10 Top Telescope Questions
So gathered together here are the 10 questions I hear most often along with my answers. If you’re new to using a telescope (or even if you’ve been around the block a few times), you’ll probably find some issues here that you’ve wondered about.
- 10. How do I figure out the magnification of my telescope?
- 9. Can you help me collimate my telescope?
- 8. What’s an equatorial mount, and do I need one?
- 7. How come the objects in my telescope look so small/dim/featureless?
- 6. My mirror/lens/eyepiece is dirty. Should I clean it, and with what?
- 5. What’s a “Telrad,” and why do I need one if my tele-scope already has a finder?
- 4. Help! The Moon looks upside down in my telescope!
- 3. Which is better: a refractor or a reflector?
- 2. I have $500 to spend. Should I get a small, computer-controlled telescope, or a big telescope with no electronics at all?
- 1. I bought a 675× telescope at my local X-Mart for $69. I can’t get it to work. Can you help?
Ed Ting’s first telescope was a 6-inch reflector that he saved for by working at Burger King. Find lots more of his advice and opinions at his scopereviews.com website.