Telescopes

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Purchasing a new telescope can be baffling, especially for the first timer. And most of us are left wondering, so which telescope is for me? Understanding telescopes and their various accessories can go a long way in choosing the best one for you. Whether you are an amateur astronomer or veteran pathfinder, here are a few basic ground rules that will help you better identify the different types of telescopes and help you opt for the ideal one for you.

  Aperture of a Telescope

A telescope's most important attribute is its aperture, which determines the brightness and sharpness of everything you see through your scope. Technically, this is the diameter of the main lens or mirror and as the aperture increases so does the details of the image you see. Depending on the aperture you will either see an open or a restricted field of view. For example a good 10" aperture scope shows sharper images than even a well-made 6" aperture telescope.

But since aperture is so important, many astronomers are misled into believing that getting the biggest aperture you can afford is the simplest way to choosing the best telescope for you. However in practice it's not so straightforward. If you make your decision based solely on the size of aperture, you might end up owning a massive telescope that sits in a corner gathering dust.

Ask yourself, where will I want to use my new telescope? If the answer is nearby in the backyard then having a large telescope will be of advantage to you. If you need to carry the telescope to darker skies away from city lights, you will definitely need something compact, yet powerful. And don't forget that you may have to assemble and set up your telescope in the dark making it even more difficult. And a scope that is too huge to carry outdoors and too long-drawn-out to set up, will rarely be of use.

Power or Magnification of a Telescope

Keeping aperture in mind, consider other important aspects like power and design before you make up your mind about the telescope you would like to purchase. Power is the magnification that the telescope can offer. This is a critical factor since it decides how close a view you can get of the space and planets. But it is not a decision making factor. You can make any telescope magnify at effectively any power you want by using different eyepieces.

An eyepiece is the small removable lens assembly you look into. Most telescopes come with several eyepieces and you can buy more separately. Remember to match the power of your eyepiece lens with the aperture of your scope for clear images. Using a very high power lens with a small-aperture telescope will show a highly magnified fuzz while with a large-aperture scope can show a meaningful image even at 200x or more. In either case, the lowest powers are the easiest to use, especially for beginners, and provide the most pleasant views.

Designs of Telescopes

Even among telescopes with the same aperture, some designs are more portable, others give sharper images while still others are more economical. There are three basic kinds of telescope to choose from depending on your specific requirements.

* Reflecting telescope,

* Refracting telescope, and

*Catadioptric telescope.
All these 3 telescopes have the same light-gathering properties, despite their differences in size and weight. They also have a similar purpose, to collect light and bring it to a point of focus so it can be magnified and examined with an eyepiece, but each does it differently. Consequently, each type of telescope has its pros and cons, which you can match with your observing needs.
 
   
1. The Refracting Telescope or Refractor

Refracting telescopes are the most common form of the telescope - a long, thin tube where light passes in a straight line from the front objective lens directly to the eyepiece at the opposite end of the tube.

 
Advantages
* Easy to use and consistent due to the simplicity of design.
* Good for distant terrestrial viewing
* Excellent for lunar, planetary and binary stargazing especially with larger apertures
* Sealed tube protects optics and reduces image degrading air currents
* Rugged, need little or no maintenance

Disadvantages
* Generally have small apertures, typically 3 to 5 inches
* Less suited for viewing small and faint deep sky objects such as distant galaxies and nebulae
* Heavier, longer and bulkier than equivalent aperture reflectors and catadioptrics
* Limited practical usefulness
* Good-quality refractors cost more per inch of aperture than any other kind of telescope.

2. The Reflecting Telescope or Reflector

Reflecting telescopes use a huge concave parabolic mirror instead of a lens to gather and focus the light to a flat secondary mirror that in turn reflects the image out of an opening at the side of the main tube. You look through an eyepiece on the side of the tube up near the top.

Advantages
* Easy to use and even construct
* Excellent for faint deep sky objects such as remote galaxies, nebulae and star clusters because of their larger apertures for light gathering.
* Low in optical irregularities and deliver very bright images
* Reasonably compact and portable
* A reflector costs the least per inch of aperture compared to refractors and catadioptrics since mirrors can be produced at less cost than lenses

Disadvantages
* Generally, not suited for terrestrial applications
* Slight light loss due to secondary obstruction when compared with refractors
* The tube is open to the air, which means dust on the optics even if the tube is kept under wraps
* Reflectors may require a little more care and maintenance

3. Catadioptric Telescope

Catadioptric telescopes use a combination of mirrors and lenses to fold the optics and form an image. Catadioptrics are the most popular type of instrument, with the most modern design, marketed throughout the world in 3 ?" and larger apertures. There are two popular designs, the Schmidt-Cassegrain and the Maksutov-Cassegrain.

