Where To Buy a Telescope

Amazon.com is a good place to buy a telescope
Telescopes.com is a great place to buy a telescope
Telescope.com is a good place to buy a telescope

When it comes time to decide where to buy a telescope the chances are you are not going to have a decent telescope shop on your doorstep, or even close – they are few and far between. You may find some to buy in a local toy shop, but I would not recommend it, in my opinion you should also avoid purchasing at superstores or department stores like Wal-Mart and K-Mart. If you don’t want to be disappointed then you will need a good product from a good manufacturer. Avoid any telescope that puts magnification as its main selling point and avoid mass marketed 2.4 – 4inch junk refractors. The telescopes that some shops just get in at Christmas time are generally not that good so try to avoid those as well.

You could buy via direct mail but make sure you research the company and the telescopes on offer before you part with your money. Magazines such as Sky & Telescope will provide you with some decent offers but unfortunately you only tend to get a one line description which is a bit limiting. If you have an astronomy club near to you then paying a visit is a great way to see some telescopes in action and get some recommendations.

On-line is a great way to go, you can do plenty of research, you can find out which are the best sellers and if you go to a major online retailer then you will be able to take a look at the reviews left by people that have purchased the product. There are 3 online stores that we recommend, 2 are telescope specialists and the third is Amazon. The thing with Amazon is that they spend a lot of time and effort in making sure that they get the best prices for you and they also excel at customer service. They do have a reputation as the biggest and best online retailer in the world to maintain after all.

Where To Buy a Telescope – Our Top 3 Online Recommendations

Take a look at the range of telescopes available at Amazon.com


Although they are not a telescope specialist we recommend Amazon because they do have 3 major factors for buyers: -

  • Fantastic prices (usually the best!)
  • Great Selection
  • Excellent Customer Service

You can trust Amazon, but you probably already know that because the chances are you’ve bought something from them before – so you don’t need me to tell you how good they are.

If you are based in the UK then follow this link to see the Amazon UK Range of Telescopes

Visit the home page of Telescopes.com


We love this store. They are very knowledgeable, have a huge selection and are very competitive on price. They stock all of the top brands including Meade, Celestron, iOptron, Zhumell, Vixen and many more.

Visit the home page of Telescope.com


With 30 years experience (online for the last 15 years) they are a telescope store that definitely know what they are doing. Don’t be fooled by the logo, along with Orion they also sell Celestron, TeleVue, Bushnell and Coronado.

Here are just some of the reasons why we love Telescope.com

  • Large selection
  • Buyers Guide and Easy to Navigate Categories
  • Beginners Telescopes section
  • Best Selling Telescopes Section and Lots of Reviews
  • Clearance Section and Sale Section
  • Getting Started Guides and Lots of Instructional Videos
  • 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
  • Same Day Shipping
  • Easy Return System
  • Free Technical Support


If you stick to a top brand telescope from a reputable provider then you shouldn’t go wrong, and if your new telescope turns out not to be right for you then generally you will be able to send it back.