Are you looking for the best telescope in India? In this buyer’s guide, I am going to show you the top 7 picks from less than 5000 Rs to way up to 20k. So hold tight.

But let’s enlighten first with the basics. There are three popular types of telescope, including refractor, reflector, and hybrid, all serve a different purpose. This variety is great for experienced astronomers but can be confusing for beginners.

That’s why I have made this handpicked list. So all you have to do is choose according to your interests and budget.

All right then, let’s get started!

COMPARISON: 7 best telescopes in India

Model
Design
Aperture
(mm)
Max Mag.
Best for
Quality
Refractor
50
90x
Terrestrial
The Moon
3.5/5
Refractor
40
63x
Terrestrial
The Moon
4/5
Refractor
50
118x
Terrestrial
The Moon
Mars
4.5/5
REFLECTOR
76
180x
Terrestrial
The Moon
Planets
4.7/5
Refractor
70
165x
Terrestrial
The Moon
Planets
4.6/5
Refractor
70
165x
Terrestrial
The Moon
Planets
3.9/5
REFLECTOR
130
307x
All up +
Stars
Nearby Galaxies
4.6/5

So I have for you below top telescopes under 5K, 10K, 15K, and also 20K rs.

REVIEWS: 7 best telescopes in India to buy in 2020

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Under 5000 Rs

7. L&S 90x Zoom telescope

 

L&S is the cheapest telescope on this list. Available for less than 2,000 bucks (at the time of writing). It’s the best choice for moody astronomers who occasionally lookup.

Some of the most talked-about features of the Land & Sky model include the 50mm amateur refractive lens. Also, it has 360mm of focal length boasting about 90x of magnification power. It comes with erect eyepieces to help stabilize land-viewing.

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The resolving ability of the scope, however, is average.

L&S is a casual telescope and perhaps a monocular. So if you’re just starting out and want to look around occasionally then it’s surely a good investment. You can enjoy things like the moon, birds and other earthly stuff. It will be difficult to see deep space bodies like planets and galaxies.

Specifications

Type: Refractor
Aperture: 50 mm (1.97 in)
Mount Type: Altazimuth
Max Magnification: 90x
Focal Length: 360 mm (24 in)
Tripod: Aluminium
Value for Money: 95%

PROS
  • Cheap Price
  • Durable metal body
  • Suitable for beginners & kids
  • Lightweight makes carrying it easy
  • Useful for both sky & land
CONS
  • Refractor type - not for deep sky
  • Standard quality mount
  • Not best for intermediates or experienced observers

Final verdict

L&S is an Amazon choice telescope for the fact that it worths the price. This model is best suited for casual and moody peoples. The cheapest in our list scope useful for the moon and terrestrial spoting like birds and other earthly things. It also makes the perfect science gift for your kids or friends at budget.

6. Celestron 40mm refractor telescope

economical quality telescope celestron 40mm

 

Let's start with this starts telescopes first. Celestron 40mm is one of the most economical telescopes to find in India. This model features a 40mm primary lens aperture with up to 64x of useful magnification.

You get two eyepieces, each of 20mm (with 25x Mag.) and 8mm (with 64x Mag.) for that. It gives you enough room for proper viewing of distant as well as nearby objects.

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BTW it’s a multipurpose device useful for both; sky and terrestrial viewing. That means you can see space objects like the moon, some planets as well as natural objects, including mountains & birds. One of the best this I like about this telescope is, it’s quite inexpensive.

You probably don’t expect brands like Celestron to be this affordable. The last time I saw, it was priced as much as 3,400 rupees. Yeah off-course it’s not a groundbreaking telescope though, not a deep sky thing, but it’s definitely a good starter for those kids and teens interested in space.

Specifications

Type: Refractor
Aperture: 40 mm (1.75 in)
Mount Type: Altazimuth
Max Magnification: 64x
Focal Length:500 mm (24 in)
Tripod: Aluminium
Value for Money: 95%

Here’s what a verified user said, “It’s good for land and moon. Very clear image. Also, see bright stars. Nice but not see planets clearly. But good

PROS
  • Suitable for beginners, kids, teens
  • Useful for both; Sky & land
  • Easy to use - no tool setup
  • Very low price
CONS
  • Not for deep sky
  • Tripod is not very strong
  • Small aperture
  • Not good for an intermediate observer

Final verdicts

There’s no such thing like perfect on the face of the earth. This 40mm model by Celestron is meant for new guys, for kids & teens to have some fun time. It's not for those experienced people.

