If you have spent some time observing the sky with your naked eyes and a pair of binoculars, you may be ready to move on up to telescopes. As in most things in life, you typically get what you pay for. If you are looking for better telescopes to start out with, one which might carry you from a beginner to intermediate stargazer, check out these telescopes between $1000.00 and $5000.00.
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Meade’s LX200-ACF brings Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) optics within reach of aspiring astronomers everywhere. Nearly every observatory reflector in the world uses an aplanatic (coma-free) optical system like the Ritchey-Chrétien (RC), including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. Now you can own similar optics to what the professionals use. The LX200-ACF includes all the field-proven features of the LX200 including GPS, Primary Mirror Lock, Zero Image-Shift Microfocuser, Oversized Primary Mirror, SmartDrive, Smart Mount, AutoStar II and more. Plus, the LX200-ACF comes with observatory-class optics and a Series 5000 26mm 5-Element Plössl eyepiece. The new LX200-ACF.
The CGE 925 Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope is a versatile instrument with high performance features. It is one of Celestron's "top-of-the-line" astronomical instruments. As a 9.25-inch scope it is small and light enough that you can take it with you to most places.
With an f6.3 focal reducer or Fastar accessory, the CGE 925 also can use a wide variety of CCD or film cameras. And that means you can capture stunning images of the stars and planets for later viewing or exhibiting and for printing to share with friends.
The NA (Neo-Achromatic) refractor features a two element secondary lens at the rear of the optical tube to provide a flatter field of view (Petzval design). Spherical abberation and field curvature are less than 1/3 to 1/5 of standard doublet refractors.
The GPD2 equatorial mount is the stronger and heftier of the GP mounts. With it’s solid steel R. A. and Declination axes and brass worm gears this mount will hold up to years of heavy use. In order to assure accurate tracking for astrophotography the worm, gears are especially machined to a very high precision that minimizes periodic error. Add the new Vixen Starbook S with built in starchart for complete Go-To capabilities.
This scope does more than track satellites; it communicates with them. Once turned on, the built-in Sony GPS sensor immediately determines the scope's precise date, time, and location. AutoAlign technology then uses this info to align the scope for a tour of the most spectacular sights in the universe. This amazing feature, combined with the legendary LX90 Schmidt-Cassegrain's superb design and industry-leading, American-made optics, makes it an ideal choice for serious stargazers.
The Vixen ED103S is an apochromatic refractor with an equatorial mount and STARBOOK. It has fantastic contrast and 4" aperture, sufficient for viewing most of the planets and many stars. With its ED glass elements, chromatic aberration has been reduced to nearly undetectable levels, permitting a much more practical use of the higher magnifications than when using other achromatic refractors of seemingly identical specifications.
LightBridge Truss-Tube Dobsonian from Meade disassembles and sets up quickly, so you can take one of these massive windows to the universe out to your favorite dark-sky location with ease. LightBridge Dobsonian gives you high-quality Meade optics, premium components, and ultra portability - all for about the same price as an ordinary tube Dobsonian.
The C9.25-SGT, 9.25-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope is a member of Celestron's Advanced telescope series. Celestron Advanced scopes combine state-of-the-art technology, easy-to-use features and ready-to-use components to produce instruments of unparalleled quality and utility. The C9.25-SGT comes mounted on the CG-5 GT computerized equatorial mount that allows access to features like automatic star alignment capability and GoTo slewing to more than 40,000 objects. Equipped with high speed motors and hand controller, the CG-5 GT allows you to slew your telescope remotely to desired objects quickly and accurately.
The razor sharp resolution of this heroic size refractor will perform on a par with a reflector of up to perhaps 9-inches in diameter on numerous astronomical phenomena. The generous 150mm (6") of light gathering will deliver breathtaking clarity and unrivaled richness of detail in solar system gems, plus vividly express the rich subtle nuisances of intriguing phenomena in deep-space. This is an eminently manageable large aperture refractor that will become your valued companion for backyard observation and remote excursions to view the primordial sky where bewilderingly rich star fields blanket the firmament.