Choosing a telescope can be a
daunting task, especially if this is your first scope. There are so many
options, models, type, accessories, and shops to choose from.
most important aspect in any telescope is its aperture, the aperture is the
diameter of the main lens or mirror, whichever the scope uses. Magnification is
not an important factor and beware of telescopes that brag large magnifications,
this is usually a sign of an inferior product. The
larger the aperture, the better, but also the more expensive it becomes.
There are a number of shops in Ireland, UK, Europe and the US who are very
reputable and will assist you and advise you what telescope to go for given your
experience level. Click the icon below to see a list of reputable shops.
you need help or advice on selecting a telescope, why not come along to one of
the club meetings and ask the club members, they'll be more then happy to help
you and give you a few pointers.
below 4 links are to help you compare telescope sizes, how to work out the
magnification given a certain telescope and eyepiece, how to collimate
(optically align) a reflecting telescope and a list of shops.