Buying telescopes specifically design for activities, such as bird watching, means nature fans are able to get great views of the animals.
Some prefer monocular types over binoculars, as these often provide great clarity, allowing users to see feather and plumage details they may otherwise miss if they were viewing the creatures through the latter instruments. Devices designed for outdoor use in bright conditions also tend to be favoured over those created for looking at the night sky, as these feature fairly delicate mechanisms that may be affected by poor weather conditions. In addition, some kinds may not have lenses wide enough to emit the light needed to see animals clearly over long distances.
The magnification of bird watching binoculars proves a major draw for nature lovers tracking creatures. The range of devices we have on sale often have wide apertures that bring distant animals close to users, so they get to appreciate clear images. As well as magnification, there are other features of the devices that shoppers may like to consider before going ahead and purchasing one.
For example, size and weight of the instruments could be an important factor if users plan to carry them long distances when tracking creatures. In addition, telescopes of this type come in a variety of forms including those which are angled and others that are termed straight-through. The former are designed to be more comfortable to peer through and when they are stabilised on a tripod, images are particularly clear. On the other hand straight-through types are more portable and can be easily passed between users when necessary.
When investing in astronomical telescopes, it is a good idea to put some money aside to buy products that keep devices in tip top condition.
Instruments often contain delicate lenses that are used to bring in light and magnify images. Spots and specks on glass can severely affect viewing experiences, but with the right products, users are able to clean and maintain their scopes and ensure they are free from blemishes. Manufacturers of such products are constantly improving their range of items created to care for astronomical telescopes, and we have an array of them in stock.
Cleaning accessories for instruments get rid of marks and spots without negatively affecting scopes. Consequently, it is advisable to purchase goods made specifically for this purpose, to limit accidental damage. Telescopes and binoculars that are used outside may attract all kinds of grime and pollen. Specialist cleaning fluids are available to remove these from delicate surfaces and should be chosen over homemade detergents.
To avoid scratching surfaces, owners of telescopes may like to purchase soft brushes that effectively pick up dirt and lint particles, so images remain clear. Others may prefer to invest in blowers, some of which run on gas. These are used in many industries to keep lenses clean as they remove the need to touch surfaces, reducing the chance that they may be permanently marked during the sanitising process.
As well as individual accessories, device users are able to invest in entire cleaning kits that contain many of the items needed to keep instruments working well. These may include blowers, detergent and specially-made cleaning cloths.
Telescopes vary in their sturdiness, although they will all need to be stored in the correct way in order to function for a long time.
Reflective and refractive devices differ in their internal mechanisms, as the former uses mirrors to gather images, while the latter relies on lenses. Alignment of mirrors can be affected by knocks, although it is possible to reset these more easily then correcting lenses that have become damaged. Consequently, finding a spot in homes where telescopes are less likely to be accidentally pushed over is imperative.
When they are not in use, owners of both kinds of instrument should place them in protective hoods if necessary. Lens caps are also a good idea, as these can prevent dust settling on delicate surface, which can leave scratches on glass. In addition, caps can protect fragile parts of the scope from fingers that may appear clean, but are likely to transfer oils and particles on to lenses.
Dust is less likely to settle on telescopes if they are kept in a downward position when not in use, and this is the angle many people choose to leave devices at after using them. In addition to these basic techniques to prolong the life of the devices, it is recommended that accessories are also stored correctly. To protect telescope eye pieces and additional lenses from particles and damp, they can be placed in special sealed bags. They should also be cleaned and maintained using items designed for fragile mechanisms and accessories.
After deciding which telescope to opt for, it is recommended that shoppers buy the best mount for their needs.
Experts in the astronomy field tend to share the same view that buying a good support for scopes is imperative for getting great views of the night sky. Shoppers keen to get their devices home to indulge their hobby ought to first take time to buy suitable telescope mounts before they rush to assemble their devices. Some stands may appear as complicated as the mechanisms making up telescopes, as they have become increasingly complex over the years.
Our range consists of more basic and expert kinds, which suit novices and experts alike. Motors can be attached to the tripods, in order to find and view celestial objects. Alt-Azimuth mounts swing in a left to right and up and down motion, and are normally more affordable than other types. Due to their movements, tracking objects across the sky during long observation sessions is tricky as the view rotates in a manner the stands find hard to catch. In this instance, owners of telescopes may like to choose an equatorial tripod.
