Equipment: Buyer’s Guides & Recommendations

Dive deep enough into astronomy, and you’ll find yourself wondering which telescope to buy or what camera would be best for astrophotography. The editors of Sky & Telescope are here to help. Every month we showcase the newest products on the astronomy market, and several times a year, senior editor Dennis di Cicco visits national conferences to chat with equipment manufacturers and vendors. He brings the products to life in his series of exclusive video interviews.

We’ve got a bevy of articles that tell you everything you need to know before you buy, whether you’re in the market for a new telescope, eyepiece, or binoculars. And get your hands dirty with our do-it-yourself section that shows you how to modify, care for, and improve your equipment.

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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.

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PlaneWave Instruments at AIC 2013

Sky & Telescope senior editor Dennis di Cicco talks to Rick Hedrick and Allan Keller of PlaneWave Instruments about their new products and services. See additional videos from the 2013 Advanced Imaging Conference in Santa Clara, California. Return to our Product Videos page.

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Product Videos

Welcome to Sky & Telescope’s product videos. Over the past few years, S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco has interviewed many manufacturers and vendors of astronomy equipment in an effort to bring their products to life in a way that you will find useful. We hope you enjoy them. Apogee Imaging Systems — October...

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Southern Stars at NEAF 2013

S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco talks to Southern Stars founder Tim DeBenedictis about his plans to launch a cube satellite from the International Space Station later this year. He also discusses the company's new software for computer and mobile devices for tracking satellites. See additional videos from the 2013 Northeast Astronomy Forum held...

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Astro-Physics at NEAF 2013

S&T senior editor Dennis di Cicco talks to Astro-Physics technical support staff about the company's recently introduced 1100GTO German equatorial mount, absolute encoder option as shown on the 1600GTO, Right-Angle Polar Alignment Scope, 10x60 Vario Finder with Quick Release Guider Bracket and the Astro-Physics Command Center (APCC) software with Horizons. See additional videos from...