5. PowerSeeker 50AZ telescope - *Best Seller*

celestron 50mm best telescope under 5000 in India

My first telescope was a local 60mm one. And recently, I was lucky enough to take it 1-on-1 with my friend's power seeker 50az. Yes, this exact model!

To my surprise, he's 50mm little did beat mine. I could see the craters of the moon better through his scope than mine. His instrument was also looking more robust and better built than mine.

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It didn’t take me much time to learn that quality matters little more than size. The telescope I owned had more significant but bad optics made by a local manufacturer.

The Celestron model, however, features a multi-coated refractive lens of 50mm with 600mm FL that allocates 118x of maximum useful magnification. Also, you get 2x Barlow lenses to doubles the magnification of your eyepiece. One of the best things about this telescope is its weight, which is the only 2.5kg, making it ideal when you want to take it to another location.

Not over-praising but the performance of this telescope is impressive. You can definitely see detailed craters of the moon with it. And also all those distant ground activities. See some pics by users here. Deep sky things are not that great (probably aperture size still matters). However, with little extra efforts, you can expect a glimps of few like Mars or Jupiter.

Specifications

Type: Refractor
Aperture: 50 mm (1.97 in)
Mount Type: Altazimuth
Max Magnification: 118x
Focal Length: 600 mm
Tripod: Aluminium
Value for Money: 93%

PROS
  • High-quality telescope
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Reasonable price
  • Easy, no tool-setup required
  • Can see craters of the moon, some planets & nature
CONS
  • Altazimuth mount shakes thus not so good
  • Observing is hard when you see the distant objects
  • Not for deep sky
  • Not for intermediates

Final verdict

Powerseeker 50az is a legitimate deal. Buy it if you are a beginner and want a dual-purpose scope to see the moon’s craters, some blur planets, nebulas and nature/bird watching, etc. But if you are interested in galaxies and nebulas then you need a budget of more than 15000. It’s near to impossible to find a deep space telescope under 5000.

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Under 10000 Rs

4. Celestron firstscope 76mm telescope

firstscope telescope by celestron for beginners and kids

Please do stop me if I am biased, but Celestron's Firstscope is one of my favorite telescopes on this list. The simple underlying reason for that is because it has the highest value for money ratio. So, technically speaking, it's a reflector type telescope with 76mm of aperture (which is fantastic at this price point). And it has a smooth tabletop Dobsonian mount, found in premium ones.

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It supports a large 180x of maximum useful magnification (you may need to buy addition eyepiece for that).

Reflector telescopes are perfect for deep sky hunters. And this scope has it all, making it ideal for the beginner space enthusiast within a strict budget.

Firstscope’s compact and lightweight design makes it easy to carry it to those dark locations so you can stargaze better. As far as performance is concerned, the moon looks astonishing through it. Planets like Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Orion’s nebulas are also detectable. But here’s a thing, you might be able to identify those planets (an eg. glimpse of Jupiter’s ring) but the details won’t be great. You shouldn’t even expect that at this price either. And just so you know, there’s a lot of factors that affect planet-hunting, like time of the year and the location you’re at. Spotting them takes an equal dose of practice and patience.

Specifications

Type: Reflector
Aperture: 76 mm (3 inches)
Mount Type: Dobsonian
Max Magnification: 180x
Focal Length: 300 mm (24 in)
Value for Money: 99%

PROS
  • Large reflector aperture
  • Portable and no tool setup required version
  • Highly reasonable price
  • Suitable for beginners and kids
  • Dobsonian mount
CONS
  • Minor (fixable) issue with the mount
  • Barlow lens needed for deep space observation

Final verdict

Firstscope is undoubtedly one of my favorite telescopes as it offers a great return on investment. I will say one next sentence to help you decide. The telescope is for beginners/intermediates with interest in the solar system, nebulas and with a budget of less than ten thousand.

