The 8 Best Telescopes For Astrophotography

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This wiki has been updated 5 times since it was first published in January of 2019. Gazing up at the heavens can be a remarkably satisfying experience, but you might find yourself wanting to preserve images of the beautiful things you see there. That's where these telescopes for astrophotography come in. They can drastically magnify your view of celestial bodies, and many come ready to receive DSLR cameras and other capture devices with little more than an adapter. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best telescope for astrophotography on Amazon.

8. Celestron PowerSeeker 127EQ

7. Sky-Watcher ProED 120mm

6. Explore Scientific 102mm Classic White

5. Orion 9534 ED80T CF Triplet

4. Meade Series 6000 80mm ED Triplet

3. Orion 10-Inch Newtonian

2. Celestron NexStar 130SLT

1. Celestron Esprit 80MM ED APO Refractor

Editor's Notes

January 20, 2019:

While there are a lot of scopes on the market, not all of them are ideal for use with a camera, even including some models that accept adapters for DSLRs and other devices. Research indicates that a fast focal ratio is the most important feature to scrutinize when evaluating products for this kind of photography, so a strong emphasis was placed on that, along with a given model's aperture. Celestron and Orion have a strong showing here, as is no surprise, and Meade made the list with its capable Series 6000, as well.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on January 21, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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