If you’ve been gripped by the urge to get telescopes as a means of viewing the night sky, you will no doubt be excited about making a purchase.
After all, such items can provide many hours of entertainment as you gaze up at the stars, moons and planets that share our universe.
However, it is important that you act with a degree of restraint when it comes to buying such an item.
You may be tempted to rush to your nearest department store and simply get the first item you see that is within your price range.
This could prove to be a mistake as such offerings are often lacking in technology and are more toys than serious pieces of equipment.
Rather than wasting your time and money, you should make sure you do some research before committing yourself to one particular device.
After all, if you make the wrong decision, your new-found passion for astronomy may be destroyed through the frustration of not being able to see what you want to.
There are a range of specialist retailers operating over the web that offer telescopes and one of these items is bound to meet your requirements.
While such devices may be slightly more expensive than the unsophisticated versions sold in department stores, they will last for a long time and enable you to take more pleasure in gazing at the stars.
So, by ensuring you do not rush into a decision when purchasing devices such as this, you can rest assured you will not be disappointed when you do eventually get what you’re after.
In many ways, now is a good time to buy an astronomical telescope. However, because of the huge choice of such products available, consumers can be left feeling confused.
If you are in this position, don’t despair. There is plenty of information and advice available to help you make sure you end up with the device that suits your personal needs.
Before you go into the details of particular products, you should consider what exactly it is you are after and you should have some basic grasp of how they work. This will enable you to make a more informed choice between the objects.
One of the main aspects of the devices is their aperture, or the diameter of their main optical component – which can be a lens or a mirror. This determines its ability to gather light and its capacity to resolve images.
If you are keen to observe dim galaxies, nebulae and star clusters, you may benefit from opting for a telescope with an aperture larger than ten inches. These ‘deep-sky’ objects can be hard to locate otherwise.
However, if you are not focused on this, a smaller astronomical telescope may be more appropriate for you. After all, you may well have to transport the item and if it is lacking in portability, you’re use of it may be limited.
These are just two factors you should bear in mind when selecting your telescope but they are a good place to start. By taking your time over the decision, you should be able to avoid frustration and disappointment over the end result.
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.
Fans of telescopes who wish to buy a device that is a combination of past and present designs may like to browse our supply of brass instruments.
Manufacturers realise that some stargazers are keen to purchase items that hark back to earlier times, but also feature all the hi-tech internal mechanisms found in modern-day astronomical telescopes and other products. Brass devices are appealing to many shopping for this kind of product due to their antique design and ability to show celestial objects with great clarity. Instruments made from this metal mainly consist of refractive telescopes, which are slim and cylindrical in shape, with eyepieces fixed at the end of the tubing.
Scopes of this nature are considered by many to be the archetypal telescope shape, which makes them popular for those looking for classic designs. These telescopes depend on lenses to catch light, rather than mirrors, such as those found in reflective devices. Despite their delicate appearance, refractive types are sturdily made, as their fixed lenses are embedded within the cylinders, although care should still be taken to make sure they are not knocked over accidentally.
As well as producing brass scopes to a high quality, creators of the devices also tend to pay great attention to the stands they rest on. Most of the instruments are sold with Alt-Azimuth mounts that are manufactured to blend in with the telescopes. These ensure that the instruments have telescope mounts on which to rest, so users can take in great views of the starry skies or terrestrial landscape if they prefer.
On a clear night with a bright full moon, no one could blame you for wanting to make a living out of gazing into the sky at planets and the odd shooting star.
But how easy is it to make a career out of stargazing? And do you really need complicated equipment like astronomical telescopes?
There are several skills and personality traits that a professional astronomer needs. The first is – perhaps obviously – excellent observational skills. The second is a meticulous eye for detail, in order to correctly and methodically record all date and observations. An analytical mind to help understand results and formulate theories is a must, and so is an aptitude for solitude. Being able to stay up late probably wouldn’t go amiss either!
Early study in the sciences, English and mathematics will provide a good intellectual grounding for the work involved in being an astronomer, while further study in astronomy (especially at research level) should help with getting that dream job.
Experience of visiting planetariums, observatories and museums will also help you learn about the nature of astronomy, while proving your commitment to potential employers.
Finally, it may be painful to accept but an expensive, potentially delicate piece of equipment such as astronomical telescopes are a vital tool for any serious astronomers. Those clear starlit nights may be few and far between, making your astronomical telescopes completely essential.
Astronomical scopes are your key to making a career out of astronomy if that is where you are aiming for. If you are only looking to experience astronomy as a hobby, then astronomical telescopes will be the key to your enjoyment.
The Skywatcher Explorer 150P, 150PL & 200P Astronomical reflecting telescopes have today been lowered in price. The successful range from Skywatcher now represents even better value for money. The new pricing means that larger aperture scopes are even more accessible for people starting off in astronomy.
While surfing the web today I stumbled across this great instructional telescope setup video on YouTube from ‘OrangeTube Video Studios’
This one happens to be based around the Celestron AstroMaster 90EQ telescope but many of the setup procedures are the same for Equatorial mounted scopes. Watch out towards the end of the scopes as they show how to balance your telescope tube to get the best performance out of your scope and mount.