Attention Stargazers! – The Best Telescope Under 2000 Bucks


Before you buy – A quick guide to finding the right telescope

Whether you are getting into stargazing or have been viewing the solar system for a while, you will need understand the importance of choosing the right telescope for your nocturnal activities.

As always, the Ape has done the hard work for you! We present the best telescope under 2000 bucks; the Celestron CPC 800 XLT. But before we give you the lowdown on this top-of-the-range scope, there are a few things you might like to know to make a fully informed purchase.


Most telescopes are designed for space viewing

­Telescopes are rarely any good for viewing “land-based” objects so if you are interested in land viewing, then a spotting-scope for a pair of binoculars would be a better choice.


The aperture is the most important feature

The diameter of a telescope’s light-gathering lens or mirror is called the “aperture”. Aperture is expressed in millimeters or less commonly in inches. As a general rule, your aperture should be a minimum of 70 mm. The Celestron CPC 800 XLT telescope featured in this article has an aperture of 203 mm and is our pick for the best telescope under 2000 bucks.


There are three main kinds telescope

Refractors – These have a lens at the front of the tube. While being low maintenance they can get pricey as the aperture size increases.

Reflectors – These gather light by using a mirror at the end of the tube. Reflectors tend to be the cheapest telescopes bur need adjusting much more often.

Compound / Catadioptric – These use a combination of mirrors and lenses. Compound telescopes are usually the most lightweight scopes you can find and in the case of our featured telescope; the Celestron CPC800 XLT, it is actually mounted on a super stable tripod and uses SkyAlign Technology to download information from GPS satellites so you can track stars, moons, and planets directly from your computer!


A strong and stable Mount is essential

A mount is key for stabilizing the telescope and determines how easy it is to follow a star as you view it. There are essentially two kinds of mount;

Equatorial mounts – These allow users to follow the rotation of the sky as the Earth turns. This is a huge help when using star-maps.

AltAzimouth mounts– These are much simpler in that they just swing up/down/left/right. With these mounts, the user has to manually move the scope to follow moons, planets, stars etc as the Earth rotates. These mounts are typically the cheapest and the lightest.


How much should I spend on a telescope?

A telescope is a big purchase for most folks and let’s face it, “the universe isn’t going anywhere!”, so take your time to choose the right scope for your individual needs.

With scopes, you really get what you pay for with prices starting at $200. While these budget models may be fun for a week or two, if you are serious about stargazing, you will feel the needs to upgrade almost immediately!

For astronomy fans, that spend hours observing the planets, a budget between $1000 and $2,000 will get to you a state-of-the-art telescope that will last for decades and provide a spectacular romp through our solar system.


Choosing a top-end telescope is a minefield so the Ape has done all the hard work for ya!!


The Apes best telescope under 2,000 – Celestron CPC 800 XLT

Budding astronomers are going nuts over the Celestron CPC 800 XLT! This is a computerized telescope with tube and tripod and features the awesome Schmidt-Cassegrain Optics and a high-tech computerized mounting system with GPS technology in a very easy-to-use package.

Using the amazing SkyAlign system, you don’t even need to remember the weird star names or use complicated star charts because the CPC 800 will actually TELL YOU the star names! SkyAlign is just one of the several options available, and some can even be used in the daylight!!

The Celestron’s drive base and tripod are super heavy duty and rugged. The solid base with precise tracking allows users to view planets while photographing them.

With this telescope, you should be able to image planets at focal lengths of f/30 and f/40 which would be very tricky indeed without this tracking feature.

The CPC 800 delivers stunning views of deep space objects. It is powerful enough to reveal the structure of galaxies and global star clusters.

With the scope you get an 8 x 50 finder scope, a 40mm Polossl eyepiece with 50x magnification, a NextStar computer hand controller, and a 12-volt battery adapter.

This telescope is a top choice for astographers thanks to the low magnification secondary mirror and internal baffling which help to improve peripheral brightness.

With a 16 channel GPS receiver to track moons, planets, stars etc, there are nine slew speeds available.

The light gathering capacity of the Celestron CPC 800 XLT is 843xgreater than the human eye and it has a magnification range from 29x to 480x.

All in all, the CPC 800 XLT is an amazing all-around telescope. The optics are big enough to give spectacular views of objects in deep space and incredible views of the planets making this our choice for the best telescope under 2000 dollars!

Despite all of this power, the Celestron CPC 800XLT is still portable enough to transport easily for trips to the local school on astronomy night!

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