Updated February 19, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 10 Best Orion Telescopes

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in February of 2019. No matter how long you've been interested in studying the heavens, the Orion Telescopes we've included on our list offer you a wide variety of magnifications, features, and price points to suit your needs. There are enormous and pricey options for the veteran stargazer who wants nothing but the best, as well as effective and inexpensive models intended for use by youngsters and beginners. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best orion telescope on Amazon.

10. Observer II 70mm

9. StarBlast 4.5 Astro Reflector

8. SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial

7. Newtonian Astrograph Reflector

6. AstroView 6 Equatorial Reflector

5. SkyQuest XT8 Plus Dobsonian

4. StarMax 127mm Equatorial

3. SkyQuest XT10g

2. StarSeeker IV Reflector

1. SkyQuest XX12i

Editor's Notes

February 14, 2019:

Orion offers a lot of subtle differences among many of their models, especially among their most expensive offerings. Two scopes that appear identical at first might have slight differences in aperture size or the particular guidance system used for object tracking. This list intends to find the products that offer the best combination of size, features, and price, so instead of putting three 12-inch Dobsonian models in the top spots, we narrowed those down to the best of the trio. Still, those premiere scopes are on the gigantic side, and it was important to include high-performance models that could still fit inside a sedan, like the StarSeeker IV or the StarMax 127mm. From there, it was a matter of balancing the list to let people with less money or experience find effective choices for their lives.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on February 19, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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