2014 Telescope Awards

  • Best Telescope For BeginnersCelestron AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope - 31042

    3-Time Consecutive Winner! Similar to a Triple Crown Winner, the Celestron AstroMaster 114 EQ goes 3-for-3 in 2014. It's pretty clear that this perennial best-seller is responsible for more new astronomy enthusiasts every year than any other on the market. The simple design introduces users to the principles of alignment, tracking objects, and making adjustments to see what they've always dreamed of through their telescope. With a complete package (telescope, tripod, mount, and accessories) available under $200, we recommend the AstroMaster as a gift for kids or adults who've expressed interest in looking skyward.
  • Best GPS Telescope

    It was difficult to find another series of telescopes to match the Celestron CPCs. These fork-mounted telescopes are some the most portable around and pack a GPS database that calculates the date, time, longitude, and latitude of your current location so you can start locating objects wherever you land. Celestron's SkyAlign technology kicks in and aligns your scope flawlessly based on GPS data and any three objects in the sky … and you're ready to go! Of course, they haven't skimped on the viewing experience, either, using Schmidt-Cassegrain design, premium glass with StarBright coatings, and tons of extras ideal for mobile astrophotography.