It may be easy to assume that you do not like physics. After all, in school, physics lessons were often enough to drive the majority of us to sleep, scratching at the surface of many different areas, but without really going into the depth needed to actually pique the interest. Likewise, quantum physics is often used as a metaphor for anything that is hard to grasp or generally unfathomable and, as such, the majority of people assume that the truly interesting areas of physics will simply be above their heads.
This, however, is not true. Physics covers a huge range of different areas from the creation of the universe itself through to the way in which the planets themselves work. In many ways, simply buying yourself astronomical telescopes and studying the night sky will give you a far better physics lesson than you will have ever had in school.
Learning about the universe through self-study is extremely easy too. Whether you work things out for yourself using those telescopes or whether you have a helping hand with one of the many science magazines or books available to buy, even just a slightly improved knowledge of physics can often make one look at the world in a whole new light. From multiverse theory to what really kick started creation, whilst much of physics remains theory (until proven 100% accurate), you may well be surprised at just how much reality has in common with your favourite sci-fi movies.
After all, what they don’t teach you in school is that it is physics that gives the base to science fiction and, as such, physics should really be the most interesting lesson going. However, with just the right telescopes and a little bit of background knowledge, you may well be able to put those memories of dull science lessons to bed forever and start to understand not only more about the universe, but also possibly more about yourself too.
Being able to really look at the night sky can make anyone feel incredibly small, but it’s also a captivating experience that can leave you in awe of everything else out there. But, the only way to really experience the night sky in all its glory is to get the right telescopes to suit, and if you’re looking for the best you’ve come to the right place.
We can help you find any astronomical telescopes you’re looking for, because with such a fantastic range we’re confident you’ll have no need to look anywhere else. Our extensive catalogue covers some of the best makes available to ensure there’ll be plenty of telescopes that could meet your needs, and with exceptional prices on everything in stock you won’t need to spend a fortune to get the level of quality that you’re after.
But, we realise that it can sometimes be difficult to make your decision. The sheer range of choice on offer (not to mention the often mind-boggling specifications) could leave you wondering where to start, and that’s why we don’t expect you to go it alone. If you want to discuss the options just get in touch and one of our specialists will be pleased to advise—we’ll help you make sense of the huge array of options out there, ultimately ensuring you’re left with the astronomical telescopes that perfectly meet your needs. So, why go anywhere else? Our product knowledge and extensive range means we’re bound to have what you’re looking for, so take a look around and you’ll soon see for yourself.
The annual Lyrid meteor shower is set to take place later this month, and that means it’s the perfect time to get those astronomical telescopes out to make sure you’re ready for it. The Lyrid meteors, known as April’s shooting stars, can produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds with there usually being around 10-20 sightings per hour, although uncommon surges of as many as 100 in an hour have been known. It’s this unpredictable nature that makes the Lyrids so tantalising, because the possibility of such a huge number of them means they could make for a truly spectacular show.
And, this year offers something extra special — the meteor shower is set to coincide with the new moon, guaranteeing a dark sky so the meteors themselves will be far more visible. There won’t be any moonlight to obscure your view which will make the show even more spectacular, and if you want to see the shower at its best then get out there on the night of April 21/22 (meteors should be visible between the 16th and 25th of April, but it’s this night that the shower should peak).
The Lyrid meteors will be visible with the naked eye so everyone can enjoy the show, but the only way to really experience it in all its glory is to get the right astronomical telescopes to suit. Doing so will ensure maximum vision to bring the night sky to life whilst ensuring you can make the most of this astronomical event, and if you’re looking for the scopes to suit just get in touch and we’ll happily advise.
Here at Sherwoods we offer a great range of high quality astronomical telescopes for the amateur astronomer, including both Computer Controlled Telescopes and Goto Telescopes.
All our different telescopes can also be categorized as either the Refractor, the Reflector or the catadioptric. If you are unsure which type of telescope you are after, you can read our “Telescope Basics” page to learn more about all three of these types, as well as how to use your telescope properly.