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Under 15000 Rs

3. Astromaster 70mm EQ refractor telescope

Here's another beloved model from Celestron for beginners. The 70EQ is the best all-rounders out there. It comes with a 70mm refractive aperture and 700mm focal length, which you a magnification boost of up to 165x. You also get a 3x Barlow lens for free.

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Speaking of performance, the 70mm model can do all the things that all the above telescopes can.

And are you thinking of seeing things like planets/galaxies through this model? There’s something to tell you first. As far as planets are concerned, like Jupiter and its moons, yeah, you can see them. Orion nebulas & some star system as well are enjoyable! But things aren’t clear beyond that. That’s all a Celestron 70mm telescope is capable of.

Specifications

Type: Refractor
Aperture: 70mm (Approx. 2.75 inches)
Mount Type: Equatorial
Max Magnification: 165x
Finderscope: Yes, 5x24
Focal Length: 700 mm (28 in)
Tripod: Aluminium
Value for Money: 80%

It has received over 21+ reviews on Amazon with average ratings of 3.8/5. Read more review here.

PROS
  • High-quality lens
  • Suitable for beginner stargazers
  • Can be used for land viewing as well
  • Lightweight, easy to carry
  • Equatorial mount
CONS
  • Expensive & overpriced
  • EQ is tricky for beginners
  • The solar system is not so great

Final verdict

Except for the price, this telescope is pretty good. It’s useful for a beginner looking for some planets like Jupiter, Mars. Can be also used for the land purpose. It is lightweight & easy to carry. German equatorial mount has an awesome slow-motion tracking. It's reasonable at this price. Or you should just invest a few thousand more and get a better, reflector one, with 2x larger aperture than this.

Or buy 70AZ version from Amazon

2. Series travel scope 70 telescope

Best Telescope in India for Beginners

The Celestron's traveler telescope is one of the best out there for backpackers. Here's the reason why.

It has a very compact, lightweight, and durable body. So you can quickly and safely carry it in your (provided) backpack.

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Travel scope is almost identical to other 70mm one. Along with 70mm of the objective lens, it features 400mm of focal length. The model supports up to 140x of large magnification. You get two, 10mm and 20mm eyepieces. This travel scope has a standard alt-azimuth mount.

Now here’s the interesting part, the performance! The 70mm model delivers some of the most amazing visuals at your disposal. It’s best for the moon and terrestrial viewing. But for planets and all those things, you will need a Barlow lens (cost a few thousand more).

Specifications

Type: Refractor
Aperture: 70 mm (2.76 inches)
Mount Type: Altazimuth
Max Magnification: 165x
Finderscope: 5x24
Focal Length: 400 mm (16 inches)
Tripod: Aluminium
Value for Money: 89%

PROS
  • Portable and easy to use
  • Ideal for travelers
  • Suitable for land and sky
  • Useful for beginners
CONS
  • Little overpriced
  • Mount needs improvement
  • Barlow lens needed for larger, useful magnification

Final verdict

Celestron’s Travelscope is a starter, versatile model. There's no better telescope in India at this price. Planets are not so impressive without a Barlow.

So buy it if you're looking for a scope for casual observation. The moon, birds, and land viewing on a limited budget. But do NOT buy it, if you are passionate about deep space with little more money to spare - because there's a better one then! More on that below.

See what People are saying about it here

Under 20000 Rs

1. Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ

[Deep sky, highly recommended]

celestron 130EQ the  best telescope in india under 20000

I have a crush on it, yup, you heard me right! For stargazers, there's simply nothing better than being able to open up to the wonders of the universe. And with the Astromaster 130mm telescope, that thing is quite feasible.

The all-new high-performance telescope series from Celestron provides first-timers a fantastic combination of quality, features, price value, and unmatching performance.

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Celestron’s whopping 130mm reflecting aperture, and magical 364x magnification promises to jot-in those million-mile objects closer like never before. It comes with the highly advanced equatorial mount (EQ) that is so smooth and complementary when observing deep objects like planets or galaxies. 

On top of all, it’s easy to use, a setup-free telescope that gets you started within a minute.