In the Schmidt-Cassegrain, light enters through a thin aspheric Schmidt correcting lens, then strikes the spherical primary mirror and is reflected back up the tube to be intercepted by a small secondary mirror. The mirror then reflects the light out an opening in the rear of the instrument where the image is formed at the eyepiece.

Advantages
* Most versatile type of telescope
* Best near focus capability of any type telescope
* First-rate for deep sky observing or astrophotography with fast films or CCD's
* Excellent for lunar, planetary and binary star observing plus terrestrial viewing and photography
* Closed tube design reduces image degrading air currents
* Compact and durable

Disadvantages
* More expensive than reflectors of equal aperture
* Its appearance may not be suited to everybody's taste
* Slight light loss due to secondary mirror obstruction compared to refractors

The Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope design has basically the same advantages and disadvantages as the Schmidt. It uses a thick meniscus-correcting lens with a strong curvature and a secondary mirror that is usually an aluminized spot on the corrector. The Maksutov secondary mirror is typically smaller than the Schmidt's giving it slightly better resolution for planetary observing.

However, the Maksutov is heavier than the Schmidt and because of the thick correcting lens, it takes a long time to reach thermal stability at night in larger apertures. The Maksutov optical design typically is easier to make but requires more material for the corrector lens than the Schmidt Cassegrain.

  
Telescope Mountings

Now that you have learned about aperture, power and the different types of telescopes, let us discuss an often overlooked but very important aspect of using a telescope - the mountings. Remember that shaky view is all it takes to kill your enthusiasm! And a good mount can enhance your views. There are two basic telescope mountings:

* The equatorial and
* The altazimuth.

An Equatorial mount is designed so you can easily track the motion of the sky as the Earth turns and its motions indicate celestial north south and east west in the eyepiece. This is a great help when you're trying to find your way among the stars with a map. The Altazimuth mounts are simpler and just swing up, down, left and right. You have to move the scope along every so often to follow the stars, moons and planets. An altazimuth mount is both cheaper and lighter for the same degree of stability, advantages that are offered by an equatorial mount design.


You and your telescope

Whichever telescope you pick, choose one that will meet your precise needs and hobbies. The planets, the Moon, and close stars require high power, good contrast, and sharp resolution, and if these are the objects of your attention, a refractor or reflector is probably the best bet. While very faint objects like galaxies and nebulae need a huge aperture and you should invest in a big reflector telescope to view these. And if you haven't specialized, an all-purpose midrange telescope should serve best, for example a 6" or 8" reflector or an 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain.

   
Chang Sheng Toys 1271 - Kid's Telescope Set (w.20x, 30x & 40x Eyepieces)
Chang Sheng Toys 1271 - Kid's Telescope Set (w.20x, 30x & 40x Eyepieces)
Chang Sheng Toys 1271 - Kid's Telescope Set (w.20x, 30x & 40x Eyepieces)

Experience the universe with this refined telescope.

Features Include:
• three different magnification eye pieces
• a compass
• a tripod stand.
Price: $34.99
Discovery Kids D02 Telescope - Explorer (15x Hand-held)
Discovery Kids D02 Telescope - Explorer (15x Hand-held)
Discovery Kids D02 Telescope - Explorer (15x Hand-held)

Fun hand-held telescope with 15X magnification. Lightweight and easy to focus.

Suitable from 8 yrs+
Price: $19.99
Discovery Kids D09 Telescope - Land & Sky (30x Magnification w.30mm Objective Le
Discovery Kids D09 Telescope - Land & Sky (30x Magnification w.30mm Objective Le
Discovery Kids D09 Telescope - Land & Sky (30x Magnification w.30mm Objective Lens, Tripod, Compass & Integral Lens Cap)

Explore wildlife and the night sky with this 30X magnification telescope which is suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

Features Include:
• 30mm Objective Lens
• 30x Magnification
• table-top tripod
• fun moon phase guide.

Suitable from 8 yrs+
Price: $49.99
Discovery Kids D10 - 50mm Astronomical Telescope (30-60x Magnification, 2 Eyepie
Discovery Kids D10 - 50mm Astronomical Telescope (30-60x Magnification, 2 Eyepie
Discovery Kids D10 - 50mm Astronomical Telescope (30-60x Magnification, 2 Eyepieces 16.6 & 8.3 & Tripod)

View the moon and other planets and stars or land based animals and scenic views with this variable eye piece 30-60X magnification telescope.

Features Include:
• two eyepieces (16.6mm and 8.3mm)
• 30-60x magnification objective lens
• aluminium tripod
• erector lens
• diagonal mirror
• full instruction leaflet.

