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The Best Telescopes for 2017

A photon leaps off the sun and, about 500 seconds later, bounces off our Earth. Light has been dancing and rebounding from faraway and nearby celestial objects for more than 13 billion years. It’s time you caught some of it for your very own.

That’s what telescopes do; they gather light. But to collect that radiance, you’ll need to pick the telescope that fits your needs and budget. Our editors have selected a few of the best options in five categories.

The Best Telescopes of 2017
Model: Best For: Avg. Price Where to Buy:
Celestron FirstScope Children $49.95 Amazon
Levenhuk LabZZ MTB3 Combo Teaching $59.95 Amazon
Celestron SkyProdigy 130 Hobbyists $589.99 Amazon
Orion SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope Enthusiasts $659.99 Amazon
Celestron Regal M2 100ED Traveling Enthusiasts $849.95 Amazon
Levenhuk Blaze 90 Spotting Scope Grab-and-Go $214.95 Amazon
Celestron AstroFi 102 Mak-Cas Wi-Fi Techie Beginners $419.95 Amazon
Orion StarBlast 6i Hands-On Beginners $499.99 Amazon
Astronomers Without Borders OneSky 130 Gift-Giving $199.99 Astronomers w/out Borders
Levenhuk Strike 80 Tight Budgets $139.95 Amazon