7 Best Telescopes in India for Beginner [2020] – A Buyers Guide!

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

celestron powerseeker 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]

NOTE
This telescope is currently unavailable in India. Advice you to wait for a few days or buy a astronomy binoculars instead. Will update you soon!

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.

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