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Telescopes: Guides & Recommendations

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.

Hobby Killer Illustration

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.

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

Stargazing Basics

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.

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

Telescopes: Guides & Recommendations

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.

Cameras: Guides & Recommendations

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

Cameras: Guides & Recommendations

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

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

SkyScanner 100 vs. 4.5-inch StarBlast

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

Readying your new telescope

Telescopes: Guides & Recommendations

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

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

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.

Choosing Your Astronomy Equipment

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

Telescopes: Guides & Recommendations

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

Astronomy and Society

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.

Cameras: Guides & Recommendations

Capture the Sun with Your PST

High-quality hydrogen-alpha photography of the Sun can be done on a modest budget.

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