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How to Use a Red-dot Finder Scope for Astronomy

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If you’re having a hard time getting anything to show up in your telescope’s eyepiece, then you probably just need to learn to align and use your red-dot finder scope. Most new astronomers go through this frustration. Don’t worry, this guide will give you the know-how, and with a little practice, you’ll get the hang of it. First off, let’s take a look at the instrument. A red dot finder scope has no magnification power. It simply transposes a tiny red dot onto the image you see when you look through the finder scope. Many red dot finders come with...

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Choosing a Telescope - the Ultimate Guide

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With the huge variety of telescopes on the market, the new astronomer faces a daunting task to decide which one to buy. This guide will help you cut through the hype. Here’s what you’ll learn: Key telescope specifications - and why they’re important The three types of telescope optical designs - and who they’re good for Mount types - and their functions Key Telescope Specifications There are three important specifications to consider when choosing a telescope. You’ll see these numbers in advertisements and dealers will use them. So, it’s important to understand them. Aperture Aperture is the diameter of the...

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How to Choose a Telescope for a Child

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How to Choose a Telescope for a Child

Apart from the romantic aspects of owning a telescope (the mysteries of the universe and our place in it), there are practical benefits for children too: increased scientific curiosity, hands-on experience with the principles of physics, a sense of reward for patience, study, and action. What a great gift that a child can experience - all without leaving the backyard! This guide will help you choose the right telescope for a child. Let’s explore what type of telescope is the best gift for your situation. You might first want to read this in-depth article about the types of telescopes. Telescope...

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Explore Scientific Mak Cas 152 with EXOS2GT MOUNT

I did considerable shopping around and finally decided to buy my 152 Mak from Telescope Space. Ryan was very helpful with all my questions concerning Explore Scientific and my specific purchase. After a short period using my scope and mount, the mount seemed to have more play than it should have. Ryan had the Explore Scientific owner call me directly, where he immediately offered to exchange my mount. He also had the factory ship out the new mount while I was still using my original unit. Excellent service and sales support from both Ryan at Telescope Space and Explore Scientific. I will buy again from Telescope Space!

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Very clear, I am impressed for $38

Ryan knows what he is talking about.

Prompt customer service, positive attitude, great results

An engineering beauty

I have owned many tripods. I have spent years trying to find an altazmith tripod that could carry a reasonable amount wieght, yet be portable, and have the handling and maneuverability of a Porsche, especially as the power goes up. This is a very well enginered tripod. It is as if they said let's not try to make it look a certain way, let's make it work a certain way, and that's why it looks extraterrestrial. Very well made with very little plastic. Fit and finish is close to perfect........9.9 on a 10 scale....5 stars +.....Carlos B.

Great Scope & Mount

As a higher-level amateur, I was looking for a decent scope & mount that I can modify for my needs. The 130mm Newtonian scope fits my needs quite well. It comes with a 25mm eye piece--which is great. I would consider purchasing other eye pieces at the same time to give you a variety of magnification options. I'd recommend something like a 12mm and 8, or 6mm eye pieces to complement the 25mm. Getting a 2X Barlow will double your eye piece viewing options. The higher number will give you a wider view, smaller number a tighter, more magnified view. In order to just resolve the bands & zones of Jupiter, I need to use an 8mm eyepiece. For exploring Lunar geography, or seeing the Galilean Moons, the 25mm is sufficient. Saturn is just discernable, until you switch-out the eye piece for a 12mm, or smaller. The heavy & stable tripod mount is easy to set up, and the large rotation nobs allow you to smoothly track your subject as the Earth rotates. The Red Dot spotting site is dead-on accurate (once you dial it in). If you want a good, intermediate telescope: one that's neither too cheap, nor one that's too expensive, the 130mm Newtonian should fit your needs quite well. (Image of the Moon has been rotated and adjusted with photo software).