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Questions tagged [telescope]

Questions related to the physical instruments for astronomical observations.

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What would happen if someone had a telescope and watched Betelgeuse when it goes supernova?

Would that person go blind? Neutrino detectors and the abundance of Neutrinos would detect the upcoming visible show about 3 hours before any visible signs, so there would be time to point certain ...
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Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope GoTo Not Accurate

I am trying to use a Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope, but I am not able to use the GoTo function. I do the three start alignment, it confirms matches, I make sure the level is ...
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Can't see any detail on planets with my new Celestron NexStar 130 SLT Computerized Telescope [duplicate]

Mars looks like a small white blob/circle and the same with all other planets. This is very frustrating. I've looked all over for a solution jumping from site to site and nothing. Please be different ...
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How to adapt small Dobsonian to use with a tripod?

I am the owner of a small 4", f/6.3 tabletop Dobsonian telescope with a 102mm aperture and 640mm focal length. It is based on a Dobsonian mount but I would like to use a tripod instead because of ...
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What are the advantages of refractor telescopes over reflector telescopes?

I've been thinking about getting a new telescope. From what I've read online, reflector telescopes are newer and better then refractor telescopes. Is there any reason to get a refractor telescope ...
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Question about the relevant physical parameters to build a backyard observatory

I live in a big city: São Paulo, Brazil. I would like to build a simple telescope dome to do some amateur sky obseravtions. But the whole project lies on the viability to see something interresting ...
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Why do we use filters in telescopes for astronomical imaging?

I have read that if we image without a filter we get no information about the color or SED of objects. Can anyone elaborate the reasons for using filters for imaging/photometry? What happens if we ...
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After Oumuamua passage, has an “urgency” telescope time request procedure been set up?

During the rapid passing of ʻOumuamua through our solar system, it was difficult to get instant telescope time. Usually, formal requests and a review process are necessary before telescope time is ...
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Mars looks like a blur

I took my telescope out tonight (I am new, just got the telescope a few days ago, it's my first one) and I was observing Mars, however all I see is just an bright orange circle, with no surface detail,...
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Help new Dobsonian owner

I need a bit of advice. I purchased a Orion xt8 and a lens kit with a 2x Barlow 6mm 20 mm eyepieces and every time I try pulling things into focus / magnification or focus goes out the window recently ...
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How would astronomical seeing on Mars differ from that on Earth?

Astronomical seeing is the limiting factor for the resolution of all but the smallest Earthbound telescopes. Source Stunning advances in adaptive optics (along with it's predecessor speckle ...
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what can i see using celestron nexstar 127SLT [closed]

I am planning to buy celestron nexstar 127SLT and I want to know what can I see using my telescope.
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How do ground-based telescopes deal with earthquakes?

Astronomical telescopes observe particular points in the sky for hours or even days, and they have to remain particularly steady for the duration of the observation, as far as I know. What happens ...
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Finding Jupiter, Saturn

I have a Dobson Omegon with a 640mm focal length and a 102mm aperture. My finderscope is broken but I can do without. I have located the planets with the naked eye but I do I do not see them through ...
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Source of mirror reflectivity data

I am trying to find a source of mirror reflectivity versus wavelength for the typical protected overcoat Aluminum mirrors used in astronomy. I need this to cover the whole visible range (300-1200nm) ...
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Reflector vs refractor in terms of magnification, which one wins?

I'm thinking about getting a telescope and i'm debating between these 2 telescopes: meade and orion. Theyre both the same price so this question is not about the money, but about getting the most out ...
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Array of telescopes with single orbiting collector?

Might such a thing give better images than we could get from other virtual telescopes with multiple collectors? Or is having multiple collectors not a limiting factor? Could a single collector ...
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Where exactly is the modification that first corrected the spherical aberration in Hubble's primary mirror?

The April 2015 CBS News article How NASA fixed Hubble's flawed vision - and reputation describes the modification taken to the Hubble Space Telescopes by the Space Shuttle that was used to correct for ...
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What magnification is required to see detail on Mars / other local bodies?

I have a 125mm Jones Bird newtonian telescope (very shoddy) with 6x lens (2× + 3×) essentially we were able to see a very small O (yeah that's to scale) with varied shades of red. Is Mars far away ...
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Type of telescope on Star Trek

In the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery, we learn that Captain Georgiou has an old-fashioned telescope in her ready room. Michael Burnham inherits it a bit later in the season. I wonder if anyone ...
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Is the Celestron astromaster 130 EQ Model able to see nebulas and galaxies?

Is the Celestron astromaster 130 EQ Model able to see nebulas and galaxies? If this telescope is not able to see nebulae, please suggest me the best one telescopes for nebulas.
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Is it possible to see an image with radio telescope of something not so far away in detail?

Can an image of a person using a radio telescope see a person from far away? Could a radio telescope be made to see someone walking on Mars? https://space.stackexchange.com/questions/30477/could-we-...
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Amateur observing

I'm new to this could someone tell me if I'd be able to see planets with the Celestron Cometron FirstScope described as below on argos.co.uk: A compact, easy to use and powerful 76mm reflector ...
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Edu-Science telescope

I don't know much about astronomy, but my kids are asking for telescopes to view planets, stars etc. Could anyone tell me if this Eduscience telescope is any good? This kit contains a 40x with a ...
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Celestron Astromaster EQ130

I recently purchased a Celestron Astromaster EQ130 telescope and have absolutely no clue about telescopes but would love to learn. I have set this up but cannot even get a decent view of the moon, any ...
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Is it possible to mount a telescope on a plane? Is it beneficial?

