Questions to Ask Before Buying Telescope
Most telescopes are not designed for use below 13 years old. However, with adult’s supervision, we may recommend Cometron Firstscope 76 Tabletop Newtonian or Explorescope 70 AZ Refractor. They are compact, light weight and easy to operate for children.
It depends on your budget. If for first time buyer, with less than RM1,000 budget, we recommend the basic models with aperture from 70 – 130mm, either refractor or Newtonian. For instance, Powerseeker 80EQ Refractor, Powerseeker 127EQ Newtonian; Explorascope 70 AZ is even cheaper, and for casual users to use in day and night.
This is a small aperture therefore, also limited for sky objects, such as the Moon and major planets up to Saturn. In a darker site, it would reveal some brighter star clusters.
In terms of optical system, there are basically three types: Objective Lens – refracting Concave Mirror – reflecting / Newtonian Mirror & Lens – catadioptric or compound
It is subject to different models and offers from manufacturer. For most of telescopes, they are packed with essential accessories such as finder scope, eyepiece(s), tube rings, dovetail plate, mounting/supporting system, tripod, user’s manual and so on. However, this is not a fixed package or standard bundled accessories. Buyer may check upon the contents or accessories that included in the package. Some units are meant for imaging purposes, hence, it would be offered as an optical tube assembly without mounting system and accessories.
Personal or hands-on experience would help a lot in this aspect. When a set of telescope is purchased, user may spend a while to familiarize the operation of telescope chosen as it is mostly packed with eyepiece, and related accessories. Spending a period of time in field observation with whatever inventory in hand, then slowly working out from personal experiences, and study a little more, in order to get additional eyepiece(s) or Barlow lens for future requirements.
Generally, a beginner for astronomy may start from a budget, not from the aspect of performance of equipment. It is really a broad range to tell the best model for astronomy beginners. As a user, you may need to consider from the perspective of: a) How keen/passion you are in this hobby b) How often you would spend time in field observation c) How big the telescope you intend to get (and for what targets, be more specific) d) Convenience of storage and transportation e) Budget If a telescope is for casual users, without ideas how much to pursue in the near future, a basic simple manual operating alt-azimuth mount would be favourable.
It means a telescope is built with pre-installed celestial objects database and electronic components. User may control telescope with hand control (sort of keypad), and the unit will automatically slew to the target follow by tracking. Some may call it as “GoTo telescope”. Computerized telescope needs power to operate. Thanks to technology, there are models that work flawlessly without hand control, but wirelessly via smart phone or devices.
Each telescope is provided a full set of details about assembly and operating. The key is to practice more at field under the night sky, with some star charts or handbook. Start from constellations identification, heading on to the major bright stars (or first magnitude stars), and do a little homework about targets to observe (for their visibility, appearance and position, etc) before going out. Once you have the fundamental information in your mind, you are ready to set telescope up, and point your telescope up to the targets! Practice makes perfect!
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