Your First Telescope
"Summing it all up."
Summing it up...
In summary, here are the prominent points given previously:
- Binoculars, even cheap ones, are sometimes a good substitute for
a cheap telescope. In addition, binoculars are almost always good companions
to a telescope.
- Avoid department store, toy store, and "Nature/Science" store telescopes.
I cannot restate this strongly enough: STAY AWAY from department store
- 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.
- BUT, if the instrument is too large, you may never use it. Be realistic
about what you're willing to lug around.
- 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.
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