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Affordable Telescopes

The Top 3 Affordable Telescopes for Night Sky Gazing

  • There are plenty of affordable telescopes to upgrade to when your binoculars are no longer sufficient. The following 3 telescopes fit quite nicely in this category.
  • The Celestron 127EQ is a steal at $132. It’s easy to assemble and comes equipped with a high-quality 127mm aperture.
  • The Gskyzer AZ Refractor is one of the most portable telescopes and only costs $119. It’s lightweight and can also be used for viewing wildlife and nature.
  • The Celestron 31045 AstroMaster is stacked with features that allow you to discover deep space objects. At $228, it’s still a really great value.

Perhaps you’ve been observing the night sky for quite some time and you are ready to take it up a notch. Although your binoculars have been more than sufficient, you are ready to invest a little more into your stargazing hobby. Take a look at the following top 3 suggestions for affordable new telescopes that can help you see even more of our beautiful galaxy.

Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope

At $132, the Celestron 127EQ is one of the most affordable telescopes on the market that still performs well above it’s asking price.

Features: It has a 127mm aperture and a 1000mm focal length with a 3x Barlow lens. It comes with two additional eyepieces that provide focal lengths of 4mm and 20mm.

Ease of Assembly: The 127EQ does not require any tools for assembly. It basically comes ready right out of the box other than connecting a couple of parts.

Pros: Its functionality fair exceeds the affordable price, making the 127EQ a great value. It is simple to put together and offers a two-year warranty.

Cons: There have been complaints about the quality of the tripod and the telescope is quite heavy at 17 lbs.

Gskyer Infinity 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope

The Gskyer AZ Refractor Telescope comes at an even lower price point than the 127EQ at $119. Its main attraction is its ease of portability making it ideal for moving locations as needed.

Features: It comes with a 60mm aperture and two eyepieces (25mm and 10mm) as well as a 3x Barlow lens. It also comes equipped with a tripod mount with slow-motion control.

Ease of Assembly: The AZ Refractor is very simple to assemble and its portability is second to none.

Pros: It is perfect for taking on the go if you like to change locations. It’s easy to put together and at only 6 lbs, you can take it anywhere. It’s also suitable for viewing wildlife and nature.

Cons: It’s not the most powerful telescope if you are wanting to look beyond the planets and the moon. The body of the telescope is made with lower quality plastic and the user manual is somewhat pointless.

Celestron 31045 AstroMaster 130 EQ Newtonian

The Celestron 31045 is the more expensive option on this list but it’s still a great deal at $228. This higher quality telescope allows viewers to see objects that hide deeper into space.

Features: The Celestron 31045 comes with a 130mm aperture and a focal length of 650mm. It also has an equatorial mount that compensates for the Earth’s rotation. Its dovetail attachment makes setup easy and its star pointer is useful for targeting.

Ease of Assembly: Although there are more parts, the Celestron 31045 is easy to put together once you have familiarized yourself with its components.

Pros: It allows you to see terrestrial objects that are hidden deeper in space. It is easy to assemble and many users brag about the equatorial mount. For $100 more than the lower quality 127EQ, the range you receive is outstanding.

Cons: Some say the lens does not fully take advantage of the features that this telescope offers. There have also been complaints about the stability of the tripod. At a hefty 28 lbs, this may be something to consider before purchasing.

Bryan Brammer