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.

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

Celestron Cometron FirstScope is one of the lowest-power telescopes you can get. But it is so well-built and cheap, I strongly recommend it.

Orion GoScope is a well-built, portable refractor but is not worth the 150$ price tag. There are better choices at this price range, one of them being Zhumell Z114.

Orion SkyScanner 100mm is one of the cheapest, well-made telescopes you can get.

Orion StarBlast 4.5 Astro is a classic beginner’s model. This is no surprise since it is well-built, convenient and easy-to-use.

Orion FunScope 76 is one of the best telescopes you can buy that is under 100$.

Celestron FirstScope is one of the most popular beginner scopes. It has a good build quality and its optics are powerful enough to amaze first-timers.

SkyWatcher Heritage 76 Mini is the smallest “serious” telescope model you can get. It is a great way for getting kids interested in astronomy.

SkyWatcher Heritage 130P still remains as one of the best starter telescopes because of its solid collapsible design and powerful optics.