The 10 Best Telescopes For Viewing Planets
This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in January of 2019. 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 selections, 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.
January 15, 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.