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Infinity 70
Meade Infinity 70 Telescope Review: The Budget King
Meade Infinity 70 is one of the best budget telescopes you can buy.
9.2
1


Orion Observer 70mm II AZ Refractor Side
Orion Observer 70 II AZ Refractor Review: Good Value
Orion Observer 70mm provides good value for the price. It is definitely a decent entry level telescope.
8.4
2


Meade Instruments Infinity 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope 2
Meade Infinity 60 AZ Refractor Telescope Review: Not a Bad Choice
Meade 60 is one of the cheapest, buyable telescope models. If you can’t stretch your budget 20$ for Meade 70, it may be a reasonable choice.
7.2
3


Celestron ExploraScope 60 Cover
Celestron ExploraScope 60AZ Refractor Telescope Review: Stylish Mediocrity
ExploraScope 60AZ İS not a great astronomy device. But we recommend this telescope because it delivers what it promises: a decent quality, budget telescope for multiple purposes.
7.1
4


Celestron PowerSeeker 60AZ Review Cover
Celestron PowerSeeker 60AZ Telescope Review: Good Value
Celestron PowerSeeker 60AZ is a decent telescope that provides a good amount of value for its price.
7
5


Celestron PowerSeeker 70AZ Cover
Celestron PowerSeeker 70AZ Telescope Review: Dreadful Accessories
Celestron PowerSeeker 70AZ, similar to its siblings, is a good refractor that comes with useless accessories. 
6.9
6


Orion GoScope 70 Review Cover
Orion GoScope 70mm Refractor Travel Telescope Review: Cheap Portability
Orion GoScope III 70mm Refractor Travel Telescope is not the best telescope you can buy for the price. But it comes with a backpack and is incredibly easy to carry around. So it comes down to whether you are serious about astronomy or not, and it is OK to buy something that just works.
6.6
7


Meade 50
Meade Infinity 50mm AZ Refractor Telescope Review: A Wannabe
Meade Infinity 50 is the cheapest “real” telescope you can buy. It is OK to buy it but you should know that you will get a 40$ telescope after all.
6
8


Telmu 70mm Refracting Telescope Review Cover
Telmu 70mm Refracting Telescope Review: For Kids
Telmu 70mm Refractor is not a serious astronomy device. But it may be a nice gift for your kid.
5.8
9


Celestron PowerSeeker 50AZ Telescope Review: Depressing
Celestron PowerSeeker is one of the cheapest, "real" telescopes in the market. But unfortunately, this telescope is not buyable in any circumstance. 
5.8
10


Gskyer Travel Scope 70mm
Gskyer Travel Scope 70mm Review: Waste of Money
Gskyer Travel Scope is one of the worst telescope models in the market. This telescope would be expensive with a 70$ price tag, and it is being sold for almost 100$. 
4.3
11


Celestron Travel Scope 50 Review Cover
Celestron Travel Scope 50 Review: No-Go
Celestron Travel Scope 50 lacks purpose and build quality. 
4.3
12


Barska StarWatcher 400x70 Review Cover
BARSKA StarWatcher 400x70mm Refractor Telescope Review: Thrash
BARSKA StarWatcher 400x70mm Refractor Telescope represents all things that are wrong with the Amazon algorithm. This is not a real telescope. It is a useless toy being sold at the price of a real telescope, and it shouldn't be bought in any case by anyone.
3.2
13


Meade StarPro 70AZ Telescope Review: No-Brainer
Meade StarPro 70 is a bold improvement over the already brilliant Infinity 70.
9.6
1


Celestron PowerSeeker 80AZ Review Cover
Celestron PowerSeeker 80AZ Telescope Review: Not Half Bad
Celestron PowerSeeker 80 is a surprisingly capable, well-priced telescope. 
8.1
2


Celestron ExploraScope 80AZ Cover
Celestron ExploraScope 80AZ Refractor Telescope Review: Made for Planets and the Moon
Celestron ExploraScope 80 is a great refractor that comes at a good price. This is surprising considering how bad other beginner Celestron models are.
7.8
3


Meade Adventure Scope 80
Meade Adventure Scope 80 Review: Metal
Meade Adventure Scope 80 is a great optical tube that comes with useless accessories and a frustrating mount. This is a telescope that you will use for years to come if you can deal with the mount and get a few new eyepieces.
7.7
4


Orion 3, Cover
Orion Observer 80ST Telescope Review: Lacks Harmony
Orion Observer 80ST is a well-made, entry-level telescope for deep space and planetary observations. Especially deep space with its wide aperture.
7.7
5


