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Telescopes from Academy

Discover the world around you with a new telescope from Academy Sports + Outdoors. Our telescopes use the latest technology to provide striking clarity and bright views whenever you sit under a blanket of stars, gazing up at the complex universe above you to explore the mysteries within our own galaxy and beyond.

Whether you're looking for a computerized telescope, a refractor telescope or even a hunting telescope, you're sure to find the one to match your needs online at Academy. Look for a telescope with optical coating to gather as much light from your surroundings as possible and illuminate impressive views of the wondrous night sky. Multi-component designs provide quick and easy assembly, breakdown, storage and portability. Our expansive selection includes several easily transportable options you can take with you to explore all of your favorite stargazing sights. Shop our collection of Celestron telescopes online today to find the perfect companion for all your celestial adventures.

Types of Telescopes

With all the options out there, choosing the right telescope for your life can be a challenge. Start your search by understanding the differences between two common varieties of telescope.

  • Refractor Telescope: Refractor telescopes are the most common type of telescope available today, and use a series of carefully placed mirrors to magnify and illuminate what you see in the sky above you. Sturdy yet collapsible, refractor telescopes are great to take with you to all your favorite sightseeing spots. Our refractor telescopes often come equipped with specialized software that you can use to access an expansive database of celestial objects, print sky maps and otherwise guide your next upwardly gazing adventure.

  • Computerized Telescope: Computerized telescopes offer automated features that let you easily adjust your view to locate more objects in the night sky. Technology options include SkyAlign for quick and easy alignments, plus StarPointer and Sky Tour software, automated GoTo mount and NexStar+ hand controls to help you more easily and accurately identify objects in the night sky. Many of our computerized telescopes also offer printable sky maps, an expansive database of objects and enhanced images to boost your stargazing experience.