Good Cheap Telescopes
Cheap Astronomical Telescopes for Beginners
Let’s start with a good Cheap Telescope that you can get Exited about ! A proper Telescope that you will want to get out in the garden and start viewing all the incredible sights in the Cosmos. I’m not talking about a starter Childs scope from Maplins or Toys are us for £50. They are not going to cut it. Go for a Telescope that’s easy to set up, has decent optics and doesn’t break the bank.
If you have been using binoculars to view the night sky then you’re probably ready to take a closer look at those fascinating Deep Sky Objects.
Nothing less than a 4 inch diameter Telescope will do.You can purchase a second hand 4 inch scope for less than £100 and a motorised “goto” scope from about £150. Which is great but if you buy second hand you might not get everything like the eyepieces, Filters or instructions. You’re left with a scope with bits missing and no idea how to set it up or use it. Not only that it might be damaged or the mirrors are out of sync. The tripod might be damaged. Make sure if you’re going second hand that you ask the right questions. Make sure everything is there and in working order.
The popular makes are Celestron, Skywatcher and Meade. These are all good in their own right but some have better qualities than others. For example the Celestron Eyepieces are better than the Skywatchers. The Mead has overall better build quality.
Now I know I said that nothing less than a 4″Telescope will do when starting out in Astronomy and Stargazing. However, I wouldn’t be doing you justice if I didn’t mention at least one good Starter Scope to dip your toe into Cosmos exploration.
So here is My “Top recommended ” Beginner Good Cheap Telescope.
Good CheapTelescopes for Beginners:
National Geographic 76/350 Compact Telescope
Don’t let the size fool you. This is a powerful little Dobsonian Telescope for stargazers. It’s very light and portable. It’s easy to use and available at a affordable price.it comes with easy to follow operating instructions. The telescope comes fully assembled and ready to use right out of the box. Just the thing for budding new astronomers.
You can place it on a table and begin exploring outer space.
It comes with two Eyepieces and a Barlow x2 lens. A compass, Moon Filter and Astro software.
Focal Length: 350mm
Eyepieces: 6, 20mm
Content of delivery:
Telescope, Eyepieces (6/20mm), Compass, Moonfilter, Astro Software, Barlow Lens (2x)
👍 Good Cheap Beginner Scope . Under £100
👍 Gets ⭐️⭐️🌟🌟as a Beginner Scope.
👍 lightweight and portable
❌ low quality Eyepieces
❌ No Finder Scope
❌ Only good for Close objects to Earth
Reviews: The overall reviews for this item are that it is a good Telescope for the very beginner looking to get into astronomy but don’t expect spectacular views of stellar objects.The Eyepieces are cheap sub-standard and there is no Finder Scope so centering on a object might be a bit challenging to the novice stargazer.
Conclusion: Not bad for a cheap beginner Telescope. There are better.
Next highly rated Beginner Telescope for Kids.
The Zennox 70 x 400 Refractor Telescope.
The ideal portable travel companion. Neat and compact this refractor Telescope is a great beginner Telescope for Kids. It is perfect for viewing distant planets and Stars in the Cosmos when you’re out and about. The 70x400mm Telescope gives bright images of the Moon and Planets such as Mars ,Jupiter and Saturn as well as cool views of star clusters like Pleiades and the Beehive.
The Zennox is a great portable Telescope for both Adtronomers and wildlife enthusiasts. It comes with a sturdy, adjustable aluminium tripod and a protective carry case to keep your Telescope and accessories safe and in one place.
Some Tech: The Zennox has a diagonal periscope viewer, 400m focal length (focal ratio: f/12), 70mm (2¨) aperture, 2×24 finder scope and a 1.5x and 3x lens eyepieces. Measuring 54cm in length and 53 to 147cm in height (including tripod), instruction manual included.
About this item
FREE TRIPOD – Watch the skies and find the stars without having to fork out for a tripod. The Zennox telescope comes complete with a fully adjustable tripod.
FREE CARRY BAG – When you want to move, you can. Just put everything away in the included carry case, and go.
FULL ACCESSORY PACKAGE – A full range of accessories are included for the best star finding experience possible. (Diagonal periscope viewer, 400m focal length (focal ratio: f/12), 70mm (2¨) aperture, 2×24 finder scope and a 1.5x and 3x lens eyepieces)
SEE STARS CLEARLY – The Zennox 70 x 400 Refractor Travel Telescope will help you view stars, birds and all sorts of wildlife with ease.
PORTABLE – Easy to fold down, just as simple to put back up. This refractor telescope is great for beginners, and just the thing for those on the go.
