Advice for buying a telescope
Many starting in astronomy are keen to acquire their first telescope to see what is in the night sky. This is a very basic guide.
The best advice is to gain a little knowledge before deciding to buy a telescope.
- If you have a Public Library nearby, check out their stock of books
- Or search on-line. There are numerous web sites with good basic tutorials on astronomy
- Or buy a basic book. We can supply a few
- Get a chair or lounger, and view the sky with the naked eye. Pick out a few star patterns
- Don't dash out to buy a telescope, use a pair of binoculars if you have them
- Find other astronomy enthusiasts nearby, or consider joining a Society
- Gain some knowledge before spending any money
- Seek advice from knowledgeable members on what to buy
Buying a telescope
It's easy to be overwhelmed by the options and figure given when buying a first telescope
- Be practical. How much space do you have to store a telescope?
- Most important consideration is aperture - larger apertures collect more light and make objects brighter
- There are three basic telescope types, reflector, refactor, and compound
- Reflectors are generally cheaper, then refractors, with compound more expensive.
- A common refractor is call a Newtonian, designed by Isaac Newton in 1680s
- The simplest type of telescope is a Dobsonian. Good value for money.