If you keep finding yourself gazing at the skies, you’re not alone. The world has gone astronomy mad after the successful landing of the NASA rover Curiosity on Mars.
Major accomplishments in space like this can be enough to inspire entire generations to pursue an interest in the field. After all, it’s hard to think of anything more exciting than exploring the universe looking for signs of life. Of course, before you turn to the heavens, you’ll need to make sure you have the right astronomical telescopes. Thankfully, getting your hands on products like this is now quick and easy.
Earlier this month, a team at NASA waited nervously as their $2.5 billion (£1.6 billion) robotic landing mission unfolded on Mars. Scenes of jubilation were transmitted from the agency’s base as the most nerve-wracking part of the mission – the descent through the Red Planet’s atmosphere to its surface – went without hitch.
The equipment involved was even able to beam back images of the manoeuvre. NASA has provided nearly 300 thumnails from a sequence of pictures that will eventually be run together as a high definition movie.
Touchdown took place at 06.32 BST on Monday August 6th and the probe landed in a deep equatorial depression called the Gale Crater.
Wasting no time, scientists got to work examining images and one of the most striking snaps taken so far features the 5.5km-high Mount Sharp. Many people around the world have been captivated by the images.
Meanwhile, the team involved are looking to see whether ancient environments on Mars were ever favourable for life. Satellite data has indicated that sediments located at the base of the rocky structure were laid down in an abundance of water.
Unsurprisingly, Curiosity represents the height of technology. It is equipped with ten instruments to study the rocks it encounters and it many years of diligent design and construction to complete.
Of course, a career at NASA isn’t for everyone, but if you’re determined to enjoy the skies and learn about them, you’ve come to the right place.
By taking a look around our website here at Sherwoods, you can find a range of telescopes that can help you explore the planets, stars and moons.
Choosing the perfect telescope
Before you hand over any cash for these items, you’ll no doubt want to be sure that they are perfect for you. We provide many different telescopes designed for amateur astronomers and so you won’t suffer from a lack of choice.
All of these items can be categorised into three different types. There is the refractor, the reflector and the catadioptric.
Sticking to your budget
As well as choosing products that tick all boxes in terms of their specifications, it’s also important to take your budget into account. After all, there’s no point in overspending on the items. If you’re a beginner, it may make sense to start off with the simpler versions and eventually work your way up.
To find out more about what we have to offer, including our night vision items and so on, just take a look around our website.
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