Telescopes and Astronomy
Whether you’re a seasoned star searcher or a youngster who’s eager to get their first glimpse at star gazing, telescopes and astronomy are sure to provide you with an amazing wonderland. Today’s telescopes feature mind bending advancements that allow you better viewing than ever before. They grant an enhanced enjoyment of astronomy by granting you access to absolutely stunning views. Plus, the advancements in technology have not only increased the amount that you can clearly see, but these advancements have also made it even easier for people of all ages to use today’s telescopes.
First, let’s just make sure we’re on the same page. The terms astronomy and astrology often tend to be confused, but they are definitely very distinct entities. Astrology is a group of beliefs and schools of thought that posits that the relative positions of the sun, moon, stars and other celestial bodies can provide information about an individual’s personality or even fate. But the body of science that telescopes can help open up to you is astronomy—the scientific study of celestial bodies.
Another seemingly similar word you might here referenced in the same sentence as astronomy is astrophysics. Astronomers achieve scientific discoveries which are then turned over to those specializing in astrophysics, and visa versa. Each distinct fields works together to support or disprove each other’s findings.
Now that we’ve got that cleared up, you’re probably fairly excited to get out there and start enjoying the night sky. But with so many different telescopes to choose from, making your selection can be a tad confusing. The first thing to consider is your experience level. If you haven’t been scoping things out for very long, then you’ll want to opt for a simpler model with a smaller price range. This will help you get your star-feet wet and figure out what astronomy’s all about. But if you’ve been looking to the heavens for a long time now, then you’re probably ready for something a little more expensive that features some of the most stellar technology available, such as built-in computerized mapping and assistance.
To help you get started, you can look through the learning center to get a feel for what type of scopes are available and which ones would serve your needs best. There’s no need to rush. Your telescope will last you a long time, so make sure you’re completely happy with it before you purchase it.