Apparently, many more people are taking up amateur astronomy these days. The night sky is a source of natural fascination,and this increase in interest may well have something to do with Professor Brian Cox’s exceedingly entertaining programmes for BBC Television.
So, if you are one of the many new initiates into the world of star gazing, chances are you will be looking to buy a telescope that will enable you to gaze up at the heavens and study the stars, moons and planets in far greater detail. Although the prospect of this is very exciting, you must curtail your enthusiasm somewhat when shopping for new telescopes.
Indeed, as tempting as it may be, you should resist the urge to rush down to your local supermarket and buy the first telescope you see within your price range. This is because these “off-the-shelf” astronomical telescopes are often lacking in performance capabilities and are designed to be used more as toys than as serious astronomical equipment.
Instead, the best way to purchase a new telescope is to look online and find a knowledgeable and reputable retailer of astronomical telescopes like us here at Sherwoods. Although telescopes bought online may cost a little more than those at your local supermarket, you can be sure that they will do the job in hand, last a long time and most importantly, enable you to take pleasure in gazing up at the stars.
Earth is a fascinating place. However, beyond our atmosphere there is so much more to see and ponder. As science and technology progress, we continue to understand more and more about the nature of the universe around us and the sheer vastness of space and time.
The great thing is, you can engage in your own observations of the skies these days thanks to the superb astronomical telescopes that are available. Whereas in the past, it was costly to get good quality viewing instruments of this kind, now it is possible to pick items up at relatively low prices.
Of course, if you want very powerful telescopes, it often pays off to spend a little more on the items, but you should not have a problem finding suitable offerings within your budget.
The level of detail you can observe through these products can be mind blowing and can open your eyes (literally) to a completely different world. Whether you use telescopes indoors, pointing them through a window, or set them up in your garden, you should be able to enjoy many hours of thought provoking viewing.
To get the very most from your astronomical telescopes, it can pay off to invest in books relating to the stars, planets and so on. Also, it is possible to get posters and other such things that serve as maps of the sky. By using resources like this, you will know exactly what you are looking at when you stare down the lens of your scopes.
Are you enamoured by the night sky? If you’re spending a lot of time star gazing lately, you may want to invest in a good telescope. It can make viewing stars and planets so much more exciting. It’s also a great way to spend a date with someone else who loves nature, or enjoy family time with the kids.
Here at Sherwoods Photographic we offer a range of choices in high quality astronomical telescopes for amateur astronomy. We have three different basic types of telescopes, which are: Refractor, the Reflector & the catadioptric.
If you don’t know a lot about telescopes, and you aren’t sure how to choose the type you want, we suggest that you read through our page on Telescope Basics. This link will show after you click on the Astronomical Scopes tab on our main web page.
If you’re looking for a good, high quality starter telescope, the Celestron NexStar 4 SE is an excellent choice. This scope has a lot of great features including software that allows you to operate it via your home PC. It’s easy to set up, and ideal for beginners.
The NexStar 4 also features a steel tripod with built-in wedge, internal flip mirror, GPS complete with optional CN16 GPS Accessory, custom database listing all the most famous deep-sky objects, autoguider port for long exposure astrophotography, and much more.
This is just one example of the many great telescopes we carry. To read more about this model, or to view other scopes, visit the main web page. If you need assistance ordering or choosing your scope, feel free to get in touch.
How do telescopes work? A question that many star gazers may ask when first starting out. There are many things to learn about when a novice in the astronomical telescope context, such as refractors, reflectors, and filters. Well here at Sherwoods-Photo we enjoy helping our customers, and our quick and simple guide to astronomical telescopes should shed some light on the different parts of a telescope.
So, a telescope can be described as a device that magnifies distant objects. There are many different shapes and sizes of telescopes. The size usually can be directly linked to the magnification of a telescope.
There are two main concepts when considering how a telescope works. These two main notions are refractor telescopes, and reflector telescopes. Refractor telescopes use a glass lens, where reflector telescopes use mirrors. Now, both of these types of telescope achieve exactly the same result, just in different ways.
Refractor telescopes were first developed in the 1600’s, by the famous gentleman Galileo. Refractors are the more common type of telescope, and their design is simple in concept. There are three main parts that refractor telescopes are made from.
1) A long tube – generally plastic or metal
2) The glass lens at the front (also known as the objective lens)
3) The glass lens at the viewing side (also known as the eyepiece)
Reflector telescopes are slightly more complicated in design, but can offer quality image. They work by using a mirror to gather light, instead of the traditional lens. Mirrors do not have chromatic aberration, which is the main benefit of a reflector telescope.
After a much anticipated wait the first delivery of the latest range of Celestron’s SkyProdigy telescopes are due in next week (19th September). The Celestron SkyProdigy 90mm Maksutov and 130mm reflector offer the simplest align possible from a GOTO scope. The scope mount contains electronic motors, an intelligent on-board computer, a digital camera and StarSense™ technology to create an automatic, instant alignment telescope that requires no input from the user. Simply turn it on, push a button and enjoy the view! It’s that easy.
No knowledge of the night sky is required. One touch innovation turns anyone into an instant astronomer!
Just about everyone is intrigued by space. The magic and mystery of our own galaxy and those beyond means that many of us are itching to see what’s out there, but you don’t have to be part of the space programme to experience it – with the right telescopes, you can see what it’s like from your very own home.
With astronomical telescopes you’ll be able to experience the beauty and magic of space no matter where you are. You’ll find yourself transfixed by the images you find – there’s nothing quite like seeing what’s out there, and many people can’t get enough of the captivating nature of space. Whether you want to see the detail of constellations or want a closer look at the planets you’ll find the telescope to suit, and with the right options you never know what you might come across.
But, if you want to be totally satisfied with your telescope, you always need to go for quality options. This ensures you’ll have the necessary clarity to really experience the best of the great beyond, letting you see far away objects like never before, and if you want to find telescopes that can deliver you need to see what we’ve got to offer.
We’ve got a fantastic selection of astronomical telescopes for you to choose from, catering to everyone from the beginner stargazer to the experienced astronomer, letting everyone experience the magic of space. Take a look around to find the model that’s right for you, and you’ll soon be mesmerized by what’s out there.
Tuning our astronomical telescopes and bird watching binoculars for migrations and celestial events like Norfolk’s Keeling Heath Star Camp, there’s no time like the present to brush up on a few countryside etiquette basics.
Take All Rubbish Home
We all share the responsibility to take good care of the countryside around us. Rubbish is a big, BIG problem in many of the UK’s much-loved nature reserves simply because of the massive number of seasonal visitors. Think of it this way – you drop a chewing gum wrapper… but so do the other five hundred people visiting the park that day. Within a week there are thousands tiny bits of debris littering the park. Most nature reserves provide bins, but it makes their job a little easier when visitors take their waste home. This also applies to biodegradable waste like partially eaten burgers and orange peel; ecosystems are fragile, and the introduction of any foreign substances can cause damage, as well as interrupting any scientific work being carried out on the area, as is often the case in most of the UK’s nature reserves.
Keeping dogs under control (including picking up their waste as you would on an urban street), leaving gates as you find them (this could mean leaving them open too), not kicking a few dry stone wall stones down to give your astronomical telescopes or bird watching binoculars a better rest etc. – it’s essential that we all do our best to maintain the lush greenery of the UK.