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A Mini Telescope Buyers Guide On How To Buy A Telescope

Sep 1, 2008
Are you interested in astronomy? Wouldn't it be great, to really see, what all those shinning points of light are, in the night sky? Well, you can with a telescope, but how to buy a telescope? What do you need to get started in astronomy, and wouldn't it be great to have it all in an easy telescope buying guide, such as this article?

Well, you have it. Here is the article that can help you get into astronomy. First it is important to consider a few points, when wondering how to buy a telescope. The first and obvious step, is buying a telescope. However, there are some other parts, which go to make your hobby in astronomy, so much more fun.

You need 3 things to get the most out of astronomy, and 1 other item, which I recommend:
1. A telescope (this telescope buying guide, should help with that!)
2. A star atlas
3. A good practical book on astronomy and telescopes

* Optional
4. A notebook

Let us look into these necessary items to get the most out of astronomy. Remember, you can easily get into astronomy, by studying and learning the constellations. Some people in our human history, devoted there lives to constellations, some even to just 1 or 2!

* 1. How To Buy A Telescope?
Your first step before buying a telescope is to consider what you want it for. Remember, telescopes are scientific instruments. This is an investment, and generally more you pay, better telescope you get, which can literally last a life time.

If you have been wondering how to buy telescopes, you have come to the right place! Buying a telescope requires buying from either 1 of 3 places. From a specialized telescope shop, though these are not always easily found. The next is through mail order and the third, which is the easiest, is online.

There are 2 main types of telescope, one is reflector telescopes (catoptric), and refracting telescopes (dioptric). One has a big mirror, and the other is longer, and slimmer. They both pretty much do the same objectives. However, many people prefer the reflector for deep space viewing.

* 2 & 3 - A Good Star Atlas And Practical Astronomy And Telescopes Book
Getting the most out of the science of astronomy is not about buying the biggest telescope or the high price you paid. Instead it is about knowing what is where, and where to look.

Galileo's telescope was so inferior to today's telescopes readily available, that he said that Saturn has ears! However, he still invested a lifetime into the study of these objects.

The key to knowing where to look is with a good star atlas, and a practical astronomy book, designed for small telescope use. A book called - Turn Left At Orion, seems to be the most popular, and easy to follow.

* 4. A Notebook
Viewing Saturn, Jupiter, and the Moon, can be fun home scientific tasks, but what happens next? We get bored! The truth is, to get the most out of astronomy, is to treat it as a science. Even if you are the worst painter, you still can record a detailed picture of the Moon's craters over days, and see the differences. This will go a long way in the future, and will allow you to look back, and see what many people will never see and all because you invested into the science of astronomy.
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Here are some telescope resources that can help you find and buy a telescope:
* telescope buying guide
* Meade telescope buyers guide
* Buying Binoculars UK
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