Buying your first telescope is an investment we want you to be happy with and so we’ve come up with some pointers for you to follow to help you to choose the right kind. Unlike binoculars, telescopes are not supposed to be solely for magnification, but instead to collect light which will then provide you with detail. Of course, magnification is also necessary in order to be able to see things which are far away, but it is only the amount of light collected that will affect how much detail you see.
Therefore, when buying any kind of telescope, but in particular astronomical telescopes you should focus on the aperture of the instrument rather than the power. The aperture is measured through the diameter of the main lens. The eyepiece is what determines the power and telescopes generally have optional eyepieces available to increase or decrease the power and magnification. You should generally have three eyepieces in your kit – for low, medium and high magnification.
There are three kinds of telescope: refractors, reflectors and catadioptrics. All three have their advantages and disadvantages for use as astronomical telescopes, so it really depends on what exactly you want to look at with them. For a beginner’s telescope, the best all rounder is a catadioptric and these are very compact and portable for carrying around. They are also generally cheaper than refractors and are also the best suited for any near focus work as well, should you want to use your telescope for that purpose also.
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!
If you’re looking for a way to perk yourself up after the Christmas and New Year holidays, why not come to us here at Sherwoods? We have a variety of optical devices that you are sure to love. So whether you love astronomy, bird watching or are a keen hunter, you should definitely come to us for the best optical devices on the market, such as night vision binoculars, telescopes and bird watching binoculars.
But what should you buy?
Well, rather than going for the usual ties, car wash kits, toiletry sets and socks; you could always consider getting binoculars instead. Indeed, binoculars can be a very good choice of gift for one or more of your loved ones as they can provide many hours of entertainment, whether it be for watching wildlife, gazing at stars or any other kind of observation-based activities.
Although your choice may be largely determined by price, cash shouldn’t be the only factor that influences your decision. Certainly, you will need to take into account the preferences of the recipient in question: for example, a pair of bird watching binoculars would most likely be the best choice for someone who enjoys spending lots of time out and about in the countryside.
Regardless of whether you purchase astronomical, marine or bird watching binoculars; they are sure to make a very fine gift for anyone who is lucky enough to receive them. So, if you want to do your shopping the easy way, look no further than us here at Sherwoods.
It is approaching that time of year when the weather turns cold and the sun goes AWOL until springtime. Indeed, the cold mornings are already here and it surely won’t be long until the snow and ice move in to join them.
Beauty & Joy
Thankfully, there are times when a wintry scene can actually provide episodes of divine beauty and joy. Times when a fleeting blast of early morning sunshine across a frosty landscape is an absolute pleasure to behold, especially if you’re in a rural setting. Indeed, out in the countryside, the rolling hills and spire-like forests can look absolutely stunning under a layer of icy frost or virgin snow; so, if you get the opportunity to spend a few hours out and about in the country on a winter’s day, you really should seize the chance.
Taking a pair of binoculars out with you will enable you to see even more of all the delights that a rural wintry scene has to offer. Certainly, a good pair of bird watching binoculars will allow you to not only examine the landscape in much greater detail; they will also enable you to catch a glimpse of the wildlife that comes out to play at this time of year. For example, a pair of bird watching binoculars could enable you to see a robin red-breast going about his day; and there really are few things as festive as that.
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!
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.