7 Best Telescope in India for Beginners – A Buyers Guide in 2019

So you are all set to start your journey with space? A good telescope will be of a lot useful in doing that.

Fortunately, there are a lot of those available in the market but that’s confusing as well. So here comes the hardest part, especially for beginners observers – Which telescope to buy? So here I am writing the answer for you. The 7 best telescopes in India.

In the guide, I have brought you 7 fully researched & proven best telescopes in India.

[Desclaimer: If you make a purchase using one of the links below, I will earn a small fee, without any extra cost to you]

[Quick Suggestion – Grab a stargazing binoculars first if you’re purely new to the skies.]

Heres a comparison table for a quick glimpse

PictureDesignPriceAperture
(mm)
Max Mag.QualityBest for
Land & Sky Telescope
RefractorCheck Price5090x3.5/5Terrestrial
The Moon
Powerseeker
Telescope
RefractorCheck Price4063x4/5Terrestrial
The Moon
Celestron
Telescope

RefractorCheck Price50118x4.5/5Terrestrial
The Moon
Mars
Speciality Firstscope
Telescope

REFLECTORCheck Price76180x4.7/5Terrestrial
The Moon
Planets
Powerseeker
EQ
Telescope
RefractorCheck Price70165x4.6/5Terrestrial
The Moon
Planets
Specialty Travelscope
RefractorCheck Price70165x3.9/5Terrestrial
The Moon
Planets
Astromaster
TelescopeAz
REFLECTORCheck Price130307x4.6/5Terrestrial
The Moon
Planets
Stars
Nearby Galaxies

I want to assure you, all of these 7 reviews are genuine & unbiased. And every one of this model is personally handpicked.

Here they are; the 7 best telescopes in India

TIP: For ease of navigation, I have divided the whole list into four budget sections; 5,000, 10,000, 15,000 & 20,000 with low to high-end models.

>> Best telescopes under 5000 rupees

7.L&S 90x Zoom Astronomical Telescope

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%

L&S is an Amazon’s choice astronomical telescope under 5000 rupees. In fact, you can buy it for less than 2,000 bucks. This telescope made it to this list of best telescopes India because, in my opinion, it offers the unique price to features ratio.

Some of the most talked about features of L&S includes the 50mm amateur refractive lens. It bags about 360mm of focal length that boasts about 90x of magnification power. Another eye-catchy feature includes erected eyepieces to help stabilize land-viewing.

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

L&S is a casual telescope and perhaps a monocular. So if you’re just starting out and want to look around then it’s surely a good expense. You can enjoy things like the moon, birds and other earthly stuff. It will be difficult to see space bodies like planets and galaxies. Not impossible to get a blurred glimpse of Mars & Jupiter, but only if you know how and where to spot it. L&S is a starter level telescope suitable for nerds that like outdoor things.

Things I liked

L&S’s lightweight, easy to use telescope good for beginners. The 50mm telescope is an impressive cheap option. I liked its two eyepieces offerings which can be used for a variety of things like sky, birds, mountains, buildings and more. It’s a doable telescope with a lot of fun opportunities awaiting.

Things I didn’t like

The aperture/lens quality is standard and thus not so much of use for distant space observation (but can’t object at this price point). It’s not for experienced peeps. You will have a hard time spotting planets and other distant things. The tripod is not so great.

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Pros
    • Cheap Price
    • Durable metal body
    • Suitable for beginners & kids
    • Lightweight makes carrying it easy
  • Useful for both sky & land

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Cons
    • Refractor type- not for deep sky
    • Standard quality mount
  • Not best for intermediates or experienced observers

Final verdict

L&S telescope is an Amazon choice product so you don’t have to worry about the quality here. The price is competitively good. So its best suited for those fellows who are just starting out, have a small budget or with mixed casual interest. And if you are interested in the deeper sky then you need to scale-up your budget. Otherwise, it’s a good starter kit and the perfect item for your kid – he will love it.

6.Celestron 40mm Refractor Telescope

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%

Let’s start with this starts telescopes first. Celestron 40mm refractor is one of the most economical telescopes that you can find in India. This model features a 40mm introductory 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. This gives you enough room for proper viewing of distant as well as nearby objects.

And BTW it’s a multipurpose device that can be used for both; sky and terrestrial viewing. That means you can see space objects like the moon, some planets as well as earthly objects including mountains & birds etc. 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.

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

Things I liked:

The Celestron 40mm telescope is perfect for beginner kids & teens as its simple to use. Its cheaper in price considering the fact that it’s Celestron. So it’s a good gift. The telescope is useful for the sky as well as terrestrial viewing. And because its lightweight and not so bulky, that makes it a lot compact.

Things I didn’t like

It is a refractor telescope and thus not so good for deep sky objects like star clusters, galaxies etc. This telescope is thus not for professional or serious stargazers. And I hope you understand its obvious.

