Orion FunScope 76mm Tabletop Reflector Telescope Review

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Check out our full review of the PowerSeeker 70eq here.

The PowerSeeker is a good starting refractor with a higher price than the FunScope 76mm, but it is also a true beginner scope, and this is reflected both in the quality of its optics and its design. The tripod is also a bit less stable than the tabletop mount. All around good scope at a good price, but longer and a bit better optical performance than the FunScope.

Here's our full review of the AstroMaster 114eq.

With an aperture that's considerably larger than that of the FunScope, with more of a full mount that allows smooth manual tracking. Its lightweight tripod leads to less stability than the FunScope. Good magnification with a short tube for good portability. Can't match the travel capabilities of the tabletop mounted scopes like the FunScope (what can?), but still a good grab and go.

Don't miss our full review of the PowerSeeker 127eq here.

Larger aperture and better optics than the FunScope, with very good optical performance. Offers really good stability in a full-scale mount and tripod. Jones-Bird configuration on this Newtonian can lead to a bit less image clarity, but makes it a good affordable beginner scope.

Yes! There's a full StarMax 90mm review here.

The StarMax 90mm is a Mak-Cass scope with considerable focusing range. Similar size scope, but doesn't offer the same image clarity. Similar stability with the same kind of tabletop mount. A bit more power at a comparable price point. Has a bit more complicated mechanism than the FunScope, but also a good grab-and-go or travel scope for those that want something they can take into the field or have at home for observing terrestrial and brighter celestial