The best telescope for beginners under 130 euros - recommended by the astronomy experts

Telescope for beginners

I discovered an English YouTube channel a few days ago that is really fun if you are interested in astronomy: astro biscuit. The YouTuber, whose name I haven't found out yet, handles videos about telescopes and questions about astrophotography and astronomy. And he makes the whole thing extremely entertaining and entertaining - in cooperation with a talking plastic rabbit.

The talking rabbit is the antagonist in the videos and doesn't believe that the nerds can save the world.
The talking rabbit is the antagonist in the videos and doesn't believe that the nerds can save the world. Astrobiscuit fights on the side of the nerds.

 

The YouTuber behind Astrobiscuit compared a bunch of affordable entry-level telescopes.
The YouTuber behind Astrobiscuit compared a bunch of affordable entry-level telescopes.

Incredible entry-level telescope for under 100 pounds

The title of the video I just watched is “Incredible telescope for under £100” – i.e. “Incredible telescope for under £100”. The question was which is the best telescope for beginners that can be had for less than 100 English pounds.

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The YouTuber - I'll call him like his channel now - Astrobiscuit ordered a large number of reflecting and lens telescopes from companies such as Celestron and Sky-Watcher and then tried out how sharply they could depict the moon and Jupiter.

The comparison telescope was an 80 mm achromat, which Astrobiscuit used as a kind of reference. With the 80 mm telescope he could just make out the stripes of Jupiter and see the craters of the moon very clearly.

There were a few models in the test, all of which were priced below the £100 mark – a higher price was definitely an exclusion criterion.

To get an impression of the sharpness of the different models, Astrobiscuit looked at the moon and Jupiter.
To get an impression of the sharpness of the different models, Astrobiscuit looked at the moon and Jupiter.

Result of most cheap telescopes: everything is rather blurred

There was even a 100 mm reflecting telescope in the test field, which was supposed to have the best sharpness and resolution. The result, however, went against technical logic: a reasonably sharp moon, but a fuzzy Jupiter.

All the other telescopes also gave the same result and could not come close to the sharpness of the 80 mm achromat that Astrobiscuit had chosen as a reference. However, it cost significantly more than 100 GBP and was therefore not approved as a candidate in the test field.

Here you can see the Celestron TravelScope (not the test winner!) compared to the YouTuber's 80 mm achromatic telescope, which is used as a reference.
Here you can see the Celestron TravelScope (not the test winner!) compared to the YouTuber's 80 mm achromatic telescope, which is used as a reference.

The winner: Celestron AstroMaster LT 60 AZ

The last telescope, on which all hopes were finally pinned, was finally able to convince: Das Celestron AstroMaster LT 60 AZ. Specifications: 60mm aperture and 700mm focal length, refractor.

Celestron 21073 AstroMaster LT 60AZ refractor telescope, dark blue
  • Tool-free setup! Ready for use in no time
  • StarPointer finder scope for your convenience
  • Quickly removable dovetail connection

What is surprising about this test-winning telescope is that it should actually deliver a less sharp image with a 60 mm aperture than an 80 mm or 100 mm telescope. But the optics in this case are obviously so good that it compensates for this "universal" technical disadvantage and even beats the display quality of the Sky-Watcher reflecting telescope with 100 mm.

On the screenshot of the YouTube video you can see a picture of Jupiter with the Celestron telescope. The spot in the planet is not the great spot of Jupiter, which was just on the far side of the planet at the time. No, it was the shadow of the moon "Europa". Amazing what you can see with a 60 mm refractor.

This is a screenshot from the YouTube video. But even here you can see the dark spot on Jupiter, which is the shadow of Jupiter's moon Europa.
This is a screenshot from the YouTube video. But even here you can see the dark spot on Jupiter, which is the shadow of Jupiter's moon Europa.

Good camera tripod as a recommendation

Unfortunately, the tripod that comes with the Celestron AstroMaker is far too wobbly and swings for a long time when you get at it. For this reason, Astrobiscuit recommends an inexpensive but stable camera tripod such as the "Neewer Professional".

Neewer Professional Aluminum Alloy Video Camera Tripod with 360 Degree Fluid Drag Head,...
  • With the use of a tripod, it can achieve higher performance and maintain image quality to capture larger...
  • With a handle to adjust different angles. Anti-slip feet design that keep the tripod stable on...
  • Extends to 61"/155cm tall, folds to 28"/71cm. Three section aluminum height adjustable legs.

I wanted to mention the telescope and the tripod here as a post, because I think it often happens that parents want to buy a cheap telescope for themselves or for their kids. And before you buy any junk that only depicts blurred planets, it's better to get something cheap that also gives pleasure at the end of the day.

Incidentally, the thing is also praised in the reviews on Amazon. There you will find statements like “You can use it to count the craters on the moon” or “You can see the rings of Saturn”. Definitely a cheap but good telescope for beginners.

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