Basic Telescopes Tips

Here are a few basic telescope tips to assist the novice amateur astronomer get started. First of all telescopes tend to come in two different types Reflectors and Refractors. A Reflecting telescope is good for looking at galaxies and starclouds, and they allow the observer to see sharp images. They are also are generally less expensive than refractors because they usually have just one surface that helps to focus the light.

Refracting telescopes can be used to view stars and planets, but they can be quite expensive. These types of telescopes are usually in the form of a long tube with an eyepiece on one end and the lens at the other end.

Astronomy Binoculars

One of the easiest ways to start your astronomy hobby is with a pair of binoculars. They are portable and have a wide field of view. Generally speaking they are less expensive than a telescope and they can be used for other purposes as well. This is a good way to begin if you're unsure whether astronomy is right for you.

Many comets have been discovered by people using binoculars. In fact, you may not know but the humble binoculars you have packed away in your closet at home are possibly more powerful than Galileo's first telescope.

And when you're starting out you don't need motors to drive the telescope either. After familiarizing yourself with your new scope, you will be able to guide it by hand to the spot where you want to look. You really only need a motor if you are interested in astrophotography.

Make sure your tripod is firmly mounted. You don't want it falling over while you're focusing on a particular star. The simplest telescope available is called a Dobsonian Reflector telescope. It sits on a Lazy Susan type of mount and is very affordable.

Finderscopes are good to have on your telescope as well, most decent scopes will come with one as standard. The finderscope is a smaller scope that is mounted next to the eyepiece, and will make finding your objects far easier.

You should try out a number of different telescopes or a least discover as much information about each one first to see which one works best for you.

Planisphere : A handy device which will enable you to find objects quickly.

A planisphere is a very handy type of astronomy chart in the form of two adjustable disks that rotate on a common pivot. It can be adjusted to display the visible stars for any time and date.

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