When we talk about buying high-end astronomical products, be it a good telescope, we all have a particular budget we want our stuff to fall under including the telescope with its accessories, the additional lenses and the other components required. For people who are looking a good, nicely constructed telescope with appropriate accessories and lenses under $500, here are the four best Telescopes for beginners as well as professionals. You can always go to the showrooms and get demos for yourself to check whether they fit right into your checklist or not.
With 130mm aperture and a 650mm focal length, this one is well-constructed for professional astronomers. This Telescope provides high-end functioning and clear images with anti-reflective coatings on the all-glass components of the telescope as it facilitates maximum extraction and absorption of light for crystal clear imagery. The only drawback that this telescope has is it has a very poorly made instruction manual which makes it difficult for the kids to understand or even grown-ups who are new to astronomy.
This one, with a 127mm objective while a 1500mm focal length can capture extremely deep space imagery and is one of the best telescope for Astrophotography. It is the best telescope for kids and beginners as it is fully automated and computerized. Sky Align technology, the GOTO controller and the StarPointer finderscope make it easier to track and locate the space objects and because of a higher magnification, helps locate faraway, deep space objects too. The otherwise very light telescope has just this one drawback that with the mount and the tripod it gets a bit heavy to carry around.
Celestron 31057 Omni XLT-150
With its well-structured body, a robust design and very smooth functioning, this telescope, 150mm 6-inch, f/5 parabolic mirror with 750mm focal length, it is one of the best Telescopes under 500$.It is good for viewing deep space objects and the star galaxies at a lower power. It has a way with good detailing and provides very sharp details of the moon, also, in the suburban skies you can view the Orion Nebula with the Omni XLT. The only drawback it has is it’s not computerized or motorized and thus, the locating and tracking gets a bit difficult.
This is the best Dobsonian Telescope under the range of $500. With a 203mm aperture and 1200mm focal length it allows to get into focus even the dim and hidden space objects and the large ones you do not really need high magnification for. It has a high quality light-gathering ability which makes it capture faraway galaxies and nebulae too. The Telescope is very easy to assemble and set up but with a heavy mount, it gets heavy and the bulk makes it hard to carry around reducing its portability.