Over the years, one of the oldest past-times have become increasingly popular with kids as the advancement in technology has helped make astrological viewing much more fun. The entertainment and educational features of telescopes have given a whole new light to astronomy as advancements such as improved connectivity, instant tracking, GPS sensors, and much more have helped usher in as new breed of users.
Kids telescopes come in all different shapes and sizes, and depending on your skill level you’re certain to find a scope that meets your needs. Whether you’re just starting out or looking for an upgrade to take your astrological experiences to a whole new level, we have the review for you. Breaking down the best telescopes for kids is what the following does with detail while detailing why each stands out from the rest.
The following review takes a closer look at the Best Telescopes for Kids in 2018 and detailing all the reasons why.
|Image||Product||Aperture||Max Focal Length||Rating||See Best Price|
|Carson Red Planet (RP-400) 50-100x90mm Refractor Telescope||90mm||1000mm||9.7|
|Orion 9825 Apex 127mm Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope||127mm||1540mm||9.6|
|Orion 9024 AstroView 90mm Equatorial Refractor Telescope||90mm||910mm||9.5|
|Gskyer Telescope, 80mm AZ Space Astronomical Refractor Telescope||80mm||400mm||9.4|
|Gskyer Telescope, AstroMaster 130EQ Professional Reflector Telescope||130mm||650mm||9.4|
|Orion 10015 StarBlast 4.5 Astro Teal Reflector Telescope||114mm||600mm||9.3|
|Gskyer Telescope, 60mm AZ Refractor Telescope, German Technology Travel Scope||60mm||350mm||9.0|
|Sky-Watcher ProED 100mm Doublet APO Refractor Telescope||100mm||900mm||9.0|
|iOptron SmartStar-E-N114 8503B Astro Blue Computerized Telescope||114mm||1000mm||9.0|
|TwinStar AstroMark White 80mm 16-40x Power Portable Refractor Telescope||80mm||400mm||8.9|
- Great telescope for learning
- High quality equatorial mount included
- Heavy-duty aluminum tripod
- Great manufacturer's warranty secures your purchase
- Sleek modern design highly regarded among children
- Not for professional use
The Carson Red Planet refractor telescope has become one of the most recognized telescopes for kids. This scope has it all and comes with an affordable price tag which makes it perfect for beginners and intermediates. Featuring everything you need to learn astronomy right from home and does a great job expanding when you gain a bit more experience.
The Red Planet refractor features a 100 x 90mm magnification which offer surprising good clarity considering the price. Other specs include a 90mm aperture, 1000 focal length and comes complete with a 6x30mm finderscope. Other features include a Equatorial Style Mount, two eyepieces, 90-degree corner lens, and an adjustable aluminum tripod.
- One eyepiece offers max magnification
- Clear view and easily spots objects during the day
- Great clarity and high quality optics
- Includes carrying case which makes it highly portable
- Collects a great deal of light for improved clarity
- Less than optimal nighttime viewing
Created specifically for children with more experience is this Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope which scores an impressive 9.6 out of 10. The Orion 9825 Apex comes in with a great price tag well under what you would expect considering it gives you a 127mm magnification and perfect clarity when viewing the moon, stars, and other planets.
The Apex 129mm telescope works great with day and nighttime viewing and only needs a mount. The 127mm tube is lightweight and highly durable giving you years of use and is feature rich enough to accommodate more experienced users. Other features include a 6 x 30 finder scope, 45-degree correct image diagonal, soft carrying case, 25mm Sirius Plossl 1.25" eyepiece, and the acclaimed Starry Night software.
- Versatile control options
- Great focal length improves viewing experience
- Eyepieces improve magnification capabilities
- Good color options
- Improved nighttime viewing with angled mirror
- Poorly written instruction manual
Orion introduced the perfect telescope for kids when they launched the 9024 AstroView which features a 90mm magnification. If you’re looking for a powerful refractor telescope at a price you can afford, then considering the 3rd option in this review is a great place to start. Highlighted by a 90mm aperture and a focal length of 910mm, you can rest assured you’ll get crystal-clear images for all deep space astrological objects.
The Orion 9024 AstroView features an EQ-2 tripod that’s fully adjustable and has been dubbed as one of the easiest and quickest mounts to deploy. Other features include a 6 x 30 finder scope, two Sirius Plossl 1.25" eyepieces, 1.25" rack & pinion focuser that is simple to adjust, and a 90-degree mirror diagonal which makes this AstroView perfect for nighttime viewing.
- Compact and lightweight design
- Highly portable and simple to deploy
- High powered magnification considering the price
- Stainless-steel, adjustable tripod
- Tripod should be larger
Gskyer may not be the largest manufacturer of telescopes, but this one is a beauty. The 80mm AZ Space Astronomical refractor telescope deserves the 9.4 rating and has become one of the best-selling kids telescopes on Amazon of all-time. At this price who would complain, especially considering it boasts an 80mm aperture and focal length of 400mm.
