How to Buy a Telescope : Resources for Amateur Astronomers

| August 8, 2012 | 17 Comments

Use the Internet or local library to research astronomy. Find out where to learn more about outfitting telescopes in this free video on home astronomy from a telescope salesperson. Expert: Jesse Sturgeon Bio: Jesse Sturgeon has served as a sales and customer service representative for Anacortes Telescope in Anacortes, Wash. for several years. He enjoys introducing people to the science & art of astronomy. Filmmaker: Curtis Enlow
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In this month’s episode of the vodcast we give you lots of advice about buying your first telescope. From the various types of telescopes available to the different mounts they sit on, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions about buying your first scope.
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  1. denispkpk says:

    0:46 lololollol he nearly fell down !

  2. Maxnr66 says:

    He loves turning people on… to astronomy

  3. The9thAvenger says:

    He must really love astronamy

  4. TheFoxAcount says:

    Not to be immature….
    did he have some kind of boner?….

  5. 2Phast4Rocket says:

    Thanks Jesse for producing these very informative video for beginners like myself. I like how you break down the fundamentals of what and why I should choose one type of telescope versus another. One thing I would like is you post these on your own channel so they can be presented in serial rather than hunt and search from the expervillage channel. This is not a criticism on expervillage in any way.

  6. AikidomanofGod says:

    view planets well: Refractor

    view stars well: Reflector

    view both but at less clarity: Cassegrain

    AstroPhotography: Cassegrain

    Id pick a Cassegrain as my dream telescope or a small 76mm telescope for now that is only 60 bucks. cant beat that and what a way to start observing!

  7. YouSirAreNoob says:

    if you are a beginner you should start with the binocs

  8. Spraycando says:

    If you’re starting out, forget Schmidt Cassegrains. Get a large Dobsonian or refractor. Just cos they look nice doesn’t mean they give the best views. There only benefit is that they’re compact. Remember: the more mirrors and lenses you have the less light you’ll collect. And thats what it’s about. Light gathering power.

  9. miodragmilosevicbl says:

     76mm is better!

  10. G562UNOT says:

    which is better a 10×50 binoculars or a 76mm telescope

  11. G562UNOT says:

    which is better a 10×50 binoculars or a 76mm telescope

  12. m0osey says:

    schimidt cass definately, but it would prob be more expensive. Basically you get what you pay for.

  13. Chrisjr2007 says:

    I would go on a Cassegrain
    or just wait for the day i have $2000 😀
    So Ill buy a 9.25″ 😀

  14. KhalsaSoulja says:

    Nooo get a Cassegrain… although you’ll have less light gathering capability the QUALITY will be superb and razor sharp.

    I’m looking to buy one too, just need to save up…

  15. doway1609 says:

    Go get that 10 incher! Is cheaper and collects 75% more light than the 8″ Cassegrain which is MORE expensive than a 10 inch reflector. So if you want more light gathering and less money to burn i definetly recommend a reflector.

  16. Universe1630 says:

    Awesome introduction for beginners!!

  17. 6578q says:

    great video

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