Where you buy can make a big difference. The telescopes found in local box stores will more likely lead
to frustration due to small, poor optics on shaky mounts. We recommend that
you instead purchase from a dedicated telescope store. Here are two that we can easily recommend:
✭ Cloud Break Optics. This store offers online sales and,
more importantly, has a physical storefront in Seattle with very helpful owners. A great place to see telescopes and
✭ Orion Telescopes.
This is a very popular online store with great value and return policies. A very good place for people starting out
but avoid the cheapest stuff.