5 Tried And True Fantastic Beginner and Kid Telescopes [Staff Approved!]

5 Tried and True Fantastic Beginner and Kid Telescope Recommendations

Today, OpticsCentral presents their 5 Tried and True Fantastic Beginner and Kid Telescopes that specifically cater to the needs of customers looking for their first telescope!

Choosing Your First Telescope Can Be Unnecessarily Confusing

Getting your first scope can be a difficult and sometimes overwhelming challenge. Why? Because there are several different kinds of telescopes and mounts to consider when deciding what telescope you want. They are also explained in sophisticated jargon such as aperture, focal length, focal ratio, practical magnification and more which makes this process entirely more confusing and perhaps even nauseating!

While these are important terminology to know about if you become more passionate later on, you can still make an informed decision without encountering this confusion as a beginner. Thus, we hope to simplify the challenge of purchasing your first scope by introducing five fantastic beginner or kid telescopes, recommended to you by our OpticsCentral staff who have the knowledge and expertise to get you to your ideal scope with little hassle. These recommendations have taken to account all the factors you are likely to consider as a beginner, including ease of setup, ease of use, cost and upgradability.

The Four Factors of A Fantastic Beginner Telescope- What and why?

Ease of Setup

A telescope that is easy to set up is definitely a crowd pleaser. For most of our customers, they want something that can be used pretty much out of the box. That is, they want to get the action, not spend hours trying to configure the scope before using, which is completely understandable. This is why we are looking for a telescope that is easy to set up and can still deliver on optical quality.  

Ease of use

Particularly for amateur astronomers, whether or not you would want to continue using a telescope depends the views that you will see. If you can see amazing views through your telescope, you are likely to be more inclined to continue so you can explore even more of the night sky. However, if you are too overwhelmed or frustrated when trying to use the telescope,  you will never get there! Thus, an important factor we have considered is ease of use. The easier it is to use, the more likely you will use your scope for a long time!

Cost

People who are looking for their first scope tends to be quite conservative with their budgets, which makes sense. You are just starting off so why would you invest hundreds of dollars on a scope that you may get bored of in a few days or weeks? This is why we have set our maximum budget to $500 but of course, there are scopes that are perfect for beginners which are outside of this budget.

Upgradability

A good starter telescope should have the capacity to upgrade. In the case that you may want to try astrophotography or more advanced observation in the future, you want the first scope you purchase to allow you to test the waters before you buy a full fledged, sophisticated telescope. 

Our Recommendations

Saxon 6” Dobsonian Telescope

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Ease of Setup

★★★★★

Ease of Use

★★★★☆

Cost

★★★★★

Upgradability

★☆☆☆☆

Comments:

Extremely simple to set up and use, the Saxon 6” Dobsonian Telescope beats out all the other recommendations on cost, ease of use and cost. It is a large scope, don’t get me wrong. It’s not the way to go if you are looking for a compact telescope. However, finding a brand new scope that matches the wide 6” aperture and focal length at the same cost is nearly impossible. The Saxon 6” Dobsonian is truly the best ‘bang for the buck’ scopes that will deliver bright, clear views of the Moon craters, the larger Gas giants and a surefire cheap starting point if you want to enter the world of Deep Sky Astronomy.

Saxon Novo 909 AZ3 Refractor Telescope

Ease of SetupSaxon 909 AZ3 Refractor Telescope

★★★★★

Ease of Use

★★★★☆

Cost

★★★★★

Upgradability

★★★☆☆

Comments:

The Saxon Novo 909 AZ3 Refractor Telescope is a wonderfully simple and easy to use telescope. Perfect for both Land Viewing as well as Astronomy. You will find that this is a telescope that is ideal for the whole family to use. The alt-azimuth mount may not offer much in the way of tracking but it is a simple setup designed for even the most novice of astronomers to use. Offering a decent 90mm of aperture this telescope will be able to treat you to magnification levels of up to 180 times, enough to view the rings of Saturn and the Galilean moons of Jupiter. Although direct upgrades to the telescope would be limited to changing eyepieces or upgrading the finders scope, you could look to upgrade the tripod to an equatorial mount at a later date to allow for more tracking abilities. Alternatively, you could just go straight to the equatorial setup with the
Saxon Novo 909 EQ2 Refractor Telescope.

Celestron Astromaster 130EQ MD Reflector Telescope w/ Motor Drive

Celestron Astromaster 130EQ with Motor Drive

Ease of Setup

★★★☆☆

Ease of Use

★★★★★

Cost

★★★★☆

Upgradability

★★★★★

Comments:

The Celestron Astromaster 130EQ MD Reflector Telescope is one of the most popular reflector telescopes available in today’s market and for all the right reasons. While the specifications of this scope alone is appealing enough for the average beginner (you can easily observe the moons of Jupiter and rings of Saturn and just start to observe galaxies and nebulae), what truly makes this telescope special is how easy it is to use despite having a notoriously complicated equatorial mount . This is achieved through the abundance of comprehensive learning materials that accompanies this telescope that would make learning how to set up and use the mount a lot easier and makes the Celestron Astromaster a true contender for the best beginner’s telescope in the market. 

Saxon 1141EQ Reflector Telescope w/ Motor Drive

Saxon 1141EQ Reflector Telescope

Ease of Setup

★★☆☆☆

Ease of Use

★★☆☆☆

Cost

★★★★★

Upgradability

★★★★☆

Comments:

The Saxon 1141EQ Reflector Telescope is a fantastic beginner’s telescope for those looking for a budget all-rounder telescope. Comprising an equatorial mount which gives you the premium feature of being able to track objects after polar aligning your scope,  this telescope is built to support beginner to intermediate astronomy without breaking your bank. The 114mm aperture is also suitable for Lunar observation and observation of the larger Gas giants, but is flexible enough to explore Deep Sky with the correct accessories. Overall, this beginner telescope gives you the versatility and affordability to get you started in astronomy. 

Celestron Astromaster 90AZ Refractor Telescope

Ease of SetupCelestron Astromaster 90AZ Refractor Telescope

★★★★★

Ease of Use

★★★★★

Cost

★★★★★

Upgradability

★★★☆☆

The Celestron Astromaster 90AZ Refractor Telescope is widely recognised as one of the best starter telescopes on the market. With a steel tripod and simple setup and design this is a telescope that the whole family can use. Similar to the Saxon Novo 909 AZ3 in that it sports a 90mm aperture, enough to view the gas giants in great detail and offer beautiful imagery of the Lunar Surface, the Astromaster 90AZ will give the whole family hours of fun. As a refractor telescope, the 90AZ can be used for both land viewing as well as astronomy, making this a truly versatile telescope. Why not pair it up with a Astromaster Eyepiece and Filter Kit to give this scope that little bit more flexibility.

Concluding Remarks

These five telescopes are all tried and true, tested by our staff, and are our favourite all-time recommendations to our customers. These scopes are all efficient in cost, quality, upgradability and suit are variety of different needs, perfect for beginners and kids. 

If you have any questions regarding these products or would like personalised assistance, we will be more than happy to help! Please feel free to contact us by giving us a call at 1300 884 763, shooting us an email at support@opticscentral.com.au, or by leaving a comment down below!

 

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