Best For: Wide Field of View Terrestrial Observing Fast Cool Down Double Stars Be Aware Of: Cheap Mounts Chromatic Aberration High cost per inch at larger apertures
Good For: Planetary and Deep Sky Observing Astrophotography Be Aware Of: Complicated or Shaky Mounts Occasional Collimation Not as good for splitting double-stars Long Cool Down
Be Aware Of: More Expensive Than Newtonians & Dobs Narrowest FOV Long Cool Down Best For: Astrophotography Planetary and Deep Sky Objects Small Size for Large Aperture
GoTo vs. Manual Forces you to learn the sky No Alignment Process Cheaper Can point you to hard to find DSOs Tracks objects while observing
Image Credit: flurryofsmoke on Flickr You Dont Need Crazy Kit
A DSLR Camera is a great way to get started
Astrophotography is where GEMs Shine
JupiterM42 Orion Nebula AP does take patience… and a lot of practice.
Astrophotography Astrophotography is only as hard as you make it.
Yeah, ok, thats great… Now which telescope do I buy?
Four Key Terms Avoid Telescopes Advertising MagnificationAvoid Telescopes Advertising Magnification Larger Aperture = Better ClarityLarger Aperture = Better Clarity short Focal Length = Wide Field of Viewshort Focal Length = Wide Field of View LONG Focal Length = Narrow Field of ViewLONG Focal Length = Narrow Field of View
Four Questions 1. How much do you want to spend? 2. How far will you need to move your telescope to use it? 3. What do you really want to see? 4. Visual observing or Astrophotography?