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Meade Instruments Polaris 130MM EQ Reflect

a couple of years ago

Introducing astronomy novices to the hobby of stargazing requires the use of a high-quality yet easy-to-use telescope. The 216006 Polaris 130 EQ reflector beginner telescope from Meade offers the optical power that people need to see planets and stars as well as the simplistic design that makes it perfect for children and amateurs to set […]

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Light Pollution and its Impact on Astronomy

a couple of years ago

Light pollution is an artificial light that’s excessive and has a profound effect on astronomy. Artificial light sources hinder opportunities to photograph the night sky and alter the levels of natural light for the amatuer astronomer. Pollution from artificial light is disruptive for people living in urban areas, and the backyard astronomer who wants to […]

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Telescopes for viewing Saturn

a couple of years ago

The rings of Saturn are an incredible sight to behold, but it is necessary to use telescopes to view Saturns rings. However, seeing Saturn and its moons is one of the most spectacular sights in the entire night sky. Unfortunately, some telescopes are of poor quality and won’t give you a good view of the […]

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See More with Telescope Filters

a couple of years ago

A telescope can be a fun way to explore objects in our solar system. If you have a telescope, you might be interested in an accessory filter, which will allow you to see even more in the sky. You can choose filters for solar, planetary and lunar, or deep sky viewing. Solar Filters We can’t […]

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Brightness and Magnitude in Astronomy

a couple of years ago

Magnitude is an astronomical term that is used to describe precisely how bright a stellar object is. It can be done with both objective scientific measurements and a more qualitative classification of how bright the object is in the sky. Magnitude is measured on an inverse scale where lower numbers equal a brighter object. The […]

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Refractor or Reflector Telescopes

a couple of years ago

Two distinct types of optical telescopes, refractors and reflectors, are capable of revealing the glories of the universe. And both kinds achieve this magic by performing a couple of basic actions. First, they gather larger amounts of light than the human eye can do on its own. This alone allows seemingly invisible objects to be […]

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A Guide to Finderscopes

a couple of years ago

Finderscopes are of huge value to beginners in astronomy,  looking for objects in the night sky can frustrate you at first. A finderscope normally rides on the back of the main telescope, but it looks much smaller in size. The purpose of a finderscope in astronomy is to aim the main telescope toward the object of interest. Because […]

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Top 5 Telescopes for the Amateur Astronomer

a couple of years ago

Buying the right telescope is a personal decision that comes down to the preference of the astronomer. For the beginner astronomer (or amatuer astronomer) purchasing the first telescope can be intimidating. This list was compiled for that specific reason – to take the guess work out of purchasing a telescope for beginners. The key features […]

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Refractor, Reflector and Schmidt-Cassegrain

a couple of years ago

Whether a telescope is large or small, it is one of three types: refractor, reflector or catadioptric, which is also called compound. The catadioptric category includes Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes. Even though refractors, reflectors and Schmidt-Cassegrains are related historically and technologically, they function differently and have different purposes. They also have different advantages and disadvantages. Refractors A […]

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The Best States and Locations for Backyard Astronomy in the US

a couple of years ago

The United States of America is home to some of the finest observatories and stargazing destinations. Professional and hobbyists alike gather in each state to seek out the great beyond and learn more about the mysteries in the night sky. When it comes to the backyard astronomer though, finding an area not filled with bright […]