Here's a quick guide to the essential features that you should look for when buying your first telescope.
Ordinary binoculars are your ideal "first telescope." And they're so versatile that even seasoned stargazers find them indispensable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watch senior editor Dennis di Cicco's interviews with vendors at the October 2013 Advanced Imaging Conference.
Here are some celestial photos taken with Celestron's new flagship telescope, the 14-inch EdgeHD.
How does the little $100 scope stack up against its venerable bigger brother?
No photograph can compare with the experience of viewing Saturn directly — something that's possible with even the smallest telescopes.
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.
It's tough to reconcile all the different constraints placed on a telescope for the airplane-traveling stargazer.
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.
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.
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!
What value would you put on a cheap scope like this?
Mag 1 Instruments, maker of the Portaball Telescope, is alive and well under a new owner.
High-quality hydrogen-alpha photography of the Sun can be done on a modest budget.
How do 15x70 binoculars hold up against a genuinely inexpensive telescope?
Binoculars are qualitatively different from telescopes with identical aperture.
Binoculars' strengths and weaknesses are intimately connected.
There's a big difference between 10x50 and 15x70 binoculars.
Learn how to get the most out of your binoculars, telescope, and more.
Here are common questions about telescopes culled from an expert’s mailbag.
"Seeing" — the atmospheric quivering that fuzzes out high-power views — is the bane of every telescope user. Here's how to minimize its impact.