Expert Tips for Buying a First Telescope: Do’s and Don’ts You Need to Know

With so many sizes and types of telescopes to choose from, how do you know where to start? Our experts have some tips on making that big decision. Credit: Alan Dyer


You’re ready to get your first telescope? Great! Astronomy is a great hobby for everyone. Or maybe you’re planning on a holiday surprise for the budding astronomer in your family. But there are pitfalls to know about before you jump in. Some common mistakes can be enthusiasm killers.


Here is what AstroGear Today top experts Ed Ting of and Alan Dyer of have to say about getting started the right way, and avoiding that first telescope becoming a yard sale special.


Ed Ting has advice for Buying Your First Telescope

Ready to buy a telescope? Good for you! A telescope can be your gateway to a lifelong journey of learning and exploration. This guide will help you get on your way, and help you avoid common mistakes.


Alan Dyer tells you what to watch out for in Top Ten Tips for Buying a Telescope

If you are in the market for a fine first telescope, here are tips I think most veteran stargazers would agree are wise guidelines to follow. They will help you get the best value for your money, rather than a telescope that never gets used again after a disappointing first night out.


Ed Ting helps you avoid these Seven Common Beginner’s Mistakes

Mistakes – we all make them! If you’re just starting out in amateur astronomy, congrats. There are, however, habitual mistakes made by beginners. Check out the list below, and hopefully this article will help you avoid common pitfalls.


Alan Dyer gets you started right with Ten Steps to Success in Backyard Astronomy

I recommend getting into astronomy one step at a time. Leap too far too fast and you will face frustration trying to use complex gear that you will soon want to sell.


For more on the basics of telescopes and the what all those words mean, browse AstroGear Today’s Beginner’s Guides.

When you’re ready to check out specific telescopes, AstroGear Today Telescope Reviews give you the pros and cons of a wide variety of scopes of all kinds.



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