General Meeting: Buying Your First Telescope



Type: General Meetings

Held on: May 15, 2013 (Wed) at 07:30 PM to May 15, 2013 (Wed) at 10:30 PM

Speaker: Sorin

Location: Physics/Astronomy Auditorium (PAA), Room A118, Seattle, Washington


This talk will help you choose a first telescope that will provide you with years of enjoyment exploring the cosmos.


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Buying your first telescope can quickly become a daunting task when faced with so many choices and unfamiliar terms. With everything from cheap department store telescopes to computerized models and specialized APO refractors, how do you choose something you'll be able to enjoy for years with without spending a fortune? Last summer, I spent months agonizingly researching what to buy for my first telescope, reading dozens of articles and hundreds of web pages. Now I want to save you from that same frustration! I'll share my insights on how to navigate the crowded field of amateur telescopes, decode some of the terminology, and pose the questions you need to ask yourself so you can buy a telescope you will truly enjoy owning and using.


The slides from this session are posted on the presenter's site here:


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