There’s a load of observable objects possible with this beast. For instance, you can clearly see those viral planets, their moons, nebulae and star systems, etc. It’s good for terrestrial use as well – thanks to the erect image optics.

Specifications

Type: Newtonian Reflector
Mount Type: Equatorial
Aperture: 130 mm (Approx 5.11'')
Max Magnification: 307x
Finderscope: Built-on StarPointer
Tripod: 1.25-inch steel tube legs
Optical Tube Length: 610 mm
Value for Money: 100%

Go deeper: Astromaster 130 EQ V/s 130 AZ, find which is better here?

PROS
  • The most affordable mid-end model
  • 130mm of large reflector aperture
  • Best for deep-sky observers
  • Smooth Equatorial mount
  • Easy to use, no tool-setup needed
CONS
  • You need Barlow lens for more useful magnification

Final verdict

Go bring it up! If space is your obsession and everything you want to do is to go deep sky. It is the right thing & time for you. This 130mm telescope is all you need to spot the moon, planets, star systems, and more. Get yourself a Barlow lens to enjoy your scope’s ability to it's fullest.

Check ratings and price here

The telescope is an optical device and it’s likely that you won’t be impressed with its performance from day one. So I advise you to practice for at least 15 days before turning it down.

The buying guide!

What to look for in a telescope? The 150x or 300x magnification? Don't ever fall for that. A telescope is more than just a magnifier. It collects light. Here's what goes into the making of the telescope.

The aperture

The aperture aka objective lens is at the heart of the instrument. You can easily spot it at the face-side of the scope. The larger it is, the more significant amount of light it captures.

The minimum 3" aperture is best for stargazing and anything lower than that is for occasional viewers.

Refractor or reflector type?

The refractor type telescope features glass aperture which is heavy and popular for casual stargazing and terrestrial observation. The Reflector, on the other hand, is a mirror, best suited for deep sky observation and NOT for terrestrial. More on this here.

The mount

And finally, last but not least, is the mount. Trust me, a strong, stable, and smooth to move mount is a must. If you are a beginner & want simplicity then choose Altazimuth. The Equatorial mount is sophisticated and designed for deep sky observations.

And remember- practice is the key! No matter how expensive the instrument you buy, there's no replacement for the efforts and time you put in. For the best experience try to have 2-3 sessions every week and keep learning new things.

This is what you should look for

Priority 1. Aperture- Larger, better. More than 3" is best for deeper space.
Priority 2. Mount- Equatorial & Altazimuth are both excellent.
Priority 3. Magnification- Not so important. It's affected via a universal eyepiece.

Tip: Larger aperture = larger supported magnification.

What's the telescope price in India?

So the telescope market is not as huge as of the US. But it's still a big one. There a lot of top manufacturers, including Celestron, Meade, and Orion, that offer their top pieces. So, on the rough scale, the telescope price ranges from as little as Rs 2,000 for L&S 50mm to 25,000 for 150mm. That means there's plenty of variety of telescopes available in India.

The top 3 telescopes in India within each price bracket

Telescope
Aperture
Best for
Price
PowerSeeker 50Az
50mm
Terrestrial
Birdwatching
Mars
Speciality Firstscope
76mm
All above+
Moon
Jupiter
Mars
Astromaster 130EQ
130mm
All above+
Solar System
Nebulas

Over to you!

So that's a wrap here. You just went through the 7 of the best telescopes in India for every budget. Remember, the bigger aperture, the better. Just keep in mind your needs. If you are just a casual observer or want a telescope a gift then choose either Powerseeker 50 or Specialty scope. And if you are serious and looking for long term then go for Astromaster 130. Here's the comparison between 130EQ & 130AZ.

And keep in mind, finding planets and nebulas takes more time & effort than most of the amateur thinks. The practice is the key! And write below if you have any questions or need help.

55 comments on “7 Best Telescopes in India for Beginner [2020] – A Buyers Guide!

  • Anand

    Hello Mr. Ingle,

    I am interested in buying anyone of the above mentioned telescopes. But this being my first, I had few questions to be answered, and yes, I expect you to answer them. Please…

    My daughter, 12 yrs, and me, both are interested in watching the skies. So what I am looking for is :
    1. Moon, Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn
    2. Some other stars…

    Some part of my questions would remind you that I am a novice 😉

    Waiting for your reply..

