As your knowledge of the night sky grows, you might consider buying a telescope. This will help you enjoy more detailed views of the sky, including such objects such as the Moon, planets, nebulae, and star clusters.

Choosing the best type of equipment to buy can seem a daunting task, though. Would an amateur, for instance, be better off opting for a less expensive pair of astronomy binoculars rather than a pricey, less portable telescope? What are the pros and cons of each piece of optical equipment? And if you did decide to buy a telescope, would you be better off with a reflector, refractor, or maybe a hybrid variety known as a catadioptric telescope?

Telescopes: Guide & Recommendations

Fortunately, we have an array of articles to help you choose just the right piece of equipment for you. Whether you are a novice or someone who has spent years observing the night sky, you will find plenty of useful tips to help you make the right choice when buying a telescope. You can find articles on choosing optical accessories, such as eyepieces and filters. You can also check out our telescope reviews section to give you a better idea of the different makes and capabilities.

 Choosing a Telescope or binoculars

Telescope BasicsTelescope Basics

For amateur astronomy purposes, the minimum useful aperture for a refracting telescopes is 3″ (80mm). And for a reflecting telescope 4″ (100mm) is a good entry point. Before buying a telescope, though, you might want to first read this article to help decide which telescope best suits your stargazing purposes…..


Astronomy BinocularsBinoculars Basics

For those starting out in astronomy, binoculars may prove handier than a telescope. For casual astronomical viewing 7x50mm binoculars are good  and will allow brighter, wide field images of numerous astronomical targets. These include delicate star clusters, bright galaxies, the Moon, planets and nebulae….


Binoculars TelescopesBinoculars vs. Telescopes

Binoculars remove the problem of upside down, mirror-reversed, or inverted images associated with telescopes because they show the sky the way it really is. However, the biggest advantage binoculars have over telescopes is that they show a much larger piece of the sky than telescopes do….


astronomy binocularsNight Sky Targets for Binoculars

The purpose of this list is to show that you do not always need a telescope to observe literally thousands of spectacular deep sky objects (DSOs) in the night sky. In most cases, the objects on this list can easily be viewed with a pair of 7×50 binoculars. Provided the sky is reasonably dark, and the objects rise 25 degrees or so above the local horizon….


Reflector vs. RefractorReflector vs. Refractor Telescope

Reflector telescopes use mirrors and are ideal for viewing deep-sky objects (DOSs), such as nebulae, star clusters and galaxies. Refractor Telescope use lenses and are usually long and slim in appearance. They are ideal for viewing larger, brighter objects such as the Moon and planets…