For most beginner astronomers finding the right beginner telescope is an extremely daunting task. The world of astronomy is a fascinating place but the process of finding the right telescopes for beginners can be filled with technical jargon, confusing features and a multitude of options. Telescope mechanics can be quite complex and it is not uncommon for new beginners to find themselves purchasing the wrong scope and becoming incredibly disappointed in the process.
To help astronomers, this guide offers a simple resource for explaining what every newcomer needs to know when purchasing their new telescope.
This is an exciting time to become an amateur astronomer. Never have novice stargazers been presented with such a vast array of telescopes and accessories to pursue their hobby. Naturally, this brings the burden of choice: the bewildering variety makes it hard for an uninformed consumer to make the right decision.
Whether you’re seriously considering buying your first telescope or just daydreaming about it, this guide will help you narrow your options. First we’ll explore the types of telescopes available, and then we’ll discuss their key features — the size of the primary lens or mirror, type of mount, portability, computerization, and accessories. We’ll also look at the tradeoffs, because every instrument has its advantages and disadvantages. Read More…
As with picking a camera, picking the best telescope for your needs will depend on a number of different factors:
Experience Level – Are you a beginner or a seasoned expert?
Budget – how much do you have to spend?
Area of Interest – Is there a particular area that you want to specialize in? Do you want to do high-resolution work, or wide-field astrophotography?
Planets – Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn etc. You need a high-quality scope with a relatively long focal length if you want to do high-resolution photography of the planets.
Deep-Sky – Star Clusters, nebulae, Galaxies. You need a fast, short focal length scope for wide-field work such are large nebulae. You need a lot of aperture and focal length if you want to shoot small planetary nebulae and galaxies. Read More…
So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and buy a telescope — congratulations! Astronomy can be a life long pleasure, with the right equipment. But what to buy? And how do you not wind up with a room that looks like the above? There’s more equipment out there than ever before. This article will attempt to make some sense out of the seemingly huge selection of scopes and accessories.
Ready? Good. Let’s begin.
First of all, some words of advice: Read More…
Photography is one of those hobbies that you can pour never ending amounts of cash into, there is always something new and shiny to spend your money on. But if you’re into astronomy, or star gazing chances are that you may be interested in Astrophotography (Taking pictures of stars and space). One thing that you will need in addition to your normal photography gear is a telescope and it can be hard for beginners to choose a photography worthy telescope. Read More…
We hear this question frequently from our customers:
“This will be my first telescope, but there are so many to choose from, so I would need some advise about how to choose a telescope…”
Then I would ask couple of questions to make sure we go into the correct direction… The question, “what sort of budget you have” or “how much were you planning to spend” might be not that easy to answer, once you know that some telescopes might not serve you as well as others for a certain purpose…, never-the-less it’ll give me an idea about what types of telescopes to discuss with you… Read More…