    Regards
    Anand

    • Ingle

      I would love to help you Anand. It’s awesome to buy a telescope.
      But if you’ve never used scopes before, then I would recommend you to grab an nice pair of astronomy binocular instead.
      It will help you avoid any hazel!
      This is powerful & easy to use. It can show you planets (including your mentions) & Galaxies etc.

      [You are welcome to checkout list of binoculars which includes my personal favorites.]

      Once you gain experience in skywatching, grab a telescope!

      Finally, if you want the best one for the beginner, go for 130EQ as it won’t disappoint you. I promise! If you’re on budget 70Az 21036 Telescope is also nice!

      Please dont hesitate to ask further! 😉

      • Vj

        Hi,

        Hope you are doing well.
        I am in urge of purchasing a telescope. I have upcoming trip to himachal. I have no bit idea of telescope would you please suggest a good budget telescope for seeing milky-way n planets.

        Thanks in advance
        VJ

        • Ingle

          Hey Vj, would love to help you man.

          From what you saying, it seems like u never used any telescope before. Then I would suggest you to try a binoculars instead.

          Yeah, there are some good binocular for space. And you’ll surely enjoy great space time in Himalaya with those.

          The reason i am suggesting u binos is because they are much easier and convenient than telescope. And its best for every space enthusiasts to start with bino.
          Checkout this Nikon binoculars to get a headstart!

          If you still want to stick with telescope option, then go for 70mm or higher telescope from above.

          Hope I could be of help!

      • yogesh

        hi
        i want to buy a telescope for my kid of 10 years. he never used telescope early. let me know best one for affordable price.

        • Ingle

          Try Celestron 50mm or tabletop scope. both should be affordable and are good for kids. Let him play with it for a few years and as he gain interest and experience in observation-upgrade. Just make sure he doesn’t look at sun through it.

  • Suneep

    Hey Nice review here….but wondering which one would be better for me with 9k?
    For your information, Im all nerd!

    • Ingle

      Try 60mm one by celestron!

  • Vikas

    Thanks bro for more informations provided. But now I want astromaster 130AZ. Is this a good telescope. Can I see stars nebulae and naked planets well. Because I also have 50AZ and 70EQ Telescopes, but I want more big. Tell me more about Celestron 130AZ Sir.

  • Vikas

    Tell me more about Celestron 130AZ Sir. I am going to buy this telescope. I already have celestron 50AZ and 70eq. So tell me more information of 130AZ thanks

    • Ingle

      Celestron 130 is quite good. Its mid-end scope as you know.
      Its twise as powerful as you already own.
      Since you are more interest in deep sky, I think it would be best buy for you.
      There are two variety az and eq. Az is much cheaper than eq.
      I would recommend az cause its best for your money.
      Hope it helped!
      Ask if you are still confused

      • Vikas

        Thanks bro. But is this better for star watching and clusters

        • Ingle

          I am pretty darn sure its good for stars and cluster! But at the end…no matter how expensive telescope you buy, you will always need to practice to see those distant things…

      • Vikas

        Astromaster 130AZ and 130EQ both are same. Without Mounts?

        • Ingle

          Yupp, except mount… Everything is exactly same like aperture, magnification etc

          • Vikas

            Hey bro, i can’t see well with astromaster 130az. I have 20mm and 10mm eyepiece. I think they need lens kit for perfect views.

          • Ingle

            You can use a barlow lens to double the magnification of your current eyepiece if you are not satisfied with current power.

            Or consider acelestrons accessories kit. It has two 1.25 inch eyepieces and pair of barlows as well. You could go for single eyepiece but kit goes cheaper. And its just everything you should need for your 130az.

            And you know size of the sky. So give it some time before you start to see result. Go to darker locations if possible. Also use sky charts for ease.
            Hope it helped!

