By collimating your reflector you are fine tuning your viewing experience. The process of collimation involves lining up all the mirrors of your telescope so that the reflected light is directed directly up the focus tube to your eye
When I was deciding which telescope to purchase I had read a lot of articles that suggested for novices something on an azimuth mount would be a good place to start. This kind of mount would allow you to simply … Continue reading
Well it has arrived after a long agonising wait over Christmas and having the FedEx tracking website on constant refresh, my new telescope (Skywatcher 150p)Â arrived yesterday evening and what an awesome piece of kit it is. Below I am going to go through the setup and what I can remember of it as well as my first experiences using the telescope.
Choosing the right mount for your telescope is every bit as important as choosing the right telescope. A good mount will allow you scope to remain steady and really enhance your viewing pleasure. Below I will run through some of the common types of mounts available.
While researching my first telescope I have learned the importance of the individual components of the scope. One thing that interested me was the ability to swap eyepieces for your telescope.
Essentially this allows you to alter your field of view and magnification levels on the fly.
What prompted me to start this blog was the flood of information I got when researching my first telescope. At the moment I don’t have one and to be honest I am still learning all about the different components and capabilities on offer.
A few things considerations I have are,
1. This is most definitely a starter scope, I am not interested in spending thousands of pounds on a telescope (yet!)
2. I would like to be able to capture some photographs of the night sky without too much extra investment.
3. Needs to be relatively portable, in that I will be bringing itÂ in and out of the house.
4. Not concerned with using the telescopeÂ for land viewing.
The focal ratio is the relationship between the diameter of the main optic (aperture)Â and the focal length. LetsÂ useÂ a Skywatcher Explorer 130 for the next example, the 130 signifies the aperture of the telescope and the length of this telescope is 650 soÂ our focal ratio would be 650/130 = 5, so our f number would be f/5.