This Gskyer refractor telescope is highlighted by fully-coated glass optics which serves up crystal clear images. Complete with an f/5 focal ratio, rack and pinion focuser, 3x Barlow lens, and three magnification eyepieces, you’re getting one heck of a telescope for children.
- Ultra-clear views
- Great build quality
- Superior magnification for a telescope in this price range
- Numerous accuracy levels
- Durable, sturdy construction
- Instruction manual could be better
The 5th option in this review comes in a 9.4 rating and is best suited for intermediates and professional users. This scope features a best in-class 130mm aperture and gives you crystal clear deep space imagery with its 650mm focal length. Kids have come to appreciate the all-glass optics and high transmission coating which yields improved clarity and brightness than the competition.
The Gskyer AstroMaster 130EQ is a pro grade model, but a great starting point for intermediates. Complete with a German equatorial mount, durable stainless-steel tripod and accessory tray which is large enough to hold all your extras. Other features out of the box include a low, medium and high magnification eyepiece along with a 3x Barlow lens.
- EZ Finder makes for simple aiming
- Simple to setup and use
- Comes fully-assembled
- Includes the highly regarded Starry Night software
- Boasts a fast focal ratio
- Instruction manual unclear
Orion has done a great job introducing kids telescopes and the 6th model in this review is yet another example why. The StarBlast 4.5 offers an aesthetic look with a teal finish which helps compliment everything on the inside. This lightweight, compact refractor telescope is the perfect option for astronomers on the go as it’s highly portable, yet powerful enough for amazing viewing.
The StarBlast 4.5 Astro features a 4.5-inch aperture and f/4 focal ratio which yields crystal-clear and bright viewing of the solar system, planets, moons, and other objects such as nebulas and star clusters. Other features include a two Explorer II 1.25-inch Kellner eyepiece, tabletop base and comes pre-assembled.
- Provides best in-class magnification
- Lightweight and portable design
- Improved clarity and brightness
- Includes a warranty on the parts and telescope
- Includes carrying bag and tripod
- Short tripod
For those looking for a cheap telescope for kids, the 7th option in this review was introduced just for you. The Gskyer 60mm AZ refractor telescope comes in well-under $100 and is a perfect option for beginners. Compact, lightweight and built from high-quality German technology which makes it the perfect companion for aspiring astronomers looking for a portable telescope.
Out of the box, beginners can take full advantage of good optics for the price. Specs include a 60mm aperture, focal length of 350mm, and f/5.8 focal ratio. Some of the most notable features include a rack and pinion focuser, low and high magnification eyepieces, all-glass components, aluminum construction, and an Altazimuth mount complete with slow-motion controls.
- Accurate focus
- Max magnification
- Great image clarity, even for deep space viewing
- Best suited for professional use
- Includes two high-quality eyepieces
- Heavy eyepiece may cause the focuser to slip
Sky-Watcher makes their debut as introducing one of the best kids telescopes this year with the ProED 100mm Doublet APO refractor telescope. This higher end model is best suited for children serious with astronomy as it features all the bells and whistles to offer the best astrological experience. Highly sophisticated, intuitive, precise and powerful is what you’ll get with this refractor.
The ProED telescope is highlighted by ED Schott glass, f/9 focal length @ 900mm, and a dual speed 2" Crayford-type focuser complete with a 1.25-inch focuser. The precise tracking is simple and the clarity of deep space celestial objects is something you won’t find in most other telescopes for kids.
- High quality mirrors provide great clarity
- GoToNova Controller included
- Wide aperture provides wider viewing angles
- Red dot finderscope makes locating and tracking easy
- Eyepieces help improve magnification
- Poorly developed instructions
iOptron introduced this computerized telescope which is best suited for experienced children. For intermediates and pro level users, this scope holds nothing back complete with a Newtonian styled 114mm reflector and a 1000mm focal length. Out of the box it comes with everything you need including two eyepieces, Alt-Azimuth Mount, GoToNova hand controller, and much more.
The GoToNova hand controlled has been dubbed the best in its class which includes a huge database with over 5000 objects and 256-user defined objects. Other standout features is the red dot finder, K2 and K9 eyepieces, and precise Alt-Azimuth Mount which boasts a 5-speed drive speed.
- Does a great job gathering light at night or day
- Includes medium and high eyepieces
- Carrying case large enough to hold the telescope and all accessories
- Small tripod that's simple to deploy
- 45-degree angle prism provides sharp, crystal clear imagery
- Not meant for pro level use
Finishing out this review is the AstroMark refractor telescope from TwinStar which scores an 8.9 out of 10. This budget-friendly scope is highlighted by a fully coated objective lens with an 80mm aperture and focal length of 400mm. Users have noted superior brightness for a kid’s telescope which is due from the Super Bright f/5.0 F-ratio.
The AstroMark boasts a 40x magnification which does a great job improving clarity when visualizing the moon, planets and stars. Other features include a 6 x 26 finder scope, two Kellner eyepieces, portable tripod and carrying bag which houses all your accessories.
If you’ve had experience with any of the above or have anything to contribute on telescopes for kids, be sure to leave us a comment below.