I looked through the new book The Backyard Astronomer's Guide by Terence Dickinson, 4th edition. It has some nice chapters on binoculars and binocular astronomy. One thing I wanted to note in particular was that it showed what the view would be like of various objects through binoculars. It also did this for telescopes. I think this is very helpful. One thing that many do not understand getting into this is that they are not going to see objects like they would with the Hubble. Children, and adults, can get disappointed. Being realistic in your expectations about what you are going to see is important. Once you realize this you can appreciate what you do see. I find joy in what I see and am thrilled that I am actually seeing it for real.
Posted 22 September 2021 - 12:07 AM
I agree with you. "Real" images would be more informative.
In fact, not even with the Hubble telescope would we see the typical all-colored images they show us.
The first time I saw Saturn in an eyepiece, it was green (there was probably a filter) and looked more like a drawing than a real image. It almost blew me away, but then I saw movement and the image acquired that reality typical of optical observations.
The "photos" of Saturn as the astrophotographers present them to us, in addition to being all very the same, are simply digital manipulations that go beyond photography, leading to graphic design. We might as well make a charcoal drawing and say: "yesterday I saw this in the eyepiece".
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Posted 22 September 2021 - 12:16 AM
Proper expectations are so important. I recommend beginners only look at sketches to get an idea of what they will see. But even sketches can be misleading since most sketches are done by folks with at least a fair amount of experience at the eyepiece and also spent a lot of time at the eyepiece to make the sketch. All of the features sketched may not have appeared at the same time due to changes in seeing.
Posted 22 September 2021 - 12:21 AM
I found these videos last year which grounded my expectations for binoculars and scopes to the earth:
Planets through a telescope. Expectation and Reality. https://www.youtube....h?v=Z6NIBBldy8U
Deep-Sky Objects Through a Telescope. Expectation and Reality. https://www.youtube....h?v=jI7IPPmu76U
Posted 22 September 2021 - 10:01 AM
That was very helpful.