What Can You See With a Telescope?

Family with telescope – image via flickr user verymom

Telescope is the name of a scientific instrument that magnifies far located objects. It’s a device that collects an amount of light superior than the normal human eye, and thus makes faint objects clear and apparent.

Another important point about telescopes is that they best operate in darkness. Most of the times telescopes are used by Meteorological Departments for moon sighting, but the goal of owning a telescopes is not only limited to this. Telescopes are actually used to see thousands of stars, far located objects, different planets and patterns.

The use of telescopes is not only restricted to Governmental and Meteorological Departments, but they are also being widely used in everyday life by common people and families. The functionalities, characteristics, purpose and usage of a home telescope are somewhat different than the organizational telescopes.

The main needs and reasons for using telescope by government and meteorological departments are quite clear, but why do we need telescopes at home? What we can actually see with a home telescope?

If you keep reading I will tell you everything about what can you see with a telescope.

M45 Stars Cluster with Orion SkyView pro telescope - image via flickr user jpstanley

M45 Stars Cluster with Orion SkyView pro telescope – image via flickr user jpstanley

Things That Can Be Experienced and Enjoyed With Home Telescopes

Here are some considerations and reasons that make the use of telescopes clear and understandable:

  • Home Telescopes allow the person to see far and mysterious objects like stars, planets, new moon, etc. with their own eyes instead of seeing them on television or magazines;
  • Not only stars and moons, but a telescope owner can also experience and witness amazing details like Saturn’s rings and Jupiter’s rings;
  • A home telescope owner can enjoy seeing galaxies and nebulae when conditions allows for it;
  • Domestic Telescopes make the moon sighting certain. A personal telescope owner, can search and sight the new moon and lunar craters with his telescope;
  • Personal Telescopes are the best choice for the people who can’t experience the five major constellations by their bare and naked eyes. A simple home telescope facilitates people to spot and enjoy the beauty of the Ursa, Cassiopea, Orion and Cygnus.
  • Some simple telescopes are equipped with picture taking features. Using such telescopes, a person can capture the beautiful sights and observations for future remembrance and for beautiful memories;
  • Telescopes can help to see double stars. Double stars are simply star pairs so close to each other that they appear as a single star from naked eyes. Searching for double stars and observing them with and without telescope can turn out to be a fun experience;
  • Some people can easily find stars, galaxies or nebulae by their naked eyes, but to find them is not the only thing. Such stars, galaxies and nebulae will still appear very faint and maximum clarity can only be seen with  telescopes.

Mars with a Celestron C6 – image via flickr user Joel Tonyan

Who Actually Needs a Telescope and Why?

When it comes to the objects that can be viewed by a telescope, we become immediately curious and interested in finding why we should observe them and who are the people who should see and experience these objects. The answers to these questions are quite straight forward and simple.

As telescopes are used to see far mysterious objects, anybody who is a nature lover or a mystery revealer must own a simple telescope for this use.

Moreover, many religions have religious festivities and worships that are celebrated according to moon sighting and phases. In this case home telescopes can help people to witness the new moon by their own eyes. Such simple telescopes can make their happiness and joy double and everlasting.

A simple telescope is a must for photographers or astrophotography lovers. Telescopes equipped with cameras can make photographers capture the beauty of nature and mysterious celestial objects, stars, clusters, galaxies, five constellations, new moon, etc.

Not only this, a home telescope is also a must for physics or astronomy students, as it helps them to do their homeworks with ease, unlocking the possibility to verify concepts in a fun and practical way.

Saturn from Orion Newtonian Telescope – image via flickr user Ethan Allen

Telescopes and Settings According to Different Objects

When the purpose is to see galaxies, a particular star or a nebula, the main concern is not anymore ‘seeing’ or ‘finding’, but it actually becomes ‘transparency’ and ‘clarity’. In such cases, the telescope’s aperture has great significance.

To have objects appear in a clear and bright way, the aperture size of the telescope should be optimal and adequate. Star observing requires low power telescopes – less than 100x. In order to observe and view the globular clusters, planetary nebulae or galaxies, your instrument must be set to moderate power – 100x to 150x.

The site where you are using your telescope has a significant impact on the results. A home telescope may not give its best results at your roof but it may work perfectly on your neighbors roof. Try to find a site that provides enough favorable conditions and therefore will give you best results.

Moon with a telescope Maksutov Skywatcher 127 – image via flickr user Paul Hutchinson

Personal Telescopes as a Way of Happy Life

When random problems and question aroused I’ve always wanted to get answers. Personally, my hunger for knowledge has to be feed with proofs or something tangible, and being able to verify a concept is part of the satisfaction that an experience brings within me.

Investing once in a simple home telescope can bring you closer to the way of long term happiness in life. It’s not anymore a question of what can be seen with a home telescope, but it can become a reason of soul fulfillment, happiness, and sometimes even enlightenment.

A simple and good quality telescope can easily be purchased within a budget of 500$. Don’t think about purchasing an expensive telescope in the beginning, but hunt for a cost effective and high feature telescope.

A good personal telescope should be able to give the amateur astronomer features like aperture adjustment, light settings functionality and possibly operate as a camera.

But above all it must provide you with the possibility to observe and enjoy Saturn’s and Jupiter’s ring, double stars, lunar craters, the five constellations, nebulae, galaxies and all the other beauty the sky has to offer us.

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