Buying a telescope is a daunting process and one that many people (including us!) get wrong the first time. There is a lot to understand to ensure that you get the right model for you and your circumstances.
Find here guides to explain the key things you need to know and to recommend the best models.
Guides & Recommendations
Find the most powerful telescopes that you can buy to use at home today
Check out our overview and comparison of all available smart telescopes
What does “GOTO” mean and is it right for you?
Understand the differences between telescopes and monoculars
See our unique analysis of which telescopes are being used by the most successful astrophotographers today
Can binoculars be as good as telescopes for astronomy?
What are the differences between spotting scopes and telescopes and what is best for astronomy?
“Apos” are one of the best telescope types for astrophotography – find the best models here
We analyzed hundreds of planetary images to find the best telescopes
Find out the optimum focal length telescopes for astrophotography
Find out the focal ratios of telescopes most successful for astrophotography
An astrograph is a telescope that works just for imaging – find out more here
See our analysis of what telescopes have been used in nearly 700 images shortlisted for the competition
Find the right telescope for your child with this overview and recommendations
Check out our recommendations for GoTo/computerized telescopes
Comparing the SE, SLT, and Evolution ranges
Find the best telescopes for beginners so you don’t make the wrong choice
What the different types mean for a telescope buyer
Is the manufacturer important when buying a telescope?
We recommend the five best travel telescopes for different budgets
Comparing the best 8-inch Celestron telescope packages
Comparing the different StarSense Explorer telescope models
Examining the advantages and disadvantages of SCTS and Maks to help you decide what is right for you
Understand how much you need to spend on a telescope and what you get for your money
The key reasons why telescopes are not cheap, what factors increase the price, and why you get what you pay for
Perfect for astronomy, find the best models available
What is aperture and what do you need in a telescope?
Aperture is a term used differently for telescopes and camera lenses, but is higher always better?
Read our hands-on review of this budget smart telescope
These two budget smart telescopes are shaking up the astrophotography world, but which is best?
Increase the magnification of your telescope with these budget components to compliment your eyepieces
Understand what focal length is and what you should look for in choosing the right telescope for you.
If you are an experienced astronomer – or just unafraid of a challenge – then an intermediate telescope with a 6 to 8-inch aperture might be right for you.