10 Best Kids Telescopes with Tabletop
for September 2022

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If you're looking to give your kids a head start on astronomy, a telescope is a great place to start. Telescopes come in several different types, from simple, tabletop models to larger, more complex instruments. Our consumer testers have been putting tabletop telescopes to the test for years to find the ones that best offer value, ease of use and portability.

After testing more than 30 tabletop telescopes over the past 7 years, our consumer testers have rounded up their favorites, highlighting the ones they think are best suited for kids based on their performance, ease of use, and value. Here are the best tabletop telescopes you can buy in 2022:

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ZYZYX Astronomical Telescope,90X Portable Astronomical Telescope Tabletop for Kids Educational Science Refractor with Super Strong but Lightweight Tripod

ZYZYX Astronomical Telescope

by ZYZYX
What We like

[Easy to set up] This telescope is designed for boys and girls beginners. It takes only 3 minutes to install the tripod and sight; the adjustable tripod can ensure the stability of the base, and it is easy to set different viewing angles.

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Carson Sky Chaser 70mm Refractor Beginner Telescope with Tabletop Tripod For Kids and Adults with Magnification up to 133.5x for Astronomy and Terrestrial Viewing (SC-450)

Carson Sky Chaser 70mm Refractor Beginner Telescope with Tabletop Tripod For Kids and Adults with Magnification up to 133.5x for Astronomy and Terrestrial Viewing (SC-450)

by Carson Optical, Inc
What We like

Lens Coating: Fully Coated | Included with erecting prism to correctly orient the view of your subject

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AOMEKIE Telescopes for Adults Astronomy Beginners Kids 234X Magnification Travel Telescope with Phone Mount Case and 3X Barlow Lens

AOMEKIE Telescopes for Adults Astronomy Beginners Kids 234X Magnification Travel Telescope with Phone Mount Case and 3X Barlow Lens

by AOMEKIE
What We like

Easy to Set up and use - An adjustable Aluminum tripod allows for many different viewing positions. The height can be adjusted from about 60cm to 120cm. Locks in solidly, stay right in place for steady images. The vertical direction can be adjusted 160, and the horizontal direction can be adjusted 360. This telescopiosastronomicos is quickly and easily to set up in minutes even for novice. No tools are required.

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ESSLNB Telescopes for Adults Astronomy Beginners Kids 400X80mm with 10X Smartphone Adapter Adjustable Tripod Case and Moon Filter Erect-Image Diagonal Prism

ESSLNB Telescopes for Adults Astronomy Beginners Kids 400X80mm with 10X Smartphone Adapter Adjustable Tripod Case and Moon Filter Erect-Image Diagonal Prism

by ESSLNB
What We like

Diagonal Prism with 360Rotation Viewing : Erect-image diagonal prism with 360rotation capability can provide a comprehensive view. Rotating diagonal towards down helps look up to enjoy comfortably for short astronomers or kids full of curiosity.Metal moon filter can protect your eyes from glare. Great moon telescope for astronomy beginners Kids Adults.

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MaxUSee 70mm Refractor Telescope for Kids & Beginners, Travel Telescope with Backpack & Adjustable Tripod for Moon Viewing Bird Watching Sightseeing

MaxUSee 70mm Refractor Telescope for Kids & Beginners

by Maxunite
What We like

Rugged, specially designed backpack holds the telescope tube, aluminum tripod and all accessories for easy traveling and storage.

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ESSLNB Telescope for Kids 70mm Refractor Telescope with Smartphone Adapter 51.6in Tripod Astronomical Telescopes for Astronomy Beginners Adults 3X Barlow Moon Filter Fully Coated Lens

ESSLNB Telescope for Kids 70mm Refractor Telescope with Smartphone Adapter 51.6in Tripod Astronomical Telescopes for Astronomy Beginners Adults 3X Barlow Moon Filter Fully Coated Lens

by ESSLNB
What We like

Refracting Scope with 16.1-51.6in Tripod and Phone Adapter: Adjustable by 180 in the vertical direction and 360in the horizontal direction,you can easily track objects precisely day or night.The lightweight and durable Aluminium tripod can be adjusted from 41cm to 131cm.Moon telescope with phone mount,it enables you to take videos and images to enjoy the moon and explore the sky. This beginners telescope is quick and easy to set up even for novice.

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ESSLNB Telescope 28X-350X Telescopes for Adults Kids and Astronomy Beginners 700mm Focal Length Refractor Telescope with K10mm Phone Mount and AZ Adjustable Tripod

ESSLNB Telescope 28X-350X Telescopes for Adults Kids and Astronomy Beginners 700mm Focal Length Refractor Telescope with K10mm Phone Mount and AZ Adjustable Tripod

by ESSLNB
What We like

Refractor Telescope with Altazimuth Mount:The telescopes features a lightweight frame and a panning handle with Alt-Az control for smooth and accurate pointing.Adjustable aluminium tripod provides smooth up/down and left/right panning motion.With an accessory tray is convenient for storage.Setup is quick and easy, with no tools required.

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90x Astronomical Telescope, Refractor Tabletop Travel Kid Scope Telescope for Kids Sky Star Gazing & Birds Watching

VGEBY 90x Astronomical Telescope

by VGEBY
What We like

EASY TO INSTALL AND OPERATION: Comes with one orthogonal lens, one 1.5x Barlow lens, one finderscope and two eyepiece, no other mounting tools needed, easy installation and operation to meet your needs.

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Vanstarry Telescopes for Kids, Travel Kids Telescope, 70mm Aperture 400mm AZ Mount Astronomical Refractor Telescopes for Adults Astronomy Beginners, Portable Travel Telescopes with Carry Bag

Vanstarry Telescopes for Kids

by Vanstarry optics
What We like

LARGE 70MM OBJECTIVE LENS: Our refractor telescope is equipped with a large 70mm aperture objective lens that provides enhanced, brighter views compared to the 50mm model while adding very little additional weight. Quick and easy to set up and using the Travel Scope.

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MaxUSee 70mm Refractor Telescope with Tripod & Finder Scope for Kids & Astronomy Beginners, Portable Telescope with 4 Magnification eyepieces & Phone Adapter

MaxUSee 70mm Refractor Telescope with Tripod & Finder Scope for Kids & Astronomy Beginners

by MAXUNITE
What We like

Travel telescope that Easy to carry & Quick to set up - Comes with a phone adapter that you can use cell phone for video camera and image capturer.

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