Getting started in astronomy-and especially buying your first telescope-can be daunting to those not familiar with the hobby.
Whether you're looking for your first scope, browsing gift ideas for a loved one, or you want to upgrade to a modern telescope system, this guide is for you.
We want you to easily use the telescope when it arrives, not spend days researching what to do and fumbling around like those clich√© commercials.
The best way to learn is to get out there and do it, but we'll equip you with some basic info first!
Are you ready? Follow the steps below to get started!
Use the interactive Beginner Telescope Flow Chart to find what's best for what you want to do.
- Do you prefer to look through an eyepiece at the planets and cosmos above? Follow the visual path!
- Eager to get started with astrophotography and image the night sky? Pick your mount and telescope from the chart and we'll help with the rest. Contact one of our experts to assist you step by step!
- If you want to learn more about all of this, check out the articles below on basic telescope typesand basic camera types.