For you to fully trust us, you’d need to know how we make money and how that process affects our review stages and ratings. We care about our reputation.
We make money through affiliate commission partnerships with telescope retailers such as High Point Scientific, AgenaAstro, Orion’s Telescope.com and also from the e-commerce behemoth, Amazon. We have chosen to partner with these specific retailers because we believe they are the best options for our US audience when it comes to making a telescope purchase that they will not later regret. In the past, we’ve been approached by other online retailers, and we’ve turned down their pitches. We do not have any direct partnerships with telescope manufacturers at present.
In the event that someone clicks a link to one of the retailers listed above, and then makes a purchase from them, we receive a small payment, with no additional cost to you.
We never receive compensation for writing reviews, regardless of whether the review is positive or negative in nature; never have, never will.
We adhere to a strict code of conduct when it comes to our content.
- We’re not going to sugarcoat it; we’re going to say exactly what we think about the scope.
- While reviewing, try to be as accurate and objective as possible.
- The scope would only be reviewed by experts with firsthand experience.
- We’ll never accept money to publish or update a review.
Being honest pays off in the long run
You might believe that the top-ranked telescope and the one we recommend are the ones from which we make the most money. To be honest, the telescope industry isn’t as lucrative as, say, the credit card or VPN market.
For almost all telescopes on these retailers that we recommend, we have a single percentage-based payment rate. So, we stand to gain nothing by recommending one scope over the other without valid reason.
It makes perfect sense for us to recommend the exact equipment you want without any regard for the financial aspect on our end, in order to gain a long-term reader and to gain an authority status in the telescope reviews niche.
We want you to be happy at the end of the whole process.
Why not just run ads?
Finding experts and assisting them in creating a content beast takes money and time. From a business standpoint, the money we could make from running ads alone would be insufficient. We don’t want to compromise on quality in any way.
Why disclosing all these info?
Because we want you to believe us, we want to be as honest as possible. We want to be a trustworthy, in-depth resource for the astronomy community, and we believe that disclosing our financial side is a crucial component of that.