6 telescopes to view the NEOWISE comet you can get on Amazon
It will be 6,000 years before you get another chance to see this sight
Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission.
For the first time in over 6,000 years, the NEOWISE comet has come into earth's view, and astronomers are saying it's spectacular. This celestial wonder is brighter than almost any other comet to make its way through earth's orbit, and we can check it out in the Northern Hemisphere night sky it as it passes a mere 64 million miles past us. While this comet is close enough and bright enough that you can see it without a telescope, why miss out on a once-in-6-millennia chance to take a closer look?
Comets can disappear from view at any time, but astronomers predict that we should be able to see this historical marvel for at least the rest of July. That gives you enough time to order a telescope to catch this phenomenon and create a story to tell your grandkids someday. Here are six entry-level, portable telescopes that you can get with Amazon Prime delivery to catch this comet before it’s gone for good.
1. ECOOPRO 70mm astronomy refractor telescope with adjustable tripod
Offering easy setup and clean, crisp views, this is a grab and go telescope that will allow you to jump in the car, throw down the telescope and immediately view history as it flashes before you in the night sky. This offers a fully adjustable aluminum tripod that will allow you to scan the scope of the heavens for a complete night of celestial wonder.
2. OYS telescope for beginners
Make sure everyone knows you were able to be a part of history! The reviews of this one say that setup typically takes under five minutes and with the attached cellphone mount you'll be live streaming that history-making streak in the sky within minutes. A great beginner telescope, it'll be the one your kids want to take exploring long after the comet has moved on to the far reaches of our universe.
3. ToyerBee portable telescope for beginners
A perfect starter scope for an astronomical journey to last long after NEOWISE has moved far beyond our view. The Toyerbee telescope comes with three eyepieces and a 3X Barlow lens, allowing you to see far in to the distant reaches of our solar system. Check out our moon’s craters, Jupiter’s major moons, and even Saturn’s rings. This is also an excellent terrestrial telescope, delivering great views of mountains, valleys, and wildlife with its refractor lens. We also like that, with the cell phone mount, this one comes with a wireless camera remote that allows for shake-free, high-magnification images.
4. EastPole 70mm travel scope with smartphone mount
Portable, lightweight, and perfect for beginners and kids. This one comes with two eyepieces to customize your viewing and to bring the farthest reaches of our solar system into the clearest view. This is another one with the convenient phone mount for photos and videos and at price point of under $90 you get some serious bang for your buck. The only negative reviews say that the tripod doesn't go as high as one might like, making this a better choice for those hitting the night viewings with kids in tow.
5. MaxUSee 70mm refractor telescope with compact HD binoculars
Experts are saying that you can even get a decent view of this particular comet using a strong pair of binoculars. If you are heading out to see this with a partner, or you have a couple of kids, this setup comes with a set of compact HD binoculars, allowing for easy trade off so not a second of viewing is missed.
6. Aomekie telescope for beginners
The height of this tripod is an added bonus for taller stargazers. At 51-inches, it's one of the tallest we found. Reviews also tout the multi-coated lens, which makes for excellent contrast and brightness when viewing the surface of the moon and beyond. This one also comes with its very own "moon filter" that can be used to further enhance the details of our next door neighbor in the night sky. It also comes with a cell phone adapter to allow you to capture the moment with your phone.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.