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.
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.
Always on the lookout for great opportunities to try out the latest in astronomical telescopes, we’re all looking forward to the 2011 calendar of celestial events across the UK!
Organised annually by Loughton Astronomical Society and Kelling Heath site management, the 2011 Autumn Equinox Sky Camp – held on Kelling Heath, Norfolk – looks set to be one of the brightest and biggest group astronomical viewing events in the 2011 UK calendar. The main event runs over the weekend of 24th-25th Septemer 2011, with extending camp options covering the 19th-30th September 2011.
Astronomical telescopes aside, the party is a great place for hundreds of like-minded astronomers of all abilities to get together and trade celestial tips and astronomically useful star gazing guidance. Children are welcome, as are groups.
The evening/night of 24th September is considered the main event, but there are plenty of lectures and discussion groups to get everyone through daylight hours too! Non-camping entry is free, but those wishing to drive home should be aware that car movement is stringently restricted once darkness falls.
Special Sky Party camping areas are set aside at a reduced rate for groups or individuals wishing to stay the night (or a few!) Lighting regulations are strict, so, as past Sky Camp attendees, we’d have to say that night vision optics can be invaluable for everything from finding dropped keys to adjusting the sight of your telescope!
If the Sky Party sounds like your cup of celestial tea, we’ll see you there with our night vision gadgets and top of the range telescopes!
For those folks who just can’t resist the urge to throw on a backpack and explore the great outdoors, lightweight kit is essential. You need devices and equipment that both perform and don’t weigh you down!
We offer a brilliant range of compact binoculars designed specifically with portability and easy use in mind. The leading brands we carry on our roster – Nikon, Olympus etc – all offer great models that excel in use, durability and portability. Our recommendation of the day is Nikon’s Sprint IV 8×21 binoculars; perfectly designed for easy usability and extreme adventure!
Some folks struggle to find a practical use for night vision optical devices, but when you’re looking for a lost hiker or trying to spot something on the dark slopes of Snowdon, you need high performance, lightweight night vision optics that deliver high quality images. Lightweight (620g) single lens models like the Cobra Nemesis offer high performance at low cost via hardy design (rubber armouring) and cutting edge technology.
The Celestron Astromaster range features several lightweight and compact telescope designs (between 8.16-10.69g) ideal for the intrepid stargazer. The entire Astromaster series is designed for multi-purpose celestial and land viewing, making the budget price models in the collection a good investment for those looking to a) meet their adventurous viewing needs, and b) not spend so much on a device that they’re too worried to use it out in the mud and wind of Mother Nature!
Always on hand to offer our little bit of wisdom when it comes to telescopes, star charts and such, we thought you might need reminding of the Perseids meteor shower, one of the summer’s most prominent and consistently stunning celestial events.
The Perseids garners its name due to the perceived origin of the shower (called the “radiant”), the constellation Perseus. The Perseids enjoy the venerable parentage of the Swift-Tuttle comet. The amazing Perseids meteor cloud consists of detritus ejected by Swift-Tuttle as it passes close to the sun.
An interesting side note of the Swift-Tuttle comet; upon its rediscovery in 1992 it was feared the comet would likely strike the earth or moon. However, upon further calculations this appeared not to be the case. Swift-Tuttle will next be highly visible to the naked eye in 2126.
The 2011 Perseids show is estimated to last from the 17th July – 24th August, peaking on 13th August. The long viewing life of the shower makes it the ideal practice ground for pushing astronomical telescopes to show off the best celestial marvels the night sky has to offer. In the UK we can expect a peak of around seventy meteors per hour. One of the great things about
Parseids is that you don’t necessarily need even one of our beginner astronomical telescopes to see its brilliance.
For more information on telescopes and stargazing tips, take a look at the comprehensive guides in our “Books & Maps” area.