I have been wanting to get a telescope since I was young. I live in an area with (what I consider) dark skies. You can clearly see the milky way on cloudless nights, you could see the neowise comet with your naked eye, clearly. That is about as far as I could take my references. The pandemic offered up another opportunity to really spend some time looking up at the stars and sent me on a war path to figure out what kind of telescope I want.
My biggest goal would be to see nebulae and galaxies. While the images of galaxies and nebulae are cool, I can find them online, from a professional who has better equipment, knows what they're doing and can enhance the color with software. What I would really like to do is see them through the eyepiece of a telescope. I keep reading that this is either isn't possible, or isn't what is pictured because of the limitations of light gathering. I do have a camera, and would consider taking pictures down the road.
Looking at the planets, stars, and other objects will definitely be high on the list.
I have been trying to read on the different types of scopes, the comparisons and recommendations. Like everything, everyone has their preferences and consensus is impossible.
For scope, I've looked into reflector telescopes in the 6 in to 10 in range. I am saving up to make this purchase as a family present for the holidays. There are no young kids, so no restrictions there. Travel is not a major concern, though this may travel 2-3 times per year. There is an official "dark site" near me that I may wish to visit for the extra absence of light.
It boils down to a few points:
- Can I see the things I want? Are they as stellar (pun intended) as I am hoping?
- What will it take to see these object? Diameter, type of scope?
- Can you also look through an eyepiece for in astrography telescopes? What sort of limitations should I expect?
Looking to hear from anyone's experience, first buys, upgrades, favorite places to look. Excited to make my selection and get started!