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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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