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WHAT CAN WE SEE IN TELESCOPES?

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Few of us live in the middle of nowhere—what can be seen in an urban/suburban backyard?

Binoculars will see thousands of stars where we can only see a handful—and many beautiful star clusters become objects of beauty.

The small refractor can see the Sun, the Moon, all the planets, thousands of double stars, many wonderful star clusters, lots of Variable Stars, and several of the brightest nebulae. Most of the brighter comets and even a handful of galaxies can be viewed from the city. Most of the fainter objects won’t be visible in the city, but we are fortunate our scopes are so portable. A periodic trip to a darker site once in a while (make it a family trip) will enable you to see a lot more objects in the sky, and more details in the ones you already know and love.

A mid-sized telescope will see every object more brightly and with more detail. Telescopes are light gatherers—the bigger they are, the more they gather. On top of that, the larger the telescope the smaller the details that can be seen at the same power, compared to a smaller telescope (it’s due to the wave nature of light). So larger scopes will not only see every object more brightly (making some invisible ones visible and some faint ones bright), but also with more detail.

Nothing exemplifies this more than the larger telescope (8” and larger). Literally thousands of objects become visible, most with details.

Escaping from the city to the rural environment makes the night sky appear magnificent. A few thousand stars become visible with the naked eye, and our telescopes, of whatever size, see much farther into the Universe. If you’re planning a vacation this year, think about taking your telescope—National Parks are often wonderful places to see the stars. Every mile farther you get away from the city makes a huge difference in what you can see through the telescope.

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Bushnell NorthStar 4.0 inch/100 Catadioptric Telescope, 1300mm Maksutov-Cassegrain, GO-TOMotorized Altazimuth Mount
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Bushnell's NorthStar #788840 telescope offers amateur astronomers state-of-the-art computer-driven location and tracking capability with simple, push-button controls.
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Meade NG70-SM 2.8 inch/70mm Achromatic Refractor Telescope Kit with Manual Altazimuth Mount
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The Meade NG70-SM Telescope is a longer focal length achromatic refractor that's good for using to observe the Moon and the planets
 
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Meade LT-6SC 6 inch go-to altazimuth Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, with UHTC multicoated optics
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Meade 0610-04-12 Telescope. The simple tripod/altazimuth mount configuration of the LT-6SC makes setup fast and easy. The rapid alignment features of the AudioStar computer
 
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Meade LT-6ACF 6 inch go-to altazimuth Advanced Coma-Free (ACF) Telescope, with UHTC multicoated optics
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Meade 0610-04-10 Telescope. The scope's standard equipment AutoStar computer is amazingly simple to set up and operate.
 
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Meade LS LightSwitch 6 inch Go-to Schmidt Cassegrain altazimuth Telescope, UHTC multicoatings, automatic sky alignment, and built-in color CCD camera
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Meade 0610-03-12 LS LightSwitch 6 inch Go-to Schmidt Cassegrain altazimuth Telescope, UHTC multicoatings, automatic sky alignment, and built-in color CCD camera
 
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Meade LX90-SC 12 inch Go-to altazimuth Schmidt-Cassegrain, with UHTC multicoatings and GPS
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Meade 1210-90-05, 12" LX90-SC is a very large aperture telescope. It is a great choice for both the serious amateur astronomer and the school or college observatory.
 
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Meade LX90-SC 10 inch Go-to altazimuth Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, with UHTC multicoatings and GPS
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Meade LX90-SC 10 inch Go-to altazimuth Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope. It includes a GPS receiver and an AudioStar computer that takes the guesswork out of finding your way around the skies.
 
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Meade 0810-90-05 Telescope 8"LX90-SC provides the backyard astronomer with a big feature-filled scope at a very attractive price
 
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CELESTRON Ambassador 80AZ  Brass, with Altazimuth Mount, Mahogany Tripod
CELESTRON Ambassador 80AZ Brass, with Altazimuth Mount, Mahogany Tripod
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The Ambassador Brass Refractor Telescope is an ideal decorative showpiece for the home, office, or anywhere you may want to incorporate its vintage style.
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    Konus Digimax-90 Maksutov-Cassegrain Telescope, Go-To Altazimuth
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    Konus Digimax-90 go-to Maksutov-Cassegrain telescope uses a lens and two mirrors to fold a high power 49" long optical system into a very compact 9" tube
     
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    Meade Telescope LX90-ACF 12 inch go-to altazimuth, w/ Advanced Coma-Free UHTC optics, GPS, and Level North Technology
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    Meade 1210-90-03, LX90-ACF 12 inch Telescope go-to altazimuth, with Advanced Coma-Free UHTC optics, GPS, and Level North Technology
     
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    Meade 1010-90-03, LX90-ACF 10 inch Telescope go-to altazimuth, with Advanced Coma-Free UHTC optics, GPS, and Level North Technology
     
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    Meade 0810-90-03, LX90-ACF 8 inch Telescope go-to altazimuth, with Advanced Coma-Free UHTC optics, GPS,
     
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