Our hobby has certainly benefited from new technologies over the past 10
years. We have far more choices and the cost has gone way down while the quality
has gone way up.
Other club members will be the best way to begin your search for equipment. We
are fortunate to have members that have expertise to offer to beginners and
We are also fortunate to have a large selection of astronomy equipment retailers
within driving distance.
Local GTA Retail Stores:
knowledgeable, well stocked, and highly recommended. KW can sell anything but
their focus tends to be a "mid-range" niche. They do not sell "junk". They stock
mid/high quality equipment.
are dealers for most brand names and also tend to have a good selection of used
equipment. They also keep a good inventory of eyepieces and "must have"
is well know as a camera retailer who also carries an impressive line of new and
used telescopes and astronomy accessories
is the most popular place to find used equipment within Canada. Totally free
(for sellers too).
is by far the largest used equipment site (hosted by Anacortes Telescope). Most
listings are US sellers (some won't ship outside of US). Lots of sellers and
buyers and the good stuff goes quickly! There is a $ 15.00 annual fee (for
buyers and sellers). If you have high-end equipment you want to sell, this is
the best place to list it. For casual sellers, there are no extra charges
(except for "featured ad") for selling.
Telescopes is a very popular on-line retailer of telesopes and accessories.
They also offer free shipping on most orders.
popular dealer based in Norman, OK. They are also the North American distributor
for AstroTech telescopes and accessories.
the biggest of them all. Most items (including high-end)are in-stock. They are
easy to deal with but shipping rates are high. Located in California.
Tucson, Arizona based retailer which also manufactures some unique products.
Highly regarded for knowledgeable staff and good advice.