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Is sky-glow affected by height?

I'm an architecture student and my graduation project will consist of building a research center for outer space, my question is whether or not height would affect sky-glow or not ? Thanks in advance, ...
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Why can't we build a huge stationary optical telescope inside a depression similar to the FAST?

So first we'll have to find a natural depression or we should create one. I understand you can only see a single portion of the sky since it can't be moved, so my money is on creating an artificial ...
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How to connect my phone to a motorized telescope via a cable?

Some motorized telescopes (e.g. Celestron NexStar Series) have no WiFi by default. Can I connect my phone to them to be used as a hand control via a cable? The telescopes have AUX port and phones USB ...
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Can the “haze” of a mirror telescope be quantified?

When reading Why was StDr56 discovered only now? and its answers and comments, I realized that refractor telescopes, and in particular the Dragonfly Telephoto Array are a great tool to find nebula and ...
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Is it possible to use Photolithography for telescope image sensor?

The current largest digital CCD camera is the Vera C. Rubin Observatory, which has a whopping 3.2 gigapixels with a pixel size of 10 micrometers. In contrast, Agfa 10E56 holographic film has a ...
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Can we visually perceive exoplanet transits with amateur telescopes?

Is it possible for an amateur astronomer to visually perceive an exoplanet transit by the change of brightness of the star via observations spaced over time, or is the variation of the brightness too ...
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Fresnel lenses for a makeshift Galilei telescope?

For a kindergarden (pirate) party, friends of me want to build together with the 4 year old kids a functional pirate's telescope for each of the kids. On the web I found full constuction sets, e.g. ...
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How do we differentiate between a star or planet and noise introduced due to equipment?

I understand that differentiating between celestial bodies and noise due to equipment is a fundamental problem in astronomy. I also understand that we solve this problem by looking at something called ...
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Can we see the color of nebulae?

Someone asked me this question: To see the color of the Great Nebula in Orion, how large the aperture of the telescope should be. I don’t even know whether this is possible. I understand that the ...
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Using a refractor telescope 5" aperture, 900mm focal length for terrestrial viewing

Can I use a refractor telescope 5" aperture, 900mm focal length on an equatorial mount for terrestrial viewing.
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Where can I still find solar film?

I, like many others, am excited to see the eclipse. I want to view the eclipse through my telescope, however, I don't have any solar safety equipment for solar viewing and I cannot find any online ...
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Effect of black coating on the inside of a hobby telescope's tube?

I was watching this (rather old) episode of The Making, where they show how a telescope is built in a factory. At 7:34, the cylindrical body of the telescope is shown to have a dark coating on the ...
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Telescope lens problem when cold

We are having a problem with our scopes on cold nights. (-10F is about average here.) One poorly aimed breath means that the eyepiece lens fogs. We have to remove the lens and keep it under our arms ...
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Upgrade tripod on a cheap telescope

I got a cheap refractor as a present - my intro to astronomy. I think it’s not great, but I’m having plenty of fun looking at the moon and planets, and who knows, maybe some other objects soon. The ...
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What is the size of the image sensor in the largest optical telescopes?

What image sensors (imaging electronics) are used in telescopes? Like CCD, is that the best option? What is the typical physical size and resolution of the photo-sensitive surface of the currently ...
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How difficult is it for an amateur to discover a new exoplanet or astronomical object?

I recently read about precovery, where plates or images of an object predating its discovery are used to precisely determine its orbit. It occurred to me that it might be possible that some objects ...
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Limits of space telescope?

Watching this video describing the "next generation" space telescope, it seems like the biggest mirror will be ~6 meters in diameter. Theoretically, if a telescope was built in space instead ...
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What can I see using a 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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Is there a common metric to measure telescope power?

It is rather hard for me to compare telescopes due to the various numbers used. 600mm focal length and a 50mm diameter and eyepiece is a 12mm. VS. Focal length of 500 mm and the objective diameter is ...
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Is there a website that shows equivalent views through different telescopes?

I'm trying to buy a beginners telescope. I have a Celestron TravelScope, but would like something better. When I look at other models, many users have posted images from their viewfinders. Is there a ...
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How to make a 65 cm lens with a 20 cm hole in it for a Hamiltonian telescope?

This answer to What (the heck) is a Hamiltonian telescope? Is this one? confirms that the telescope in the question linked there is indeed as described and that the first lens is a full 65 cm aperture ...
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Question about telescope eyepieces

I have a Celestron 60LCM refractor telescope. It has a 60mm aperture and a 700mm focal length. It came with two eyepieces. One is 25mm and the other is 9mm. They are marked only with their focal ...
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Would alcohol wiping damage multi-coated eyepiece coating? How else can I take COVID precautions on the eyepiece?

My small group of friends will be wearing masks. But could COVID-19 be spread by eyes/eyelashes touching the eyepiece? If so, what precautions should I take? I have a small Starblast scope with an ...
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How to estimate my eyepiece FOV?

As a follow-on to my question about seeing Jupiter and Saturn at the same time in my scope, I'd like to ask how I might determine the Field of View (FOV) of my eyepieces. More specifically, I'd like ...
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Will I be able to see both Jupiter and Saturn at the same time in my Astromaster 114?

I have a Celestron Astromaster 114 Newtonian reflector telescope. The specs: aperture: 114mm focal length: 1000mm focal ratio: f/8.77 I also have a t-ring so I can connect a Nikon camera to it. Will ...
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Can equatorial mounts be used at lower latitudes?

