Essential Tips to Buy a Telescope

| January 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

Purchasing a telescope is easy when you know how. Sometimes it can actually be a lot more complicated than it seems. There are many different things to look into when you are looking to buy a telescope.

The best advice to give before making your telescope purchase is to join your local astronomical society. These often have telescopes for use by the members and observing evenings where you can look through many different types of telescope to help you make a choice of one of your own.

The biggest mistake people make when buying a telescope is buying one that doesn’t fit them. They will end up spending way too much money on something they end up never using. The most important thing to know when buying one is that power is not that important. No matter what the manufacturer claims, pay no attention to their boasts of power.

Refractor telescopes are easier to use as a daytime telescopes (with an image erector) than reflector telescopes. A 4 inch f10 aperture refractor can provide a notably brighter image than a 4 inch aperture f10 obstructed reflecting or Catadioptric telescope.

Otherwise, get a reflecting telescope. If you are going to be doing astrophotography, then get a Schmidt Cassegrain telescope. If you are buying a telescope for someone that is seriously interested in astronomy, you should consider a reflector in the six-inch to ten-inch range. This will give you maximum light gathering power for your dollar in the range of three hundred to five hundred. Schmidt-Cassegrains, Newtonian reflectors, and refractors all have good and bad points. Variations however, are relatively minor. By


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