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Best of AGT: Selected Articles To Help you Get Started

The three main types of telescopes on the market, from left to right: a Schmidt-Cassegrain reflector, a Newtonian reflector, and a compact refractor. Photo credit: ©️Alan Dyer,


The selection of telescopes these days is mind-boggling, and opinions are all over the celestial map. Confused?

Here are some articles with advice from our experts to help you cut through the noise and get started exploring the Universe.


Buying your first telescope?

Ed Ting on Buying Your First Telescope.

Alan Dyer’s Top Ten Tips for Buying a Telescope.

Ed Ting fills you in on Seven Common Beginner’s Mistakes to avoid.


Confused by the different types of telescope?

Ed Ting on Comparing Telescope Types.

And more about each telescope type from Ed Ting:

A Closer Look at Refractors

A Closer Look at Reflectors

A Closer Look at Catadioptric (Compound) Telescopes


Once you’ve narrowed your choices, check the reviews of telescopes of all kinds on AGT.


If you’re starting with binoculars, as many suggest, there are plenty of review and comparison articles to help you decide.


Have a telescope and looking for more goodies to use with it?

Ed Ting presents A Beginner’s Guide to Telescope Eyepieces.

and Getting Started: The Best Astronomy Books for Beginners

David Dickinson helps with choosing accessories you might want:

Choosing and Using Solar Filters for Telescopes

Green Laser Pointers for Astronomy

Choosing the Right Mount For Travel and Home

Getting Started in Astronomy: 12 Essential Items for the Field


And there are lots of accessory reviews as well.


There’s more on AGT than we can list, so whatever you’re interested in there’s a good chance you’ll find the help you need. And note that some of the reviews and other articles link to the authors’ websites and books for much more information. AGT is the place to get started without having to wade through all the details. We want to help you get through all the noise, not add more!


About Mike Simmons

Mike Simmons has been an amateur astronomer outreach program organizer for almost 50 years. He is a past president of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society and was co-founder and president of the Mount Wilson Observatory Association, He co-chaired the 100 Hours of Astronomy Cornerstone Project for the International Year of Astronomy 2009, and is founder and past president of Astronomers Without Borders.

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