## Weather and cloud outlook near you

Cloud Forecast – From *Clear Outside* will give you the outlook for your local atmospheric conditions.

### How to calculate telescope magnification

How to calculate the magnifying power of a telescope? **Telescope magnification is calculated by dividing the focal length of the telescope by the focal length of the eyepiece and multiplying the result by the magnitude of the Barlow lens (if using).** Or, you can simply use the following tool to calculate telescope magnification. It’ll guide you on the usefulness of the magnification also.

### True field of view

The *true field of view* (measured in degrees) is how much of the sky you are likely to see through your eyepiece when using your telescope.

How to calculate the *true field of view* of your telescope? It is the *apparent field of view* divided by the *magnification*. You typically find the *apparent field-of-view* (AFOV) value listed in the product description for the eyepiece and magnification is simply the telescope focal length divided by the eyepiece focal length.

## Field of view Guide

The following is a guide to the field of view for the different optics:

Naked eye — 100º

Pair of binoculars — 5º–8º

Spotting scope — 2°–1.4°

Low power telescope — 0.5º or 30 arcminutes (‘)

High power telescope — 0.166º or 10′

## Calculations for Binoculars

For binocular users…

### Binocular Field of View in Linear Measure

Linear measure of width (feet @ 1000 yd): Angle (º) X** 52.5**

(based on: at 1000 yards one degree is 52.5 feet).

See Field of View in Astronomy Explained for background.

### Binocular field of view in Degrees

Angular measure (degrees): Feet @ 1000 yd ÷** 52.5**

## Charts / Quick References

### Dobsonian collimation

Useful when collimating Dobsonian telescopes…For more details see our article on collimating a Dobsonian.

### Planet viewing

Rough idea of magnification to use when wanting to observe planets or the moon. See also our article on the best telescopes for planet viewing.

## Infographics

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### Stars

Our Sun and stars like our Sun…See our article on the type of stars in space.