There are many different telescopes on the market, however, they really only do the same thing – bring objects closer. Knowing how to get the best out of your first astronomical telescope is the key to be able to have a great and fulfilling astronomy hobby.
::: The Key To Superb Astronomy ~ Knowing the Skies :::
I am about the give you some of the greatest advice I can give you. And that is to know the heavens! When I was young, I wanted to get the best telescope I could. My first astronomical telescope was not the best telescope and in fact couldn’t show me anything more than the moon. Later I found when I purchased a much better telescope years after, that there was a major situation. Yes, I had the best telescope, at least compared to my first astronomical telescope, but I found a dilemma with being able to find nebula and galaxies.
Looking back I think first learning where things where in the heavens, would have made a much better start in astronomy. Your first astronomical telescope may not have a comprehensive manual on how to find objects in the heavens. The best advice is to buy a good binoculars and use that to learn where things are in the sky first before buying your first astronomical telescope. Binoculars, especially the ones with good optics allow you to see those objects in space and with a telescope you can then see the fine details, when you know where to look.
::: Telescope Care :::
A telescope is a great instrument. Your first astronomical telescope is always an important one – it is your gateway to astronomy, and usually your first glimpse at seeing what the beauty of the universe contains. Your first astronomical telescope must be taken care off, if you are to get the best out of your telescope.
Ways you can keep care of your telescope is to put protectors back on telescope lenses when you finish. If you have a metal telescope which you keep outside, make sure you put it inside when finished. It is far too easy after spending a few hours outside to say I will bring it in tomorrow! Rain may fall on your telescope which could cause rust, which is not what you want. The best thing you can do, if you must leave the telescope out is put a plastic cover on the telescope to protect it. Another tip is to put Vaseline on the telescope mount and joints so it can be protected from the rain.
Always make sure optics are brought inside as if rain get on them they can easily get damaged. Same as the main telescope tube if possible. You may also need to clean the mirror if you have a reflecting telescope, and should always take care to clean the mirror in accordance with the telescope manuals suggestions.
::: Getting the Best in Astronomy :::
More you learn about where to find objects in space, more you will get enjoyment out of your telescope. Astronomy is a fantastic hobby, and one which can never get exhausted, especially with 70 sextillion stars in space (at current counts)!