          • Mohit

            Hi,I am already using a Celestron Astromaster 70 EQ telescope since last 5yrs… Now want to upgrade to atleast 5inch or plus aperture telescope with goto mount,please suggest some and where to buy in India with all accessories… (I am wary of Newtonian or Dobsonian scopes,as they need frequent collimation…which most reviews states is painful..) I am intereste in mostly Visual for DSO but also for some astrophotography too.
            I have reviewed a lots of online sites from UK,US, Germany and even Indian..Tejraj… My take is that any decent Telescope/accessory is atleast double the cost in India when compared to western world,even after including courier charges,and that too,most top end scopes are not available in India…
            If one orders from abroad,inspite of paying courier,taxes…the goods are held at local post office and they demand exorbitant money as customs charges,at their will..
            So please guide.
            Thanks.

          • Ingle

            Hi Mohit,

            I understand your problem. Upgrading telescope sometimes can be little tedious. But anyways. I think Astromaster 130EQ is the right choice for you. I know you might have heard of it before but I still suggest. It meets all your needs. 5+ inch aperture, newton design, suitable for astrophotography and the best thing is that it is available in India. So no huge import fees.

            And there’s a dedicated Accessories Kit for ultimate astronomy experience as well.
            Click here to check it Amazon.

  • Vikas

    It’s okay bro thanks.i used only refractor before this. Now i first time used newtonian reflector. Today i saw everything with smooth focusing. I saw jupiter and moons, saturn rings, star clusters and bright stars, so today i feel this is very good telescope. But after lenses kit & barlow, i see more useful magnification. Everything is good. Thanks alot bro.

  • Vikas

    Now i note that the problem is in AZ tripod. It’s too difficult, not a smooth tracking. But fine with lots of practice. Otherwise EQ is best. Very Smoothly rotating in every angle. So finally Thanks bro.

    • Ingle

      Yes Vikas, eq is better but as you know, its overly priced.

      Do check the div improvements and see if it can be of your help.

      And if possible, do share your findings on our FB page so others enthusiasts can enjoy it.
      And glad to help you!

  • Ashutosh Shrivastava

    Thanks for the explanation, I just wanted to tell you that this is going to be the first time that I am using an telescope but you already have mentioned that for the beginners it is better to watch the sky from the binoculars. So I just wanted to know that which binocular will be best suited for watching moon as well as other planets from my home. My next question is that why I can’t see the stars and planets from the telescope instead of binoculars.

    • Ingle

      Hi Ashutosh and thanks for your comment!

      The best binocular for your need will be celestron 20×70 and find more like it here.

      And yes you can see planets and stars with telescope. For beginners, its only little hard to find those objects due to narrow field of view. So it only take little practice!

  • Ashutosh Shrivastava

    Nice review. I just wanted to understand that which telescope is better to watch the moon and other planets from my home as I have heard people saying that you can not watch other planets from city because of “light pollution”, you have to go to a remote place which is away from the city where light is not present, so that’s what I am asking that whether I can watch the sky from my home when the sky is clear and if so which telescope will be best suited for the beginners.

    • Ingle

      Is it heavily pollution at your place? Do you see only those 10-20 brightest stars? Are there street lights? If so then it won’t give you best view.

      The best scope for planets include: astromaster 130. Choose max aperture telescope at your budget.
      Here are 4 planet exclusive telescopes.

      • Vikas

        Hey Bro @INgle i want to sale my New Astromaster 130AZ Telescope Its 2 Months Old Newly Condition without scratches and full packing please contact me on +918196849610 or Vikassnsr@gmail.com thanks Any Friend who Want This @t 13000

        • Ingle

          Why are you selling it?

  • Indrani Vidyarthi

    Thanks for a very useful article.

    Regarding difficulty of finding particular stars for a first-time telescope user, is there a particular trick to it? So far I have been using (field) binoculars, now I want to buy a telescope which is user-friendly, so am considering the Celestron 130. Will the EQ assist me better than the AZ in this issue?

    Also, after cataract surgery, I need glasses for near vision (reading books, my cellphone, computer) but I have excellent distance vision. Would I need to wear my glasses to look into the eyepiece? Are these adjustable for focusing better, like in binoculars and cameras?

    • Ingle

      Hi Indrani!

      I feel your concern regarding finding objects in the sky – that’s normal with beginners!

