If you are into astronomy and anything related to planets or stars, chances are you already thought about buying the best telescope on the market. Sure, it may cost you more than a house, and you may not have enough space to assemble it, but at least you would have the greatest telescope there is.
Joke aside, telescopes come in countless shapes, sizes, and prices, and a good one will cost you about a few thousand dollars. Apart from that, if you’re a newbie in the field, you may require plenty of lessons to not only correctly assembly the telescope, but also be able to use it on its full capacity and see the things you are interested in.
Telescopes are great at any age, and, the sooner your kid will learn how to use them, the better. But how do you know you use it correctly? Here are the basics you should know when deciding for a new telescope for kids or yourself.
The size of the telescope is one of the most important features because this way you will know exactly how much you can see with it. Children telescopes often are specifically designed to meet their needs and body structure, but will not be very clear.
If you’re looking for a telescope for yourself, choose one that is user-friendly, easy to assemble, and also has an adjustable height so you can properly change the lenses and see what you are interested in. Also, look for the ones with tripods rather than hand telescopes because the latter may be too heavy to keep in your hands all the time. Also, telescopes with included tripods can be placed anywhere to have an increased visibility of the sky or the planets you are about to watch.
Lenses are probably the main feature of any telescope, and it is them that provide you a magnified image of the Moon, the Sun, the planets, and the stars. Most telescopes come with interchangeable eyepieces for increased magnification rates.
If you want to be sure that you’re always using your telescope correctly, start your astral observation with the lowest magnification eyepiece. Only after you master it, you can decide to switch to bigger eye lenses.
Focalization is extremely important, and there are plenty of online tutorials that can teach you to step by step how to focus correctly in order to see the object of your desire.
Magnification is also of high importance because it allows you to see objects from far away more clearly. However, as for how the basic laws of optics state, once the magnification increases, the brightness of the image decreases. This naturally happens faster in small and amateur telescopes rather than the larger ones.
Keep in mind that even if the magnification rate of your telescope is large, this won’t necessarily mean that you will get a clear image of the object of your desire. On the contrary, the object may start to look blurry, which is a great insight that you’ve gone too far with your magnification.
Only increase the magnification rate up to the point that your image remains clear and focused, otherwise you won’t be able to see right.
For more details on how to find the right telescope, you should definitely search for professional telescope comparison reviews online and see what others have to say about the subject.
When you order a telescope online chances are that it will come in more than one box. Depending on how great it is, the shipping of various pieces could last a few weeks until you finally have all the parts necessary to build your own telescope.
All telescopes come with an instructions manual but, unless you have some basic optic and tech knowledge, you could have a hard time assembling all the pieces and recreate the telescope you paid for.
Thus, if you want to make sure you correctly use your telescope, first read the manual carefully and ask all additional questions to the manufacturer if you cannot assemble the item yourself. It would pay off if you would have someone to do the job with you, so don’t be afraid to seek help from your friends or family members. In the end, all you have to care about is to have the telescope ready for your sky exploring.
As we previously mentioned, we suggest you look for sturdy constructions and not for the ones that are made from plastic or use low-quality lenses. Unfortunately, when it comes to telescopes, you’ll get what you pay for. So, unless you have a reasonable budget or you’re really passionate about star gazing, we suggest postponing your desire to buy a telescope just because you think it would look cool in your living room.
Make sure you put together your item in a place with increased visibility and use the tripod that it comes with. This way you will keep your item steady, or you can easily carry it around with you and place it outside for whenever you feel like stargazing on your own.
Lastly, try to keep your telescope and, most importantly, its lenses, as safe as possible. Look after your telescope by cleaning it with a damp cloth and order a protective cover if it doesn’t come equipped with one from the beginning. Store it in cool and dry places whenever you are not using it.