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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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Second Telescope: Maksutov Cassegrain vs Refractor

I bought my first telescope, a 3-inch refractor a few weeks ago. It has been a wonderful experience seeing the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn magnified and Andromeda, M33, M81 and much more for the first time. ...
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How many galaxies can be seen in a given patch of sky

Similar to the question asked here, but my question is not about what can be seen with the naked eye but rather what might be seen if pointing my Newtonian reflector (full specs outlined below) at an ...
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Focusing light through fiber optic cable to extend telescope viewer

I want to build a system to view my telescope without being uncomfortable. Currently I have to stand up and bend over to view the eye piece. I want to build a system that allows me to 'pipe' the ...
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Calculate telescope orientation based on RA, DEC and Lat/Long

I'm parsing FITS files for a project based on data from a telescope. These files include 'DEC', 'RA' and lat long values. I understand roughly the concept of celestial coordinates and I assume that ...
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A new (radio) neutrino telescope in Greenland?

I just stumbled upon ScienceMag news from July 14th, 2021 which says: By placing hundreds of radio antennas on the ice surface and dozens of meters below it, they hope to trap elusive particles known ...
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What to do in case of concentric circles that are not aligned with the cross after collimation (Picture inside)?

I have been collimating my newly bought first Newtonian telescope for a few days now, but I can't get the center of the circles to align with the intersection point of the spider's reflection. I have ...
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Deciding optical factors between a refractive and reflective space telescope optics as a function of aperture? (visible light)

Reading Yale News' Lighting a path to Planet Nine: To detect objects that are otherwise undetectable, Rice and Laughlin employ a method called “shifting and stacking.” They “shift” images from a ...
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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 was astronomical data meant to be handled on HST precursors?

The first drafts for a large space telescope such as Hubble were made in the 60's, and the idea of a space observatory originated long before that. From Wikipedia: In 1968, NASA developed firm ...
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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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Meade LX200GPS electronic RA movement very slow

I use a Meade 200 LX GPS. Last night between viewings it was placed in Sleep mode. On return the scope was making noises as if the motor was running. The scope was stationary, but had moved to what ...
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3000th Question: What does the future of astronomy look like with the next generation of telescopes? [closed]

What will the benefits and advantages be of the upcoming generation of telescopes such as LSST, E-ELT and JWST? And more broadly where will this leave astronomy in 10-20 years time? This isn't a ...
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My first pictures of Jupiter

Well, I'll start off by saying I am certain I am doing it wrong! Now that I got that out of the way here is my image: I have a feeling I can't see the planet because I need a filter to block out the ...
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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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Why are Cassegrain telescopes shorter than Newtonian reflecting telescopes?

Many websites say this is because the effective focal length of the objective is increased by making the secondary mirror convex. This allows a Cassegrain telescope to be shorter than a similarly ...
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Is there any site with telescopes data?

Is the data gathered from telescopes "open source"? If so, is there any website that group it all?
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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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Would space-based telescopes need to remain in the shadow of Earth to avoid light interference from the sun?

So I am thinking about orbiting telescopes tonight and I was thinking that it would probably be beneficial to keep them in the shadow of the Earth or some other space body to avoid light interference. ...
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How can Mercury's sodium tail be imaged?

I recently learned that Mercury has a sodium tail. Can this sodium tail be imaged with a ground based telescope? Is so, what is the minimum setup required to be able to take a picture of it? Do you ...
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Is looking through a telescope to do astronomy a thing of the past?

Do astronomers actually look through a telescope with the naked eye or do they mostly look the the data generated by telescopes on computers? Are they mostly working behind the computer and pencil ...
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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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How are telescopes protected from blinding light and satellite glares?

I imagine a situation must happen sometimes where a telescope watching a very dark object may catch a bright flash of light or a reflection off of a satellite. If that's even a concern at all (maybe ...
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Do telescopes exist that reflect the incoming light more than three times along their length?

Refractors only use the length of the telescope once, reflectors twice, catadioptric telescopes like those of the Schmidt-Cassegrain design three times. Have telescopes been built that reflect the ...
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Who invented the blink comparator?

The Wikipedia page for the blink comparator fails to mention who invented it. Many other pages extol the importance of the device, but we cannot find any mention of an inventor. Wikipedia does ...
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Telescope on polluted environment

this one bothering me,to buy a telescope. I live in a city,unfortunately with dust and polluted air, is there any affect in viewing a nice capture of our galaxy? Or i need to buy a special telescope?
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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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Why does this large Newtonian telescope's front cover have two or three holes in it?