Manufacturer reference D9994
Product Dimensions 83 x 54 x 147 cm; 2.7 Kg
Shipping Weight 3 Kg
Best Sellers Rank 14958
Pro’s & Con’s
👍 Light weight and compact
👍 Well under £100.
👍 Comes with Finder Scope
👍 Gets a 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating as a good beginner Telescope.
❌ Obviusly not going to see as much as a bigger Telescope
❌ Only 2 Eyepieces
❌ No Barlow lens
❌ No Moon filter.
Great all round beginner Telescope.
Good Cheap Telescopes Under £300
That’s that out of the way! Lets get on to the better Telescopes for beginners. Telescopes that are going to give you good views of the planets, stars, nebula’s, etc.
First Good Cheap Telescope on the Beginner list with a budget of around £300 is the well known Celestron 4″ “goto” model. Equipped with good Eyepieces and a Finder Scope. This Telescope is a good all rounder. Once you have mastered the hand held “goto” functions. You can scroll to thousands of celestial objects and the motorised mount will slew to the correct coordinates and centre in on the Stars, planets and other objects.
At well under £300. This LCM 114mm Newtonian reflector telescope from Celestron is perfect for the job. It comes with NexStar computer control technology with an impressive database capable of locating over 4,000 celestial objects.
The SkyPointer Finderscope will pin point objects and aligned correctly the scope can achieve outstanding views of the stars, moons, planets, comets and the endless array of other exciting celestial objects to discover in the night sky.
If you want to expand your exploration potential even further the scope also features flash upgradeable hand control software and motor control units for downloading product updates over the internet.
Celestial Celestron Simplicity
Easy to set-up, the computerised mount is very light and can be easily carried anywhere so you can find that perfect viewing spot with a stable Telescopic aluminium tripod, even on uneven terrain in the great outdoors. In addition, there is an accessory tray for handy storage of all your Eyepieces and Filters accessories so they are immediately to hand when required.
The Celestron LCM 114 Telescope is fully compatible with optional NexRemote telescope control software for advanced control of your telescope via a computer.
“The Sky” astronomy CD-ROM software is also included in the package to provide education and valuable information about the sky and objects that you are viewing along with printable sky maps to help in your navigation of the Cosmos. It is ideal for terrestrial viewing. there will simply never be and end to your discovery and exploration of Earth and the wonders of the Universe !
1 x Celestron LCM 114 Computerised Telescope
1 x Aluminium Tripod
1 x 25mm Eyepiece
1 x 9mm Eyepiece
1 x StarPointer Finderscope
1 x Accessory Tray
1 x The SkyX Student Edition Astronomy Software
LCM Hand Control w/ 4,000 Object Database
👍 It’s a “Goto” for under £300 !!!!
👍 Good for planets , Star clusters and close Nebula’s.
👍 Light weight. Take it anywhere.
👍 4,000 object hand held database.
👍 comes with Finderscope.
👍 Stainless steel Tripod.
❌ Only 2 Eyepieces.
❌ No Barlow Lens.
❌ Limited Deep Sky object views.
❌ No Moon Filter.(any Filters).
Overall this is a great beginner Telescope. Easy to set up and has over 4,000 celestial objects it will automatically find for you. However one chap did say he found it hard to use the Finder Scope. He wore Bi-Focals and ended up buying a Telrad Finder Scope which overcame the problem.
Conclusion: Excellent “Goto” Starter Telescope for well under £300.
THE BEST CHEAP TELESCOPE
The next Telescope I can personally recommend as I owned this Telescope myself. It was my first Telescope . I bought it, used, off of EBay and I was like a kid in sweet shop when it arrived.
It came without a Finderscope or any instructions. However those good people in the Astronomy Forums showed me where I could download the User Manual and get a cheap Red Dot Finderscope.
I also learned how to collimate my second hand Skywatcher 114p synscan Telscope as it was, also, well out of collimation. These are some of the problems you can expect buying secondhand or used Telescopes. Along with broken tripods, missing Eyepieces and Azimuth mounts that don’t work ! Nevertheless I persevered and I have to say “I Loved it !”
The first time you look through the Eyepiece and see the detail on the Moon it is such a thrill ! Imagine seeing the Rings of Saturn or the Giant Red Spot on Jupiter and her Moons. It just Anazing the first time and every time you see them through your Telescope. Especially when you finally realise you have set it up precisely and the Azimuth mount has slewed to the get the exact position for the Telescope to have the object Exactly Centred in the Eyepiece . It’s a Eureka moment.
At just under £300 The Skywatcher SysncanTM AZ GO-TO computerised telescopes .
The Amazing new Sky-Watcher SynScanTM Alt-Azimuth GoTo Mount is a precision engineered instrument that will allow you to easily find and enjoy viewing night sky treasures, such as Planets, Nebulae, Star Clusters, Galaxies and much more. The SynScanTM AZ hand control allows you point your telescope at a specific object, or even tour the night sky at the touch of a button!!
