What Telescope Should I Buy?

What telescope should I buy?  This is a very common question and perplexing for many adults wanting to get started in astronomy, or parents wanting to purchase a telescope for a child.

To cut directly to an answer, Brisbane Astronomical Society suggests a Dobsonian telescope is often the best choice, for multiple reasons.   We hope the attached PDF document will help you make the right purchase decision.





Author: Nicolas Cheetham

This beautiful book leads us into a celestial panorama that extends for 130 billion trillion kilometres (80 billion trillion miles) in every direction, and allows us to explore nearly 200 of the most extraordinary astronomical views ever uncovered. Complementing these up-to-date and spectacular images are enlightening descriptions of the planets, stars, nebulae, white dwarfs, supernovae, black holes and other exotica that populate our universe.

Photographic Star Atlas

Authors: Axel Mellinger & Ronald Stoyan

Using the latest methods in digital photography and image processing, The Cambridge Photographic Star Atlas presents the whole sky through large-scale photographic images with corresponding charts. Each double-page spread shows a section of the night sky and is accompanied by an inverted chart highlighting and naming double stars, variable stars, open clusters, galactic and planetary nebulae, globular clusters and galaxies. The 82 large-scale charts, with a scale of 1 Degrees per cm, identify over 1500 deep-sky objects and 2500 stars. Providing a giant mosaic of the entire sky, this unique atlas is unparalleled in detail and completeness, making it indispensable for visual observers and astrophotographers.
Industry Reviews
Book of the month: this is a wonderful companion to a conventional atlas, as well as a superb coffee table book.’ BBC Sky at Night Magazine
‘… should prove a valuable reference to the advanced-amateur community.’ The Observatory
‘… the most beautiful star atlas of modern times … What a perfect tool for cloudy-night star gazing! And a fine reference book for the historian.’ Journal for the History of Astronomy

Star Watch

Author: Philip S. Harrington

Your Passport to the Universe. The night sky is alive with many wonders–distant planets, vast star clusters, glowing nebulae, and expansive galaxies, all waiting to be explored. Let respected astronomy writer Philip Harrington introduce you to the universe in Star Watch, a complete beginner’s guide to locating, observing, and understanding these celestial objects. You’ll start by identifying the surface features of the Moon, the banded cloud tops of Jupiter, the stunning rings of Saturn, and other members of our solar system. Then you’ll venture out beyond our solar system, where you’ll learn tips and tricks for finding outstanding deep-sky objects from stars to galaxies, including the entire Messier catalogue–a primary goal of every serious beginner. Star Watch features a detailed physical description of each target, including size, distance, and structure, as well as concise directions for locating the objects, handy finder charts, hints on the best times to view each object, and descriptions of what you’ll really see through a small telescope or binoculars and with the naked eye. Star Watch will transport you to the farthest depths of space–and return you as a well-travelled, experienced stargazer.


Author: David H. Levy

A comprehensive family reference guide to all the amazing phenomena of our night skies, with helpful charts and detailed photography.

A Guide to the Night Sky

Consultant Editor: Dr. John O’Byrne

A comprehensive illustrated handbook for backyard astronomers, with expert starhopping guides and advice on essential stargazing tools and techniques

  • Revised information about the latest seller discoveries and the most recent space explorations
  • Up-to-date statistics, distances and measurements
  • In-depth profiles of all our Solar System’s marvels-the Sun, Moon, planets and the celestial phenomena
  • Expert advice for the backyard stargazer on everything from telescope choices, to using binoculars and taking your own astrophhotographs
  • Starhopping tours to help the amateur astronomer traverse the heavens and identity the night sky’s wonders with ease

Fully illustrated throughout with hundreds of the latest stunning images, maps and photos