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Telescope Buyer's Guide

Telescope Buyer's Guide

People all around the world enjoy looking at the stars of the night sky. There are many different telescope designs available, but what telescope is the best choice for someone just starting out? The question of which telescope is best for a beginner is asked quite often, and the best person to answer the question is you!

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Astronomy With Binoculars

Astronomy With Binoculars

Budding astronomers today have a greater variety of telescopes to choose from than ever before. Some are complex, computerized marvels, while others offer a more basic approach to stargazing. But even with all of these to entice us, none is more versatile than a pair of binoculars. Indeed, when it comes to touring the universe, two eyes are better than one!

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Choosing Eyepieces

Choosing Eyepieces

Opticians have been designing eyepieces for more than 300 years. Many classic designs (Huygens, Ramsden, Kellner, Orthoscopic, Plossl) are more than a century old. There are also some new, proprietary eyepiece designs that offer wider fields, sharper images, and/or longer eye relief.

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Telescope Mounts

Telescope Mounts

A telescope wouldn't be terribly useful without something to hold it steady. Telescope mounts come in two general types: altitude-azimuth (or altazimuth) and equatorial.

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The SteadyStar Adaptive Optics Guider

The SteadyStar Adaptive Optics Guider

A tack-sharp image with pinpoint stars is what we want and expect to see in our astro-images. Excellent tracking, guiding, and focus are all essential, but we sometimes find ourselves taking these key components for granted. As the advanced astro-imagers venture into the ever-increasing variety of longer focal length telescopes, they will find themselves taking these essential elements far less for granted.

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Observing the Moon

Observing the Moon

Of all the celestial sights that pass across the sky, none is more inspiring or universally appealing than our planet's lone natural satellite, the Moon. Remember the rush of excitement that you felt when you first peered at the rugged lunar surface through a telescope or binoculars? (If you haven't, you'll be amazed.)

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