You want to buy a telescope and need some information!


Finding your new telescope from Sky & Telescope……

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and get a telescope. Congratulations! But what comes next? Not an impulsive shopping trip to the nearest mall! Choosing a telescope is very different from buying a television, and department-store salespeople rarely understand what amateur astronomer needs. This telescope buying guide is meant to help make sure your first scope is the best type of telescope for you.

The Delmarva Stargazers has permission to use parts of Sky & Telescope’s article “Ultimate Telescope Buying Guide” by Joshua Roth on our website ( The entire article is available on Sky & Telescope’s website


Want to know more than what you find there? Hear advice straight from the experts in Sky & Telescope’s Skywatching Video Series: Buying Your First Telescope.

Unfortunately, most new telescopes are never used because they were never set- up properly and the new owners just don’t know how to do it! On Nov. 2, 2019 from 10 am to 1 pm, the Delmarva Stargazers plan to have a hands-on instructional session at the Smyrna Presbyterian Church (118 W. Commerce St, Smyrna,19977). There is no cost to attend. Hopefully, this session will allow you to purchase your first scope with confidence that you will be able to use your new scope.
If you have any concerns or questions please attend our Saturday (Nov.2, 2019) event, email Lyle Jones (a Delmarva Stargazer) at or call at 302-382-3764. He can help you and hope to see you there!