Suitable from 8+ years
Price: $84.99
Saxon 704 Telescope - 400x70 Refractor Tabletop Spotting Scope (with Carry Case)
Saxon 704 Telescope - 400x70 Refractor Tabletop Spotting Scope (with Carry Case)
Saxon 704 Telescope - 400x70 Refractor Tabletop Spotting Scope (with Carry Case)

For observation sessions on the go, you'll need the Saxon 704 Refractor Telescope.

Set on a pre-assembled tabletop tripod, this telescope features:
• a focal length of 400mm
• an aperture of 70mm
• The included erect image diagonal means you can use this scope for daytime nature views as well as night sky views.

The compact and portable design of the saxon 704 Refractor Telescope makes it easy for you to take this scope with you anywhere.
Price: $169.99
Saxon 804AZ3 Telescope - 80x400mm Pioneer Refractor Telescope (With Alt-Azimuth
Saxon 804AZ3 Telescope - 80x400mm Pioneer Refractor Telescope (With Alt-Azimuth
Saxon 804AZ3 Telescope - 80x400mm Pioneer Refractor Telescope (w.Alt-Azimuth Mount)

Features Include:
• Well sized 80mm refractor lens
• Fully multi-coated achromatic objective lens
• Gives a rich of field view of star fields, clusters, nebulae, bright galaxies, planets, the Moon and (with correct filtering or by projection) the Sun, as well as excellent terrestrial views
• Crisp images with very little chromatic aberration
• Ideal for astrophotography and terrestrial photography such as lunar or solar eclipses
• Extremely portable
• Lightweight optical tube
Price: $399.99
Skywatcher OP80900 Telescope - 80 x 900 Brass Telescope (w.Mahogony Tripod)
Skywatcher OP80900 Telescope - 80 x 900 Brass Telescope (w.Mahogony Tripod)
Skywatcher OP80900 Telescope - 80 x 900 Brass Telescope (w.Mahogony Tripod)

Features Include:
• Brass coating finishing for classy look
• High quality 80mm multi-coated optics for clear, bright images
• Included is a 6x30 achromatic brass finder scope and a 25mm brass Plossl eyepiece
• Utilizes a 45 degree Amici prism - solid brass premium quality
• Precision 1.25" rack and pinion focuser
• Adjustable height tripod made from rich mahogany and features brass fittings
• Classic styled timber-brass alt-azimuth mount
Price: $975.00
Skywatcher SW114PSE Telescope - (114x500 AZGT Reflector)
Skywatcher SW114PSE Telescope - (114x500 AZGT Reflector)
Skywatcher SW114PSE Telescope - (114x500 AZGT Reflector)

Features Include:
• Diameter/Aperture: 114mm
• Focal Length: 500mm
• Great for Deep-Sky Observations
• Ideal for Beginners
• Sturdy & Heavy-weight Base
• Auto-tracking Alt-Azimuth Mount
Price: $749.99
Skywatcher SW1301EQ2 Telescope - (130x1000 Reflector)
Skywatcher SW1301EQ2 Telescope - (130x1000 Reflector)
Skywatcher SW1301EQ2 Telescope - (130x1000 Reflector)

SkyWatcher 130/1000 EQ2 MD Reflector Telescope (SW135)

•Generous 130mm Aperture for Bright Views

•Convenient Mount Movement with Equatorial Design

•Compact and Lightweight Aluminium Tripod
Price: $499.99
Skywatcher SW154550 Telescope - Small Table Top/Spotting Scope (15-45x50 Power)
Skywatcher SW154550 Telescope - Small Table Top/Spotting Scope (15-45x50 Power)
Skywatcher SW154550 Telescope - Small Table Top/Spotting Scope (15-45x50 Power)
Price: $174.99
Skywatcher SW709AZ3 Telescope - (70x900 Refractor)
Skywatcher SW709AZ3 Telescope - (70x900 Refractor)
Skywatcher SW709AZ3 Telescope - (70x900 Refractor)

Features Include:
• Excellent Choice for Beginners & Intermediate Astronomers
• Lightweight and Portable
• Simple Set up with Pre-assembled Tripod
• 36% More Light Gathering than 60mm
• Strong and Sturdy Construction
Price: $299.99
Skywatcher SW909EQ2 Telescope - (90x900 Refractor)
Skywatcher SW909EQ2 Telescope - (90x900 Refractor)
Skywatcher SW909EQ2 Telescope - (90x900 Refractor)
Price: $425.00
Skywatcher SWDOB130 Telescope - 130mm Dobsonian Mini Heritage Edition
Skywatcher SWDOB130 Telescope - 130mm Dobsonian Mini Heritage Edition
Skywatcher SWDOB130 Telescope - 130mm Dobsonian Mini Heritage Edition.

A portable folding telescope on a Dobsonian mount ideal for beginners.

With a 130 mm parabolic mirror that provides high resolution and permeability, it can be installed on a table or windowsill.

