PROS / The Celestron 90LCM can help you enjoy both terrestrial and celestial views.
CONS / This telescope's aperture will not provide the same detailed views as higher-ranking instruments.
VERDICT / The go-to capability and versatility of the 90 LCM may be the perfect combination for some beginners.
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Celestron's LCM series offers some good options for a starter telescope, and we like the 90 LCM especially. The 90-milimeter aperture is not going to offer what you would see in bigger scopes, but the optics are high quality and the go-to capabilities make this unit so easy to use.
You can expect solid views of the moon, planets and even some deep-sky objects. The optics on this scope offer a bit of versatility as well. While we can't recommend any telescopes for beginners in our lineup as amazing astrophotography instruments, you will have the option to experiment with that part of the hobby using the 90 LCM.
The versatility of this telescope also is evident in its ability to give you great terrestrial views. This can add an extra dimension of fun to your new hobby. Astronomy-only telescopes leave you strapped to the sky, but the 90 LCM will come in handy for bird watching, whale watching, spotting ships or anything else that is of interest.
This is another Celestron telescope to offer SkyAlign technology, which means you only need to find three bright objects in the sky and point the 90 LCM at them in succession. The telescope will handle the rest of the alignment process. Once aligned, it will point itself toward a library of more than 4,000 celestial objects.
The internal battery compartment is a nice feature that will prevent cord wrap during usage. We also think you will enjoy the ways you can upgrade this telescope as you go, including the NexRemote telescope control software. That software, which allows you to control your telescope with your computer, is not included, but it is easy to add. An auxiliary port also makes it easy to add a GPS unit to your telescope, which means you would not have to download the exact time, date, longitude and latitude for each use.
A telescope with this level of aperture is not going to provide the flashiest views, but we feel that the 90 LCM is going to be a nice entry point into the astronomy hobby for many users. With go-to functionality, easy assembly and plenty of versatility, there is a lot to like about this beginner telescope.