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Fun With Telescopes!

Fun With Telescopes!

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In 1609, an Italian mathematician named Galileo Galilee peered through an odd new device he
had invented to look at the stars in the night sky. Suddenly, this well known and familiar place
revealed itself as a barely exposed mystery. It was then that Galileo knew this was a ground
breaking device.

In 1609, an Italian mathematician named Galileo Galilee peered through an odd new device he
had invented to look at the stars in the night sky. Suddenly, this well known and familiar place
revealed itself as a barely exposed mystery. It was then that Galileo knew this was a ground
breaking device.

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Depending on the type of telescope you have purchased, you should be able to see many

wondrous images with it. You might see the moon's surface, the moons of Jupiter, or even

Saturn's rings. With some knowledge of the sky and constellations, you may be able to pick out

some star clusters.

The best way to get your hobby going is to join your local astronomical society. They will

sometimes have telescopes you can borrow to get the hang of using one before you buy. They

also meet in the evenings so you can learn how to observe the night sky. It is truly fascinating

to see the images with your own eyes instead of just looking at pictures on the web or in books.

Telescopes are used for two reasons. One is to see fainter objects and the other is to magnify

images far away. You must discern which focal ratio is the best for what you are trying to see.

A focal ratio is the ratio of the focal length to the aperture. Usually starting around f/8 is good for

beginners. Going below f/8 will give you wider, brighter views, but image quality will be lower.

Going above f/8 is usually saved for viewing the moon and planets and deep sky objects such

as galaxies or nebulae.

To get started, just set up your telescope and start looking into the night sky. There is no telling

what you might see. You can look at the moon every night for a year and still not see

everything it has to offer. The same is true for the entire Milky Way galaxy. There really is no

limit to what you can find. Another neat thing to do is to count sunspots which provide a gauge

of solar activity. Be sure to have the proper filter. Just have fun and see what you can find.

Fun With Telescopes!

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