Best Telescopes For Viewing planets and Stars

Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to learn more about planets, stars, galaxies etc. These outer space things was always a great interest for me.

So, I surely wanted to see planets, stars with my own eyes. But I didn’t have any telescope back then.

Now that I can afford to buy one for me, I started researching to find the perfect one for me. And I wrote this article based on my research. I will try to not get too technical, so you can easily understand what I’m saying.

Before I go into more details, I’d like to let you know that I already found the perfect one for me. I’ve chosen {{Celestron Nextar 8 SE}}. This one is very powerful, has a lot of features and it’s not too overpriced.

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Best Telescopes Review

1. CELESTRON NEXSTAR 8 SE

This Schmidt-Cassegrain type telescope is one of the best telescopes for viewing Planets, Moon, Whirlpool Galaxy and Hercules Globular Cluster. You can clearly view the Moon, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter.

The thing that I liked the most is that this telescope is fully automated. It has a database of 40,000+ celestial objects that can automatically locate and track stars, galaxies, star clusters, nebulae etc. So, you can quickly find what you want. Even any beginner can operate this telescope like a pro if they try it for some time.

Its 8-inch aperture can give a stunning view of planets and stars. It can gather about 78% more light than it’s previous 6SE model. It’s optics are also superb. You can easily take pictures by connecting your DSLR camera with it. You can use your smartphone too but smartphone can’t give you the best shot.

This telescope is compact and portable. It’s ideal for camping trips and it’s really easy to transport & assemble.

It comes with a tripod(which is very important). Also includes a red dot StarPointer finderscope, 25mm Plossl eyepiece, visual back, and mirror star diagonal.

I’ve mentioned enough good things about this telescope. Now, let’s focus on its drawbacks(we all know that nothing is perfect).

This telescope does not include any AC adapter, so you’ve to buy an AC adapter or a Celestron power tank.

Overall, in a word, I loved this telescope. It has some drawbacks but these aren’t deal breaker for me.

Pros

  • Relatively large aperture.
  • Accurate locating of celestial objects.
  • Top-quality optics, clear resolution.
  • StarPointer finderscope, SkyAlign feature makes it very easy to operate and find planets, stars.
  • Very powerful, compact and portable.

Cons

  • A bit expensive.
  • Battery power isn’t as expected.

2. Sky-Watcher ProED 120mm Doublet APO Refractor Telescope

This one is great for viewing deep space but has a big price tag. And it does not include a computerized mount and tripod. You’ve to buy them separately. That’s the main reason I put this telescope in the second position.

You can view the Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn clearly with this telescope. It’s easy to frame the entire Andromeda galaxy with this.

Its focal ratio is 7.9. That’s good for viewing planets, binary stars and other small features of nearby planets.

Its optical glasses and fabricating techniques are cool, these allow the telescope to deliver high-fidelity astronomical images.

Overall, this one is a cool telescope except the fact that it’s not computerized. If you are beginner then I will suggest you to try the Nexter 8SE instead.

If you are an expert at these then you should try this telescope, it’ll be really fun for you.

Recommended Additional Accessories:

This telescope doesn’t include a tripod. So, you’ll have to buy one separately. Try Celestron CG-4 German Equatorial Mount and adjustable height steel tripod. It fits well with this telescope.

Or, try Celestron Advanced VX Mount with Celestron Polar Axis Finder. It works as mount, tripod and also automate the process of finding planets to view.

Pros

  • Apochromatic glass.
  • High-quality lens(best among the 5 telescope I reviewed).
  • Wide aperture lens.
  • Very powerful.

Cons

  • No mount, tripod included.

3. Celestron NexStar 127SLT Mak Computerized Telescope

This Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope is computerized, so it can find sights automatically.

Its mirror size is 5 inch and this is the best telescope for viewing planets available at an affordable price.

With this telescope, you can see the bands on Jupiter, rings of Saturn, reddish hue on Mars and excellent details of Moon.

This one has a database of more than 4000 stars, galaxies, nebulae. That will make it easier to find what you want. And its SkyAlign feature will help you to ready to setup this in minutes. It’s Sky Tour feature can automatically generate lists of objects that are visible in your current location.

You can use a smartphone or DSLR camera(recommended) to take cool pictures with this telescope.

This telescope overall seemed great to me. For the folks with the limited budget and don’t need to see deep space, this one is perfect.

In my opinion, if you can manage money then you should go for any of the first two telescopes I mentioned before. Because when you’ll observe the sky, there’s a high possibility that at some point you’ll want to view more details of those planets, view deep space. But with this telescope, it will limit your viewing area.

Recommended Accessories:

Try the Celestron 18778 AC Adapter. It will let you power the telescope with your vehicle.

Also, try Celestron 14-pc telescope accessory set. This will really help when viewing planets.

Pros

  • Pricing is perfect.
  • High focal ratio.
  • Good size aperture.
  • Fast Setup with SkyAlign.
  • Compact and Portable.

Cons

  • Can’t get clear images like previous two.
  • Not suitable for astrophotography.

4. Orion 8945 SkyQuest XT8 Classic Dobsonian Telescope

You can view star clusters, and even the moons of Jupiter through the finder with this Dobsonian reflector telescope.

Its optics has good light gathering ability.  Its Dobsonian base will allow you to track moving objects easily. Its Starry Night software makes it easier to find the planets, stars easily.

Its finderscope can adjust easily. assembling is also easy. Focusing motion is smooth.

At its price range its a good telescope but it cloud be better. It doesn’t include a tripod, that’s a bad thing.

Pros

  • Large-aperture, good light gathering capability.
  • Perfectly balanced optical tube.
  • EZ Finder II, Starry Night software makes it easy to use.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Smooth focusing motion.

Cons

  • The scope is heavy and tricky to move.
  • Can’t get image like the first two.

5. Celestron PowerSeeker 70EQ Telescope

This telescope is for those who have a too tight budget. you can have a nice view of the Moon. But you can’t view the planets clearly. If you’re buying for a kid then maybe this one will be perfect.

This one includes tripod and other necessary accessories, that’s a good thing. And this one is really easy to set up.

It has slow motion control, quality lenses and other must have things. Good for beginners. If you want a clear pic of distant planets then you should consider buying a more powerful one, not this one. But it can be a perfect gift for your kid.

Pros

  • Perfect for kids, cheap price.
  • Easy to set up.
  • Slow focal length(good thing).
  • Aluminum tripod included.

Cons

  • Not apochromatic lens.
  • Low-quality eyepieces.
  • Poor quality mount.

Conclusion

That’s it. I hope that you’ve found what you’re looking for. But if you are still confused, want only one option then I’ll recommend: CELESTRON NEXSTAR 8 SE. Go for this one, its performance will surely impress you.

If you’ve bought one but you don’t know how to use a telescope then you can read our telescope using guide.

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