If you’re just starting out as a backyard astronomer, there’s plenty you can see for free. You can observe moon phases, constellations, even comets. And all you require are eyes, some library books, and a little patience.

But when it’s time to splurge on a telescope, there’s much to think about. The bigger the aperture the sharper your images, so you’ll generally want to go as wide as possible. But if you’ll be transporting the instrument to different locations, you’ll also have to consider factors like portability and convenience. Therefore, it’s in your interest to avoid flimsy, one-size-fits-all department store models. You’ll need a dedicated dealer of amateur astronomy equipment.

That’s where AstronimUs comes in. We are a curated directory of dealers of backyard stargazing equipment with locations across the United States and Canada. To find a dealer near you, just enter your city or zip.