image1There are many aspects of choosing the right telescope but the first thing you should do is to set a budget. You may not know what price a telescope will be so you should go to a showroom and check it out for yourself. Now if you already know how much you can spend I suggest you plan at least one hundred dollars of that budget toward accessories for the telescope. Buying those accessories will make owning and enjoying the telescope much more fun and a lot more complete.

image2The next thing you’ll need to think about is what type of telescope you’ll need for your use. If you’re going to be looking at very faint objects in the night sky like galaxies then you need a larger telescope and the size of your budget might be different. If on the other hand you’re going to be looking primarily at the moon and the planets then maybe you may only need the simple small refractor telescope which would be the appropriate type for just looking at the larger things in space.  Of course you can always go with the catadioptric telescope which would work perfectly for both instances. The other factor that you have to take into account is convenience. How convenient is a telescope to use. No telescope is any better than the one that is the most convenient to use. If the big and heavy telescope is not the right one for you to use and it’s too heavy or you can’t transport it to where you need it to than the lighter telescope would be the one that’s appropriate for you to use. Then, if you’re like some people and you have no clue as to what type of telescope or what size of telescope is appropriate for what you need it for; you can most likely find the location of a nearby dark sight where a local astronomy club may be likely to hold annual or monthly meetings. Find out when they are held then go out and visit them when they have a star party so that you can look through a variety of telescopes and come to the conclusion about what type of telescope you’d like to have yourself.

image3Now if you’ve found the perfect telescope and you’ve bought it and taken it home you will need to know more about how to get started with your new piece of equipment. When you first go out underneath the starts as a beginner, you may be totally confused. You feel lost, you’re not sure where you are or what direction you’re pointed in. What you need is a simple guide that will help you learn the “connect the dots pattern” that we refer to as constellations. For that purpose, there is nothing better than a planisphere which is just a simple map of the night sky that can be rotated to select a specific day and time so that you can gain an idea of what stars are above the horizon at that time. There is so much more to talk about so keep watching the informational videos located in this series to be enlightened on everything about telescopes.