On our we b site, you’ll find a great range of choices for astronomical scopes in top brands like Bresser, Celestron, Meade, Skywatcher, and Tal. Here are just a few examples of some really great telescopes we think you’ll love.
The Celestron NexStar SLT Telescope Range offers telescopes designed for affordable entry level or mid level computerized telescopes. They are designed with easy set up in mind too, which means you won’t need any tools to put them together.
This line is really ideal for those just getting started in stargazing and astronomy, so if you want something affordable that’s still high quality, you know where to start.
Yet, I you prefer something a little smaller and more portable, you might like of our mounted scopes from Sky-Watcher. They offer super high power and magnification in a smaller product.
We even carry beautiful ornate brass library scopes that are just as practical as they are beautiful. They are ideal for the formal drawing room or library, or placing in a conservatory. They also make lovely gifts.
If you are thinking about getting into astronomy then a good start is to go and observe with someone else first. They will help you to get used to astronomical telescopes and learn how to navigate the night sky with one too. They will also help to show you what you will be able to see. You should be able to see the moon and all the planets (except Pluto), but some with more detail than others. On Jupiter, you should be able to see the bands and Red Spot, while you should also be able to see Saturn’s rings.
Many people recommend that beginners start off learning how to spot the planets and the constellations using a pair of binoculars first. This is indeed a good way to get started, and you may prefer to stick with your binoculars for a while longer even once you’ve got used to spotting the night’s sights. What’s more, if you find that astronomy isn’t for you, you won’t have invested a large amount of money in buying a telescope.
Astronomical telescopes are affected by weather conditions. The equipment needs to cool down to the outside temperature to give clear and focused images and this usually takes around 20 minutes, but could take longer depending on the temperature difference. Conditions are also affected by seeing conditions and this is down to both the weather and where you live. Large cities are heavily affected by light pollution which will decrease visibility due to excessive amounts of outdoor lighting.
Sadly, money is pretty tight for everyone these days. Indeed, most people have been forced to economise where possible and go for the cheapest options whenever shopping for new items. However, as necessary as personal austerity measures may be, there are some instances when going for the cheapest option can work out to be a bad move.
If you buy a telescope that is not of a sufficient standard, you may well end up with a poor performing product that will prevent you from enjoying your star gazing and which may even break.
Therefore, it is always wise to spend a bit more cash so that you can invest in a branded telescope of guaranteed quality. Although this may mean waiting longer and saving harder; it will be worth it in the end as good quality branded telescopes deliver a performance and reliability that really is second to none.
Naturally, recognising a brand name is not where you selection of telescopes begins and ends. You will also need to consider other important aspects such as the specifications you want and the size of device you require. However, once you have done a little research, you will soon find a good choice of astronomical telescopes to suit your needs; if not your immediate budget.
So don’t get frustrated if you have to wait a little longer than you’d like – it really will be worth it in the end!
It’s nearly that time of year. That time when you dust off your riot gear and get the painkillers ready for when you return – that’s right; the time has come for you to go Christmas shopping.
In all seriousness, choosing presents that those close to you will actually like is a far from easy task. However, there is a very good option available to you if you know one of your recipients has an enquiring mind and an interest in “the bigger picture”.
Astronomical telescopes can provide people with existentialist leanings with many hours of entertainment as they can open a whole new world (or worlds) for them. Indeed, star gazing really can be quite mesmerising and intoxicating for those who like to look outside of their own little bubble now and again.
Purchasing astronomical telescopes can also be beneficial in another way too. If your recipient really likes their telescope, you can buy them associated items when Christmas (or their birthday) next comes around. For example, you could buy them a poster with the star formations on it to help them identify what they can see through their fascinating new instrument. Similarly, you could also buy them books or DVDs that provide information about star gazing and telescopes in greater detail.
So, if you want to buy a gift that’s much better than socks, telescopes are a very good option. And forget the riot gear – you can buy online with us here at Sherwoods!