19 Telescope Tips for Absolute Beginners (from Choosing to Observing)

telescope tips for beginners

Telescopes are excellent gifts for beginner astronomers, but their enthusiasm can be hindered, if not killed completely, by their first telescope. If the telescope is too difficult to use, the resulting frustration can curb any astronomical interest the beginner may have. To keep the passion

12 Must Have Astrophotography Accessories In 2021

Must Have Astrophotography Accessories

Astrophotography is a field of its own, and you may feel overwhelmed on where to start and what it is that you need. To help make the start-up process simpler, we’ve listed the most recommended astrophotography accessories that could make up your shortlist. Assuming you

Orion SkyQuest XX16g GoTo Truss Tube Dobsonian Telescope Review

Orion Skyquest Xx16g Review

The Orion SkyQuest Dobsonian is huge, heavy, and yet built for ultimate transportation and assembly benefits. The XX16g is a serious telescope for the most serious of astronomy hobbyists. Its price tag, aperture, and truss tube design are tell-tale clues as to who would make

Celestron NexStar 5SE Telescope Review

Celestron Nexstar 5se Review

Between all the NexStar SE telescopes, why would you opt for one of the smaller ones? The NexStar 5SE has a place in the market even though it doesn’t get as much light transmission as the 6SE or 8SE. With StarBright XLT coatings, GoTo, portability,

Celestron Advanced VX800 RASA Telescope Review

Celestron Advanced Vx800 Rasa Review

When you’re tired of amateur scopes that provide mediocre astrophotography benefits, look to an astrograph as an upgrade. They’re expensive, but with customized technology like what the Celestron Advanced VX800 has, you’ll see why it’s not an everyday kind of buy. However, the major sacrifice

Celestron Advanced VX 6 Refractor Telescope Review

Celestron Advanced Vx 6 Refractor Telescope Review

Large aperture. Computerized German equatorial mount. Low maintenance. Possible astrophotography. Sounds like the Celestron Advanced VX 6 Refractor to a T. First impressions? Expensive. After some research and hands-on experience? Worth it. Zooming in… ✔️ Best Feature: Large aperture refractor ❌ Worst Feature: Chromatic aberration

14 Best Telescope Accessories On The Market In 2021

Best Telescope Accessories

If you just bought the best telescope you could afford and thought you could stargaze out of the box, your first observation was probably a disappointment. Now what? Accessorize. Accessories will enhance what you can see and may very well guarantee enjoyment. These are the

Orion SkyQuest XT8i Intelliscope Telescope Review

Orion Skyquest Xt8i Intelliscope Review

What do you get when you merge a Dobsonian with a little bit of electronic tech? The Orion SkyQuest XTi Intelliscope Dobsonian telescope. One of the most affordable of this series is the XT8i model. As an optic that is used as the primary telescope

Orion SkyView Pro 8 GoTo Telescope Review

Orion Skyview Pro 8 Review

The Orion SkyView Pro 8 is a fast Newtonian on an equatorial computerized mount. If you know anything about this type of setup, then you’ll know there are some things to address. While this very telescope pairing legitimately raises eyebrows, they are excellent telescope parts