Buying your first Telescope can be hard and daunting, we have so many different models to choose from in so many different styles. The below models are our recommendations at 3 different price ranges, all aimed at beginners. For an overview of Telescope terminology, please read our guide. If you are looking for a Telescope to view land based subjects, please read our Spotting Scope Top 3 instead.
A little table top scope, it is one of the best in its price range for the large 100mm aperture, it is fantastic, with easy to follow simple manuals and low magnification so beginners and children don't get lost trying to align the scope on the targeted subject. A tripod can be added later and it is small and portable with no setup required. It is also quite expandable, this gentlemen used the skyscanner, with an Orion Star Shoot camera and 3x Barlow lens
This classic dobsonian design offers amazing value for money, with a huge 8" aperture in a body that collapses for transport. 8" renders so much detail out of so many objects that it is something most people never upgrade. It comes with an optical finderscope for easy target location and handling has been thought about too, with a handle for easy setup. It is perfect for a new user who has a interest in astronomy, and is wanting a bright and clear image.
Featuring a GOTO system, a SCT optical design for compact, powerful performance and many different accessories available, such as WIFI dongles to automatic alignment tools, it's not hard to see why the Nexstar 6SE ranks at the top of most sites in terms of sales. Perfect for entry level Astrophotography as well as observation. It also comes in a 8" model, for those looking for a brighter but not as portable option.