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.
|Celestron C8 Schmidt-Cassegrain||A Closer Look||Another View|
|Clubs and Organizations||Astronomy Info||Space Missions|
| Star Child
Great Kids Site!
|Rockland Astronomy Club||StarDateOnline||Cassini-Huygens|
| Meteor Observing
| Astronomical Society
of the Pacific
|The "Moon Illusion"||Aura Mission|
| Lake County (Illinois)
|Excellent Eyepiece Tutorial|| Spitzer Space
| Fort Worth
Very Good Site!
|Image Links||Manufacturers||Space Exploration|
Picture of the Day
| Planet Images
| Joe Robert's
|Lots of Images!||Orion||Hubble Space
|Stellarvue Telescopes|| VLA
Very Large Array
|Earth from Space|| Coronado Solar
Background photo taken by Bill Thys in New Mexico. Bill is a member of the Rockland Astronomy Club.
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