If you’re looking to purchase a telescope but you’ve hardly had any experience with using such a device up until now, I believe this post can be of help. I’m going to give you some pieces of advice that you can hopefully use when shopping for other types of equipment, as well. If you can spare the time, it wouldn’t hurt if you took a few minutes to read the following paragraphs.
Beginners telescopes aren’t as complex as those destined for advanced users. Even their names suggest this, so the first thing you need to do is keep calm and carry on. Most of the models I have personally considered when getting my first telescope were those that came with an aperture of about 70mm. Why’s that?, you might ask. Well, this aperture is basic yet versatile, in that you can use the telescope for looking at several planets, the moon, and a couple of stars here and there. Anything lower than 70mm would be unsatisfactory, at least for me.
The fact of the matter is that reading about the best telescopes for amateurs is one of the activities you have to engage in. Organize a research process and schedule that allows you to make the best decision for you and your family. Also, consider the fact that you won’t be the one using the telescope all the time. Who knows if one of your kids starts to develop an interest in science and astronomy, at some point or the other?
I was a bit more organized than some of my buddies. I jotted down all the pages I had to check out in order to make up my mind. I wrote the date I checked them and the number of favorable reviews they had gathered by that time. I also made a short list of pros and cons to every model I was considering, and this was probably the most helpful thing I did. The entire research process eventually assisted me in making a short list of the units I had to take into account. Then, I looked at the money that I was willing to spend.
Since research took about three months or so, I wasn’t willing to spend a fortune on a telescope or get one that would hardly be considered usable. The thing is that most of the world-known manufacturers such as Celestron, for example, sell telescopes that are particularly good at what they’re supposed to do but they cost a pretty penny. So, on the one hand, you have the option of selecting a model that’s made in China or some other place where you’re unsure about the quality of its components; on the other, you’ll just have to make an investment and get a high-quality telescope. So, what will it be?