Astronomy and Gear
If you want to do this right, you are going to need the right materials.
If you’re someone who’s just beginning to learn the science of stargazing, then as early as now, you really need to know the importance of getting the right gear. You can’t allow yourself to go complacent on gear. Sure, others might tell you that the gear will just follow. Others might be quick to tell you that gear is just gear; skill is what’s necessary.
While that may be correct, you also have to understand that any skill, no matter how top-notch, will always be enhanced and supported by the right kind of gear. A skilled painter can paint the scenery of a majestic Amsterdam holiday with practically any sort of brush (perhaps a brush from online shops like Lazada and Zalora), but the experience will be far better with good brushes, right? The same argument can be made for astronomy.
Best Telescopes for Stargazing
The first telescope that’s great is the Celestron SkyProdigy 130. It is a fine example of a mid-market reflector. It sports an onboard computer to make your sky-sailing easy and fun. It aligns itself on the sky in under 4 minutes, so you don’t really have to know star names to get up and running. The 5-inch (130mm) aperture is big enough to capture galaxies.
A second telescope you can try is Orion’s SkyQuest XT8i IntelliScope. This telescope is a wonderful mid-price Dobsonian, best suited to those who like to drive around the sky manually. This big “light bucket” really hauls in the photons from the depths of the cosmos.
The Levenhuk SkyMatic 105 GT Mak-Cas is yet another telescope you can try watching the sky with. This telescope is a great hybrid (“catadioptric”), using both lenses and mirrors to make a compact, highly portable telescope. It’s SynScan computer can get you to nearly 43,000 objects under very dark skies. As an added bonus, you can use the scope to spot daylight sights – like animals or sporting events – as well.
Celestron’s AstroFi 90 WiFi is a classic refractor with a digital twist: You run it entirely from your smartphone or tablet. You won’t need access to a network; the AstroFi scope is a network and will work even where your cellular networks don’t. The 3.5-inch (90 mm) aperture and hassle-free sealed optical tube is a good choice for planet-watching.