24 Aug

Telescope Tips for a Better Astronomy Experience

Posted by GearGalaxy Experts on

Bushnell Telescope

Astronomy, when looked at as a whole, is a tough subject to master all at once.  There are thousands and thousands of different aspects to learn about when looking through telescopes and star maps, only the most experienced will fully experience quality star gazing.  OpticsPlanet, your optics information resource, has a few tips for the beginning telescope user to have the most fun possible in the night sky.
When setting up your space telescope, stay away from buildings, pavement or large objects that absorb heat by day and release it at night. Upon releasing heat, these objects create air currents (heat mirages) which ruin image quality in your telescope. This is why observing from a terrace or top of a building is not a good idea. Grassy, open meadows or clearings are the best for star navigation.
Parallel to above, observing from a porch is also a bad idea. Not only are you stationed near a building, the ground will constantly be in motion from gatherers circling around.  Even at low magnifications, the slight vibrations around you will make noticeable distortion of your picture.  Telescopes work best on the solid ground.
Speaking of magnification, too much of it is, perhaps, the single biggest beginner mistake with a telescope. Too much magnification yields an unclear and unstable image. When clarity becomes an issue, use less magnification.
This is just a tiny fraction of the tips and tricks you can find in our How To Articles.  For more telescope tips, check out our Dozen Observing Tips.  For telescopes, spotting scopes, or binoculars, you know that you can find it at OpticsPlanet.

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