The 10 Best Astronomical Telescopes

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Whether you're trying to discover a new planet beyond our solar system or are a backyard stargazer who's just learning to chart the cosmos, satisfy your deep-space curiosity right here on Earth using one of these astronomical telescopes. We've included computerized and manually-operated models with high-quality optics that provide crystal-clear views of a variety of celestial objects. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Celestron CPC StarBright

2. Orion SkyQuest

3. SkyWatcher SynScan

Editor's Notes

March 04, 2019:

Adjustability, visibility, and superior tracking are all important elements of successful use of one of these devices. This holds true regardless of whether they're designed for novices or professional astronomers. That said, I wanted to include a balance of both affordable options, accessible to any stargazer, as well as more "high-tech" tools that can satisfy the needs of a professional looking to chart the heavens with the utmost precision. I added the Celestron CPC StarBright due to its computerized operation, large object database, and integrated GPS functionality. Also included the SkyWatcher SynScan for its collapsible design, adjustable tension control, and easy-to-use focusing mechanism, making it both a stylish and user-friendly option for all skill levels. The aluminum tripod on the Orion AstroView allows it to be easily set up on any flat surface, while the integrated polar alignment scope helps to ensure smooth manual tracking. I also thought the Celestron NexStar 8 was both a sleek and functional contender, thanks to the orange-and-black design, extra-large aperture for gathering as much light as possible, and the patented alignment technology. The Gskyer AZ70400 comes with a lot of accessories, including 2 replaceable eyepieces and coated optics for increased light levels. Also included the Meade Polaris for its practical use of a German equatorial mount for gradual stellar tracking to coincide with the Earth's rotation. Added the EMarth TELE-01 due to its BAK-4 prism for improved light transmission and the extended warranty. Finally, I included the Orion SpaceProbe due to its 130-millimeter parabolic mirror, capable of capturing deep-sky objects, and the included sky simulation software.

4. Orion AstroView

5. Celestron NexStar 8

6. Gskyer AZ70400

7. Meade Polaris

8. EMarth TELE-01

9. JingleStar AstroRover

10. Orion SpaceProbe

Jeff Newburgh
Last updated on March 10, 2019 by Jeff Newburgh

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