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First Time Telescope Buying Tips

May 6, 2008
Trying to find the best telescope for your needs is not always easy. Perhaps you are buying a telescope online or you have suddenly seen a telescope locally that you must simply buy. There are some tips that you need to know to get the best experience out of your first telescope.

In this article, you will discover:
* What kind of telescope to buy that meets your needs?
* Some important points overlooked when buying a telescope
* Buying tips to get the best telescope you can buy

* What kind of telescope to buy that meets your needs?
A question that serves is - what will you use your first telescope for? This may seem like an odd question to ask. However, it is a valid one. There are telescopes which allow you to not only see out into space, but also for terrestrial viewing.

If you want a multipurpose telescope, a refracting telescope may be just what you need. Another important point why considering what you want the telescope for is not just with terrestrial or space viewing, but also with the objects in space.

Telescopes generally come in 2 varieties - refracting which often is thought that Galileo invented, and the reflecting telescope, which Isaac Newton first made a working version of. The refracting telescope is generally considered better for viewing the planets, while the Newtonian reflecting telescope is generally better for deep space viewing.

* Some important points overlooked when buying a telescope
Price is one issue sometimes overlooked. The price of the telescope generally makes a big difference in the quality of the telescope. A cheap toy store telescope may not have the power to be able to show you the beauty of the best parts of the heavens. While a more expensive telescope may not always be what you need, if you are just starting out, and want to get a feeling of astronomy.

Space is another consideration, and no not that space in the heavens, but that of where you have the telescope situated. Ask yourself where will you keep this telescope? Where will you use the telescope?

Telescopes just don't occupy the space that they stand in. Telescopes have to move around, and occupy more space than what it may seem like when looking at them in display. If you are physically purchasing the telescope, ask to have a look at your new first telescopes motion, so you can assess whether you have room for the telescope.

Have you considered where you will use the telescope? This is important. I would suggest against keeping a telescope in the open, when not in use. It will reduce the life span of your telescope. I recently found that an old telescope was in need of major repair, after leaving it out in the open.

You may also need to give your first telescope regular maintenance, to keep it at peak optimum functionality. Refracting telescopes generally need less maintenance than a reflecting telescope. The reflecting telescope at the same price of a refractor will in most cases be much more powerful than a refracting telescope.

* Buying tips to get the best telescope you can buy
Buying a telescope is made easier today, thanks to the power of the internet. Some points to consider are shop safe online. Buy from reputable online stores that offer encryption of your data. Never email your CC details to any company, as it is just way to risky that it could get in the wrong hands. Many sites will show you SSL encryption to a high degree, which is much safer than giving your details to a clerk in a store!

Another point is that of delivery. Make sure they can deliver the telescope to your location. Telescopes are pretty heavy instruments, so getting a telescope shipped from half way across the world is not the best of options. As more and more dedicated telescope retailers are appearing online, you can rest assured that you can find a great telescope, which will bring you years of enjoyment.
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Here is some telescope resources that can help you find and buy a telescope:
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