The 10 Best Telescopes For Viewing Planets

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We spent 28 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. A lot of hobbyist astronomy focuses on the moon, as it's the easiest celestial body to see at night. If you want to up your stargazing game, however, you should invest in one of these telescopes for viewing planets. They'll take you past the moon and Mars and let you see places like Saturn, Jupiter, and even Uranus. We've ranked them here by their optical quality, total magnification, and value. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best telescopes for viewing planet on Amazon.

10. Orion AstroView

9. Orion 10022 StarMax 90mm

8. Celestron NexStar 127SLT

7. Orion 10016 StarBlast 6 Astro

6. Sky-Watcher ProED 120mm Doublet APO

5. Meade Instruments LX90-ACF 12-Inch

4. Orion 0135 SkyQuest XT10g

3. Celestron CPC 1100 StarBright XLT GPS

2. Celestron NexStar 6 SE

1. Orion 10024 SkyQuest XX14i

Editor's Notes

January 14, 2019:

Telescopes capable of providing viewers visible detail on distant planets clearly come in at higher prices than those aimed at consumers who might celebrate seeing mars as a slightly larger blurry dot than they're used to. Celestron and Orion, not surprisingly, take up the bulk of the selection, with models suitable for a variety of budgets. Meade also makes an appearance, but its model's price point is too prohibitive to break into the upper spots.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on January 17, 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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