I wanted to order a Celestron 127EQ and I was going through the manual online and just noticed that the manual says that latitude is adjustable in about a 20-60° range. The PowerSeeker equatorial ...
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Is it possible to do planet observation during the day?

Keep in mind I'm just a newbie. So.... I have a new Newtonian telescope. It has 150mm opening and 1400mm Focal Distance on top of an equatorial mount. I have 25 and 10 mm eyepieces... and a 2x Barlow. ...
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How to use an app to help find deep sky objects in general, either attached to a telescope as a finder scope or held on hand?

A friend with a young child asked me for a beginner scope recommendation of less than $300 to see the planets as well as some brighter deep sky objects in a relatively dark suburban location. My first ...
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Sky-Watcher Dobsonian 16 Inch Synscan Go-To [closed]

What is the best way to buy Dobsonian telescope 16‘? Where can I buy it new or used? What I will need to have in advance? Which negative sides it has? Please, share any information you have about this ...
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Why are telescope mirrors nearly flat?

My understanding of telescope mirrors is that they are (generally speaking) a slice out of an imaginary sphere. The center of this sphere is the focal point of the telescope, where the detector is ...
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Difficulty in using the telescope as a projector

I have been trying, but completely failing, to copy the arrangement for viewing the sun mentioned on this website: https://astronomyconnect.com/forums/articles/2-three-ways-to-safely-observe-the-sun....
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Eyepiece recommendation for Orion XT8

I am looking for some eyepiece recommendations for my Orion XT8. There are so many kinds out there, and I am not quite sure what to get as recommendations vary wildly. Here are some Q&As that ...
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How long would it take to first detect a new object in the night sky given its apparent magnitude?

If an object as bright as the star Polaris (Apparent Magnitude +1.8) showed up in the night sky, it would be detected almost instantly by stargazers. If an object as bright as Pluto (Apparent ...
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Shouldn't this cause a fire?

This website shows a telescope projecting the sun onto a blackboard: https://astronomyconnect.com/forums/articles/2-three-ways-to-safely-observe-the-sun.21/ Why isn't the board catching fire? You ...
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What's the farthest point humans have explored?

By using powerful telescopes on land and space, what's the farthest point humans have explored or viewed?
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Please check my Mars photo

Hi built my own newtonian telescope for the first time. Up until that point I had never used a telescope. Can you please look at the photos attached and tell me if this is what Mars should look like ...
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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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What is an Ideal apparent field of view for viewing planets through a zoom eyepiece?

I was reading the specs of a few zoom eyepieces, and in every eyepiece, there is a term called 'apparent field of view'. I looked up and searched about it and figured out that if you divide this by ...
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Black dot visible when looking into the telescope

A few weeks a go I bought a telescope. The problem is I am a total beginner. I was able to setup the telescope correctly and I already saw the moon very clearly. Then I moved on to jupiter. When I ...
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Mars is dark, surrounding is bright, what am I doing wrong? [duplicate]

I just got a Celestron 8 and I'm a complete rookie: set up scope early so it would acclimate to the temperature. No difficulty locating Mars, but I see a dark planet with its circumference slightly ...
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What exactly is a Hamiltonian telescope? Is this one?

This comment on the current answer to Why is this telescope so short? How hard is it to make such a fast primary? says In this forum topic Borisov appears to call it an f/1.5 Hamiltonian. Wikipedia'...
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What would a red giant Sun look like from Proxima b?

As of now, Proxima b is the only confirmed planet (or dwarf planet if it didn't clear its orbit - sorry, couldn't resist) around Proxima Centauri, the nearest-known star to the Sun about 4.2 ly away. ...
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Is there a more permanent way to set up an Artificial Horizon?

For the last few months we have been constantly setting up an Artificial Horizon (Davis Instruments) using motor oil as the liquid. We discovered that it is very hard to take a reading off of it ...
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Which is a better way to increase magnification - by choosing an eyepiece of lesser focal length or by choosing a telescope with higher focal length? [duplicate]

Magnification of a telescope = (focal length of telescope / focal length of the eyepiece being used) $$M=\frac{f_{objective}}{f_{eyepiece}}$$ If I want 75 X magnification and the following are the two ...
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What are Native coordinates in the World Coordinate System?

i am writing my first paper about our solar telescope, and i need to explain the optical transformations in terms of World Coordinate Systems. I am not sure if i got the following right, and would be ...
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TASCO 49060700 60x700mm Spacestation Refractor

So, my grandfather so graciously gave me his TASCO 49060700 60x700mm Spacestation Refractor Telescope, which is extremely wondrous. Any way, I found this answer to my 3x barlow lens, which I believe ...
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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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How did Michelson measure the diameters of jupiter's moons using optical interferometry?

In Betelgeuse: How its Diameter was measured (Chant, C. A., Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Vol. 15, p.133, Bibliographic Code: 1921JRASC..15..133C) the author says: The paper in ...
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How to view the surface of Mars with a 130 mm Newtonian?

I bought a Celestron AstroMaster 130EQ telescope, but I am not able to see the surface of Mars through using the 10 mm eyepiece. Instead I only see a glowing dot. What should I do to view the mars ...
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What is a good focal length for DSO

I found two telescopes that i'd like to buy, but one has 900mm focal length ((Skywatcher Newton 114/900 EQ1)) and the other has 500mm focal length ((National Geographic Dobson N 114/500)). My ...

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