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
Most Powerful Telescope You Can Buy
Find the most powerful telescopes that you can buy to use at home today
Best Smart Telescopes
Check out our overview and comparison of all available smart telescopes
What is a GOTO Telescope?
What does “GOTO” mean and is it right for you?
Monocular vs Telescope: What are the Differences?
Understand the differences between telescopes and monoculars
Best Telescopes for Astrophotography
See our unique analysis of which telescopes are being used by the most successful astrophotographers today
Binoculars vs Telescopes for Astronomy
Can binoculars be as good as telescopes for astronomy?
Spotting Scopes vs Telescopes for Astronomy
What are the differences between spotting scopes and telescopes and what is best for astronomy?
Best Apochromatic Refractor Telescopes
“Apos” are one of the best telescope types for astrophotography – find the best models here
Best Telescopes for Deep Space Astrophotography
We analyzed hundreds of deep sky images to find the best telescopes to use
Best Telescopes for Planetary Imaging
We analyzed hundreds of planetary images to find the best telescopes
Best Focal Length for Astrophotography
Find out the optimum focal length telescopes for astrophotography
Best Focal Ratio for Astrophotography
Find out the focal ratios of telescopes most successful for astrophotography
What is an Astrograph?
An astrograph is a telescope that works just for imaging – find out more here
Astronomy Photographer of the Year: Telescopes
See our analysis of what telescopes have been used in nearly 700 images shortlisted for the competition
Best Telescopes for Kids
Find the right telescope for your child with this overview and recommendations
Best Computerized Telescopes
Check out our recommendations for GoTo/computerized telescopes
Celestron Nexstar Models Comparison
Comparing the SE, SLT, and Evolution ranges
Best Telescopes for Beginners
Find the best telescopes for beginners so you don’t make the wrong choice
Reflector vs Refractor Telescopes
What the different types mean for a telescope buyer
Telescope Brands: Best & Worst
Is the manufacturer important when buying a telescope?
Best Travel Telescopes
We recommend the five best travel telescopes for different budgets
Celestron Nexstar 8SE vs Evolution 8 vs 8 HD
Comparing the best 8-inch Celestron telescope packages
Best Celestron Starsense Explorer Telescopes
Comparing the different StarSense Explorer telescope models
Schmidt-Cassegrain vs Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescopes
Examining the advantages and disadvantages of SCTS and Maks to help you decide what is right for you
How Much is a Telescope?
Understand how much you need to spend on a telescope and what you get for your money
Why Are Telescopes So Expensive?
The key reasons why telescopes are not cheap, what factors increase the price, and why you get what you pay for
Best 8-Inch Dobsonian Telescopes
Perfect for astronomy, find the best models available
What is Telescope Aperture?
What is aperture and what do you need in a telescope?
Is Higher Aperture Better?
Aperture is a term used differently for telescopes and camera lenses, but is higher always better?
Dwarf II Smart Telescope Review
Read our hands-on review of this budget smart telescope
Dwarf II vs ZWO Seestar S50
These two budget smart telescopes are shaking up the astrophotography world, but which is best?
Best Barlow Lens
Increase the magnification of your telescope with these budget components to compliment your eyepieces
Demystifying Telescope Focal Length: A Deep Dive
Understand what focal length is and what you should look for in choosing the right telescope for you.
Best Intermediate Telescopes
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.