The user-friendly menu system allows automatic slewing to over 42,900+ objects. Even a new astronomer can master its variety of features in a few observing sessions.
Combined with the Skywatcher Telescope the Finder Scope, Eyepieces and Filters are all you need to Explore the Universe.
Main Features: SynScanTM Database: Total 42,900+ Objects, including Complete M, NGC, IC & SAO Catalogues
Alignment Method: Two-star or Brightest star alignment Pointing Accuracy Enhancement (PAE) feature Unknown Object Indentification feature Pointing Accuracy up to 10 arc min Tracking Rates: Sidereal, Lunar, Solar Slewing Speeds: 1.0x, 2.0x, 16x, 32x, 64x, 128x, 400x, 500x, 600x, 800x Tracking Mode: Dual Axis Tracking Quiet Operation Motor Type & Resolution: DC Servo Motors. Resolution 0.8923 arc sec or 1,452,425 steps/rev PC Compatible: can be used with popular Planetarium Software. SynScan Handset Firmware upgradeable via the Internet Power Requirement: 12v DC Power Supply (Tip Positive) or AA Batteries (not supplied)
PERSONAL REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Skywatcher 114p Synscan goto was my first Telescope. When I purchased it off eBay I thought it was the bees knees. Even though it came without instructions. I soon sourced some instructions off of the Astronomy Forums. I had no end of fun and Magic, memorable moments with this Scope.like my first view of Saturns rings, jupiters Moons and The Andromeda Galaxy. I highly recommend this Telescope if you are just starting out in Astronomy.
Pros and Cons.
👍 Easy to use.
👍 Motorised Mount
👍 “Goto” Handset to make it easier to locate those elusive sky Objects.
👍Good range of Eyepieces
👍 includes Moon Filter
👍 Has easy to use Red Dot Finderscope.
👍 Comes with Small Battery pack
❌ The fold out plastic legs that separate the mount legs tend to break easily.
❌ The Eyepieces are ok for initial viewing but are a bit substandard. I recommend an upgrade Eyepiece Set.
Description : A bit more expensive this one. Coming in at just under £400
The Orion StarSeeker IV 114mm GoTo Reflector Telescope presents a cool combination of motorized object-location technology and great optical performance at a relatively low price. This Clever “GoTo” Scope will take you on a guided tour of the Cosmos. It has a compact reflector optical tube with a short, 500mm focal length and fast f/4.4 focal ratio. It is a lightweight StarSeeker IV 114mm Reflector weighs just 18 lbs. for easy transportation. Set up is a simple two-star alignment process. The Orion StarSeeker IV 114mm telescope will guide you to interesting celestial objects on any clear night with its GoTo database of over 42,000 objects. A useful built-in “Tour guide” mode of the “GoTo” hand controller makes it easy for anyone to explore the wonders of The Universe.This fourth generation StarSeeker Telescope includes dual optical encoders on each axis of motion which allow you to move the Telescope tube either manually by hand, or electronically by using the directional arrows on the “GoTo” hand controller. Thanks to this impressive upgrade, the StarSeeker IV 114mm will not lose its “GoTo” alignment if you reposition the reflector Telescope tube manually. The StarSeeker IV “GoTo” mount and its slanted, single-arm altazimuth design provides attached telescopes with 360-degrees of azimuth motion and 90-degrees of altitude motion for horizon-to-zenith pointing. A quick-release narrow dovetail saddle makes the Telescope attachment nice and easy. The StarSeeker IV 114mm features an upgraded cylindrical leg stainless steel tripod that is much sturdier than previous models. Tripod stability is further enhanced with the dual-purpose spreader plate/accessory holder, which keeps the tripod rigid and provides a handy area for stowing eyepieces and accessories. Includes “GoTo” hand controller, 23mm (21.7x) and 10mm (50x) wide-field 60-degree eyepieces, EZ Finder II sight, and more.
About this item
Take a guided tour of the cosmos and enjoy bright, wide-field views with this 114mm diameter f/4.4 GoTo reflector
Huge GoTo database of over 42,000 objects, and handy built-in Tour mode means you’ll enjoy great views on any clear night
Once aligned, dual optical encoders on both axes of motion allow manual aiming of the telescope without losing GoTo alignment
After an object is selected, the StarSeeker IV 114mm locates and tracks it automatically so you can relax and enjoy the view
Includes GoTo hand controller, 23mm (21.7x) and 10mm (50x) wide-field 60-degree eyepieces, EZ Finder II sight, and more
Manufacturer reference 13159
Product Dimensions 41.1 x 83.8 x 121.9 cm; 8 Kg
Shipping Weight 12 Kg
Best Sellers Rank 539279
Reviews: The first review I read was not to favourable. Only giving the Orion 2 stars. However others were quite favourable saying that the actual Telescope was good and gave clear images of the planets and Stars. Few technical issues with broken battery packs.
