Hot to call a telescope building? (Observatory)

An observatory is a telescope building that provides a permanent and secure space for a telescope to be used for long-term astronomical observations and research. They are typically designed with features such as a dome that can be opened and closed to protect the telescope and control the amount of light entering the viewing area….

What to Do if You Inherited a Telescope?

If you have inherited a telescope, there are several steps you can take to determine its condition and usability. First, carefully inspect the telescope for any visible damage or wear, such as dents, scratches, or misalignments in the components. Check the optics, such as the lenses or mirrors, for any cracks or chips. Next, assess…

How Fast is Your Telescope?

An explanation of the f/ratio of telescopes The f ratio of telescopes is very important. It makes a difference in the size of a telescope and the viewing that can be done with it. In this article I explain what the f ratio of a telescope is all about. And telescopes are designed with a…

The Biggest Telescopes in the World

  The Telescope turns 400 years old this year and in four century period astronomers and telescope makers have been continually making larger and larger telescopes in order to peer deeper and deeper into the mysteries of the universe. There are currently quite a few enormous instruments in use and there are several next generation…

Looking to Buy a Dobsonian?

Thinking about buying a dobsonian? It’s a big decision and one that’s not made lightly. I have laid out a lot of information here that will help you. -The Telescope Nerd If you are considering the purchase of a Dobsonian telescope you are making a great decision. This type of telescope offers you remarkable light…

Astronomia Nova

By Johannes Kepler The Astronomia Nova is a book written by Johannes Kepler and it was first published in 1609. It is often considered to be one of the greatest books on astronomy ever published and Kepler wrote it based on his observations of the motion of the planet Mars over the course of ten…

Is that an airplane or a meteor in your night sky photo?

I take a lot of photographs of the night sky. These photos are usually less than 30 seconds in exposure length. But sometimes I catch a meteor! But, I also get airplanes in my photographs. So, how do you tell the difference? I managed to get this one photograph that has both a meteor and…

What Can an 8-inch Telescope See? (15 Celestial Objects)

An 8-inch telescope is an excellent option for those looking for an affordable spy glass that can see some impressive details. This binoculars can provide stunning views. This type of spy glass can see a lot. It can see objects up to 2,000 times fainter than the human eye. This makes it perfect for viewing faint objects…

How To Buy A Telescope

Are you interested in astronomy? Do you want to view the stars and planets up close? If so, then you need to buy a telescope. Telescopes allow you to see things that are far away in incredible detail. We will teach you how to buy a perfect telescope for your needs. We will discuss the different types…

Articles about Telescopes and Astronomy

Telescope Buying Guides Astronomers and Their Telescopes About Telescopes and Accessories How to do astronomy and use telescopes More Telescope and Astronomy Stuff Specific Telescopes and Manufacturers Information Telescope Making Articles Famous Astronomers and Telescope Makers

Magnification, eyepieces, and telescopes

Often times you will see telescopes for sale that claim big magnifications such as up to 1000X power or 500X power telescope. And while this isn’t a false claim because the telescope in reference will actually go to that magnification it is a worthless number because telescopes have definite limits to their magnification. Need the…

Telescopes for Beginners

Choosing a telescope can be a difficult thing but the nerd will help Being a beginner in astronomy is about the same as being a beginner in just about everything else. You don’t yet even know what you don’t know. This problem is magnified by the fact that you probalby want to buy a telescope…

Astronomy Books for Beginners

There are probably over 1,000 astronomy books readily available for you to buy and if you have been looking around you are no doubt wondering which ones are good? Well, I am going to give you three recommendations on astronomy books that are specially aimed at beginners and are easy to read and use. And…

How to take moon photos with a telescope and DSLR camera

How to take Moon Pictures with a DSLR and a telescope (How to connect your digital camera to a telescope) This is a first tutorial – There is a whole lot more you can do with this but we will start by talking about how easy it is to take pictures of the moon using…

When can the Constellations be seen?

The constellations can be seen any night and at any time! As long as it is night time and the skies are clear. If you are seeing stars then you are seeing constellations. The reason for this is that the complete night sky is filled with constellations. Every area of the sky, all night and…

What are the biggest telescopes in the world?

The Biggest Telescopes in the World – and some not in the world I show you the currently active biggest telescopes and also preview even bigger ones that are being built right now. You know that the nerd loves telescopes! They are buckets that collect light. And the bigger the bucket the more light they…

How to Explore the Night Sky without a Telescope

You don’t need a telescope to see a lot of wonderful things in the night sky. For example five of the planets are often readily visible with the naked eye. There are lots of amazing things you can see and this guide will help you find them. To maximize what you can see in the…

List of Stars in Constellations

There are literally millions of stars in the night sky and the night sky is divided up into lots of constellations. But, to the naked eye there are only about 6,000 stars visible so this narrows things down a bit for us! And this 6,000 star number is under very dark skies and near perfect…

ED Glass and Telescopes

It is an amazing glass that greatly diminishes chromatic aberration significantly – but it is expensive The biggest problem with refractor telescopes is chromatic aberration. That is the property of a lens bending different colors of light at different angles. When you look through a telescope at objects and you see colored halos around them,…

