Eyes on equipment (reviews)

Find telescope and astronomy equipment reviews that are never influenced by advertisers. These are honest, right down-the-middle reviews that are never swayed because XYZ retailer spends ABC amount of money here. Eyes on the Sky is funded by visitors and viewers like you, so you can know that the opinions here are never bought or sold. 

Over the course of 20+ years of observing, I have owned more than 50+ telescopes - usually used, but sometimes new. I am always looking for low-cost options that beginners can use easily and have success. I wrote a rather long post on the r/telescopes section of reddit that is now a sticky and answers the question "What telescope should I get?". For other reviews, see the videos and links below. And if you already have a telescope but aren't sure where to look after the Moon and the bright planets, visit the First Light Guides section right here at Eyes on the Sky.


Orion Funscope review

The 76mm reflector from the well-known astronomy retailer is not only fun and aesthetically attractive, but with the right eyepieces, it can function as quite a serious stargazing instrument.

Orion Funscope / Celestron Firstscope review and comparison (video review)

These small 76mm reflectors are small, and look "toy-like" but are surprisingly capable observing instruments if you recognize their limitations but make good use of their advantages. 

Orion Starshoot IV imager review

The lunar and planetary imager is compared to afocal photography.

Orion 90mm f/10 refractor OTA (off site)

Though this refractor is no longer available as an "scope only" option, it is certainly an instrument worth considering as it can help observers find some great deep sky sights even from moderately light polluted areas.

Edmund Astroscan (video review)

The Astroscan is one of the longest-produced telescopes, first introduced in 1977. It is a short focal length, rich field telescope that excels at wide fields of view. 

There's a lot more here on Eyes on the Sky. For example, the First Light Guides help amateur astronomers with any size telescope start finding great deep sky objects in the night sky... tonight! For those new to astronomy, don't miss Eyes on the Sky's Ultimate Beginner's Guide, that discusses equatorial mounts, telescope basics, and stargazing basics. There's even sections on how to view the planets and see deep sky objects better