Best 10 Telescopes in 2012

All best 10 Camera & Photo picks were chosen by our senior editor, depending on his personal opinion.
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Meade 20in LX400-ACF Telescope on MAX Robotic German Equatorial Mount w/ Tripod 2008-MAX-01

This monster of a telescope was worth every penny! It weighs 775 pounds, so unless you are Arnold, don't buy it thinking you'll just put it in your car and drive out to the field for some stargazing. The weight is main feature you'll have to plan around.


Celestron Edge HD 1400 On CGE Pro Mount - 14

This telescope opened my eyes to the world of long-exposure astrophotography. The observatory grade optics and stability of the over-sized mount gave me extra assurance when I started my photography project. The bonus is the star alignment that stays from one night to the next.


Meade 14-Inch LX200-ACF (f/10) Advanced Coma-Free Telescope

I didn't realize this was research quality equipment when I bought it. I only knew the 14" mirror was bigger than any I had ever owned and the German equatorial is without question the most stable for any Astronomical use.


Celestron Edge HD 1100 On CGEM DX Mount 11

The drive is fast! It can travel 5 degrees per second, which will get you anywhere you want in the sky in an instant. This mount is sturdy, even taking the larger 14" scope. Most of all, I liked the bigger than normal altitude and azimuth knobs for fast polar alignment.


Celestron EdgeHD 1100 CGEM Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

The images are spectacular, even with the wide-field views.This means that even on the edge of the field of view, a delicate galaxy or nebula will retain its amazing structure. The 60 micron mesh filters let the hot air out near the primary mirror.


Celestron CPC 1100 StarBright XLT GPS Schmidt-Cassegrain 2800mm Telescope with Tripod and Tube

The depth of field was astounding, with the faintest stars reaching 15 on a clear night! Also, the surprise was that the star alignment was retained night after night. The database of objects is overwhelming. I could not stump it with anything.


Celestron C9 1/4 SGT StarBright XLT ® Advanced Computerized Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope

The legs on this creature are huge, which gave me added confidence observing in the field. Also, I liked the ease of polar alignment with the polar scope. Although it is optional, it is well worth the money, especially if you are into astrophotography as I am.


Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope

I always dreamed of owning an orange canon, as we used to call it. It is only 33lbs, making it highly portable. The detail was brighter and richer that I had expected it to be over my 6" NextStar. Overall, my childhood dreams were deeply fulfilled.


Orion SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

I bought this for my son for Christmas. It was so easy, though he is only 10, he could easily manage. Every clear night he pulls it out and sets it up behind the garage. The added bonus it how quickly he can break it down and put it away.


Orion SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope

The eyepieces gave 26x and 65x, which is perfect for an entry scope. I liked the fact that the mount was sturdy enough that my daughter wasn't about to accidentally knock it over while climbing up to view. The whole family enjoys the nights out now.