Are you interested in excelling in the wonderful world of stargazing? Telescopes are expensive and complex instruments, so you need to make certain that you get one that will service your needs. Depending on the type of scope you buy and your skill level, you can use it to see various beautiful objects in the sky. In this article, we are going to cover everything you need to know when it comes to buying the ideal telescope.

We get so many questions…

What type of telescope is the best to buy? This is the most popular question being asked by people interested in seeing the stars and moon at night. My experience in astronomy helps me share sound advice on this subject. I have discovered that the needs and wants of people are different when it comes to telescopes. These are two questions one must address when before buying a telescope.

  • How much $$$ are you willing to spend?
  • What are your plans for the telescope?

Over the years, I have discovered that some only want to use a telescope as decoration in their living room. How do I know? Ehm, if someone says they have budget of less than $300, I normally answer this:

  1. Get a good binoculars
  2. Save more money

Novices are well-known for tipping their hand to me when they frown at my advice, and still go to buy an inexpensive Refractor or Newtonian. They will also buy a cheap mount and unstable tripod. It may look cool in the living room, but it will be very difficult to use in that position. Don’t ask for an advice how to choose exceptional telescope, then run to the local mall and buy a telescope for $150.

Take a close look at some tips that can help you buy a quality telescope.

Getting can be a wonderful thing or it can hinder you from pursuing this exciting hobby. It is your choice! As I stated earlier, it will be a big mistake for you to buy a cheap telescope. You will be wasting your time if you buy the $149 650x scope at the department store. Choosing this option will save you significant money, but you are sacrificing the quality that more expensive scopes offer. You should also avoid telescopes that advertise its power on the box.