With its substantial aperture opening (130mm) it can observe almost all the popular nebulous objects, along with the planets and the Moon will show a lot of interesting details.

Features Include:
• Aperture: 130 mm
• Focus: 650 mm
• Focuser: 1.25"
• Relative aperture: 1/5
• Resolution: 0,9" (angular seconds)
• Penetrating power: 13.3-inch (magnitude)
Equipment:
• The eyepiece Super 25mm (48x), 1,25"
• The eyepiece Super 10mm (120x), 1,25"
• The Seeker Star Pointer
• Gift Packaging
Price: $294.99
Star Theatre Collection - Stellarscope
Star Theatre Collection - Stellarscope
Star Theatre Collection - Stellarscope

A terrific star-finding tool that anyone can use.

The Stellarscope displays all the main stars and constellations of both the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

Just find the right latitude adaptor &/or star map, rotate the tubes to align the date and time, take aim, and start calling out the stars by name.

6 3/8' long; works anywhere between latitudes 20 degrees and 60 degrees North or South.
Price: $49.99
Tasco 30060402 Telescope - Novice 402x60mm Refractor Telescope (with Tripod & C
Tasco 30060402 Telescope - Novice 402x60mm  Refractor Telescope (with Tripod & C
Tasco 30060402 Telescope - Novice 402x60mm Refractor Telescope (with Tripod & Carry Bag)

Features Include:
• Quality optics with stunning HD clarity
• 100% quality materials used and tested extensively
• Beautiful design and durability built to last
• Value-priced, starter telescope for beginners
• 402x zoom magnification
• Features diagonal and moon filter
• Weighs 10 pounds
• Finder scoope
Price: $159.99
Saxon 606 Telescope - 600x60 Refractor (with Carry Bag) (SOLD)
Saxon 606 Telescope - 600x60 Refractor (with Carry Bag)
Saxon 606 Telescope - 600x60 Refractor (with Carry Bag)

The saxon 606 Refractor Telescope is easy to set up and use, with a soft carrying case included for convenient storage.

This telescope features:
• an aperture of 60mm
• focal length of 600mm
• coated objective lens
• 5x24 finderscope with rubber cover
• rotatable erecting 45 degree prism
• 1.25" Kellner eyepieces with rubber eyecups
• 3x barlow lens and a built-in compass to assist with terrestrial observations.

The saxon 606 Refractor Telescope is suitable for both land and sky viewing.

Ideal for beginner astronomers and observers.
Price: $199.99
Saxon 709EQ Telescope - 70x900mm Refractor Telescope (SOLD)
Saxon 709EQ Telescope - 70x900mm Refractor Telescope
Saxon 709EQ Telescope - 70x900mm Refractor Telescope

Ideal beginner's telescope - Good performance on the moon, planets, stars, double stars & star clusters.

Well suited to the budding astronomer looking for a flexible & powerful starter telescope.

Features Include:
• a durable Equatorial mount with slow motion controls for tracking ease
• an adjustable height aluminium tripod
• upright image operation for landscapes, birding & whale watching
• interchangeable eyepieces for low & high magnification.
Price: $359.99
Skywatcher SW1149EQ1 Telescope (900x114 Reflector) (SOLD)
Skywatcher SW1149EQ1 Telescope (900x114 Reflector)
Skywatcher SW1149EQ1 Telescope (900x114 Reflector)

Features Include:
• 900mm Focal Length
• 114mm Aperture
• Easy object focusing with 5x24 finderscope
• More light gathering capacity (165% more than 70mm refractor)
• Aluminized and overcoated mirrors
• Comfortable viewing at high and low magnifications
• Easy tracking of stars with equatorial mount
Price: $274.99
Tasco 49060700 Telescope - Spacestation (60 x 700mm Refractor) (SOLD)
Tasco 49060700 Telescope - Spacestation (60 x 700mm Refractor)
Tasco 49060700 Telescope - Spacestation (60 x 700mm Refractor)

The Tasco 60mm Spacestation Refractor AZ telescope is a good choice for beginners. It is suitable for both terrestrial and celestial applications. The telescope offers multi-coated glass optics to allow clear and crisp images. It can also be used for astrophotography with an appropriate T-Mount adapter. It comes with an adjustable aluminum tripod, a set of three eyepieces and a RedDot Starpointer finder scope to easily locate heavenly bodies.

Features Include:
• Red Dot Starpointer helps locate celestial objects
• Erect Image Optic ideal for terrestrial and astronomical use
• Single Fork Arm Altazimuth for smooth and accurate pointing
• Pre-assembled tripod provides a rigid and stable platform All coated glass optics for clear, crisp images
• Accessory tray for convenient storage of accessories
• Tasco SkyWatch CD-ROM database makes viewing informative and pleasurable
• Barlow lens to augment magnification
Price: $199.99