The telescope was first developed by Galileo, but was named by Giovanni Demisiani at a dinner party in 1611. The device that Galileo developed was a simply looking glass that allowed someone to see distant objects with greater ease and clarity through magnification. Since the 1600s, there have been many changes and advances in the telescope. Today there are plenty of options for gazing at the stars, and in this post we will examine the options and the Pros and Cons of each.
Price Range: $50 – $1,000
Pros: These telescopes are typically easy to transport and move from place to place. The simple design makes it easy to point at an object and find what you are looking for. Most of the units have a smaller spotting scope for narrowing down the field of view for making it easy to find what you are looking for.
Cons: These units are typically not known for their ability to magnify an object significantly, nor do they offer the best in clarity.
Price Range: $100 – $10,000
Pros: These telescopes tend to be able to magnify objects with a little more clearly and represent colors with more accuracy.
Cons: The size of these are cumbersome, and there tends to be some distortion that is caused by deformation of the main reflecting plate. Recent advances have provided methods to overcome these shortcomings.
How does it work: Combining the principles behind the reflecting and refracting telescope design, the Catadioptric telescope was formed. Not only does this telescope use curved lenses to magnify and correct, it also uses mirrors!
Price Range: $500 – $40,000+
Pros: These telescopes are the best for visual acuity. Utilizing the best of both previous technologies, this design plays off the strength of each telescopic method to create an exponentially better experience.
Cons: Two Words: Cost and Size. This is definitely not something that you would want to lose! These devices cost as much as many new cars! However, its enormous bulk and difficulty make it much more difficult to steal.
Hopefully, this information will help you as you explore the universe that we call home!