Do It Yourself: Projects & Guidance

Congratulations! If you’re on this page you’ve probably bought your first telescope — a crucial first step on a lifelong journey through the wonders of astronomy. But now is the time to give your telescope the love it needs in order for it to keep providing those great images of stars and planets.

Here the editors at Sky & Telescope provide a spectrum of information on how to keep your telescope “well tuned” from aligning the mirrors, to cleaning the optics. We also provide tips on how to build your own backyard observatory, which provides the chance to observe at a moment’s notice.

Our tips will help ensure you get the most from your new telescope whether you simply want to care for the optics or build an entire home for it.