We are pleased to announce the best telescopes for 2023! Each telescope was evaluated for its performance and value relative to its peers. The list we compiled contains some brand names we are all familiar with and others that you might not have heard of yet. At High Point Scientific, we work to constantly uncover value for our customers and the list below represents the best of the best in telescopes today!
Best Overall Telescope: Apertura AD8 Dobsonian -
This 8” Dobsonian telescope is perfect for both planetary and deep-sky observations. The Apertura AD8 package includes everything you'll need to get started, including a full-sized right-angle image correct 8x50 finder scope, two eyepieces, a laser collimator, cooling fan, filters, and more. Like AstroBackyard writes, this scope “manages to stand out in a busy crowd of competing 8-inch Dobsonian reflectors.” Learn more about what makes Dobsonian telescopes great for beginners!
Best Telescope Bundle: Celestron NexStar 8SE Bundle -
The Celestron NexStar 8SE is one of the most celebrated telescopes in amateur astronomy. We’ve curated the ultimate bundle to accompany this scope, carefully selecting each accessory to provide you with a quality astronomy experience from the start. Accessories include: five superior-grade Celestron Plössl eyepieces, an AC adapter to use when you are near home or would like to preserve your batteries, and the Apertura Portable Telescope Power Supply.
Most Interactive: Celestron StarSense Explorer 130 DX -
This 130mm Newtonian Reflector from Celestron changes the game for new amateur astronomers! With the included 25mm and 10mm eyepieces, red dot finder, and tripod accessory tray, you'll be fully prepared to enjoy the wonders of the universe. Simply download the Celestron StarSense Explorer App and follow a simple two-step process that aligns your smartphone's camera with the telescope's field of view. Before you know it you’ll be using the amazing push-to technology to effortlessly explore the night sky. Make the most out of your observations without breaking the bank!
The Vaonis Vespera Smart Telescope is the newest and simplest way to photograph the universe. Great for gatherings with family and friends, star parties, and sidewalk astronomy, this smart telescope tracks the motion of the stars across the sky allowing for long exposure astrophotos. The photos are stacked as the telescope continuously takes these exposures to reduce noise and enhance detail and color. The entire experience is controlled through your smart device using the “Singularity” app.
Best Tabletop Telescope: Sky-Watcher Virtuoso 130 -
Take one look through the Sky-Watcher Virtuoso and spark your passion for astronomy. From the craters of our own Moon to the bright light of Jupiter's Moons and beyond, this tabletop Dobsonian provides spectacular views! Portable, reliable, and easy to set up - the Virtuoso GTi 130P and GTi 150P are perfect for anyone looking for an easy night under the stars. Simply connect to the SynScan app, align your telescope and choose your targets. The app features a list of "Tonight's Best" based on your current time and location. Planning, locating, and observing your targets has never been easier!
Best Easy To Use Computerized Telescope: Celestron NexStar Evolution 9.25" -
Leave your hand control behind and slew to all the best celestial objects with a tap of your smartphone or tablet, the Celestron NexStar Evolution is the first Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with integrated WiFi! Celestron engineers designed the NexStar Evolution based on years of customer feedback. It offers many thoughtful design features that combine to provide you with the best possible experience out under the stars. Including a built-in lithium-ion battery, large ergonomic handles, and more!