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Finally  There is an old but true saying among astronomers that the telescope you use the most (irrespective of its size) is the right one for you. A telescope should be something you grow into gradually not grow out of quickly. I believe it is better to buy a scope which pushes your  learning rather than a one that has limited use and is soon left in a cupboard. Computerised or GOTO Mounts – refers to mounts fitted with special motors controlled by a hand held computer unit. These seem like  an easy option if you don't know your  way around the night sky. However, they can be complex, often add a lot to the price and need to be set up accurately. The new Skywatcher Synscan AZ GOTO range and the similar Celestron SLT range go quite a long way to providing a relatively low cost  introduction to this technology but some knowledge of at least a few star names and where they is required to use them. Smaller aperture telescopes are available with GOTO, but remember what has already been said about the need for aperture to view faint  objects. Many of the 100s of Deep Sky Objects (DSOs) are only visible in apertures of 130mm and larger under dark skies. They may not  be visible at all even in large telescopes (200mm plus) if you have very bad light pollution.  You don’t need GOTO to locate the planets such as Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn which are easily spotted by eye with a map. For Mercury, Uranus, Neptune you just need binoculars and a good sky map (or app) which can be found on our Astro Links page. Accessories Buying a telescope is just the first stage. You will need additional items :  - Detailed Star Charts - see our Astro Links page for Stellarium and Skymaps   - Red light to read star charts (you could use a rear bike light)  - Warm clothing, hat and gloves  - Moon Filter which helps reduce the glare  - Nebula Filter – brightens stellar gas clouds (for apertures over 130mm)   - Battery Power Pack - portable power for motor driven mounts  - More Eyepieces Details of these will be found on the Accessories page - Skywatcher    Celestron We run a course specifically to help chose your first telescope, but we can also provide free advice. Don't forget we sell Stargazer Gift Vouchers for our Accommodation and Courses.  Purchasing  While we only stock some accessories all telescopes can be delivered in only a few days provided its in stock. For Terms and Conditions of Sale click HERE.  We take most credit and debit cards. GAC Demonstration Telescopes  Startravel 102 Refractor on EQ Mount Explorer 130P Synscan™ Az Goto Mount  Skymax 127 Maksutov Cassegrain on EQ Mount  200mm (8 inch) f6 Newtonian reflector  Back to Introduction 
© Galloway Astronomy Centre 2016          All images are copyright – M Alexander unless otherwise stated
Scopes Introduction Basics Finally Scope Mods Skywatcher Celestron Optical Hardware Finally
Finally  There is an old but true saying among astronomers that the telescope you use the most  (irrespective of its size) is the right one for you. A telescope should be something you grow into gradually not grow out of quickly. I  believe it is better to buy a scope which pushes your learning rather than a one that has  limited use and is soon left in a cupboard.  Computerised or GOTO Mounts – refers to mounts fitted with special motors controlled  by a hand held computer unit. These seem like an easy option if you don't know your   way around the night sky. However, they can be complex, often add a lot to the price and need to be set up accurately. The new Skywatcher Synscan AZ GOTO range and the similar Celestron SLT range go  quite a long way to providing a relatively low cost introduction to this technology but  some knowledge of at least a few star names and where they is required to use them. Smaller aperture telescopes are available with GOTO, but remember what has already  been said about the need for aperture to view faint objects. Many of the 100s of Deep  Sky Objects (DSOs) are only visible in apertures of 130mm and larger under dark skies.  They may not be visible at all even in large telescopes (200mm plus) if you have very bad  light pollution.  You don’t need GOTO to locate the planets such as Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn which are easily spotted by eye with a map. For Mercury, Uranus, Neptune you just need binoculars and a good sky map (or app)  which can be found on our Astro Links page. Accessories Buying a telescope is just the first stage. You will need additional items :  - Detailed Star Charts - see our Astro Links page for Stellarium  and Skymaps   - Red light to read star charts (you could use a rear bike light)  - Warm clothing, hat and gloves  - Moon Filter which helps reduce the glare  - Nebula Filter – brightens stellar gas clouds (for apertures over  130mm)   - Battery Power Pack - portable power for motor driven mounts  - More Eyepieces Details of these will be found on the Accessories page - Skywatcher    Celestron We run a course specifically to help chose your first telescope, but we can also provide  free advice. Don't forget we sell Stargazer Gift Vouchers for our Accommodation and Courses.  Purchasing  While we only stock some accessories all telescopes can be delivered in only a few days  provided its in stock. For Terms and Conditions of Sale click HERE.  We take most credit and debit cards. GAC Demonstration Telescopes  Startravel 102 Refractor on EQ Mount Explorer 130P Synscan™ Az Goto Mount  Skymax 127 Maksutov Cassegrain on EQ Mount  200mm (8 inch) f6 Newtonian reflector  Back to Introduction 
Galloway Astronomy Centre SCOPE SHOP
Tel: 01988 500594
Scopes Introduction Basics Finally Scope Mods Skywatcher Celestron Optical Hardware Finally
© Galloway Astronomy Centre 2016 All images are copyright – M Alexander unless otherwise stated
Finally  There is an old but true saying among astronomers that the  telescope you use the most (irrespective of its size) is the right  one for you. A telescope should be something you grow into gradually not  grow out of quickly. I believe it is better to buy a scope which  pushes your learning rather than a one that has limited use and  is soon left in a cupboard. Computerised or GOTO Mounts – refers to mounts fitted with  special motors controlled by a hand held computer unit. These  seem like an easy option if you don't know your  way around the  night sky. However, they can be complex, often add a lot to the  price and need to be set up accurately. The new Skywatcher Synscan AZ GOTO range and the similar  Celestron SLT range go quite a long way to providing a relatively  low cost introduction to this technology but some knowledge of at least a few star names and where they is required to use them. Smaller aperture telescopes are available with GOTO, but  remember what has already been said about the need for  aperture to view faint objects. Many of the 100s of Deep Sky  Objects (DSOs) are only visible in apertures of 130mm and larger  under dark skies. They may not be visible at all even in large  telescopes (200mm plus) if you have very bad light pollution.  You don’t need GOTO to locate the planets such as Venus, Mars,  Jupiter and Saturn which are easily spotted by eye with a map. For Mercury, Uranus, Neptune you just need binoculars and a  good sky map (or app) which can be found on our Astro Links   page. Accessories Buying a telescope is just the first stage. You will need additional  items :   - Detailed Star Charts - see our Astro  Links page for Stellarium and Skymaps   - Red light to read star charts (you  could use a rear bike light)   - Warm clothing, hat and gloves  - Moon Filter which helps reduce the  glare    - Nebula Filter – brightens stellar gas  clouds (for apertures over 130mm)   - Battery Power Pack - portable power  for motor driven mounts   - More Eyepieces Details of these will be found on the Accessories page -  Skywatcher    Celestron We run a course specifically to help chose your first telescope,  but we can also provide free advice. Don't forget we sell Stargazer Gift Vouchers for our  Accommodation and Courses.  Purchasing  While we only stock some accessories all telescopes can be  delivered in only a few days provided its in stock. For Terms and Conditions of Sale click HERE.  We take most credit and debit cards. GAC Demonstration Telescopes  Startravel 102 Refractor on EQ Mount Explorer 130P Synscan™ Az Goto Mount  Skymax 127 Maksutov Cassegrain on EQ Mount  200mm (8 inch) f6 Newtonian reflector  Back to Introduction 
Galloway Astronomy Centre SCOPE SHOP
Tel: 01988 500594
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