The Michael Bernardo video How to use an Equatorial Mount for Beginners shows a large Newtonian telescope on an equatorial mount. The cover of the telescope's large aperture shows what looks like ...
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How to locate nebulas visible through AstroMaster 114 telescope without device assistance?

I will be going to the desert this month and it's my understanding that the night sky will be very dark there. I've got some practice locating the planets but I'd really like to get a look at a nebula ...
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How does making a refracting telescope very long reduce the chromatic aberration of an uncorrected lens?

Below are two cropped views of "Johannes Hevelius's 8 inch telescope with an open work wood and wire "tube" that had a focal length of 150 feet to limit chromatic aberration." from ...
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How do I remove fungus from a telescope mirror?

I use a Celestron NexStar 130SLT Azimuthal Newtonian Reflector. I noticed that recently, due to the wet season, some tiny spots of what appears to be fungus have appeared. Having taking appropriate ...
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How come I can point to two places with telescope and have the same coordinates?

Absolute beginner here. I read through the telescope manual, watched many videos, and got a pretty decent understanding of DEC and R.A. However, I don't understand one thing (where theory doesn't ...
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What could I resolve with my Telescope

I recently won a Common 50mm refracting telescope with Solar Filter too.. I'm trying to Understand things I can skygaze with it. It's pretty basic and I should have known. Unfortunately, I don't ...
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How can I obtain raw observation data of stars surrounding Sgr A*?

Are there any publicly available telescope that offers the sensitivity to observe the stars surrounding Sgr A*? If not, is there any raw data available that I could download?
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What I can observe with a 80/900 refractor telescope? What can I study?

Recently I bought a telescope after a very good conversation with an astronomer friend of mine. The main goal is to see planets. However, Mars is so difficult and is far to find it in opposition. I ...
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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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Help stabilizing telescope

First time astronomer here... (pardon any less than accurate terminology) My son received a secondhand telescope, a Celestron Powerseeker 114AZ. Last night I calibrated the Starpointer, and was able ...
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Unable to locate Big Dipper through Polar Axis Finder

I have recently purchased a CG-4 Polar Axis Finder for my CG-4 mount. This PAF has markings on the lens for aligning with Big Dipper or Cassiopeia, which looks like this: I have aligned the PAF to ...
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Advice on first Telescope (refractor vs reflector), Barlow lens

I am planning on buying my first telescope. I am getting an 80mm refractor and a 114mm reflector for the same price range. Which would be a better option? Further, would a Barlow lens solve the ...
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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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Need help in creating telescope

I have 100cm F.L objective and 10cm F.L eyepiece 10cm in diameter and double convex both. what are the planetary objects I can see with telescope made with these lenses. I also have a double convex ...
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Can we measure comets in a similar way to exoplanets?

A 2km comet at 40AU's can dim a sun sized star at 100 light years by 3%, and a 10km comet can cause an eclipse (is that right?) So would 2,3,10 km objects be easy to measure via star dimming if we had ...
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How do I see more than just points in the sky?

I just bought a new telescope with these specifications: Aperture: 203 mm Focal Length: 1200 mm F/ratio: f/5.9 I usually use a 28 mm eyepiece, giving me about 42.5x magnification, but I also have a ...
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Is the angular resolution of a telescope irrespective of used eye-piece?

Suppose a telescope has aperture $D = 20$ cm. The angular resolution of such telescope, according to the Rayleigh criterion (if I have understood it correctly), is given by $$\theta = 1.22\cdot\frac{...
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Please Guide me to buy my first Telescope [duplicate]

I am a beginner and I've planned to buy a telescope(Newtonian reflector)for viewing planets and deep sky objects. As far as I know the most important factor to get a brighter view is that the ...
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Hypothetically, could a civilization in a solar system near a supermassive blackhole use the blackhole as a huge gravity lens telescope?

I have heard of various proposals that use the massive gravity of stars to sort of focus light at and observe with a suitable telescope placed at such a distance, and I am assuming here that bigger ...
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Are X-ray telescopes with glancing angle surfaces basically "funny-looking" Cassegrain telescopes mathematically?

In this answer I included the image below of a reflective X-ray telescope. It is made from two elements; the first is concentric shells of glancing (high incidence) angle paraboloidal surfaces, and ...
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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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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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Astromaster Celestron 130 EQ

I brought a new Astromaster 130 EQ and collimated it using a laser. However, whenever I try to observe moon I get a perfect picture but with other planets I see only a bright glowing ball which ...

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