KR2F's Astronomy Page

The crew of Columbia.  Film recovered from debirs field.

The crew of Columbia. Explorers to the end.
Film recovered from the debris field.

First of all, let me speak to those of you who may be very new to the idea of owning and using a telescope.
You are looking into a incredibly fascinating hobby. In time, you will be able to see (on your own) things you
previously hadn't thought possible. Firstly, I would STRONGLY suggest that you
look up a local amateur astronomy club in your area, and spend some time with them; at a coffee shop and
in the field, under the stars. This will give you more information in a few visits than I could ever give you here.
The next thing I will tell you is this. If you don't have enough to buy a QUALITY new scope, then
consider a quality used one, or just wait until you have saved enough. Whatever you do, do NOT buy some
garbage department store scope that advertises blah blah blah POWER (meaning magnification). This is a sure
sign of trash. Most amateur astronomers observe between about 40X and maybe 200X. What really matters
in a telescope, or any precision optical instrument for that matter, is the quality of the optics, be it mirrors
or lenses. You want as large a primary objective as you can afford. The primary objective is
either the main mirror or lens, depending on whether you have a reflecting or refracting telescope.

Check out magazines like Astronomy Magazine
or Sky and Telescope Magazine and find some local astronomy clubs in your area.
If you are rushed to make a purchase, email me at vcortina AT hvc DOT rr DOT com
Don't feel intimidated by all of the available information. You can easily make a wise and sensible purchase.
Just look before you leap!

There are also some great individual websites devoted to amateur astronomy. Here's one from PBS.
Check out Star Gazer. This is really a neat site which will give you simple, but very
educational data on naked eye astronomy. It's cool, it's simple, and it's free. Have fun!

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Celestron C8 Schmidt-Cassegrain A Closer Look Another View
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Astronomy Links
Clubs and Organizations Astronomy Info Space Missions
Astronomy Assoc.
Star Child
Great Kids Site!
Space Station
Rockland Astronomy Club StarDateOnline Cassini-Huygens
Astronomy Club
Tom Campbell's
Amateur Astronomy
Mars Pathfinder
Astronomical Society
Meteor Observing
Astronomical Society
of the Pacific
The "Moon Illusion" Aura Mission
Lake County (Illinois)
Astronomical Society
Excellent Eyepiece Tutorial Spitzer Space
Fort Worth
Astronomical Society
Very Good Site!

More Astronomy Links
Image Links Manufacturers Space Exploration
Picture of the Day
Celestron NASA
Planet Images
Meade G.O.E.S.
Joe Robert's
Hardin Optical HEASARC
Lots of Images! Orion Hubble Space
Telescope Images
Photo Gallery
Stellarvue Telescopes VLA
Very Large Array
Earth from Space Coronado Solar
Observing Instruments

Background photo taken by Bill Thys in New Mexico. Bill is a member of the Rockland Astronomy Club.

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