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Telescope Equipment
   

   
Descriptions of various telescopes and assorted telescope accessories for the beginning amateur astronomer.



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How Telescopes and Light Work Together



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Sky-Watcher World

We make telescopes with the intention of bringing the treasures of the sky within reach of anyone curious enough to look up and wonder. We have been making telescopes since 1980. Our optics are of the highest quality, and every telescope for a wide range of observing applications, from 50mm spotting scopes right up to 150mm (6") refractors, 200mm (8") reflectors, and 250mm (10") Dobsonians. 



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How To Choose A Beginner Telescope



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First Telescope Purchase Guide



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At one time, the big three of American astronomy, Orion, Celestron, and Meade, were synonymous with quality. Not anymore. Everyone is selling cheap, sub $100 scopes targeted toward buyers who don't want to pay much. The companies get their money and the ignorant buyers get the shaft, showing the importance of doing your research.
Yes, there are a lot of telescopes and companies selling them but, with a little reading, avoiding the junk scope blues is an easy thing to do.

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The Sky At Night - Buying a Telescope Patrick Moore Nov. 1987



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Which telescope to buy?



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Stars (Collins Gem) Ridpath, Ian/ Tirion, Wil

A brand-new edition of this bestselling Gem, featuring individual charts for all 88 constellations, a star atlas of the entire sky and details of the brightest stars and objects of interest which can be seen with the naked eye, binoculars and small telescopes.

£3.76

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Ed ~ The Gem Guide to the Night Sky by Ian Ridpath, Wil Tirion is a very handy quick reference to the night sky. The layout is simple and easy to navigate; with each page having a clear constellation chart, and information and a few accompanying highlights on the opposite page. The book is appropriate for both Northern and Southern hemispheres.

It will fit into you shirt pocket and so is ideal for outdoor use be it naked eye, telescope or binocular observing.  But, one grip some may have with this version

of the Gem Guide is its small size (the height of a Compact disk); which means that the print on the charts is illegible under low light conditions. A paperback sized version might be more useful. That aside, and given the price, i would thoroughly recommend this version. 



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How to get the most from your new telescope

Even at 100x, you should be able to make out a pair of dusky bands girding Jupiter's midsection. These dark equatorial "belts" and the bright "zone" between them are cloud features akin to jet streams high in the Jovian atmosphere.
According to MacRobert, larger telescopes (with main mirrors or lenses at least 6 inches in diameter) will bring a few more belts and zones into view, along with an assortment of spots and streaks.

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