Here's a quick guide to the essential features that you should look for when buying your first telescope.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are common questions about telescopes culled from an expert’s mailbag.
Want a telescope to bring on your next vacation? Here are some things to consider when looking for a travel scope.
A no-nonsense primer to an astronomical rite of passage.