These mounts have an extra axis of movement, meaning they are better positioned to follow objects throughout the sky as they move through the heavens. These tend to be preferred by users of telescopes who wish to take photos via the devices. Despite the kind of stand purchased, they all need to be well-positioned and set up in order to get the best use from them. Effectively utilised mounts provide still images of the starry sky without vibrations, in addition to being able to locate celestial objects.
For anyone interested in astronomy, and tempted into buying a telescope you will probably have encountered a variety of different kinds of astronomical telescopes throughout your research. This can be quite daunting. However, it turns out telescopes aren’t actually as complicated as they first appear, and the various types are actually relatively easily explained.
Although there are many variations between telescopes, basically there are two main types of astronomical telescopes, each with clear advantages and disadvantages:
Very briefly, refractor telescopes use lenses to bend the light that they receive, causing convergence on a focal point near the eyepiece. This simple design has some obvious advantage of reflector telescopes (the other type.) Specifically, refractors are more durable than their counterpart, due to the fact that their parts are well enclosed, which also means that they are easy to use, and do not require frequent cleaning. This durability and ease of use makes them suitable for beginners, as well as those requiring sturdy equipment, such as for field work.
Reflector telescopes or Newtonian reflectors are more complicated affairs, and involve the use of mirrors to focus light towards an eyepiece. The increased amount of component parts, when compared with a refractor, means that reflectors are not as durable, and require frequent cleaning and recalibration. However, they are the perfect choice for observing deep-sky objects and practicing astrophotography, whilst also being cheaper up to certain sizes.
For viewing activities, whether bird-watching or astronomy, there is such a wealth of equipment available that it can be difficult working out exactly what you’re going to need. When it comes to telescopes and binoculars, although they are both viewing apparatus, they are actually quite distinct bits of kit – so which should you choose?
Well, the answer is actually entirely dependent on what you’ll be using it for. The obvious advantages of binoculars, for example, is their portability, which makes the ideal choice for “field” activities such as bird-watching or marine watching. In fact, such is the range of binoculars available that it is possible to achieve great magnification as well as extreme portability.
It might surprise you that binoculars also offer some certain advantages in terms of astronomy, and particularly beginner’s and “field” astronomy. Again this is in part due to their portability, meaning that they can be used quickly to observe transitory celestial events, such as meteor showers or eclipses and also due to the fact that they have a larger field of view than telescopes, making it easier to survey the sky, or view large sections of the moon, for example.
Despite these certain advantages, however, the supreme choice for astronomical viewing is surely astronomical telescopes. These are perfectly engineered to locating deep-space objects or observing the fine detail of the moon that a pair of binoculars just can’t rival. You might assume that such potent viewing capability comes at a premium, but over the last few years, top quality telescopes have become available for less than £200.
Astronomical telescopes truly come into their own when observing celestial bodies. However, although many of them come equipped with planet finding features, such as red dot finders or “goto” motors, if you truly want to be able to find your way around the sky quickly and easily you’re going to need to know were to look.
Firstly, the planets are generally going to be the brightest objects in the sky, and therefore locating, say, Venus (the morning star) shouldn’t be too difficult. Yet most of the planets aren’t even visible throughout the entire year, and for most of the year even planets like Mars or Venus are only viewable through telescopes.
When viewing Venus and Mars, the best time of year is the middle of July where you’ll see both planets in the sky at the same time; for Jupiter, look for the brightest star in the sky at the end of August; for Saturn look near to Venus during March, around dawn – the rings should be visible through astronomical telescopes.
Remember, astronomy is a very complicated business, so it would be helpful if you had a reference to hand throughout your observations, such as a star chart, and over time you will come to learn the positions of the planets, and their specific movement patterns; in a way this self-directed learning of the night-sky is one of the best pleasures of practicing astronomy and one of the definite advantages of using astronomical telescopes.
Should you crave some help locating the planets, however, a Celestron NexStar 4 SE would be a great choice of telescopes, being equipped with the latest in planet finding features and software.