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Choosing a Telescope

Recommendation 1: Purchase from a Telescope Store
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 ask questions.

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.