Top 5 Telescopes for Sky Watching Lovers
Being able to look at the stars, study planets, watch as a solar eclipse happens up close or anything that involves space is something incredibly fun and interesting to be able to do. Therefore, you’ll need a great telescope to be able to do this. If you’re someone that loves to look at the stars through a telescope and you’re looking for a brand new telescope to either begin your journey properly or to upgrade your journey, then you’ve come to the right place. We here at Wiproo have decided to compile a list of some of the best telescopes you can buy on the market right now. Obviously a lot of these telescopes don’t come cheap, but that comes with the hobby in general.
However, all of the following telescopes we are going to feature offer up a beautiful experience allowing you to view the stars and the wonders of space at an incredibly high level of detail. Some offer better zoom than others, some offer better clarity than others and some are just easier to use, have more gadgets or just look cooler. Hopefully, you’ll find the perfect one to suit you.
Celestron SkyProdigy 90 ($598.99)
The Celestron SkyProdigy 90 is the most expensive telescope on our list but also offers up arguably one of the best experiences. In terms of specs, the SkyProdigy 90 has a 90mm (3.54″) aperture, a 1250mm focal length, a 13.89 focal ratio, a Star Pointer finderscope and a Motorized Altazimuth mount. This is a fairly impressive sets of specifications that will surely impress most telescope users. In addition, the Celestron SkyProdigy offers up some great digital aspects such as a CD-ROM which provides information about the sky, proven computer control technology, fully automatic alignment technology and a 30 hour battery to power this all.
Orion StarBlast 6i ($499.99)
The Orion StarBlast 6i has the best rating of any on this list, offered up a price that is slightly more reasonable than the previously mentioned Celestron SkyProdigy 90. In terms of specs, the StarBlast 6i has a 6″ aperture, a 750mm focal length and weighs just 23.5lbs, making it a very light telescope. From these specs, it offers up some great numbers to rival the Celestron SkyProdigy 90. The Orion StarBlast 6i also includes an IntelliScope Computerized Object Locator, 25mm and 10mm Sirius Plossl 1.25″ telescope eyepieces, EZ Finder II aiming device, eyepiece rack, Starry Night software and more. It’s a great telescope if you’ve got a big budget and looking to start off your telescope hobby.
Celestron 90LCM ($329.00)
If you’ve not quite got $500+ to spend on your latest telescope, then we’d highly recommend the Celestron 90LCm, one of the best cheaper telescopes. It takes the far more traditional look of telescopes and, in fact, offers an almost stereotypical design. It has a database that allows the telescope to locate up to 4,000 different celestial objects. One of the Celestron 90LCm’s unique features is the fact that it includes a CD-ROM of the SkyX Astronomy Software which provides education about the sky and printable sky maps. This is then compatible with optional NexRemote telescope control software, for advanced control of your telescope via computer
Celestron NexStar 90SLT ($419.95)
Another Celestron model here, clearly a favorite in the telescope community. TheCelestrong NexStar offers some impressive specs to boost its status as another greatCelestrong model. It offers a focal length of 1250mm and a 90mm aperture. As with all of these models, you can now take images of the stars you see in the sky. Celestron NexStar offers some great shots with the great zoom it offers. In addition, the software that it comes with is great for novices. Unfortunately, it features a fairly small battery which is one of the reasons that stops it from being the best telescope on this list.
Celestron NexStar 4SE ($499.00)
Last but by no means least on our list of the top 5 telescopes you can buy we have the Celestron NexStar 4SE. There are bigger options, raising by $100 for each inch you add. The Celestron NexStar 4SE boasts a nearly 40,000 celestial object database with 200 user-definable celestial objects and expanded information on over 200 objects. A review on Amazon sums up the Celestron NexStar 4SE perfectly: “The NexStar 4 SE is a great portable telescope, just right for visual observing or for taking short exposure pictures of the Moon and planets. It’s only fair to warn you that a small telescope has its drawbacks, however; there are thousands of objects in the NexStar database that are simply too dim to see with a four inch telescope.” – Jeff Phillips.