Installing And Aligning Finderscopes: Tips and Tricks

Aligning Finderscope With Telescope

Installing and aligning a finderscope can be a daunting experience if you’re new to it. But it is a simple task to follow… Having a properly installed and aligned finderscope makes life easier in locating objects in the sky since with a finderscope you have a wider field of view than using your main telescope. … Read more

A Guide to Solving Your Telescope Focus Problem

Get Better Planet Views

If you’re frustrated with the focus when looking through your telescope or with the quality of your views, the following may help. It’s a 15-question test to help you identify and solve a number of possible viewing problems you may be encountering. To troubleshoot issues with focus through a telescope, you can perform a 15-question test. 15 reasons you’re not getting the best possible views of planets with your telescope If you think you’re not getting the best view of planets through your telescope, ask yourself… Read on for … Read more

Apochromatic vs Achromatic Refractors Explained

Achromatic Vs Apochromatic Refractors

If you’re new to astronomy, you might be wondering about the difference between apochromatic and achromatic refractors. Don’t worry. The lingo about ‘APO’ and then doublet vs triplet confused me too. What did it all mean? So I did some research and put this together. Achromatic refractors are generally more affordable and for that reason … Read more

Is a Dobsonian Telescope Right For You? [Pros & Cons]

Dobsonian Telescope

A Dobsonian is different from other telescopes for astronomy. The ‘Dobs’ are often recommended for beginners because of several advantages but there are disadvantages to having these that you should know before you buy. If you’re looking to buy a Dobsonian or have already bought one, you’ll benefit from knowing more about this reflector type … Read more

Reflector vs Refractor Telescope [Which Is Better?]

Refractor Vs Reflector 1200 X 630 Px 2

When it comes to buying a telescope, the two most common types are reflector and refractor telescopes. Reflector telescopes use mirrors to collect and reflect light, while refractor telescopes use lenses to bend light. The choice between the two depends on what you plan to use the telescope for and your personal preferences. When I … Read more

Astigmatism in Refractor Telescopes: Causes and Solutions

Astigmatism In Refractor

The image you’re seeing through your refractor is not the best. Could it be due to a minor aberration such as astigmatism? When we look through a telescope, we want the image to be clear and sharp. Astigmatism is a type of off-axis aberration that interferes with this. Astigmatism in refractor telescopes and its effect … Read more

Essential Tips for Getting the Best Views of Planets

If you enjoy observing the planets in the night sky, then you’ll definitely want to check out these tips for maximizing your experience. For me, with a good telescope and a clear dark sky, I get to see Jupiter’s colourful bands and Saturn’s iconic rings. I’ve discovered the following on getting the most from planet-viewing … Read more