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Astronomy Essentials

Sky Instruments
Antares 1.25" Color Filters, Set of 4 (FS2) $60.95
Why We Recommend
Filters will add contrast to really bright objects like the moon and planets. To make the details pop, use the ND25 filter for the moon, and contrasting colors for the planets.
Formac Lorimer Books
110 Things to See With a Telescope by John... $23.95
Why We Recommend
This is our favorite book for beginners! It organizes 110 beginner-telescope friendly targets by viewing season, shows you where to find them, and what you should expect to see.
Celestron
Celestron PowerTank Glow 5000 (93585) $59.95
Why We Recommend
This rechargeable red LED light will help you see what you're doing (or find your keys) without ruining your night-vision. It also doubles as a power bank for your phone or other small devices.
Celestron
Celestron Deluxe Lens Cleaning Kit (93576) $29.95
Why We Recommend
Keep your optics clean and clear with this deluxe lens cleaning kit. It includes everything that you need to deal with dust and finger prints so that you're not compromising your view.
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Stellar Upgrades

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Baader Planetarium
Baader Planetarium Hyperion 8-24mm Clickst... $417.95
Why We Recommend
These are fantastic eyepieces, nice and crisp right to the edges. A massive upgrade over the kit eyepieces that come with beginner telescopes.
Celestron
Celestron X-Cel LX 5mm Eyepiece 1.25" (93421) $135.95
Why We Recommend
Celestron X-Cel LX series eyepieces offer a 60º apparent field of view, perfect for the Moon, the planets, and a plethora of deep-sky objects. The premium six-element eyepiece will give beautiful high-magnification views.
Baader Planetarium
Baader Planetarium Hyperion 5mm Eyepiece (... $228.95
Why We Recommend
These are fantastic eyepieces, nice and crisp right to the edges. A massive upgrade over the kit eyepieces that come with beginner telescopes.
Celestron
Celestron X-Cel LX 7mm Eyepiece 1.25" (93422) $135.95
Why We Recommend
Celestron X-Cel LX series eyepieces offer a 60º apparent field of view, perfect for the Moon, the planets, and a plethora of deep-sky objects. The premium six-element eyepiece will give beautiful high-magnification views.

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Celestron
Celestron Starsense Explorer LT 114AZ (22452) $326.95
Why We Recommend
Celestron has reinvented the manual telescope with StarSense Explorer-the first telescope that uses your smartphone to analyze the night sky and calculate its position in real time. Make your selection and arrows appear onscreen, guiding you.
Celestron
Celestron Starsense Explorer DX 130AZ (22461) $649.95
Why We Recommend
Celestron has reinvented the manual telescope with StarSense Explorer-the first telescope that uses your smartphone to analyze the night sky and calculate its position in real time. Make your selection and arrows appear onscreen, guiding you.
Sky-Watcher
Sky-Watcher Heritage 150 Collapsible Table... $420.00
Why We Recommend
By using a lightweight 150mm parabolic primary mirror and a compact, manual azimuth mount, the Heritage 150 is the perfect blend of portability and aperture, just as Newton intended.
Sky-Watcher
Sky-Watcher Heritage 130 Collapsible Table... $370.00
Why We Recommend
By using a lightweight 130mm parabolic primary mirror and a compact, manual azimuth mount, the Heritage 130 is the perfect blend of portability and aperture, just as Newton intended.