Hump Day Hardware: Telescopes

June 10, 2009

I told you a few days ago about my trip to Kitt Peak Observatory. Prior to that trip, I hadn’t done much skygazing which is really bad since I have a great view of the night sky from my backyard.

My experience got me looking into the different telescopes available so I could check out the night sky on a more regular basis. In doing some research, a few of them have jumped out to me and so I’m going to pass them along to you. I’m certainly no expert on the subject so I’m open to other suggestions.

The Orion StarBlast 4.5 Equatorial Reflector Telescope provides good quality at a reasonable price. Moving up a bit in price is the Celestron NexStar 114 SLT Computerized Telescope. It is one of the least expensive models that can be programmed to find specific objects in the sky. If you can see the moon, it will take over from there. For those who to get a great view, the Celestron NexStar 8 SE Telescope is a fantastic choice. It costs a lot more and it delivers better images and more features. One feature that interested me was the ability to connect a digital camera or webcam to capture the view digitally.

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  1. Foster D. Coburn III

    The folks at NOAO (they run the observatories) told me about a great little telescope for getting started. It is only $15 plus shipping. I’ve already ordered one for myself while I make a decision on a more powerful telescope.

    I also noticed on their site that 2009 is the “International Year of Astronomy”. I didn’t know that before so I’m glad to do my part to generate more interest.


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