It's Christmas season again. Perhaps you are considering buying a telescope for someone on your shopping list.
TriState Astronomers wants to help make stargazing a fun and exciting adventure into the night sky. Following Christmas, TriState Astronomers will conduct telescope clinics to help telescope owners set up their new telescopes and learn how to use them.
If you are buying your first telescope and if you are not knowledgeable about them, there are many factors you should consider before you go shopping. At our clinics, we often see low-quality telescopes that are little more than toys. These give dim, fuzzy, shaky images that are frustrating to the budding, young stargazer.
This is a recipe for a new telescope ending up in a closet collecting dust.
Low-quality telescopes typically come from big-box stores or nature-themed stores or are touted on TV commercials for their high magnification. Avoid these telescopes like H1N1 flu.