Best telescopes: Top picks for viewing planets, galaxies, stars and more

If you’re looking for the best telescopes of 2022, then you’ve come to the right place. Our handy guide of the best telescopes is perfect for seasoned astronomers, who want nothing but the best views of deep-sky targets like galaxies and nebulas, as well as beginners trying their hand at skywatching for the first time. You’re guaranteed to find something to suit your needs and since telescope prices can be sky-high, we’ve included models from the most reliable manufacturers to suit all budgets.

Choosing the best telescope for you depends on something vital, what exactly it is you want to observe. Are you looking for a telescope that will show you an abundance of deep-sky objects or do you want to see something a little closer to home, such as the craters of the moon and planets of the solar system, “faint fuzzies” such as the Triangulum Galaxy (Messier 33) and Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8)?