Make Astronomy Part of Your Vacation with a Portable Telescope

Stargazers young and old can add extra element of exploration and wonder to any beach trip.

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The amazing views from the beach don’t end at sunset.Shutterstock

No matter where you travel, you’re always under the same sky. And if you’re the curious type, you can gaze up at the stars from any corner of the planet you happen to find yourself at with a host of portable travel telescopes.

Light and Durable

Gskyer
Gskyer Telescope Travel Scope.Amazon

Obviously, traveling with a telescope can seem like a daunting idea, particularly on longer trips. For this reason, it's important that the telescope will not only give you an awe-inspiring look at the sky, but will be durable enough to handle a long flight, and light enough it can be carried around without becoming a burden.

Easy Setup

Telmu Telescope
Telmu Telescope 70mm Aperture Refracting Telescope.Amazon

Like most things, telescopes have been keeping pace with technological advancements, meaning that even a portable telescope can come with some pretty cool features built right in. But no matter how much cool stuff the telescope can do, make sure it's easy enough to put together and take apart without the need for tools, which can get lost rather easily.

Smart Capabilities

Celestron
Celestron Portable Refractor Telescope.Amazon

Of course, it wouldn't be a technical upgrade if there wasn't a way to sync your smartphone to it. These days, there are plenty of travel-sized telescopes that sport this feature, which can help turn your telescope into a makeshift photobooth for all the celestial bodies it can capture. Before buying, however, you'll want to double-check that there won't be any compatibility issues between the telescope and your phone, just in case.