Category: Hobbies

Choosing a Tripod for Your DSLR Camera

How to Select the Tripod That’s Best for You If you’ve been working on your photography skills for awhile, you’ve no doubt played with the idea of getting a tripod for your DSLR camera. And that’s a good idea. The…

Best Telescopes for Beginners

Choosing Your First Telescope

Astronomy is a terrific hobby, and it’s one that the whole family can enjoy. If you’re just getting started with stargazing, no doubt you’re ready to buy your first telescope. Here are a few excellent models — one of them will surely fit your needs. If you’re a complete novice, the videos shown below should also help out a little, as you make your first telescope purchase. It’s pretty exciting, isn’t it?

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Best Refractor Telescopes for Beginners

Refractor telescopes are a very popular choice with beginning stargazers. They use two lenses (as opposed to reflector telescopes, which use two mirrors), and their images tend to be a little clearer, although colors may distort your images.


Celestron 21061 AstroMaster 70 AZ Refractor Telescope
Celestron 21061 AstroMaster

Celestron 21036 PowerSeeker 70AZ Telescope
Celestron 21036 PowerSeeker

Celestron 21037 PowerSeeker 70EQ Telescope
Celestron 21037 PowerSeeker

Orion StarSeeker II
Orion StarSeeker II

Celestron 21062 AstroMaster 70 EQ Refractor Telescope
Celestron 21062 AstroMaster

Orion AstroView 90mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope
Orion AstroView

Best Beginner Reflector Telescopes

Unlike refractor models, reflector telescopes rely on two mirrors to draw light into the instrument. They’re generally less expensive than refractors, but require more maintenance and are more susceptible to damage.


Celestron 21024 FirstScope Telescope
Celestron 21024 FirstScope

Orion 09798 StarBlast 4.5 Equatorial Reflector Telescope
Orion 09798 StarBlast

Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope
Celestron NexStar 130

Orion 10012 SkyScanner 100mm TableTop Reflector Telescope
Orion 10012 SkyScanner

Orion 09843 SpaceProbe 3 Equatorial Reflector Telescope
Orion 09843 SpaceProbe 3

Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope
Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker

Celestron NexStar 6 SE — a Terrific Catadioptric Telescope

Celestron NexStar 6 SE TelescopeCelestron NexStar 6 SE Telescope

The Celestron NexStar 6 SE is an excellent example of a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope — one which combines the best features of refractor and reflector telescopes.


Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

Orion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian TelescopeOrion SkyQuest XT4.5 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

In the video below, Rich Bonaduce ranked the Orion SkyQuest #1 in the Top Ten List of Amateur Telescopes. Watch the video and find out why.