Telescopes

The Orion SkyLine 6” is one of the best 6” Dobsonians out there and provides good value for the price and high-quality optics and components.

The Orion SkyLine 6” is one of the best 6” Dobsonians out there and provides good value for the price and high-quality optics and components.

The BL135 isn’t completely useless, and certainly functions okay.

Orion’s SkyScanner BL102 takes advantage of brand and product line name confusion, poor availability of alternatives, and the assumption that most Dobsonians are good telescopes to sell a shoddy, generic telescope with low-quality optics, poor accessories, poor design, and a rather high price for what you get.

Celestron’s StarSense Explorer 10” Dobsonian is the larger of the two StarSense Explorer Dobs, and the better deal of the two.

Celestron’s StarSense Explorer 8” Dobsonian is the latest entrant in the crowded market of beginner Dobsonian telescopes, offering a relatively basic set of features but with the aid of Celestron’s newest software technology to use your smartphone as a pointing device.

Celestron Advanced VX 9.25 is an excellent choice for more adept amateur astronomers.

The Advanced VX 6” Schmidt-Cassegrain is arguably overkill for a visual setup.

The Sky-Watcher Heritage Heritage 150P is a stellar choice for both beginner and experienced astronomers.

StarSense Explorer LT 114AZ has one of the worst quality optics that is in the astro-tech industry.