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Telescope Buyers Guide - Do You Really Need A Telescope?

Sep 11, 2008
Often we will think that to get into astronomy, you need a telescope. However, this is not true; you also don't need a telescope to get the most out of astronomy. Though a telescope is great, there is a lot you can do without a telescope. In this article, you will discover how you can get into astronomy now!

The biggest way to get into astronomy, without the need for an expensive telescope, is to look at the stars naturally, with the naked eye. Though this may not seem appealing, especially when you have a thirst for a big telescope that can show you the best views of the Jupiter, and other planets, and deep space objects.

The truth is that you will need to know where to look. And here is where people can get stuck. A telescope looks like the best option, however, when you hardly know where objects are in the night sky, and then you can easily find yourself in a position, where you have a great telescope, but don't know much about the objects in the sky.

People, who have been fortunate to have learned the constellations, and other pointers in the night sky, have found more success when they purchased a telescope. This may not be apparent at first, however, it is one that makes or breaks a hobby in the science of astronomy.

All this need not be difficult. Learning the constellations can be done with a bit of research, a star map, and looking outside at night. The result of this effort is immense, because when you do finally buy a telescope, you will know one of the most important things that any traveler will need to know, and that is navigation.

People who have been fortunate to learn a lot about space before buying a telescope, have found a much better hobby when they did buy a telescope. The person immediately knows where Orion is, where Scorpio is, and from there can likely find objects in space much more easily.

A step up from simply observing the heavens with the naked eye is to buy a pair of binoculars. Though this is not essential, it can transform an astronomy hobby into something more. You may even have a pair of binoculars and never considered to look at the night sky to see amazing detail.

Binoculars used for astronomy doesn't seem like an obvious thing to do. However, there are some great benefits to using binoculars for astronomy. Consider for a moment ease, and compactness. And the ability to take binoculars everywhere, you can see why astronomers love binoculars.

A good pair of binoculars may not show you as much detail as a telescope, but they can be great for seeing groups of objects in a more 3 dimensional look. The Moon is a good candidate for binoculars, as you can see so much detail, even though binoculars don't have as much magnification as a telescope.
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Here are some telescope resources that can help you find and buy a telescope:
* telescope buying guide
* Meade telescopes for sale
* buying binoculars
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