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VIDEO Review of the Celestron NexStar Evolution 6Updated 10/25/21

VIDEO Review of the Sky-Watcher Heritage 150p Collapsible DobUpdated 10/25/21

VIDEO Review of the Orion XX14g DobUpdated 10/25/21

VIDEO If I Could Only Have ONE Telescope...Updated 10/25/21

VIDEO Review of the Explore Scientific ED127Updated 10/25/21

The Telescope Review Web Site


By Ed Ting


You've found one of the most comprehensive telescope review websites on the internet. Inside, you'll find reviews of over 100 telescopes, eyepiece reviews, a beginner's advice column, feature articles, and lots more! If you like this site, please patronize the advertisers on these pages, they help defray bandwidth costs. DO NOT LOOK AT THE SUN THROUGH A TELESCOPE WITHOUT PROPER FILTRATION.

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Q&A #6 Updated 8/19/21

Review of the Orion XT6 - Best Beginner's Scope? Updated 8/19/21

Buy This, Not That! Celestron Edition! Updated 8/19/21

Review of the 15" Obsession UC Updated 7/9/21

5 Unnderrated/ Overlooked Small Telescopes Updated 7/9/21

Two Vintage Telescope Reviews Updated 6/20/21

A Future Cult Classic? The Vixen ED81S! Updated 6/20/21

Review of the Orion Space Probe II 76 Updated 6/20/21

Q&A #5 - Mosquitoes? Seeing the Horsehead? Updated 6/20/21

Best Telescopes $200/$500/$1000/$2500/$5000/$10000/$50000! Updated 5/29/21

Takahashi CN212 Review Updated 5/29/21

Q & A # 4 - Mosquitoes? Finders? Cleaning Optics?Updated 5/29/21

Buy This, Not That! Meade Edition Updated 5/29/21

GalileoScope Review Updated 5/29/21

Brief Review of the Vixen ED80sf (Similar to Orion ED80) Updated 4/16/21

14.5" Starmaster Review Updated 4/16/21

Q and A # 3 - Do You Need Filters?  How Many Scopes? Updated 4/16/21

A $59 Telescope - Celestron's FirstScope 76 Updated 4/16/21

Q and A # 2 - Star Naming? Are Scopes Investments? Updated 3/19/21

Orion ED80 Bargain Refractor! Updated 3/19/21

Sky-Watcher Evoguide 50 and Evoguide 100 field flattener Updated 3/19/21

Review of the 12.5" Obsession Updated 3/19/21

7 Common Mistakes Made by Beginners Updated 3/19/21

Review of the Meade 8" LX90 Telescope Updated 2/12/21

For Complete Beginners, Part 2 Updated 2/12/21 

Review of the Sky-Watcher Evostar 100ED Refractor! Updated 1/20/21 

For Complete Beginners, Part 1 Updated 1/20/21

Review of the Astro-Tech AT115 - A Bargain Apo! Updated 12/26/20 

Review of the Celestron CPC1100 - A BIG Cat! Updated 12/26/20

Astronomy ODDWARE Review - The "Internet" 30-300X Monocular Updated 12/18/20

Are You Too OBSESSED With Your Telescope? Take This Quiz  Updated 11/26/20

All the Common Dobs Compared Updated 11/21/20

Top 3 Beginner's Scopes Updated 11/7/20

A Look at a Rare Takahashi Epsilon 130! Updated 11/1/20

Review of the Orion Short Tube 80 Part 2/2! Updated 10/25/20

Some Questions and Answers! Updated 10/9/20

Overview/Review of the Orion Short Tube 80 (Part 1/2) Updated 9/26/20

5 Telescopes I Regret Buying! Updated 9/19/20

Ed Looks at a Vintage Meade 8" f/4 Schmidt-Newtonian! Updated 9/11/20

Funny Telescope Ads!! Updated 9/4/20

Review of the Orion Short Tube 120! Updated 8/27/20

The 5 Telescopes I Should Never Have Sold! Updated 8/23/20

THE Telescope From My Childhood - An Appreciation of the Astroscan! Updated 8/12/20

When Telescopes Appear on TV and in the Movies Updated 8/3/20

Review of the Celestron C9.25 Updated 7/27/20

Ed Gets a Telescope Donation, July 2020 Updated 7/21/20

Review of the TPO/GSO/etc 6" f/6 Newt OTA Updated 7/21/20


Written Telescope Reviews (155)

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TeleVue Eyepiece Overviews

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