Staff Pick Manual Telescopes

These telescopes are recommended for those interested in moving their scope around by hand and learning the night sky. They don't include computers or motor drives, so they are very simple to setup and start using.

Small dobsonian telescopes are a fantastic introduction to astronomy at very affordable prices. For those that prefer a refractor with a tripod, we have recommendations for you, as well. Whatever your budget, whatever your astronomy goals, we have a scope for you.

Not sure where to start? See our How to Choose a Telescope article.