5 Best Telescopes for the Money – 2016 Reviews and Guide

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5 best telescopes 2016

In this article we look at quality telescopes and spotting scopes to buy in 2016. Department store telescopes are mostly cheap and not something you want to get you started in astronomy and night sky viewing. We’ve selected several better-quality ones, which will be easy to use and fun for all family members.

These telescopes are ideal for children to budding amateur astronomers and people who like to travel and want something lighter to carry.


The Best Telescopes of 2016
Model: Best For: Avg. Price Where to Buy:
Celestron FirstScope Children £44.73 Amazon
Skywatcher Explorer-130M Family £192.99 Amazon
Celestron SkyProdigy 130 Hobbyists £589.99 Amazon
Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope Enthusiasts £860.60 Amazon
Celestron Regal M2 100ED Traveling Enthusiasts £669.00 Amazon


5 Best Telescopes 2016 quick analysis:

Celestron First Scope

  • Ideal entry level astronomical telescope
  • High quality Dobsonian style stand with a 76 mm reflector optical tube
  • Portable and lightweight table-top design makes it easy to store, transport and setup your First Scope Telescope
  • Easy navigation of the night sky, simply point the tube in the desired direction
  • The stylish and decorative design makes First Scope a wonderful keepsake for anyone interested in astronomy.

Skywatcher Explorer 130M

  • Magnification (with included lens): 36x, 72x, 90x, 180x
  • 30 % more light gathering than 114 mm
  • Box contents: EQ2 equatorial mount in luxury design: includes ocular lens (1.25″): 10 mm and 25 mm super Plössl ocular lens, 2 x Barlow lens, Red dot finder, tooth rack focusing lens (1.25″), Sky Watcher compatible mounting plate

Celestron SkyProdigy 130

  • Star sense technology: Fully automatic alignment – you have to set a reference star
  • Quick and easy tool
  • Fully coated optics for clear, crisp images and stable tripod with stainless steel pipes and accessory tray
  • Motorised azimuthal mount and computer control with hand controller and database with over 4000 objects
  • Refracting telescope with an upright frame

Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope

  • Large Dobsonian reflector telescope with 8″ aperture allows you to see faint deep-sky objects such as nebulas and galaxies, in addition to fantastic views of the Moon and planets
  • Locating those faint deep-sky objects is simple with the IntelliScope Computerised Object Locator – it includes more than 14,000 objects in its database, and points you right to each one
  • Select the object you wish to view from the IntelliScope database, then simply follow the directional arrows displayed on the hand controller by moving the telescope until the object is right in the eyepiece field of view – it’s easy!
  • The ultra-stable Dobsonian telescope base keeps the reflector optical tube perfectly balanced for easy point-and-view use
  • A precise Crayford focuser allows use of larger format 2″ telescope eyepieces – the bright, wide-field view of the Andromeda galaxy in a low power 2″ eyepiece is jaw-dropping!

Celestron Regal M2 100ED

  • ED Objective Lens: Minimizes chromatic aberration, accurate color reproduction, increased resolution and contrast.
  • XLT Coatings (Fully Multi-Coated Optics): Proprietary XLT lens coatings maximize light transmission through the optical path for brighter images and increased resolution and contrast.
  • Magnesium Alloy Body: This material is strong and durable, but lighter weight than traditional aluminium alloy housings
  • Dual focus: Course focus for rough adjustment and fine focus for detailed adjustment.  New quicker focusing mechanism.
  • Rotating tripod mount with detents: Place the orientation of the eyepiece in the best viewing position for application.


Remember cheap lenses produce poor images and therefore stopping you from enjoying what would otherwise be a great hobby. Buy a cheap scope and the end result is you will give up easily. Our advice is buy a quality scope that’s easy to use with good optics, We recommend using a good quality name like Celestron, Skywatcher, Meade, Orion who build good telescopes which will give endless hours of fun.

We would also encourage a “GOOD” set of binoculars. These can be had secondhand for very little money and give great views of the sky.

Please look at our secondhand telescopes and binoculars if you do not want to pay brand new prices.

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