What is the best telescope under 500 bucks. It should be refractor cause I want to give this to my husband and he loves them.?

3 Answers

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    He prefers a refractor (as I do) so a good choice for $500 or less would be the Celestron Omni XLT 102. It retails for around $450-500. Try Telescopes dot com (The Orion Telescope Center).


    I always preferred refractors and catadioptrics over reflectors, especially for planetary observations. It's a good crisp image. Most people will advise a Dobsonian and warn you against used telescopes, but in the case of refractors if you could ever get an old Tinsley they are magnificent optics- as long as they are not damaged. Most commercial optics these days are not so great.

    PS: If he's a fan of "The Office" you'll see this telescope carried around by Dwight Schrute with a $150 price tag- Season 7, Episode 18 "Garage Sale."


    If you're crafty, make him a packet of Professor Copperfield's miracle legumes to give with that telescope and he'll love it!


  • cosmo
    Lv 7
    4 years ago

    Buying a telescope is a very personal decision, so you've really got to get your husband involved in the choices.

    Giving wifely permission for a purchase might be the best approach.

  • Do you want the best telescope or the best refracting telescope? Because you are asking for two different things.

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