Telescope Reviews

Telescope Review: Optics Planet Celestron Powerseeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope

by Tammy Plotner August 24, 2012

Did you ever have a T-shirt that you really enjoyed and wore until you wore it out? How about a favorite pair of slippers? You know, the ones with the duct tape soles? Then I think you’re going to feel the same way about this telescope. It’s darn near the perfect combination of power, portability […]

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Telescope Review: Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Reflector

by Ray Sanders November 28, 2011

Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope, (MSRP $349.99) Orion Telescopes. For many astronomers who are just getting started, dobsonian reflector telescopes are a popular choice. While many newcomers to Astronomy seek out computerized “go-to” telescopes, some prefer the “no-frills” setup a dobsonian telescope offers. The Orion XT8 dobsonian is a mid-range reflector telescope. There are […]

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Beginner’s Guide To Binoculars

by VirtualAstro November 25, 2011

Before you consider buying expensive equipment for viewing the wonders of the night sky, binoculars are one piece of equipment every amateur astronomer should have. Many beginners to astronomy (especially around the holiday period) are sometimes dead-set on getting a telescope, but many aren’t aware that a good pair of binoculars can outperform many entry […]

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The Holidays Are Coming! A Beginner’s Guide to Telescopes

by VirtualAstro November 13, 2011

The holidays are fast approaching, and you may be looking for gift ideas for your friends, loved ones and even yourself. Are you considering buying a telescope this year? There are many different types of astronomical telescope available on the market and for the beginner, selecting one can be a bewildering experience. Before buying a […]

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Telescope Review: Bushnell ARES 5″ Dobsonian Telescope – The Little “Lighthouse”

by Tammy Plotner November 5, 2011

Time for me to play with some new equipment? You betcha’. And this time it’s a Bushnell proprietary design – a large, tabletop dobsonian model manufactured specifically for Optics Planet. It’s called the ARES… named for NASA’s Ares rocket… but I think it’s a regular little “lighthouse”! Tammy Plotner on Google+

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