I will do my very best to help those starting out in the difficult
field of amateur astronomy to make the right choices when selecting equipment.
I will give advice that is considered and thought through to
the best of my ability with an explanation of how I arrived at my conclusion.
I will use examples and/or analogies wherever they might help
understanding of a problem, sticking-point, misconception or confusion.
I will exercise understanding and generosity when communicating
with queries and will not make anyone feel silly, stupid or ignorant. Everyone has to learn, and the science of Astronomy is an area where it is easy to have misconceptions and beliefs that
are not born out by experience – My mission is to educate, not ridicule.
Clear skies and good seeing, Barry Cooper (SuperCooper)
Me and my SkyWatcher 102ST f4.9 Refractor
Excellent and informative article. Best information on the web for anyone looking for a telescope. Thank you
Hello Barry. I came across your article before and from the very beginning I understood that this is something unique - all the neccessary information, examples and explanations on how to choose the telescope in one place. And for amateurs (and again not only) that are making their first steps in stargazing with telescope this is crutial. I rememmber my self 10 years ago trying to find out what kind of telescope do I need and the information was spread all over the internet, different books and etc. It caused a great confusion. After all I managed to buy a good scope but out there is a lot of people, that may not be so lucky and may be loosing the interest in astronomy just because of bad experience with their new telescopes. I just wanted to tell you that I appreciate your efforts! Keep on the good work [and I see you are keeping it up by updating the article]!
Excellent article, written for beginners. (Complete Essentials)
Very helpful thank you now going to look for an 8".
Hi there, I found your guide to telescopes very helpful.
Hey, Barry. Just read your article on buying the right telescope. Thanks so much mate. Really helpful.
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