      The best option to find things easily is by using a computerised telescope . You only have to input the object of your choice and it will locate it for you automatically. Only thing. It can be little expensive.

      And here’s my personal trick to help you find objects easily. Install a StarTracker app on your phone so you get a rough idea of the location of your desired object and then point your telescope in that direction. BAAM, You found it!

      Now heres the big one. You asked for which is better 130 EQ or AZ? I would say 130 EQ is definitely better than 130 AZ as the former is smoother to navigate. There’s also an M.D. version to consider. The only cause I didn’t mention it in this list is coz it’s a little overpriced. But you can buy it if money is not a problem for you. Its premium experience.

      Coming to the last question you asked. As you mentioned – you seem to have near vision problem. So although the objects you see through the telescope are far away but the image is created in the eyepiece which is much closer to your eye. Conclusion: You will need eyeglasses.

      Hope I could be of help!

  • Indrani Vidyarthi

    Thanks Ingle, yes, you answered all my questions.
    Now a few more if you dont mind:
    – what is the approx. cost of the Barlow lens?
    – What does the accessory kit contain, do I need those accessories in the beginning, and how much does that cost?
    – I do have an app installed on my phone called StarWalk 2 which I find very useful and interesting. Do you know it? Is Star Tracker better?

    • Ingle

      The price for a Barlow lens will depend on the power you choose and also the maker. For eg., the one by Celestron is very expensive as its brand thing. But you can save money by going for other good makers.

      A good 5x barlow lense will 5x the magnifing power of your eyepiece which is suggest for 130mm reflector and will cost around 2.5k.

      Coming to your second query, accessory kit by Celestron includes two 1.25 inch Plossl eyepieces, a 2x Barlow lens and three filters for better view.

      The kit is not required as you just starting out. You can spend some time with your new telescope & get better at it first – you will always have room for upgrade. BTW, an accessory kit will be required when you are ready to take on deep space bodies like planets. The Best kit for astromaster is the one we talked about earlier.
      And as you may have checked up with Amazon it costs around 6k.

      I haven’t used StarWalk2 so can’t tell you about that but what I can tell you about is the one I have personally used, Startracker – a good app.
      Choose the one you are comfortable with! 🙂

      Hope I helped and yes I don’t mind to be useful to you! :p

      Note – I will earn a small fee if you make a purchase using one of the links here at no extra cost for you! 🙂

  • Zara

    Hey!

    Are there better options if I choose to buy from the US?

    • Ingle

      Are you buying from usa in India? If thats so, then you better not. The cost will be more than double for the same product you buy here.

      But its upto you what you prefer. BTW can you be specific about product? What are u looking for

  • AD

    Hi Ingle,
    I want to know which Celestron scope you will recommend–AstroMaster 130 EQ Motor Drive Telescope; OR
    Celestron AstroMaster 130 EQ Telescope..
    Looking for your valuable suggestion.

    • Ingle

      hey. both are exactly identical except for the motor feature. That one is thus more advanced but also will have higher maintenance. I will personally prefer non-motor one.

  • AD

    Thanks bro

  • Sameer

    Hi Ingle

    Thanks for such a nice and detailed blog. I want to but my 6 year old son a great telescope and want to explore the sky with him. I am going to use telescope for the first time but ready to invest time and money in it. With the details given above I am inclined towards Astromaster 130 EQ, however unable to understand the use of Barlow lens and which one to buy or I can buy a telescope kit of Celestron. I am ready to go for even higher budget but want a very good telescope.

    Please suggest

    Thanks

    Sameer

    • Ingle

      Hi Sameer, Wellcome to AlienPanda !

      So I understand that you are a beginner just starting out with astronomy with your kid which sounds awesome.

      And yes, astromaster 130EQ is a good telescope. You can go for addons like Barlow lens(BL) or preferably the kit to make the most of your scope. It’s up to you!

      BTW, the BL is very useful to double the magnification power(of the eyepiece). You can learn more about eyepiece and Barlow lens here

      Beware though. No matter how expensive your telescope is, the result will never be instantaneous and probably won’t see results like shown in NASA photos. You may not see much in the first few days or weeks. As you said, be ready to invest some time, learn best telescope use practice, how to observe the sky, where to find objects, and much more. Spend more time useing the instrument. I promise the journey is gonna be so much fun and exciting for both of you.

