Are spotting scopes good for astronomy? Can a spotting scope be used for astronomy? Of course it can. Spotting scopes offer high magnification, work great with digiscoping, often have very high build quality, and are easy to carry around. Making them equally great for astronomy as much as binoculars and telescopes.
What planets can you see with a spotting scope? You can use a good spotting scope for viewing open clusters, planets like Saturn, Jupiter and its larger moons, as well as objects like Mizar, the Pleiades, and the moon.
Can a spotting scope see the Moon? A spotting scope is perfect for viewing the Moon near the horizon, where atmospheric distortion would disrupt the view in a larger telescope. With its simple tabletop alt-azimuth mount and a total weight less than five pounds, my spotting scope is always ready for instant use; no cool-down time needed!
Which spotting scope is best?
- Nikon Fieldscope ED50. A good outdoor choice for digiscoping that can even survive being dunked in water.
- Bushnell 20-60×65 Prime.
- Zeiss Conquest Gavia 85.
- Celestron Ultima 100.
- Vortex Viper HD 20-60×85.
- Bushnell Sentry 18-36×50.
- Celestron Regal M2 65ED.
- Pentax PF-80 EDA 80mm.