Best telescopes for beginners in 2024

Best beginner telescope 2024: Jump menu

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1. The list in brief
2. Best overall: Celestron NexStar 4SE
3. Best traditional telescope: Celestron Inspire 100AZ
4. Best smart telescope: Unistellar eQuinox 2
5. Budget smart telescope: Vaonis Vespera II
6. Best for deep space: Sky-Watcher Skyliner 200P
7. Budget motorized telescope: Celestron Astro Fi 102mm
8. Best $100 telescope: Celestron Travel Scope 70
14. How we test

Gazing up the night sky at the stars and planets can be a wonderful thing to do. It may involve standing in the cold for hours, but the sense of satisfaction you can achieve is unrivalled.

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Ian Evenden
Freelance tech journalist

Ian Evenden has worked for newspapers, magazines, book publishers, and websites during his almost 25 years in journalism, and is never happier than when taking a new piece of expensive technology out of its box. When he's not slaving over a hot keyboard, he lies in wait for wildlife before shooting it with a long camera lens.

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