Meade Polaris 80 EQ Refractor Telescope Main
Meade Polaris 80 Telescope Review: In the Name of the Solar System
Planetary and Lunar images this telescope provides are enough to mesmerize any beginner. Especially for the ones who are living near big cities. But the mount is hard to use and wobbly.
7.3
6


Meade Polaris 70mm cover
Meade Polaris 70 Review: Why So Serious?
Meade Polaris 70mm EQ Refractor is a great beginner-level telescope that provides good value for its price. It has substantial advantages over its competitors at this price range.
7.2
7


Celestron PowerSeeker 70EQ Telescope Review: Nothing Impressive
Celestron PowerSeeker 70EQ is the only model in the PowerSeeker line that we actually recommend. It is a decent telescope that is almost worth its 100$ price tag.
7.1
8


Celestron ExploraScope 70AZ Cover 2
Celestron ExploraScope 70AZ Refractor Telescope Review: High Price, Decent Optics
Celestron rarely sells beginner models at fair prices. Their line-ups are filled with overpriced junk. Thankfully, ExploraScope 70 is not one of those models. It is a decent refractor being sold at a fair price.
7
9


Celestron Travel Scope 80
Celestron Travel Scope 80 Review: Could be Worse
Celestron Travel Scope 80 is a telescope that was manufactured to be as cheap as possible. This brings with it a lot of plastic parts and low-quality optics.
6.8
10


Celestron Travel Scope 70
Celestron Travel Scope 70 Review: Not for Astronomy
Celestron Travel Scope 70 is an 80$ telescope that comes with a backpack. This statement only should give you an idea about the quality of the telescope
6
11


Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ Cover
Celestron AstroMaster 70AZ Telescope Review: Overpriced
Celestron didn’t surprise us with this overpriced, average quality beginner telescope. You can get the same model from Meade (Infinity 70) for half the price and better accessories. 
5.2
12


Meade Infinity 90mm AZ Refractor Telescope Main 2
Meade Infinity 90 AZ Refractor Telescope Review: Second to None
Meade Infinity 90 is one of the best refractors at this price range, if not the best. The combination of the long focal length and 90mm aperture simply provides great planetary and lunar performance.
9.4
1


Meade Infinity 80 Telescope Review: Less Than Ideal
Meade Infinity 80 provides great optical power and portability for its price. But it comes with its downsides such as a plastic mount and short optical tube. 
7.8
2


StarPro 80AZ
Meade StarPro 80AZ Refractor Review: Too Much
Meade StarPro 80AZ is better than most budget refractors, but it has its weaknesses.
7.4
3


Celestron Inspire 80AZ Refractor Telescope Review Cover
Celestron Inspire 80AZ Refractor Telescope Review: Maybe?
Inspire 80AZ is another, overpriced beginner telescope from Celestron. Don't get me wrong, it is a decent refractor that would please most beginners, but its price should have been slightly lower. 
7
4


Celestron AstroMaster 80AZS Telescope
Celestron AstroMaster 80AZS Telescope Review: Just "OK"
Celestron is a company famous for its overpriced beginner telescopes. Thankfully, AstroMaster 80 AZS is not one of them. It is a decent refractor worth its 140$ price tag. 
6.9
5


Celestron Inspire 70AZ Refractor Telescope Review
Celestron Inspire 70AZ Refractor Telescope Review: Too Expensive
Celestron Inspire 70AZ is not a bad telescope by any means, but its price tag is too high. The "extra" accessories that come with it are useful, but they are not worth spending twice as much for a 70mm refractor.
6.8
6


Meade_Model_S102_Review_Accessories
Meade Model S102 Telescope Review: The Curse of the Mount
Meade Model S102 comes with a terrible mount that pulls the whole package down.
6.6
7


PowerSeeker 80 Cover
Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Telescope Review: Better Than Most
Celestron PowerSeeker 80 is a decent refractor, but it is not worth the 200$ price tag. For the same price, you can get the Polaris 80 or 90, which come with better accessories.
6.6
8


Gskyer 600x90mm Cover
Gskyer Telescope 600x90mm AZ Review: Terrible Mount
The holy Amazon algorithm is at work again with awful product recommendations.
4.2
9


Celestron Astromaster 70EQ Cover 5
Celestron AstroMaster 70EQ Telescope Review: Overpriced Plastic
It seems like Celestron tried to make the most frustrating telescope model possible and sell it to people so that they can discourage them from becoming astronomers. 
2.8
10