Many beginners ask me if viewing through a telescope can damage their eyes in the long run. I’ll explain exactly that in this article.

Can a telescope damage your eyes? No, a telescope won’t damage your eyes unless you are doing something that you shouldn’t, like aiming your telescope directly towards the sun and trying to observe it.

There are specific rules that you need to follow for safe stargazing. If you don’t follow these, then there are high chances that your eyes might get damaged.

Also, you must use a telescope that follows industry-standard safety protocols. Most decent telescopes in the market do that. If you want my recommendations, please check out my guide on the best telescopes for viewing planets and galaxies.

Now, let’s see what those rules are.

You Must Not Look At The Sun Through A Telescope