Choosing Your First Telescope for Astronomy: Complete Essentials.
Win A Telescope | IAUUnder One Sky
Under the stars. How good an astronomer you become depends less on your gear than on building your knowledge and skills. Craters on the Moon with binoculars? Countless wonders await you any clear night. The first step in astronomy for beginners is simply to look up and ask, "What's that?
Many first time telescope buyers are people who have had a long simmering interest in astronomy, but know little about telescopes or what to expect from them. If this sounds like you, please do not buy a telescope before you have done a little research! There are many poor quality yet relatively expensive telescopes available. We love amateur astronomy and it is very disturbing when a poorly chosen first telescope turns off an enthusiastic novice.
SSVI activity with students in Belgium. Credit: SSVI. Have you ever wanted a telescope signed by astronauts?