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How To Buy A Telescope

It was recently my husband’s birthday. John is a huge fan of starwars and has a keen interest in the stars and planets and beyond. One thing I considered buying for his birthday was his first telescope.

Buying a new telescope can be quite a daunting task even if you, as an adult, are the one who’s going to use it. There are heaps of features and benefits that you ought to keep in mind, and most importantly, you should know precisely the purpose you want to use it for. Some telescopes can be used for terrestrial viewing, too, not just for celestial observation.

Kids have different requirements compared to adults. It’s safe to say that the device has to be as easy to use as possible, but it also has to match the age of the gift recipient. Otherwise, if it is too easy or too hard to utilize, it might result in the kid losing their interest in using the telescope completely.

Here are some tips on getting the right telescope for your child.

Always start with the age

As we were saying at the beginning of the post, the age of the user is probably the most important factor that you should bear in mind whenever you are in the market for an optical gadget.

Believe it or not, there are models made for kids under the age of 6, but they come with limited features and will only do as much as they can in terms of performance. Some will allow the little users look at the moon and maybe Saturn, too, but other than that, they won’t be that great for watching star clusters or nebulae.

To get the best telescope in 2018 for your kids, our advice to you is to read as many reviews and reports coming from people who have bought and used it in the past. This way, you will have the opportunity to find out just what might be wrong with the unit and whether it’s easy to use or not.

Types of telescopes

Not all such devices are made equal, and this is a statement that applies to almost anything ever to have seen the light of day. The models up for sale today can be split up into three main categories; refractors, reflectors, and compound telescopes. Each of these has benefits and cons.

Refractors have a simple design and can be used for objects on Earth, too. Usually, such products come with a sturdy design and require little to nothing in the way of maintenance. They are not the best choices for faint objects, and they can be too heavy to carry outdoors.

Reflectors do a good job when it comes to watching fain objects, have an overall high image quality, and they are compact, as well as lightweight. They cannot, however, be used for terrestrial viewing, and they do require a bit of cleaning and maintenance. Their open tube can collect a lot of dust in time.

Compound telescopes are expensive and bulky-looking, and the image they produce is a tad darker compared to that of others. But they are winners when it comes to viewing faint objects, and they can also be used for things on Earth. They are the best for astrophotography.

*This is a collaborative post*