• What’s the difference between a reflector and a refractor telescope?
  • What’s the best telescope for a child showing an interest in astronomy?
  • What’s the best telescope for a teenager or young adult?

What’s the difference between a reflector and a refractor telescope?

Reflecting telescopes use mirrors to focus the light. An easy way to remember is to think of your reflection in a mirror.

Refracting telescopes pass the light from the target object or area through a series of lenses.

What’s the best telescope for a child showing an interest in astronomy?

To nurture your child’s interest in astronomy while not spending a fortune on sophisticated telescopes that are too advanced for a young mind we recommend these telescopes.

What’s the best telescope for a teenager or young adult?

With an interest in astronomy that may lead to (or is being fed by) school or college subjects we recommend these telescopes.

Where can I learn more about astronomy?

Astronomy is a very popular subject and there is a wealth of information freely available online but it can be bewildering without a step-by-step guide. There are plenty of astronomy books that will give you an introduction but if you want to follow some structured learning then here are two suggestions.

  1. Search online for a local astronomy club in your area, drop in and ask the members about courses and evening closes at schools and colleges nearby.
  2. If you want to study at your own pace the complete an introductory course online. You’ll find affordable online astronomy courses on sites like Udemy.com and Coursera.org.