Can a spotting scope be used for astronomy? Spotting scopes are easy to set up and use and with magnifications of up to around 60x or 70x can be used for all general observation and most basic astronomy – moon, near planets and other bright night sky objects.
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 you see Saturn’s rings with a spotting scope? The rings of Saturn should be visible in even the smallest telescope at 25x [magnified by 25 times]. A good 3-inch scope at 50x [magnified by 50 times] can show them as a separate structure detached on all sides from the ball of the planet. Want to see Saturn’s rings?
Can you use spotting scope for 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!