Buying A Telescope

Buying your first telescope can be very intimidating. Here are some simple pointers that can make the whole experience enjoyable and rewarding. Avoid buying a telescope from a discount store, shoppers’ club, or a TV shopping network. Those telescopes tend to be lower quality instruments. Buy a major brand name scope from a real telescope […]

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Naming a Star

The IAU frequently receives requests from individuals who want to buy stars or name stars after other persons.  Some commercial enterprises purport to offer such services for a fee.  However, such “names” have no formal or official validity whatever: A few bright stars have ancient, traditional Arabic names, but otherwise stars have just catalogue numbers and positions […]

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