      So yes, Go for Astromaster 130EQ, its dependable scope for starters. And we are here to help you in your stargazing journey.

      Glad to help! 🙂

      • Sameer

        Hi Ingle

        Thanks for your help, now I own a Astromaster 130, however I am unable to buy a 5x Barlow Lens online, please help me find 1. If u could provide a link.

        Thanks
        Sameer

  • Reena Srivastava

    Hello Mr Ingle,
    I want to buy a good scope for my 8 yr kid.. So I just want to know about 114mm celestron eq…. As how much is different from 130mm eq
    Pls guide

    • Ingle

      Hi Reena,
      The difference in both of them is of the aperture, which FYI is the core of telescope. It makes the difference in your ability to see distant objects. 114EQ has 114mm aperture and the other has 130mm. So if I had to choose one, it would be 130EQ. Checkout my telescope guide if needed.

  • Aythrah

    Hey, I am 13 years old and I love the sky and the stars and almost every thing I can see in the sky. Me and my mother are both interested in bird watching and sky watching but still I am a beginner I wanted a telescope that could help me see mars, venus, Saturn and some other stars really clearly and also the MOON!! The craters..andd which would also be great for bird watching, but the telescope should not also be too expensive and it would be great if I can get one under 15 thousand.
    Please guide!

    • Ingle

      First, don’t expect the “NASA perfect” images. Sure you can still get a decent and exciting glimpse. Now coming to your question, for your desired results you need telescope + eyepiece accessories which should cost prox 21k. But since you are a beginner and the budget is low, I suggest to get yourself a 20×80 binoculars and a tripod. You will have a much better experience and enjoy most of the things you mentioned as you gain experience. Best of luck! (y)

  • Varunkumar

    Hi ingle

    I need to buy a telescope which will show the moon and other plants very close , so for that what telescope is best to buy … pls suggest me to buy bro..

    • Ingle

      Bro, buy yourself Astromaster 130EQ + eyepiece kit for the best experience. As a beginner, it will be difficult for you to use at first, but you will soon start to enjoy as you get familiar with the scope & sky. If you have low budget, I suggest a good astronomy binoculars – cheaper and easy to use.

      • Varunkumar

        Thanks bro i will buy eyepiece kit. Bro i have one doubt, by using this , can we see satellites..??
        And do u have any photos which took by that telescope.???

        • Ingle

          U mean our artificial satellites.? No chance, none of personal telescope can. They are super tiny for distance and most are always in motion. U need to be very experienced and luck to catch ISS.

  • Birinchi

    Hi Ingle
    What is your view on StarTracker 130/650 EQ by tejraj? Comparing to celestron 130eq. They are giving a free kit with it at 16500+18%gst. Your opinion is highly anticipated.

    • Ingle

      Thanks for writing Birinchi! As I can see from here, theoretically, both the models have pretty much the same characteristics. However, the Astromaster 130EQ has shown proven results, but I have not tried any Star tracker instrument yet and so can’t say much about its quality/performance. The Free kit is the PLUS POINT for Tracker. So yeah ST looks decent, see if it gets you ahead, just make sure return policy is smooth with Tejraj in case you hit a bump. Happy to help!

      • Birinchi

        Thank you Ingle for your input. I think i will go with AstroMaster now.

  • Prerna

    Hi….great to read your reviews…I barely have any knowledge about it…wanted to gift a telescope to my fiance…..if my budget is around 50k which one would be the best telescope available in india to observe planets and some constellations may be …your suggestions and guidance would be much appreciated

    • Ingle

      Hi Prerna, thanks for asking. I have researched a bit on this but unfortunately, there is no decent telescope right now in India for upto 50k. Those at 50k doesn’t worth the money and priced stupidly. I would rather suggest Astromaster 130EQ with an accessories kit. It is a lot better and will cost half the money. If you have any questions plz don’t hesitate to ask. 🙂

  • Priyanka

    One of the best and most informative blog! Thank you for the info.

    • Ingle

      So glad to help! 🙂

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