How to Use a Reflector Telescope


Today we will be explaining how to use a reflector telescope and a little bit about reflector vs refractor telescopes. Getting a good grasp of astronomy for beginners starts with looking up at the heavens but to get the good stuff you'll eventually want a telescope. First off since it is being reflected the image will be upside down. This can be reversed with an erect prism diagonal lens but that is unnecessary and will only prevent as much light as possible from entering your eyes.

It is a well accepted fact and if taking astronomy pictures it is best to just reverse the image using computer software. The difference between a reflector telescope and a refractor telescope BTW is that the image will be upside down and reversed left and right on the refractor telescope.

The only thing you need to keep in mind when using a reflector telescope is that it will be reversed which in most cases is not a significant issue as many far away objects will not be detailed enough to matter. As far as the moon is concerned it is still so fascinating to see it close up through a telescope that it can be easily ignored.

Line it up so that the telescope is pointing in the direction of what you want to look at. Next you will likely have a non magnified spotting scope on top of the telescope. Use this to precisely center the object and there you go! Time to enjoy your backyard astronomy sightings.

Another thing to keep in mind is what type of stand and mount the telescope sits on. If you just want a basic point and shoot system then an alt/azimuth mount is what you are looking for. It is the basic up/down left/right adjustment. An equatorial mount is the other option. It goes left and right but instead of up and down it swings. This is a great option for tracking objects as they orbit around the sky. It is also the option you want if you are doing a long exposure as you can follow an object easier than an alt/azimuth mount. There are many options for optimizing or just using a basic setup for your reflector telescope. Check out the rest of the site to learn more.