Choosing and Buying a Telescope​

Choosing and Buying a Telescope​

Here are some basic rules of thumb for you with an interest in astronomy.

First Get a Good Binoculars

You should focus on buying a good pair of binoculars if you do not have at least $300. You will be amazed at what you can see at night with an inexpensive pair of binoculars.

Don’t Choose a Telescope Based on Power

It will be a grave mistake for you to buy a telescope with “650x” written on the box. This type of telescope will not perform well. Even the top of the line telescopes are limited to approximately 50-75 times per inch of aperture. It means about 120x for a cheap 60mm refractor.

A telescope with “650” is a marketing scam that is designed to entice you to buy a poor scope. This type of practice has lost some popularity, but it is still being used today. Please keep in mind that you should never buy a telescope because of its power! Taking heed to this simple advice will help you avoid making a big mistake!

Aperture is #1 priority

The diameter is the #1 factor to take into consideration while shopping for a telescope. You will be extremely happy if you buy the aperture that falls within your price range. Larger aperture refractors are pricey.

Solid Mount

You can have the best telescope in the world, but a shaky mount will make it difficult for you to enjoy your view at night. Dobsonian is well-known for offering high quality telescopes that have plenty of aperture. Department stores are notorious for selling telescopes that have horrible mounts.

Second Hand Telescopes

You can save a tremendous amount of money if you buy a used telescope. Used telescopes are ideal for people who are not interested in the latest, coolest scope. As a matter of fact, I purchased a used telescope.

Older telescopes cost less than half of what you will spend on a new telescope. Seriously used telescopes are normally in good condition because owners take very good care of them.


What Do You Expect?

It is imperative to point out that the view through a telescope will not be the same quality the photos in magazines. The planets will look small and will lack the colour and contrast you see in astrology books in the public library.

Most people are disappointed with what they see when they try a telescope for the first time. Please, do not misunderstand my point! You will be amazed when you look at the Moon or Saturn, but the reality normally disappoints first-time viewers.

How Do Telescopes Work?

Telescopes use a comfortable eyepiece to study details that are collected with light, brought into focus and developed into an image. Telescopes have the ability to collect more photons than the eye. They help you to see the fainter objects that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Smaller details emerge in the images because the objects are magnified.

How to Use a Telescope Properly

It is vital to point out that each telescope works differently, and has its own particular set of instructions. It is imperative for you to read the instructions if you purchased a complicated telescope. Reading the instructions can help you learn and master the features.