Telescope Guide

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Telescope Guide

Telescope Types

Mid-level performance, portable.

Meade ETX 125 Observer Telescope & Tripod (205005) W/Astromaster Eyepieces Kit - Maksutov telescope

Best performance, less portable.

Sky-Watcher - Image

Planetary performance, portable, pricey.

Telescope Mount Types

Altazimuth Mount for telescope

ALTAZIMUTH MOUNT

Two axes of motion make it a better choice for viewing 

Telescope - Astronomy

DOBSONIANS MOUNT

Simple setup and are exceptionally stable

Equatorial Mount for telescope

EQUATORIAL MOUNT

Track objects across the sky using the mount’s polar axis

Telescope Brands

Celestron website
Meade website
Orion website

Key Telescope Specifications

FOCAL LENGTH

Magnification

FOCAL RATIO

Light Gathering Ability

APERTURE

Size of Objective Lens/Primary Mirror

focal length telescope