Buying a good-quality telescope

 

 

My wife and I decided to buy a brand new telescope for our daughter and ourselves to enjoy on clear nights. The problem is that we don’t have too much knowledge about these products, in general, and so we found ourselves taking to the internet to find out articles which are describing on how to choose a good telescope and learn more about them before we make up our mind. We’re looking for a budget-friendly choice, at least at the beginning, because our daughter isn’t particularly keen on manipulating heavy or complicated objects. If you have any advice on the matter, be sure to contact me and tell me about the telescope you’re currently using.

Now I’d like to go on by telling you some of the things I found out about telescopes and how you can make sure that you’re buying a good one, whether you’ve decided to invest in a used or new one.

Beginners telescope can virtually be split up into three main categories. Some are Newtonian reflectors, others are Dobsonian, and the last kind is catadioptric telescopes. At this point, I believe that the right one for what we have in mind is a Newtonian one, and that’s mostly because it’s not too expensive, particularly when compared to the Dobsonian type. I found myself in a complete state of shock when I noticed that some Dobsonian models have price points in the range of thousands of dollars. Obviously, we aren’t willing to spend that much and we’d like to get a good one for less than four or three hundred dollars if that’s possible.

Newtonian telescopes can be used to see a wide array of stars, planets, and even galaxies, but something we have to pay attention to is the size of the mirror with which the product has been outfitted. Catadioptric models are highly recommended for planetary and lunar observing, and so we might have to consider those, as well.

Setting up the telescope will be an adventure, especially if you’re a beginner like my wife and I are. That’s why you have to make sure that the box contains a set of instructions that are comprehensive and easy to stick to. My recommendation would be to choose a product manufactured by Orion or Celestron, although I’ve noticed that several low-budget brands have also been praised at online retailers I’ve checked out.

While the size of the item per se doesn’t seem to matter a whole lot, in my opinion, it actually does count for something. If, for example, you intend to go out on a field on a clear night, a super heavy and big telescope will be hard to work with and carry around. If you have any resources that you’ve used for getting your telescope, I’d sure like to hear all about them.