- Toby I don't think you'll find anyone in our club who would
disagree with Keith. Try some scopes first.
On our web site, you'll see out reach events listed. We give a
short talk, then go out, and use our telescopes in a learning type
of atmosphere. This would be a great place to start.
The Star Gaze will also be a great opportunity to see many
different scopes. You'll also have an opportunity to talk to many
experienced astronomers at this event.
In addition, at our March meeting Doug Norton is planning to
share some of his experience with double stars. If the weather is
good, we're planning to have some scopes set up for members to view
some double stars.
Lastly, I always recommend Binoculars as an excellent optical
instrument to start viewing the stars. You'll want a tripod for
steady viewing but you'll be amazed at what even a small increase
in magnification can add to your viewing pleasure. The wide field of
view is also a big plus for binoculars.
Check out yard sales and pawn shops for a good inexpensive pair
of specs. Any pair will do, 7x50s can usually be picked up cheap.
Try www.heartlandamerica.com look under binoculars, Barska
Gladiators 12-36x70 for $79. I got a pair and they work great. They
zoom from 12 power to 36, I can see the rings around Saturn, the
moons around Jupiter and excellent views of clusters and nebula with
Please don't think that binoculars are just for beginners, I
still use mine every time I observe. I always enjoy the wide field
view and lot is to be said for using both eyes.