Go Astronomy Are you thinking about getting your first telescope, but aren't sure what kind to get? This site provides some basic information about the types of telescopes used by amateur astronomers and the equipment that goes with them.
Telescope Collimation If your telescope is a reflector, it will need occasional collimation. This article from Sky & Telescope gives step by step instructions on how to do it.
Tasco Spacestation 70mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope Tasco Spacestation 70mm Altazimuth Refractor Telescope
This low-cost refractor can be used for looking at the moon and planets, but with more limited views of deep space objects. It's still a good starter scope if you're on a tight budget.
Orion AstroView 120ST EQ Refractor Telescope Orion AstroView 120ST EQ Refractor Telescope
With it's generous 120mm aperture, equatorial mount, and 2" rack-and-pinion focuser, this refractor is made for deep space observing. It's fast (f/5) optical system also makes it well suited for astrophotography. This one is for the more serious stargazer.
Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian Telescope
This Dobsonian mounted reflector is one of the most popular beginner telescopes, and with good reason. It's large optics, simple design, and low cost are an excellent combination.
Celestron NexStar 4 SE 1325mm Altazimuth Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope - Black/Orange Celestron NexStar 4 SE 1325mm Altazimuth Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope - Black/Orange
This Maksutov-Cassegrain design gives great views in a compact size. It also includes computer control to help find all those deep space sights.
Celestron CGEM-1100 Computerized 11-Inch Cassegrain Telescope Celestron CGEM-1100 Computerized 11-Inch Cassegrain Telescope
Now we've moved up to the top of the line. It's large aperture combined with compact size allows portable viewing power. Add in an advanced tracking system, and this scope is hard to beat for the amateur astronomer.
Orion 40mm Sirius Plossl 1.25 Orion 40mm Sirius Plossl 1.25" Eyepiece
Larger eyepieces mean lower magnification, which is an advantage when viewing some of the larger deep space objects. This one is bigger than the eyepieces that typically come "stock" with a new telescope, but still isn't too expensive.
Orion Basic Set of Four Color Filters, 1.25 Orion Basic Set of Four Color Filters, 1.25"
Color filters for your telescope will help enhance your views of the planets by making details easier to see. If you don't have any, this basic set will get you off to a good start.
Orion SkyGlow Broadband Filter, 1.25 Orion SkyGlow Broadband Filter, 1.25"
Light pollution is often one of the biggest challenges to amateur astronomy. While these filters don't completely solve the problem, they can really help.



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