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How to Collimate a Telescope? A Beginner’s Guide
Precisely aligned optics make all the difference between a sharp or fuzzy view of celestial objects. Embark on a simple step-by-step journey to perfecting your telescope’s optical alignment, or collimation, with various tips, tricks, and tools.
Light Pollution For Telescope Observation: An Essential Guide
Dark skies away from city lights generally mean clearer views of “faint fuzzies” like nebulae, galaxies, and star clusters. Equip yourself with knowledge on combating light pollution, ensuring the best conditions for celestial observation.
How to Use a Telescope: A Newbie Guide by Expert
Exploring the cosmos doesn’t have to be frustrating, and in just a few minutes, it’s easy to operate almost any telescope with ease. Grasp the basics of setting up and aiming your telescope with expert tips and tricks, opening a universe of discovery for beginners.
How to Photograph The Moon with a Telescope
Our nearest celestial neighbor is the easiest object in the night sky to photograph, and even if you’re just holding your smartphone up to the eyepiece, we’ve got some techniques and advice for you to achieve the clearest and most breathtaking shots possible.
Our Expert Panel:
Why can you trust our reviews?
1) We do a lot of due diligence in selecting the top astronomy products in each category.
2) At least one of the experts’ team members has personally used all the astronomy products that we review, and they do testing and evaluations without any bias and do independent reviews. Typically, we will only review equipment that we have personally used for at least one or two nights of observing or imaging in some form.
3) We also test the optics of most telescopes we get our hands on, either with Foucault/Ronchi, dual-pass autocollimation, or the star test, and our Editor-in-Chief, Zane, is building an interferometer in the future to get quantitative data on optical quality.
4) We rank and rate the products, provide an explanation for our ratings, and award the products according to their merit.
Why Does TelescopicWatch Exist?
My first telescope was a relatively frustrating computerized 4” Maksutov-Cassegrain, which I got for Christmas as a kid. My parents were lulled into buying it by sponsored “reviews” and marketing that I sent to them, having fallen for it myself. While it wasn’t terrible, I had no idea what I was actually going to be able to do with it until I got to try out the telescope and was relatively disappointed by its lack of capabilities. This disappointment kept me from becoming more interested for a year or so until I got another telescope. While my situation wasn’t nearly as bad as receiving an outright “hobby killer”, I’d prefer nobody else has to go through the same experience when it can be avoided with honest and professional reviews and product recommendations.
My goal at TelescopicWatch is to provide accurate information on telescopes that’s free of embellishment or exaggeration, as well as informative content on the night sky and astronomy at large.
A lot of advertising for all sorts of products today is based on superlatives and attempts to take advantage of emotions. Telescopes, in particular, are often advertised with something other than actual capabilities, optical quality, etc. in mind, such as claims of outrageously high magnifications or leaning heavily into the computer technology bundled with the instrument. Likewise, a lot of sky guides are focused only on the “best” or showpiece objects that are well-known to amateurs or lack information on what it exactly is you are seeing at the eyepiece. I aim to solve this with my work.