Choosing Your Telescope

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Your telescope

No matter what telescope you select, choose one that will meet your precise needs and interests. The planets, the Moon, and close stars require high power, good contrast, and sharp resolution, and if these are the objects of your attention, a refractor or reflector would be a good choice. Because very faint objects like galaxies and nebulae need a large aperture, you should invest in a big reflector telescope to view these. An all-purpose midrange telescope should serve best, for example a 6″ to 8″ reflector or an 8″ Schmidt-Cassegrain.

Keep checking back. Future articles will delve into filters used to cope with light polluted skies, astrophotography, astronomy book and software reviews, astronomical binoculars, and reviews of specific telescope models.

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