I was wondering if any planes had mounted telescopes with the intent to observe the stars. I understand that the atmosphere itself can warp and hinder incoming light and even completely obscure views ...
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Upgrading telescope from 5“ to 8” or 10"?

I currently have Celestron Nexstar 130STL. I am trying to upgrade my telescope to next one. I examined Meade 8"ACF Goto telescope, but I was not too thrilled about it. It gave me better view, but ...
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Looking at ourselves with a powerful telescope?

Could a small curved mirror and/or lens in Earth's orbit be aimed at a different hemisphere from where you are be be viewed with a powerful telescope to see the ground through the mirror? Would a more ...
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Need help with the calculations/conversion of a celestial object

I'm developing a telescope controller open-source application. I started this project with a very little knowledge of Astronomy. Basically, the app is going to send data to telescope over a wireless ...
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What are some good telescopes for a programmer? [closed]

I’ve never purchased a telescope and I was considering buying one. However, I wasn’t sure what to look for. I love to tinker and so a telescope that I can program with libraries such as SPICE would be ...
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Eyepiece diameter for small focal length planetary viewing on a large dobsonian?

I have a 12" dobsonian with a 1500mm focal length and want to do some higher magnification planetary viewing. Currently my highest magnification is ~80x via my 19mm eyepiece (calculated here), but I ...
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How does this telescope work, and what is it for?

Procrastinating, I clicked on a suggested video (How Large Can a Telescope Be?) and after about 01:20 I saw a clip of a telescope shown below. I was confused as I ...
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Telescopes for beginner astrophotography

I'm a fairly experienced photographer and have enjoyed taking lots of photos of the night sky with my existing gear - wide angle starscapes over pretty hills, mostly. I'd like to move on, having ...
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What's the difference between a Newtonian telescope and a regular telescope

So, recently I was shopping for telescopes and I decided on the following telescope: https://www.amazon.com/Celestron-21049-127EQ-PowerSeeker-Telescope/dp/B0007UQNKY/ I had exactly $180 to spend, ...
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Which telescopes model is being shown to Albert Einstein in this file footage? What event might this be?

In the Economist video Why does time pass? there is some file footage of Albert Einstein attending some event where a model of a large telescope is on display, and being described to Prof. Einstein. ...
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I am beginner here.Could any one please suggest telescope on AliExpress [closed]

I am beginner and eager to buy telescope for viewing planets and deep sky objects. I have gone though several posts here and found that only magnification is not so important but along magnification ...
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Things to be aware of when designing a custom equatorial fork mount

I'm still relatively new to amateur astronomy, and I would like to get into astrophotography. I've looked at different equatorial mounts, and I think I like the benefits of fork mounts. I'd like to ...
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What is the meaning of “bright unresolved sources”

In many articles talking about telescopes, they talk often of "bright, unresolved sources". "bright" usually mean that the magnitude should be less than a certain threshold, (or that the signal to ...
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Why can’t I see any detail on planets?

I really want to know why I can’t see detail on planets. This summer my Dad and I went on a trip to Utah I went outside to look at the planets and couldn’t see detail on Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter. ...
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Air temperature range recommendation for observations in a summer night with an entry level telescope?

Recent nights where I try to make my first observations with the entry levell telescope Seben with 114 mm mirror it seems that for lenses less than 6 mm details go lost due to warm air refraction (as ...
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Can this mirror be cleaned?

I dug up my old 6" Dobsonian telescope from storage and the mirror looks like the following: The picture is down the tube, so you can see the spider holding the secondary. To my eye, the spots look ...
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First Telescope SkyWatcher Heritage 5" Tabletop Dobsonian Telescope

I have been star gazing for awhile with a pair of binoculars and now I am ready to step it up a bit and purchase a telescope. I have been looking at the SkyWatcher Heritage 5" Tabletop Dobsonian ...
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I have a Model 36050 telescope

My Model 36050 telescope came with the H6mm, H20mm and the green filtered moon lenses. It has a 360mm focal length and a 50mm diamiter. What can be seen with it?
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What is the highest resolution image of the moon taken from Earth's surface?

According to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jul/26/star-spotted-speeding-near-milky-way-black-hole-for-first-time the Very Large Telescope is "powerful enough to see a tennis ...
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Beginner looking for extra eyepieces for telescope

I have a Bushnell Voyager Reflector telescope. It came with 2 eyepieces: k4mm and k20mm. And I am trying to find additional eyepieces to zoom in further on planets and stars, but the bushnell website ...
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Struggling to use my new telescope

I recently got my first telescope, a Bushnell reflector telescope. I spent a good while setting up my alignment. And I can see the moon perfectly! I went to look at another, Mars. I got it aligned in ...
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Does the size of the atom limit the focal length of telescopes?

Does the size of the atom place a theoretical limit on a telescope's focal length (and thus, resolution)? It seems to me that that the allowed margin of error for parabolic mirrors drops with an ...
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Do we know at which angle the Event Horizon Telescope will look at the accretion disk of Sagittarius A*?

Do we know at which angle the Event Horizon Telescope will look at the accretion disk of Sagittarius A*? Additionally, would it matter if we are exactly in the plane with the accretion disk, i.e. ...
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Orion Skyquest xt8i Intelliscope Dobsonian Telescope Lens

I have the telescope in the title, which camps with 10mm and 25mm eyepieces. Both cannot really see anything in detail past the moon. All planets look like stars. What are good eyepieces for seeing ...
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Why are we building larger land-based telescopes instead of launching larger ones into space?

This question is a follow-up to Do bigger telescopes equal better results? How much bigger does a ground-based mirror have to be to match what a space-based one can do? I guess I'm asking primarily ...