Beginners Guide To Stargazing

I will release several updates for this post over time. The thing I would like to start with is budget. No matter what you already know and what you desire, you cannot do anything without a telescope. So question is, how much can you afford?

Very high quality telescopes are very expensive, huge and can be rather complicated. They’re amazing at what they do and they can show you things you cannot see with a cheap telescope. But the thing is that when you’re just starting out you don’t know better anyway. Discovering things with cheaper telescope while you’re still an amateur will be just as exciting with higher priced one. Perhaps you won’t be able to see distant nebulas and all sorts of things but discovering exactly how the moon looks like, learning about Jupiter and stars of milky way is what you can do, and in my opinion the most fun thing to do. Now when I say an amateur telescope I don’t mean from children department.


First of all your telescope must have a solid, steady, and smooth working mount. The second is high-quality, “diffraction-limited” optics. The one that I would recommend is Orion’s XT8, an 8″ Dobsonian reflector. Its 8″ diameter reflector optics lets you view the Moon and planets in close up detail, and has enough light grasp to pull in pleasing views of faint nebulas, galaxies and star clusters. Its of great quality, very stable and if you ever need an upgrade you just buy a quality Eyepiece. But more about that in the next update.