Celestron 21035 70mm Travel Scope Review

Celestron’s Travelscope 70 is yet another example of Celestron using their brand name, reputation, and clever marketing to unload a glorified toy telescope onto buyers.  This scope, however, is a unique twist on those, as it is sold as both an astronomical telescope and a terrestrial/spotting scope. It is more or less a failure at … Read more

Orion SkyQuest XT10 Review

Orion’s XT series is the quintessential, a most well-known line of Dobsonian telescopes. With scopes ranging from apertures of 4.5” to 12”, they are often recommended to beginners and experienced amateurs alike. The XT10 is the largest of the non-computerized, black-tube XT scopes, with more or less just a scaled-up design of the smaller ones. … Read more

Meade ETX 80 Telescope Review

Many of the product reviews you read are based on a scope provided by a manufacturer to a reviewer who has had it less than 60 days when they write the review. This one is different. I purchased the ETX 80 and have owned and used it for over two years. So this will not only … Read more

Celestron PowerSeeker 114EQ Telescope Review

Celestron’s PowerSeeker 114EQ, like all of its siblings in the PowerSeeker line, are unusable scopes which I don’t recommend to beginners.  However, the 114EQ is a little better than the other PowerSeekers. In this Celestron 114EQ PowerSeeker telescope review, I’ll outline exactly what redeeming aspects the 114EQ does in fact have. That being said, I … Read more

Celestron 127 EQ PowerSeeker Telescope Review 

Celestron’s PowerSeeker 127EQ is a perfect example of why websites like ours exist, and also of why Amazon reviewers are too incompetent to review anything more complicated than a grilled-cheese sandwich. It’s possibly the worst telescope I see even knowledgeable amateurs recommending frequently, because they simply see its specs and think it’s some great deal. … Read more

Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector Review

Okay, you want a telescope; one that can give you excellent views without the frills. Now take this – an excellent telescope for kids and “lazy” novices. The Orion StarBlast is a favorite among beginner astronomers due to its low price, having been on the scene for around fifteen years. However, has it really stood the … Read more

Orion SkyQuest XT6 Review

Again, another source of thrill without the frills. And a big fat one at that. Like it’s big brother the XT8, the Orion XT6 is a nearly universally recommended telescope for beginners of all ages. Why does this scope get such wide praise? You might have probably read about some of Orion Skyquest XT6 reviews … Read more

Celestron Skymaster Giant 15X70 Binoculars Review

As a newbie in the world of astronomy, you would probably be thinking of telescope right away and beam with excitement. Sorry to burst your bubble but please, don’t count binoculars out just yet. And why not? If your budget is under $100, I and most other astronomers highly recommend getting a pair of binoculars instead … Read more