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Telescopes: Guides & Recommendations

Hobby Killers: What Telescopes Not to Buy

Here’s how to avoid buying an expensive doorstop.

Cameras: Guides & Recommendations

First Look: Canon's EOS Ra Mirrorless Camera

Canon's new EOS Ra Mirrorless camera for astrohptography promises to make a big splash in the imaging community. Here's a look at some of its features.

Grand Canyon Star Party 2013. National Park Service / Kristen M Caldon

Learning About the Sky

Astronomy for Beginners: How to Get Started in Backyard Astronomy

Astronomy doesn't deserve its reputation as a tough, expensive hobby. You just need to begin with the right advice.

Telescope in a store

Telescopes: Guides & Recommendations

How to Choose Your First Telescope

Here's a quick guide to the essential features that you should look for when buying your first telescope.

Binoculars

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

Binoculars for Astronomy: Ultimate Guide to Selecting and Buying

Ordinary binoculars are your ideal "first telescope." And they're so versatile that even seasoned stargazers find them indispensable.

S&T Skywatcher Series video

Telescopes: Guides & Recommendations

Sky & Telescope's Telescope-Tutorial Videos

In a quartet of high-quality videos, Sky & Telescope editors offer newcomers solid, objective tips on how to buy, use, equip, and care for new telescopes.

Binoculars: Guides and Recommendations

Power and Aperture in Binoculars

They come in a wide range of apertures. But for astronomy, large aperture is only part of the story. High magnification is just as important when binoculars are used on a night sky that's not absolutely dark.

telescopes big and small

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

What to Know Before Buying a Telescope

Looking through a telescope introduces you to a whole new world of unexpected wonders. But telescopes come in a huge range of sizes and shapes. Here's a detailed, printable guide to the essential features that every good scope needs to have.

Now what?

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

How to Choose a Telescope

The incredible variety of telescopes presents a real challenge for first-time buyers. Here's a no-nonsense primer to an astronomical rite of passage.

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

Advanced Imaging Conference 2013 Videos

Watch senior editor Dennis di Cicco's interviews with vendors at the October 2013 Advanced Imaging Conference.

First-Quarter Moon

Astrophotography: Tips & Techniques

Photos with Celestron's 14-inch EdgeHD

Here are some celestial photos taken with Celestron's new flagship telescope, the 14-inch EdgeHD.

Orion SkyScanner and StarBlast reflectors

Stargazing with Tony Flanders

SkyScanner 100 vs. 4.5-inch StarBlast

How does the little $100 scope stack up against its venerable bigger brother?

Readying your new telescope

Stargazing with Tony Flanders

The Joy of Small Instruments

No photograph can compare with the experience of viewing Saturn directly — something that's possible with even the smallest telescopes.

Astroscan, StarBlast, XT4.5

Telescopes: Guides & Recommendations

Three Great, Small Reflectors

Orion Telescopes & Binoculars's XT4.5 and StarBlast 4.5 and Edmund Scientific's Astroscan set the standard of excellence for small, inexpensive, easy-to-use telescopes.

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

Travel Scopes

It's tough to reconcile all the different constraints placed on a telescope for the airplane-traveling stargazer.

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

Binocular Blogs

Binocular stargazing has a peaceful, organic quality that's hard to achieve through a telescope. Here's a list of some blogs the author has written on this subject.

Telescopes: Guides & Recommendations

Best Starter Telescopes

In the December 2005 issue of Sky & Telescope, Gary Seronik reviewed a collection of telescopes costing less than $200. It's quite likely that if we were to conduct the same survey today, we would still pick the same 5 as our top scopes.

Galileoscope

Astronomy and Society

The Amazing $20 Telescope

Sky & Telescope has reviewed innumerable telescopes, and only a handful of the ones that we've tried and liked cost less than $200. Now we're going to recommend a telescope that's selling for $20, and your response is going to be "you're kidding, right?" No, we're not!

Cheap scope

Telescopes: Guides & Recommendations

Cheap Enough for a Cheap Scope?

What value would you put on a cheap scope like this?

Telescopes: Guides & Recommendations

Portaball Reborn

Mag 1 Instruments, maker of the Portaball Telescope, is alive and well under a new owner.

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