Stargazing Lifestyle
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When it comes to stargazing, we all love a clear night sky… but wouldn't it be better if you could see more than just tiny, flickering dots when you looked up?

Well, with the right telescope, you can experience the stars, planets, and galaxies in full detail and color. We love Unistellar telescopes because they have incredible resolution, even in bright areas. They are by far the easiest smart telescopes to use.

If you're looking for the perfect tool to gaze at the stars, these are the best telescopes you can buy!

Best Resolution

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Unistellar eVscope 2

4.5 / 5

See planets extra clearly

An award-winning smart telescope with the highest resolution of any retail digital telescope.

What We Looked For

  • Resolution We wanted to find a telescope that could clearly resolve celestial objects even at high magnification.

  • Celestial Database It's helpful when a telescope comes with an app that lets you easily explore the night sky.

  • Ease of Use Setup should be quick and uncomplicated for beginners and professionals.

  • Portability The telescope should be easy to carry and move around so don't have to think about taking it with you.

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1. Best Resolution: Unistellar eVscope 2

Do you want to see the famous red dot on Jupiter and all of Saturn's rings? The 2022 CES Innovation Award winning Unistellar eVscope 2 has the HIGHEST resolution of any digital smart telescope you can buy.

With a Nikon eyepiece and 7.7 MP, 34 x 47 arcmin field of view, and 450 mm focal length…

You can clearly see as far as the next galaxy over.

But that's not even the best part. With the Unistellar app, you can easily connect the telescope to your smartphone. And it automatically calibrates in just 2 minutes. This device isn't just for professionals eithe — it's for beginners too!

With over 37 million celestial objects in Unistellar's database, there's always something different to explore.

Do you want to learn from professionals in the industry?

Unistellar telescopes connect you with over 10,000 users so you can collaborate with, and learn from, professional astronomers.

You can even contribute to Citizen Science space missions with NASA and the SETI Institute. Plus, with the app you can live stream and even share your findings with up to 10 users in real-time for up to 9 hours with the eVscope 2.

Updated April 14, 2024: Unistellar is giving $600 off for Galaxy Season! CLICK HERE. And they always have free shipping. See the true colors, hues, and details of outer space with the Unistellar eVscope 2 and start exploring the universe like never before!

Pros:

  • 7.7 MP Resolution
  • Easy app
  • 2-Minute Setup
  • NASA and SETI Partnership
  • Nikon Eyepiece
  • 9-Hour Battery
  • Free Shipping

Cons:

  • Pricey

Best Resolution

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Unistellar eVscope 2

4.5 / 5

See planets extra clearly

An award-winning smart telescope with the highest resolution of any retail digital telescope.

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2. Best For Bright Areas: Unistellar eQuinox 2

Live in an area with bright city lights? This smart telescope is built with Light Pollution Reduction Technology and a 6.2 MP resolution with a 34 x 47 arcmin field of view and 450 mm focal length. It keeps images as clear as ever… even when it's not pitch black out. You can see the colors and hues of the Ring Nebula, Saturn's rings, and so much more.

Like the eVscope 2, all you have to do is connect to the Unistellar app and the eQuinox 2 programs itself to your location.

The app is packed with information so you can learn by clicking on celestial objects. And the eQuinox 2 automatically shifts to give you the best view. Play with it for up to 11 hours before needing to charge the battery!

You'll love that this NASA-approved telescope has a 30-day return policy and a 2-year warranty… and there's ALWAYS free shipping!

Pros:

  • 6.2 MP Resolution
  • Easy app
  • 2-Minute Setup
  • NASA and SETI Partnership
  • Light Pollution Reduction
  • 11-Hour Battery
  • Free Shipping

Cons:

  • Slightly Lower Resolution than eVscope 2

Best Bright Area

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Unistellar eQuinox 2

See beyond the city lights

See the stars from the city with this smart telescope with Light Pollution Reduction Technology.

Tested & Approved

We're huge fans of Unistellar. Their telescopes give clear and detailed images of planets, stars, and more in color. Check out our in-depth comparison between the eQuinox 2 and the eVscope 2. Learn More

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3. Best Fully Automated: Vaonis Vespera

The Vaonis Vespera is an observation station like no other. It combines a telescope and camera, and the best part is that it's fully automated!

Yep, that's right, you can easily access the wonders of the universe through an app on your phone or tablet.

