HOW WE PICK & TEXT
- Precision optics: We test Telescopes for pinpoint image sharpness and brightness.
- Size matters: The best telescopes for large backyards are big and heavy, so we tested only models under 12 pounds.
- Ease of use: The best telescopes give you great control with minimal effort.
- In-person testing: We set up our top pick in a backyard and, with expert guidance, tested its performance.
And the winners:
Best Overall Telescope: Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope (Black)
The SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector Telescope is a great starter telescope, and for beginners, it provides 32X to 400X magnification (with Barlow lens), which allows you to see lots of detail on the moon, Saturn and Jupiter. In addition, it has 2 eyepieces, 2 Barlow lenses and 2 phone adapters, which makes it more versatile and plenty of accessories included.
The tripod and telescope bag are versatile, and it comes with a smartphone adapter, so you can film the views with the included cable. The telescope is sturdy, and the phone adapter and tripod are solid, too. The assembly is easy enough that anyone can do it. The telescope also comes with a lifetime limited warranty.
- Very lightweight and compact
- You can adjust the height and the angle
- It's easy to see the images
- The tripod is very stable
- The eyepieces are a little too hard, but you can change the eyepieces
- Sometimes the image is not clear
Best Value Telescope:Celestron – StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ Smartphone App-Enabled Telescope –
Our pick for the best smartphone-enabling telescope is the Celestron StarSense Explorer DX 102AZ, which is equipped with both an internal (1.2x) and a downloadable (app.) finder scope, an adjustable 28.5- to 45-degree tripod, a sturdy carry bag, and a range of interchangeable eyepieces, which range from 32X all the way up to 400X. We got a sunset view with the 32X eyepiece, and the moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and Uranus were all clearly visible with the 100mm focal length, which puts the StarSense in the lower end of telescopes for adults, and in the lower end of the range for kids under 12. (We have a 130mm telescope that we own that is rated for 80X, but we seldom use it.)
The built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, combined with Celestron's StarSense app, makes this a great option for astronomy beginners of all ages.
- The magnification is great
- Great value for the price
- The tripod is adjustable and very sturdy
- Comes with phone adapter, wireless remote and carrying case
- The tripod doesn’t extend very far
- The tripod is very flimsy
Best Saving Product:Telescope, Gskyer 130EQ Professional Astronomical Reflector Telescope, German Technology Scope,
This 130-millimeter (5-inch) reflector telescope, which weighs only 1.3 pounds, is a terrific choice for beginner astrophotography. The telescope comes with a 3-inch finder scope, 2x Barlow lens, carrying bag, and an adjustable tripod. The tripod has a variety of extension heights, but it only has a 45-degree minimum downward pitch angle, which makes it better suited to adults than to kids. The telescope has a fully multicoated 90-millimeter lens, and it has a large aperture to collect more light, so its images are brighter and clearer. It has a solid tripod, and the tripod legs are adjustable. The telescope comes with a set of eyepieces: a 25-millimeter, 10-millimeter, and 6-millimeter.
The telescope has a 5.1-millimeter-thick (1/1.25-inch) tube, and the image is sharp and clear. With a 32X magnification, this telescope should allow you to see details on the moon's surface, Saturn, and Jupiter. The included finder scope is a 5x24 finder, and it has a crosshair reticle inside. This telescope should also work for casual stargazing, though its distortion is worse than many telescopes in this category. If you're planning to use this telescope for astrophotography, we recommend adding an astrophotography mount and a camera.
- Great for beginners
- Good value for the money
- Comes with phone adapter, perfect for taking astrophotography
- Sturdy tripod
- 3-year warranty
- Strap could be better
- The tripod screws feel a little loose
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To help you narrow down your options, here are some things to keep in mind when buying a telescope for astronomy:
- Know what to look for: Knowing what you are looking for will help you find a telescope that will satisfy your basic needs. For example, if you are looking for a telescope for stargazing, then you should look for one with a 70-millimeter (2.8-inch) aperture. This will be enough for stargazing. However, if you are looking for a telescope for spectroscopy, then you should consider one with a 130-millimeter (5.1-inch) aperture.
- Consider the price: Just like you would consider the price of the telescope, you should consider the price of eyepieces and eyepiece adapters. These eyepieces can be expensive, and so it is important to consider your budget before making your purchase.
- Consider the magnification: The magnification of a telescope can determine just how powerful the telescope is. These magnifications can help determine just how large the image of an object can be. However, a telescope with higher magnifications can come at a high price.
- Consider the height: The height of a telescope can determine how stable the telescope is. However, this can also determine exactly how tall the telescope is. For example, if you choose a telescope with a 3-inch tube, then you will have to store it vertically
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