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Your First Telescope
"Summing it all up."

by
Ed Ting


Summing it up...

In summary, here are the prominent points given previously:

 

  1. Binoculars, even cheap ones, are sometimes a good substitute for a cheap telescope. In addition, binoculars are almost always good companions to a telescope.
  2. Avoid department store, toy store, and "Nature/Science" store telescopes. I cannot restate this strongly enough: STAY AWAY from department store telescopes!
  3. The primary purpose of a telescope is to gather light. Thus, all other things being equal, beginners should buy the largest aperture telescope they can afford. A 6" Dobsonian reflector is an excellent first telescope.
  4. BUT, if the instrument is too large, you may never use it. Be realistic about what you're willing to lug around.
  5. You don't need more than 3 or 4 carefully chosen eyepieces in your collection at first. The minimum quality you should consider are Kellners (and their offshoots). A barlow is useful tool for doubling your collection at minimal cost.

The end.

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