by Zan Vipotnik July 06, 2021 2 min read

Sky is full of mystery. It's a vast dark expanse with little to offer in the way of solace or interest. But for some people, astronomers and telescope enthusiasts among them, it's an endlessly fascinating field that has shaped our understanding of how we fit into the universe.

In this post we will explore what astronomy is and how telescopes work so you can get started exploring your own curiosity about one of humanity's oldest hobbies! 

Astronomy is a very large and complex subject. The field of astronomy encompasses many different topics, such as the origin of the universe, celestial bodies in space, and how they move through the sky.

Telescopes are tools used for viewing distant objects that would be too small to see with just our naked eye. In the 16th century, Galileo Galilei was one of the first to use a telescope in order to observe and study astronomy.

The telescope is still used today for many purposes, including viewing celestial objects! Telescopes can be found at observatories around the world or you can purchase your own telescope and set it up on your roof. 

If you're a beginner and want to know what type of telescope is best for you, here's the answer:

If you want to buy a telescope, don't spend your money on the cheapest one. Cheap telescopes are often too small and can't collect enough light for viewing anything but the moon or bright planets.

You should also think about what type of telescope you need before buying it.Reflector telescopes are best suited for night-time sky observations because they use mirrors to reflect light from an object in space back into the eyepiece, whilerefractor telescopesare best for daytime sky observation because they use lenses that capture and focus light onto a flat surface inside of them. The third type of telescope is acatadioptricorcompound type that combines both lenses and mirrors together for magnification purposes.

The type you need depends on what you're viewing - for example, if you want to view planets and stars in our solar system then a reflecting telescope is your best option because they are excellent at showing detail in dim objects. If you want to see galaxies and nebulas then it's better to go with the refractor telescope because they can gather more starlight than other types of telescope (especially when looking at faint objects).  A typical entry level beginner's telescope will be either a refractor or a reflector. 

If you have children who will be using the telescope, for example, a small scope would be better because it's easier to use. A large scope can be difficult for kids to maneuver. However, if you don't have any children but still want something relatively inexpensive that is easy to use and won't break easily in case it gets bumped around during transport, then an80mm refractor would make a good choice. 

The bottom line is that there isn't one perfect telescope; there are many different types that fit different needs depending on who will be using them and how much money they are willing or able spend.

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