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Pros
    • Very low price
    • Easy to use – no tool setup
    • Suitable for beginners, kids, teens
  • Useful for both; Sky & land

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Cons
    • Tripod is not very strong
    • Small aperture
    • Not good for an intermediate observer
  • Not for deep sky

Final verdicts

There’s no such a 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*

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%

So 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. To my surprise, he’s 50mm little did beat mine. As I could see the craters of the moon better through his scope.
I soon learned from my experience that quality matters more than quantity. The telescope I owned had larger but low-grade optics made by a local manufacturer.

His scope was of great quality, made by Celestron.

This model features a multi-coated refractive lens of 50mm. It has 600mm of focal length that allocates 118x of maximum useful magnification. You get 2x Barlow lenses to doubles the magnification of your eyepiece. One of the best things about this telescope is in 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 also impressive. You can definitely see detailed craters of the moon with it. See some pics by users here. Deep sky things are not that great (probably aperture size still matters) with this model, however. Some planets are observable (including Mars, Jupiter etc) but the details won’t be that great. And because it’s a refractor, you can use it for bird watching, nature viewing too.

So it’s a good budget beginners telescope.

Things I like

The Power seekers 50mm, in my opinion, is a value for money telescope. They’re offering high-quality optics essential for skywatching. 2x Barlow lenses that double the magnification of your eyepiece is a steal deal. It is a “no-setup required” instrument which is great for beginner users to avoid a headache. The multi-purpose telescope can be used for both sky and land.

Things I didn’t like

First of all, it is not for deeper sky objects. You won’t get a lot of details of distant planets! And Altazimuth mount is weak and shakes the system sometimes. It’s a big issue when you’re doing cosmic observations. [Here’re the tips to fix telescope shaking issue].

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Pros
    • High-quality telescope
    • Suitable for beginners
    • Reasonable price
    • Easy, no tool-setup required
  • Can see craters of the moon, some planets & nature

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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 deep space telescope under 5000.

>> Best telescopes under 10000 rupees

4.Celestron FirstScope 76mm Telescope

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

Please do stop me if I am being biased but Celestron’s Firstscope is one of my favorite telescope in this list. The simple basic 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 amazing at this price point). And it has a smooth tabletop Dobsonian mount which is usually found in premium ones. It supports 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 (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.

Things I liked

One of the best thing about Celestron FirstScope is that its very value for money product. Trust me, there’s no other reflector at this price range. You are never gonna see 76mm aperture at this budget and of quality as it offers. I am trying not to be biased but it also has an easy to navigate Dobsonian mount. So it’s the best telescope under 10000 rupee for beginners & intermediate observer.

Things I didn’t like

Although Dobsonian’s is one of the top mounts, I heard some people complaining that the tube tilts a little in the horizontal direction when you lock the knob (not a big concern). There’s not a lot of things to hate about Celestron FirstScope though.

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Pros
    • Large reflector aperture
    • Portable and no tool setup required version
    • Highly reasonable price
    • Suitable for beginners and kids
    • Dobsonian mount
  • Useful for both land & sky

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Cons
    • Minor (fixable) issue with the mount
  • Barlow lens needed for deep space observation

Final Verdict

Firstscope is undoubtedly one of my favorite scopes. 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.  Amazon | Flipkart

>> Best telescopes under 15000 rupees

3.Astromaster 70mm EQ Refractor Telescope

Specifications:

Type: Refractor
Aperture: 70mm (Approx. 2.75 inches)
Mount Type: Equatorial
Max Magnification: 165x
Finderscope: Yes, 5×24
Focal Length: 700 mm (28 in)
Tripod: Aluminium
Value for Money: 80%

Here’s another beloved model from Celestron for beginners. The 70EQ is one of the best all-rounders out there. The model has a 70mm refractive aperture fixed on a 700mm of focal length. This gives the device magnification boost of up to 165x. You are also provided with a 3x Barlow lens for free.

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.

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

Things I like

As far as specification and performance are concerned, this 70mm guy is nice. Best in class! You can use it for the moon, some planets, nebulas, and land viewing as well. It is roughly 1.5Kg so it’s quite portable to carry.

Things I didn’t like

The thing that hit me hard is its price. It’s unfair to price a 70mm at 15k+ rupee (at the time of writing). This same model is priced less than 7k in Amazon US. It will be a great buy if they priced it somewhere near 10k.

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Pros
    • High-quality lens
    • Suitable for beginner stargazers
    • Can be used for land viewing as well
    • Lightweight, easy to carry
    • Equatorial mount
  • Can see some planets including Jupiter & its moon

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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. Its 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.

2.Series Travel Scope 70 Telescope

Best Telescope in India for Beginners

Specifications:
Type: Refractor
Aperture: 70 mm (2.76 inches)
Mount Type: Altazimuth
Max Magnification: 165x
Finderscope: 5×24
Focal Length: 400 mm (16 inches)
Tripod: Aluminium
Value for Money: 89%

Made from high-quality material, the Celestron’s traveler telescope is one of the most travel-friendly instrument right now. Here’s the reason why…

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

Concerned about the specifications? Travel scope is almost identical to other 70mm ones. 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 travelscope 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).

