How to Buy a Telescope : Telescope Buying Guide: What to Avoid

When buying a telescope, be wary of inflated magnification claims and wobbly tripods. Shop wisely for telescopes with the buying tips in this free video on home astronomy from a telescope salesperson.

Expert: Jesse Sturgeon
Bio: Jesse Sturgeon has served as a sales and customer service representative for Anacortes Telescope in Anacortes, Wash. for several years. He enjoys introducing people to the science & art of astronomy.
Filmmaker: Curtis Enlow

Duration : 0:2:19


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How to Buy a Telescope : Telescope Buying Guide: What to Avoid — 23 Comments

  1. Hi to everyone….. …
    Hi to everyone…….I want to buy a telescope but I don’t know which one I should go for it’s either going to be an Orion atlas 10 or an Orion skyquest xt12….which one should I go for……I want one that will allow me to some deep-sky viewing(galaxies, nebulas etc) I know both of the are able to see the mentioned above but which one is the best one….what’s your reccomendation…..which one would you guys choose  

  2. so ma bell used to …
    so ma bell used to own the telephone industry. whats your point spray :p

  3. might just do that. …
    might just do that.. didn’t even know one existed.. thanks kindly for the heads up

  4. Thanks for helping …
    Thanks for helping me out on this. I currently have 4.5 inch reflector telescope. But I haven’t used it anymore because I got bored with looking at the stars, nebulas and etc.. I loves astronomy and I want a telescope that will keep me engaged with it. I want to see a big different with a newer telescope and exoplanets around stars if possible. I’m thinking about 16 inch lightbridge, or Celestron C11. Which scope would you recommend?

  5. Granted they have …
    Granted they have good history and also have some excellent top range products, however in the price bracket that the guy was looking at celestron do not even come close to other makes. (just that particular range)

  6. General rule of …
    General rule of thumb re. magnification is 25 x per inch of aperture. Buy a reflector if you want to look at galaxies/deep sky stuff. Refractors if you want to look at the planets and the Moon. For deep sky the larger the aperture the better. You need light grasp as galaxies etc are faint. Okay, the secondary mirror reduces contrast but thats not what you want for deep sky observing. Planets are bright, so you don’t need so much light grasp. What you want is contrast to see features. Nuff said.

  7. @GEOPAIH1234: …
    @GEOPAIH1234: Celestron are a bit poo are they? May I remind you that Celestron had the majority of the marketplace during the 70’s and 80’s. They were the first to mass market the Schmidt-Cassegrain. Do you remember the Questar? You wouldn’t get a Celestron with decent aperture for £200. PS. They used to be recommended by Dr. Spock on the back pages of Astronomy magazine. lol

  8. Join your local …
    Join your local astronomical society mate. Don’t trust what you see on you tube. You’ll see 5 stars on this page and others regarding astronomy but I wouldn’t take it as sound advice. Phone the Federation of Astronomical Societies for your nearest society. Or buy the UK magazine Astronomy Now. Theres loads of ‘scopes for sale and astronomers are usually a friendly bunch. Alternatively, let me know which town you’re in and I can put you in touch. Cheers. SAS.

  9. Go with a …
    Go with a skywatcher 130 for a fantastic scope in that budget. Celestron are a bit poo

  10. I wonder if this …
    I wonder if this video applies to the $39 Meade model 50AZ-P Altazimuth Refractor Anacortes has on their site right now.

  11. looking for …
    looking for somethig to grow into for about £200UK ish

    must be UK available …saw some celestron? ones that looked ok .. a Celestron Astromaster 76EQ for about 90£UK shipped

    thoughts ?

  12. thasnks for doing …
    thasnks for doing these but man , adverts …and why not make a ten min vid instead of loads of lil ones…just saying

  13. Look at orion’s …
    Look at orion’s 130st reflector on the eq mount.

  14. Nice to see Jesse …
    Nice to see Jesse instead of just talking to him. I have dealt with him multiple times and he is great, and so is the store Anacortes. Sound advice!

  15. LOL his favorite …
    LOL his favorite telescope that Meade Lightbridge says 500x on the website!! LMFAO! Do u guys know of any good starting reflectors i would like an EQ mount and at least 5 inches of aperrature

  16. LOL, I hope so. …
    LOL, I hope so. It’ll be a sad day when it comes blazing down. The Webb telescope is a massive upgrade though 🙂

  17. This video has the …
    This video has the right information for someone that wants to buy a telescope. I purchased a 10 inch dob two years ago. By intensive research I purchased something good but if I had watched this video back then it would have saved me a lot of time. I did however made the mistake of buying eyepieces that gave my dob too much amplification thinking that I would see the planets clearer. Thank you for posting.

  18. Probably not…. …
    Probably not…. You can get a pretty good telescope for 4100, but 700 magnification is ridiculously high, for what you are describing, which sounds like a reflecting telescope. The more magnification generally means a lower quality image. I’d speak with several professionals over the phone before buying.

  19. PLEASE. Label the …
    PLEASE. Label the order of your videos by using numbers in the titles! I try to watch these but every time I hear you say “Now that we’ve talked a lot about [insert subject matter]” I want to rip my hair out.

  20. i want to buy a …
    i want to buy a telescope for my birthday and i live in the middle east (Dubai,U.A.E.). it will be my first telescope and i want to see EVERYTHING in space CLEARLY.dubai is a very hot and humid place and barley any stars are visible in the sky. can you please help me find a telescope best suited for me. There is one that i like all i know is it is the short fat kind and it has 700* magnification and it costs 4100 us dollars do u think i should get it??

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