👍 Computerized reflector
👍 See planets, nebulas, star clusters and more
👍 Large GoTo database
❌ Too pricey compared to similar “Goto” Telescopes.
Conclusion: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ A good Telescope with all the accessories you could want. Bit pricey compared to other telescopes in the same 4″ category.
Summary. All of the above Telescopes will give you great views of planets. You should be able to see the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter without any difficulty. Star clusters like pleadies and nebulas like Orion and the Cats eye should all be visible through a four inch Telescope. You can take photo images but these will look no bigger than the size of lentils with a little detail. Saturn will be the size of a lentil as will Jupiter. But you can make out the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter will look like tiny white dots. Everything else will look like tiny white specks on a black background .
You can check out a whole lot more 4 inch Telescopes . The automatic “GoTo” type are markedly more expensive than the manual ones but for beginners they are easier to use and much more Fun !
More 4 inch Telescopes
Intermediate 8″ goto with autotracking (Telescopes for Astrophotography)
Serious Astronomy Telescopes 8″
To get a decent Astrophotography image you are going to need an 8 inch Telescope with tracking facility. The celestial objects move across the sky so if you are going to take camera shots with a long exposure time you need your scope to accurately track what you’re trying to take a picture of.
Try these out for Size. 8″ Telescopes:
At just under £800 you are now getting to the serious stuff when it comes to Really good Telescopes.
Combining the power of a large optical tube,the extreme portability of the patented collapsible FlexTube design and SynScan computerised Go-To technology, the new Skyliner FlexTube Synscan Dobsonians bring over 42,900 celestial objects right in front of your eyes, and automatically track them as they move across the night sky – its as easy as a walk in the park! The patented dual-encoder design allows you to manually move the telescope anytime and to anywhere you wish – with no need for realignment. Slewing to an object on the opposite side of the night sky no longer feels like watching a kettle boil. Simply push the tube close to the object and let the computer do the rest of the work.
About this item
Magnifications (with Eyepieces supplied): x48 & x120
Highest Practical Power (Potential): x400
Diameter of Primary Mirror: 200mm
Telescope Focal Length: 1200mm (f/6)
Eyepieces Supplied (1.25″): 10mm & 25mm
Manufacturer SKY WATCHER
Manufacturer reference 10224
Item Weight 32 Kg
Shipping Weight 32 Kg
Best Sellers Rank 493143
👍 Excellent 8″ aperture for collecting lots of light to get really clear views of the Stars, planets and Deep Sky objects.
👍 A Good selection of Eyepieces .
👍 The Synscan Star Finder has over 42,000 objects in its catalogue.
👍 Automatically realigns itself after you have changed location.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️The skywatcherSkyliner 200p gets a five star rating from everyone that has one. Enough Said !!!
Comes in as The Best Value For Money Go To 8″ Telescope✅✅✅
Meade LS ACF LightSwitch telescope. This award-winning f/10 powerhouse Telescope is feature packed. Meade’s patented automatic self alignment system aligns with just one touch of the power switch.
Meade’s Advanced-Coma Free optics deliver performance only seen previously in systems costing thousands of dollars more. With its standard Ultra High Transmission Coatings (UHTC) the LS gives you the sharpest, brightest optical system for its size available at any price.
The included AutoStar III GOTO keypad computer has an over 100,000 object library and guided tour functions. Includes Meade ECLIPS color CCD camera (640×480 resolution) which lets you capture images of your favorite celestial wonders and display them in real time on an external (user supplied) monitor or store them on a (user supplied) SD card so you can do CCD imaging your very first night out.
About this item
200mm (8″) aperture
Advanced Coma Free optics – Focal length: 2,000mm (f/10)
LightSwitch auto-align technology
AutoStar III handbox
Altazimuth Mound and Tripod
Manufacturer Meade Instruments Corp
Manufacturer reference 0810-03-10
Product Dimensions 55 x 30 x 160 cm; 22 Kg
Shipping Weight 28 Kg
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The above Telescopes are more than capable of keeping even advanced Astronomers happy. However if you want to get right into deep Space and you have the budget check out these Super brutes!
Super Size Telescopes for the Advanced Astronomer.
This has a massive 14 “diameter . It’s ENORMOUS !!! Guaranteed to give you the best view of most of the celestial objects in the Cosmos. These are available at around the £8k to £13k mark.