Imagine this. You pick what you want to explore from the app, and Vespera does the rest. It finds it in real life, so you don't have to spend hours searching.

But that's not all… it's the only observation station that has an autofocus feature for celestial objects. So when it finds what it's looking for, it automatically makes it as clear as possible. How handy is that?

The Vespera has an 8-hour battery life, and it also comes with a 2 MP resolution, 200 mm focal length, and 96 x 54 arcmin field of view.

And get this… it weighs less than 11 pounds! That means you can take it anywhere to explore and observe the night sky, take photos of celestial objects, learn about the cosmos, and share your discoveries with others. And setup takes less than 5 minutes!

Pros:

  • Weighs 11 pounds
  • Portable
  • Easy app
  • 8-Hour Battery
  • Autofocus Feature
  • Fully Automated

Cons:

  • Only has 2 MP resolution

Best Fully Automated

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Vaonis Vespera

Easy celestial searching

Select a celestial object via an app and explore space with this fully automated observation station with autofocus.

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4. Best Tabletop: Orion SkyScanner TableTop Reflector Telescope

Let me tell you about this amazing tool for all you stargazers out there. It's a compact reflector telescope that's perfect for beginners who want to explore the mysteries of the night sky. It has a flat surface that makes it perfect for perching on a tabletop.

With its 102 mm primary mirror and 640 mm focal length, you'll be able to gaze upon the moon, Saturn, star clusters, and more in breathtaking detail.

But that's not all! This 10-pound telescope is portable and comes with a built-in handle so you can take it with you wherever your adventures go. And the included 25mm Kellner and 10mm Plossl eyepieces offer magnifying power of 26x and 64x. Plus, the 3x Barlow lens triples the magnification, so you won't miss a single detail.

To top it all off, the Orion SkyScanner comes with a red dot LED finder scope, so aiming is easy. And the Orion's MoonMap 260 helps you identify every little detail on the lunar surface, from craters to mountains and beyond.

Pros:

  • 102 mm Primary Mirror
  • Small, Compact
  • 26x + 64x Magnification
  • 3x Barlow Lens
  • Weighs 10-Pounds
  • Red Dot LED Finder Scope

Cons:

  • Not automated

Best Tabletop

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Orion SkyScanner TableTop Reflector Telescope

Triple the magnification

This tabletop reflector telescope comes with lenses to zoom 24x and 64x. And a Barlow lens that triples the magnification.

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5. Best Solar: Meade Coronado Personal Solar Telescope

You know how you were always told not to look directly at the sun? Well, this solar telescope encourages us to do just that. But don't worry… It keeps your eyes safe with its built-in protective light filter. You can safely and clearly see the hydrogen-alpha line on the Sun and all of its solar flares, filaments, and more.

You don't have to be an expert to use the Coronado Personal Solar Telescope. Point the sun-finder window in the direction you want to observe and adjust the focusing knob to make the image as clear as possible. It has a 400mm focal length and 22x to 80x magnification.

The telescope is small and lightweight. It only weighs 3 pounds, so you can put it on a sturdy camera tripod or a small mount while you explore the sun.

Pros:

  • Protective Light Filter
  • Observe the Sun
  • Weighs 3 Pounds
  • Fits Small Tripods + Mounts

Cons:

  • Designed Only for the Sun

Best Solar

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Meade Coronado Personal Solar Telescope

Stare straight at the sun

This solar telescope makes it safe to look at the sun's solar flares along the hydrogen-alpha line in ultra-zoom.

Bottom line

While we all enjoy stargazing in a clear night sky, the experience is so much better with the right telescope. The Unistellar eVscope 2 has a unique Nikon eyepiece and offers exceptional 7.7 MP resolution. You can see the colors and fine details of planets, galaxies, and more.

Updated April 14, 2024: you can get it for $600 off during Galaxy Season! CLICK HERE

The Unistellar eQuinox 2 is perfect for stargazing from your balcony in the city. It has Light Pollution Reduction technology that gives you a clear viewing experience, no matter how bright it is.

Plus, Unistellar's research partnerships provide a unique opportunity to get closer to the world of space exploration. For those in search of the perfect stargazing tool, Unistellar telescopes are the top choice for 2023.

Staff Pick

Apollo Neuro

Unistellar eVscope 2

4.5 / 5

See the colors of planets

This CES Innovation Award-winning smart telescope has the highest resolution — 7.7 MP! — of any retail digital telescope.

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