Information And Buying Tips For Astronomy Telescopes Refractors
There are three main types of beginner astronomy telescopes.
Refractor, reflector, and catadioptics.
This page is about refractor telescopes. Refractors are generally
seen as the long tube type of scope. Refractors were the world's
first telescopes and used by Galileo Galilei to discover
the moons of
Like all astronomy telescopes, refractors have their pluses
and their minuses.
Refractors are low maintenance and easy to set-up and use.
The sealed tube helps keep the inner workings clean too.
Because of the limits on aperture size to cost compared to
other types of scopes, refractors are best used for viewing
the planets and the moon and brighter stars.
The fact that the objective lens is smaller helps city
dwellers though where the light pollution generally
limits observing to the brighter moon and planets anyway.
That not to say that you can't view deep sky objects with a refractor
just that it cost more to get a larger size objective lens.
Refractors are also generally heavier, bulkier and longer than
the other types of telescopes, so give thought to where,when
and how often you will use your scope and if it can remain
setup and stored ready to go.
Refractors offer high contrast images and good color.
Above are three beginners astronomy telescopes I believe you should check out.
They will fit a variety of budgets and skill levels and all will provide
wonderful enjoyment for the backyard stargazer.
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