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2009 was a big year for astronomy and space exploration. Many innovations have been discovered and implemented in the telescope world, and companies are constantly redesigning and upgrading their telescopes and telescope accessories. Events like the landing of the space shuttle Atlantis keep expectations high for the future of the industry. Customers are looking for a home telescope that is simple to use and can provide as much excitement and value as being at a launch pad. These astronomical optics are the ones that do all of that and more. For a complete list of all of our winners, please check out the Brilliance Awards Winners section. The votes are in!

45,000 Votes & Over $500 In Prizes Given Away!

Winners of the 2009 OpticsPlanet Brilliance Awards are below!

Customers' Choice - Astronomy

Customers' Choice Telescope of the Year < $500 Meade ETX-90 AT Maksutov-Cassegrain TelescopeMeade ETX-90 AT Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope
Customers' Choice Telescope Brand of the Year CelestronCelestron
Customers' Choice Telescope Accessory of the Year Meade Series 4000 Eyepiece & Filter SetMeade Series 4000 Eyepiece & Filter Set
Customers' Choice Telescope Accessory Brand of the Year CelestronCelestron

Experts' Choice - Astronomy

Experts' Choice Best Tripod Astro Binocular < $200 Celestron 20x80 SkyMaster Giant BinocularsCelestron 20x80 SkyMaster Giant Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best Tripod Astro Binocular < $500 Celestron 25x100 Skymaster Giant Astronomy BinocularsCelestron 25x100 Skymaster Giant Astronomy Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best Handheld Astro Binocular < $200 Nikon 10x50 Action Extreme BinocularsNikon 10x50 Action Extreme Binoculars
Experts' Choice Best Telescope Eyepiece Value Celestron Telescope Eyepiece & Filter KitCelestron Telescope Eyepiece & Filter Kit
Experts' Choice Best Telescope Eyepiece TeleVue ETH-13.0 13mm ETHOS Telescope EyepieceTeleVue ETH-13.0 13mm ETHOS Telescope Eyepiece
Experts' Choice Best Telescope < $100 Bushnell 4.5 Altazimuth Short Tube Reflector Telescope
Bushnell 4.5" Altazimuth Short Tube Reflector Telescope
Experts' Choice Best Telescope < $300 Celestron AstroMaster 130 Equatorial Reflector TelescopeCelestron AstroMaster 130 Equatorial Reflector Telescope
Experts' Choice Best Telescope < $200 Celestron AstroMaster 90 Altazimuth Refractor TelescopeCelestron AstroMaster 90 Altazimuth Refractor Telescope
Experts' Choice Best Telescope < $50 Celestron FirstScope Reflector 76mm Tabletop TelescopeCelestron FirstScope Reflector 76mm Tabletop Telescope
Experts' Choice Best Computerized Telescope < $400 Celestron NexStar 114 SLT Newtonian Reflector TelescopesCelestron NexStar 114 SLT Newtonian Reflector Telescopes
Experts' Choice Best Computerized Telescope < $500 Celestron NexStar 4SE Maksutov-Cassegrain Computerized Telescope Celestron NexStar 4SE Maksutov-Cassegrain Computerized Telescope
Experts' Choice Best Telescope < $500 Celestron Omni XLT 150mm Newtonian Reflector TelescopeCelestron Omni XLT 150mm Newtonian Reflector Telescope
Experts' Choice Best Telescope < $150 Celestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor TelescopeCelestron PowerSeeker 80EQ Refractor Telescope
Experts' Choice Best Computerized Telescope < $1000 Meade ETX-125 PE UHTC AutoStar TelescopeMeade ETX-125 PE UHTC AutoStar Telescope
Experts' Choice Best Computerized Telescope < $750 Meade ETX 90PE UHTC TelescopeMeade ETX 90PE UHTC Telescope
Experts' Choice Best Computerized Telescope < $1500 Meade ETX-LS 6 Advanced Coma-Free TelescopeMeade ETX-LS 6 Advanced Coma-Free Telescope
Experts' Choice Best Telescope < $1000 Meade LightBridge AutoStar Dobsonian Telescope Meade LightBridge AutoStar Dobsonian Telescope