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The Best Telescopes on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered the best binoculars, camping gear, and digital cameras, here we’re going deep on the best telescopes on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best refracting telescope

“For the price, its magnification strength and specifications, buy this. The quality is top of the line: every part of this is heavy, sturdy and reinforced like its made of aircraft material. As far as the quality of image and magnification goes, incredible even on a night not so clear. You will see star clusters where you’ve always seen blackness, and where you once saw one star you will now see many.”

Best refracting telescope $100 and under