Things to see with a small telescope or binoculars

You just need a little guidance. There are lots of wonderful things that beginners can find with just a small telescope or a pair of binoculars If you are new to the whole hobby of astronomy and telescopes you are probably wondering what kinds of things you can see with just something basic like a…

Detailed Comparison: 6-inch vs 8-inch Telescope

A Detailed Insight Into the 8-Inch and 6-Inch Telescopes Like binoculars and the corrective lens, telescopes let us see things using our eyes. For practical usage of telescopes, it is always advisable to keep away any corrective lens before viewing through the telescopes. There are many different telescopes, each designed for a specific purpose. For…

Why is it so hard to point and move my telescope?

Some telescopes seem to move in awkward ways. If you are new to telescopes or you just received your first telescope you might be surprised to find that it moves around awfully funny. I mean that you can’t easily move it and point it at objects. There is nothing wrong with your telescope! It is…

Telescope Mirrors

This article will take a look at telescope mirrors. Show you how they work and explain all about them. A telescope mirror is not the same as a regular mirror. It is significantly different and it is a high precision piece of scientific apparatus that has been carefully made to specifications within less that a…

New Discoveries on the Origins of the Telescope

The origins of who invented the telescope may be lost to time but conventional wisdom, with supporting records, generally lends credence to the first telescope maker as being a Dutch spectacle maker named Hans Lippershey. In 1608 he applied for a patent for a telescope and the story goes that his son was tinkering around…

About Galileo and His Telescope

How Galileo’s Telescope Created the Modern Science of Astronomy Galileo challenged conventional views of the universeby observing by observing objects in the sky then applying the laws of mathematics and logic to what he saw. He turned the telescope into an important tool of understanding the universe we live in. Before Galileo turned his telescope…

The Main Five Types of Telescopes

There are different types of telescopes available on the market depending on different features.  Here we will discuss the tube assembly and light path of five types of telescopes. Fig 1:  tube assembly and light path of five types of telescopes The image shows how they are different in assembly and lightpaths and they have…

What is a Refractor Telescope? (Explanation & Examples)

If you are a beginner astronomer you may have heard of myriads of features of different telescopes and you are already confused about which one will be the best for you. At first, you have to know what the differences are between a reflecting and a refracting telescope.  Refracting telescope is one of the earliest…

Ancient Chinese Astronomy

China is well-known for its contribution in all fields from ancient times. In fact, we get some of the brilliant records in the history of ancient Chinese astronomy also. Chinese created their own distinct methods of keeping astronomical records and they were not changed from 1800 BCE onwards. According to the legends, China built sky…

How to use a barlow lens

What Is A Barlow Lens? A Barlow lens is an excellent addition for anyone who wants a lens collection. You and other people may ask, “What is a Barlow lens, and how do I use these lenses even for my collection”? You and others should know that a Barlow lens is a spotless collection of…

Rich Field Telescopes are great for beginners

The Advantages of a Rich Field Telescope (RFT) A Rich Field telescope is a somewhat perplexing term. Therefore, what does this imply?What is a Telescope with a Large Field of View? They are low-magnification telescopes with a wide field of view. These binoculars provide se benefits, including viewing large sky areas.There are methods for studying…

What is a finderscope?

What is a Finder Scope and how do you use it A finder scope is a small, low-power telescope used to help locate objects in the night sky. Finder scopes are typically mounted on astronomical telescopes, and they provide a wider field of view than the main telescope. This makes it easier to find faint objects that…

The Resolving Power of Telescopes

Resolving power of a telescope refers to the ability of a telescope to detect the small details. This article will explain this term so that you can grasp it easily and provide a lot of photographs and drawings. Firstly, let’s look at a double star. What is resolving power? It is the ability of a…

An explanation of Refractors and Reflectors

Refractor or Reflector telescope what’s the difference Refractor telescope and reflector telescope are both types of telescopes that have a primary mirror to refract light from its point of entry into the eyepieces of the instrument. Still, there is a fundamental difference with respect to their design. If you look at a typical refractor – it has a…

A Guide to the Hobby of Telescopes and Astronomy

Astronomy as a Hobby – Guide There’s something inspiring and awesome about stargazing that makes you reflect on our lives as humans on Earth. Simply viewing starts at night can deepen your sense of awareness, but having the right tools can also be helpful to increase your knowledge and wonder about the solar system. That…

Guide to Using a Small Telescope for Beginners

So you bought a small telescope and don’t know how to use it – Here are some great tips for getting the most out of it. If you are fascinated by stargazing but don’t know how to use your new bought telescope, we can guide you with some effective tips. Here, we present the tips…

What is a Reflector Telescope? (Explanation & Examples)

The Parts of a Reflector Telescope Astronomy is the study of the universe. It is a branch of science that studies celestial objects and their properties. There are many types of telescopes today, each having its unique features. One type is the reflector telescope which uses mirrors to collect and focus light from celestial objects….