How to Use a Telescope: First Time Users’ Guide

You have your new telescope, your first. You followed the assembly guide and now you want to get the most you can out of your investment. This first time telescope user’s guide is exactly what you are looking for. I will define terms like aperture, focal length, optical tube, mount, focuser, and eyepiece. You will … Read more

How Much Does a Good Telescope Cost?

The purpose of this article is to give you a framework upon which to budget for a first telescope. I will give examples based on price ranges and point out what going to the next class will get you. I will also bring out key considerations, like size and weight, so you can get a … Read more

10 Fun Facts About Telescopes

Telescopes were inventions of the 16th century that helped bridge the gap between the vast reaches of space and the inhabitants of Planet Earth. For many years, telescopes and spyglasses were used on land and sea as a means of observing an area across a large distance. Little did these early pioneers of the scrying instrument … Read more

Must-See Stargazing Events for 2019

Since prehistory, mankind has been looking at the skies for answers regarding the mysteries of the natural world. Hence, our ancestors were able to comprehend important concepts like time, seasons, climate, and distance. But no matter how far humanity has come in terms of technology, looking at the vast heavens (especially) at night still leaves … Read more

Telescope Invention – The Who and How

The history of the telescope is a very interesting and lengthy topic. Beginner astronomers often marvel at the wonders of space and ask all sorts of questions related to telescopes. How were they made? Who made them and when? How did we figure out how to use them for viewing the stars and planets? If … Read more

Top 7 New Stargazing Destinations in the World

Top 7 New Stargazing Destinations in the World Choosing a good stargazing site boils down to two principal criteria: minimal light pollution and territorial isolation. It just so happens that there is more to these two standards defining the best stargazing sites worldwide. So, who can accurately determine the highest benchmarks? Let us ask the … Read more