With the majesty of the heavens above us, the wonders of the night sky should be accessible to all. At Sherwoods Photographic, we want to make this a reality, no matter what your budget is. It is important to remember that even a pair of binoculars can show the nearer planets in greater detail than the naked eye, as well as comets and other phenomena. Because the night sky is so vast, even beginner astronomers can train their sights on objects that the rest of mankind has never observed before. This brings up an important question, however: just how much do you want to see and what is your budget? These two aspects will really dictate what technology you should go for. Astronomical telescopes can vary in complexity, but they can yield so much when used properly. So another important question to ask is, how much time and effort can I dedicate to this?
For those with a casual interest and a focus on immediate observations, you might consider the Celestron 15×70 Skymaster. These are specially designed astronomical binoculars which come in at only £60. They offer a large aperture to gather as much light as possible, thereby increasing the ability to see objects in the night sky. They are also designed to be lightweight so your arms don’t start to tire from looking. The Celestron range goes all the way up to the premium option in the form of the 9×63 Skymaster. Again these utilise a large aperture and are dedicated for use on land. They produce sharp images even over very large distances and are designed for comfort. Being the top of the range Celestron, they are available for £235.
Celestron also make telescopes to suit a variety of budgets. The Astromaster range starts at £100 and rises to £180. They are perfect to set up since they do not require any tools. You can also begin observing as quickly as possible since it also has a permanently mounted StarPointer, although it can also be used for terrestrial objects as well. If you are observing an object then you will need to track the object as it moves across the sky. The Astromaster features a German Equatorial Mount with Setting circles which will allow you to track more accurately.
If you are looking for a more upmarket option with more automation and capabilities, the Advanced range can really help to bring the sky to life. These are GPS compatible making it much simpler to get to the object you want to observe. With this hurdle out of the way you can really start to enjoy the night sky. With a communications port, the telescope can be controlled with a computer while the Autoguider port can be used for long exposures of astronomical phenomena. With an object database providing access to more than 40,000+ objects, these scopes can provide plenty of breadth for those who are turning from very interested parties to enthusiasts. As you might imagine, these offerings are no small investments, but they do pay you back with staggering sights!
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