Things I like

Things I like about it include good quality, portable size, and lightweight built-in. Great for casual land and sky things. A Barlow lens Add-on can greatly complement the performance for deep sky. It is best suited for people that are also travelers.

Things I didn’t like

The other part of the story; Travelscope is a little overpriced in my opinion. The provided eyepieces don’t give enough magnification for planet viewing. So you need Barlow for that. It has an underperforming mount (can’t blame at this price).

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Pros
    • Portable and easy to use
    • Ideal for travelers
    • Suitable for land and sky
  • Useful for beginners

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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

>> Best telescopes under 20000 rupees

1.Celestron 130AZ Reflector Telescope

[Deep sky, highly recommended]

Celestron 130az reflector telescope

Specifications:
Type: Newtonian Reflector
Mount Type: Altazimuth
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%

I’m having 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. With the Celestron’s 130mm astromaster telescope, that’s made possible, as this series of high-performance telescopes from Celestron is designed to give first-time telescope users an amazing combination of quality, features, price value and unmatching performance.

The easy to use, no tool setup features gets you started for a session within a minute. Celestron’s whopping 130mm reflecting aperture, and useful magnification of over 364x promises to jot-in those million-mile objects closer like never before in your sight.

There’s a load of observable objects possible with this big thing. 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. Get yourself Celestron’s planetarium software for free – so you can learn to stargaze easily. Astromaster 130 EQ vs 130 AZ reviewed here

Things I like

The price makes it one of the best Return on Investment product on the list. Celestron 130mm telescope is perfect for deep sky observers. You can enjoy detailed planets, some galaxies, nebulae and star systems. And it’s super-duper easy to use.

Things I didn’t like

Pretty much of nothing to list here! There are just two minor issues. Its altazimuth mount is little unstable (I will happily help you fix that, ask me in comment). You need to buy a Barlow lens to enjoy deep sky observation.

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Pros
    • The most affordable mid-end model
    • 130mm of large reflector aperture
    • Best for deep sky observers
  • Easy to use, no tool-setup needed

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Cons
    • Mount has fix(able) stability issue.
  • 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. Yeah, altazimuth is indeed a little problem, but I’m here to help you fix that out (ask me in the comment!). And do get a Barlow lens to enjoy your scope’s ability to it’s fullest. Trust me, it really worths it!

What to look for in a beginner telescope?

Don’t get trapped by those sayings like “150x Magnification” or something! A telescope is not just about that. The more important is “aperture” or “objective lens“.  The larger it is, the larger the amount of light it captures.

RELATED: Best telescopes to see planets clearly

That means clearer & brighter view for you. The scope’s mount is also essential. The one like equatorial (expensive) gives you (the required) best slow-motion tracking of moving objects. Altazimuth affordable mount for beginners.

Remember- practice is the key! The magnification of scope is done via eyepiece which is universal. You can always buy those with higher power later.

Essential Specifications:

Priority 1. Aperture- Larger, better. More than 3” is best for deeper space.
Priority 2. Mount- Equatorial & Altazimuth are both good. Dobsonian is macho
Priority 3. Magnification- Not very important. Its done via eyepiece which is universal. Larger aperture, larger supported magnification.

Why buy telescopes online in India?

You see, a local store in your city can trap you easily with their words if you’re a nerd. They also charge a high fee for it. They may not even accept returns if you’re unsatisfied. Online shopping is revolutionary! You get high discounts when shopping online due to competition among sellers. So a telescope can be cheaper online! Most importantly, they may also accept the return (T&C may apply. check with product page!).

Whats the telescope price in India?

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

The 3 top telescopes within each price segment

TelescopePriceAppertureUSE
Land & Sky Telescope
Check here50mmTerrestrial
Birdwatching
Speciality Firstscope
Telescope

Check here76mmAll above+
Moon
Jupiter
Mars
Astromaster
TelescopeAz
Check here130mmAll above+
Solar System
Nebulas

Conclusion: Buying a telescope is a great decision. But please don’t buy some TRASHscope as other nerds do. So here are my few personal tips to ease your selection process. (1.)Aperture is the most important & then comes (2.) mount. Cause larger, quality aperture gives better experience & good mount help scopes movement. Remember, high magnification is not what makes a telescope powerful but the bingo aperture does. I personally recommend Celestron AM 130AZ.
And keep in mind, searching for planets and stars with a telescope is way more challenging than you may be thinking of. So just practice.

Still facing the problems? Just comment below so I can help you out!

28 thoughts on “7 Best Telescope in India for Beginners – A Buyers Guide in 2019

  1. 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

    1. 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! 😉

      1. 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

        1. 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!

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

    1. 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

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

        1. 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…

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

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

          1. 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.

          2. 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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    1. 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!

  7. 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.

    1. 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!

  8. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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 [email protected] thanks Any Friend who Want This @t 13000

  9. 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?

    1. 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!

  10. 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?

    1. 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! 🙂

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