS
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Ratings
Overall Rating
Ease of Use
Optics
Stability & Tracking
Warranty & Support
9.48
8.40
8.15
8.07
7.85
7.70
7.68
7.53
7.23
7.10
6.95
6.60
6.18
5.93
5.32
5.20
9.83
8.48
8.07
8.48
7.90
7.50
7.90
8.68
8.28
5.98
8.28
5.20
8.07
5.20
5.40
5.58
9.75
8.82
7.88
9.45
9.75
6.63
9.13
6.00
8.20
8.50
6.95
8.50
5.70
7.88
5.38
5.00
10.00
8.75
8.75
6.68
6.25
8.32
6.25
8.75
5.00
6.68
5.43
5.83
4.18
2.93
4.18
5.00
6.08
6.08
7.85
6.08
6.08
10.00
6.08
5.00
6.08
7.85
6.08
7.85
6.08
10.00
7.85
5.00
Quick Picks
Standout Feature
Best App
Best Detail
Excellent Clarity
Smooth Maneuver-ability
Best ClarityBest Clarity
Excellent Finder- scope
Quiet Motor
Best Hand Controller
Great Moon Views
Great Stability
 
 
 
 
 
 
Optical Design
Refractor
Reflector
Reflector
Refractor
Reflector
Reflector
Catadi-optric
Refractor
Catadi-optric
Reflector
 
 
 
 
 
 
Optics
Clarity
?
90%
90%
90%
90%
100%
70%
80%
70%
60%
90%
80%
80%
50%
50%
70%
20%
Aperture (millimeters)
?
90
130
130
102
130
130
102
80
90
114
114
150
60
90
76
114
Daytime Views
?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Focal Ratio
?
f/10.1
f/5
f/5
f/6.5
f/5
f/5
f/13
f/5
f/14
f/7.9
f/3.95
f/5
f/12
f/13.9
f/9.2
f/7
Highest Useful Magnification
?
213
307
154
240
307
260
241
150
213
228
269
300
142
180
152
225
Focal Length (millimeters)
?
910
650
650
660
650
650
1325
400
1250
900
450
750
700
1250
700
675
Eyepieces (millimeters)
?
10, 25
9, 25
10, 23
25
9, 25
10, 25
25
10, 25
9, 25
10, 25
10, 20
10, 25
8, 20
6.3, 10, 20
10, 25
4, 20
Ease of Use
Usability
?
100%
70%
90%
90%
40%
80%
60%
80%
50%
80%
80%
60%
70%
40%
70%
30%
Assembly
?
90%
90%
70%
90%
90%
80%
90%
80%
90%
60%
90%
20%
100%
70%
60%
80%
Weight (pounds)
?
14.2
18
21.5
13.8
18
26.5
11
7.7
12
17.6
8.4
23.5
5.2
28.2
16.6
25
No-Tool Setup
?
 
 
 
 
Backlit Buttons
?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finderscope
?
 
Auxiliary Port
?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Software or Application
?
Wi-Fi
?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stability & Tracking
Stability
?
100%
90%
90%
100%
70%
100%
70%
90%
50%
100%
90%
80%
80%
70%
80%
50%
Mount Type
?
Altazimuth
Altazimuth
Altazimuth
Altazimuth
Altazimuth
Altazimuth
Altazimuth
Altazimuth
Altazimuth
Dobsonian
Altazimuth
Altazimuth
Altazimuth
Equatorial
Equatorial
Altazimuth
Objects Library
?
120,000
4,000
42,000
 
4,000
42,900
40,000
10,000
4,000
 
 
14,000
 
 
 
20,000
Computerized
?
 
 
 
 
 
 
Motorized
?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Internal Batteries
?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Included Tripod
?
Warranty & Support
Warranty
?
2 Years
2 Years
1 Year
2 Years
2 Years
Lifetime
2 Years
1 Year
2 Years
1 Year
2 Years
1 Year
2 Years
Lifetime
1 Year
1 Year
Manufacturer Support
?
Online User Manual
?
Money-Back Guarantee
?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Instructional Videos
?