Things to do with your new Telescope
So you have just gotten a brand new, shiny Telescope to fulfil the desires of your childhood with, of traveling through the Space and having a closer look at its beauty. Well, it’s amazing now that you have a telescope but before really getting into the Space, you need to get into the technicalities of how a Telescope works and what all can you view with your first telescope:
- Go easy on the magnification
You really would not want a shaky, dark and narrow view of the Space object you are trying to view, would you? No. So, just take some time understanding how your scope works, if it’s big or small enough for the perfect eyepieces, if the eyepiece that you have supports a high magnification combination or not, for instance some scopes come with eyepiece combinations which have a magnification of 100x or 500x which cannot be supported by a small scope, even if it’s the best telescope, as it would give blurry and dark images in such cases. So just figure out how much magnification would your scope allow for a better and clearer picture.
- Check everything beforehand
It is understandable that you just have gotten an amazing, new scope for yourself and you cannot wait for the night to play with your latest toy, but hey, let’s not forget that it is a complicated device which needs to be operated very carefully and one needs to be aware of the terms like Aperture, Optical Quality or Depth of Field. Yes, these terms are majorly used in the field of photography but anything that deals with lenses will deal with these technical aspects too. So, take out the manual, read about the type of the telescope it is, what are all its technicalities and how does it work, in the daylight itself, so that at night you can smoothly operate it and get clearer pictures of the Space Objects.
What to see with your first Telescope?
- The Moon
Although, the moon is visible even with naked eyes, one can clearly see the craters and the mountains present on the Moon. The longer the focal length of your scope, the better you would be able to capture this beautiful object in all its glory.
- The planets
Well, there are three planets which can be easily seen with your Telescope even when you are new at this skill. These are Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Their proximity to Earth makes them available for us to witness their beauty. In a 50x magnification, you can easily spot the planets, although, a little small, but you would still be able to see them. As the magnification increases, they get clearer and you can even witness the rings on Saturn so clearly.
- Asteroids and Comets
Asteroids and Comets both from time to time get visible in the space, especially the comets with their tails of light and star like beauty and the asteroids, even the biggest ones looking so small and fragile from faraway places, like Earth. These beauties can too be witnessed but at specific times which you need to be aware about.