Best Telescopes for Stargazers

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There is a constant schedule of meteor showers every year. I mark the calendar for the whole year and get up in the middle of the night and drive if I have to, to see the show.

At the height of the best meteor showers, there are “falling stars” popping everywhere all over the night sky at once. It always inspires true awe when I get to see that! (I have included the schedule for you below.)

So if you are like me, you probably have thought about buying a telescope. Or if you know someone who loves astronomy you might want to buy them a telescope as a gift. But if you are not really into astronomy yourself  you  might not know what to look for. So what are the best telescopes? 

As a good rule of thumb, the further you want to be able to see, the more money you have to spend. And the better the optics, the clearer your views will be.

Of course many people just want to be able to get a better view of the moon, and a simple inexpensive telescope will be fine. But many people get hooked on astronomy and then they want more expensive telescopes!  

I’ve included many different types of telescopes here and divided them by price. The categories are best telescopes for kids, best telescopes under $100, best telescopes under $500, best telescopes under $1000, and best computerized telescopes.

Don’t forget, if you spend more than $25, you can get free shipping!

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Vivitar Telescope with Tripod
Best Bargain Telescope!

If you are looking for an absolute bargain telescope, this is the one. I really cannot believe the price on this Vivitar telescope! I’m a huge fan of Vivitar. They give a lot of quality for so little price anyway, but this is a true bargain. Under $35! Click the link to see how low it is! I think this is the best bargain telescope available.

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Best Telescopes for Kids
Telescopes for Beginners
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Celestron Kids 50TT Telescope

You know how kids are. They try things on and discard them until they find their true interests. So if you want to start with a real telescope, not a toy, but aren’t sure if this is a long term hobby, this one is budget friendly but will provide a wonderful stargazing experience. If they get hooked on the stars you can buy a more powerful telescope later.

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Best Telescopes for Children

 

Beginner Telescopes

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Best Telescopes Under $100

Celestron Powerseeker 50 Refractor Telescope

Celestron is very popular with amateur astronomers for the quality you get for the money you spend. I have one myself and it has given me many years of stargazing!

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Celestron Model 21037 PowerSeeker 70EQ Telescope
Best Telescopes Under $100

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Barska Starwatcher Compact Refractor Telescope
Bargain Telescopes

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Whirlpool Galaxy M51 Poster
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Best Telescopes Under $500

Orion StarBlast 4.5 EQ Reflector – Telescope

The manufacturer says: Our compact, performance-packed Orion StarBlast 4.5 EQ Reflector telescope is a favorite of both beginners and expert astronomers alike. It combines the much-heralded Orion StarBlast 4.5-Inch wide-field (f/4.0) parabolic reflector optics with our sturdy EQ-1 equatorial tracking mount and adjustable-height tripod. 

A friend of ours has one of these and I love to look through it. He brings it to star gazer meetings. It’s less than $215 too! One of the best telescopes in the mid range.

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Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Tripod Telescope
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Orion SkyScanner TableTop Reflector Telescope

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Best Telescopes Under $1000

Meade Personal Solar Telescope

The manufacturer says: Internal optical re-focusing mechanism provides compatibility with most conventional eyepiece lenses. Built in Sun finder.  Fully multi-coated doublet. Telescope body does not have moving or extending parts.

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Orion 9005 AstroView 120ST Equatorial
Refractor Telescope
Best Telescopes Under $1000

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Orion CF Triplet Apochromatic Refractor Telescope
Popular Telescopes Under $1000

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Best Computerized Telescopes

Celestron NexStar 6 SE Telescope
Computerized Telescope

This computerized telescope is under $1000! So much telescope for the money! See into deep space and track constellations and comets. Get a close up of the moon, Saturn’s rings and the whole night sky!

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Best Selling Computerized Telescopes

Find Your Own Stars!

This telescope is for serious astronomers or advanced star gazers with all kinds of advanced features and computerized tracking. One of the best telescopes in the high end range.

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How to Choose the Best Telescope for You
Finding the Best Telescope

If you’ve come this far and you’re still undecided on the best telescope to buy, maybe a guide to the benefits of each type would make it easier. If you would like to see a handy chart to help you decide on the best telescope for you, visit this one page chart which makes it easy to choose your best type.  

Select the Best Telescope for You right here.

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ANNUAL METEOR SHOWERS

 

Every year the orbiting Earth encounters asteroid bands producing these breathtaking celestial showers.

Jan. 4 Quadrantids: Radiant–Bootes. Very short lived shower, less that one day. Variable rate, but generally around 60 per hour. Speed 41 kps and bluish color.

Jan. 16 Delta Cancrids: Radiant–just west of Beehive. Minor shower, rate about 4 per hour. Very swift.

Jan. 18 Coma Berenicids: Radiant–near Coma star cluster. Only one or two per hour, but among fastest meteors known–65 kps.

Feb. 26 Delta Leonids: Radiant–midway in Leo’s back. Feb. 5 to Mar. 19 with peak in late Feb. 5 per hour at 24 kps.

Mar. 16 Corona-Australids: Radiant–16 hr 20 min, -48 deg. 5 to 7 per hour from Mar. 14 to Mar. 18.

Mar. 22 Camelopardalids: No definite peak, with only one per hour. Slowest meteors at 7 kps.

Mar. 22 March Geminids: Discovered in 1973 and confirmed in 1975. Rate generally about 40 per hour. Seem to be very slow meteors.

Apr. 4 Kappa Serpentids: Radiant–near Corona Borealis . 4 or 5 per hour from Apr. 1 to 7.

Apr. 7 Delta Draconids: Radiant–near Cepheus border. From Mar. 28 to Apr. 7. Slow meteors at about 5 per hour.

Apr. 10 Virginids: Radiant– near Gamma in bowl of Virgo. 20 per hour.

Apr. 15 April Fireballs: Radiant– between The Water Jar and Scutum, very erratic. From April 15 to 30 many bright bolides from Southeastern sky.

Apr. 17 Sigma Leonids: Radiant– at Leo Virgo border, actually has moved into Virgo in recent years. Weak shower of 1 to 2 per hour.

Apr. 22 Lyrids: Radiant– near Vega. 15 per hour, bright and long lasting meteors. From Comet Thatcher.

April 25 Mu Virginids: Radiant–near Libra. 7 to 10 per hour of medium speed meteors.

Apr. 28 Alpha Bootids: Radiant– near Arcturus. From Apr. 14 to May 13. Slow meteors with fine trails.

May 1 Phi Bootids: Radiant–near Hercules. From Apr. 16 to May 12. 6 per hour.

May 3 Alpha Scorpiids: Radiant– Near Antares. From Apr. 16 to May 9.

May 4 Eta Aquarids: Radiant– near Water Jar. From Apr. 21 to May 12. 21 per hour, yellow with bright trails. Comet Halley debris.

June 3 Tau Herculids: Radiant–near Corona Borealis. About a month long, 15 per hour max, most quite faint.

June 5 Scorpiids: Radiant–near Ophiuchus. 20 per hour with some fireballs.

June 7 Arietids: About 30 per hour. Slow moving with some fireballs.

June 13 Ophiuchids: Radiant– near Scorpius. Only 3 per hour but fast moving bolides are common. Duration–25 days

June 16 June Lyrids: Radiant–near Vega. Another part of May Lyrid meteor stream. 15 per hour, faint blue meteors.

June 20 Ophiuchids: Radiant– near Sagitarrius. Rate varies from 8 to 20, with occaisionally many more.

June 30 June Draconids: Radiant–near handle of Big Dipper. Rate varies from 10 to 100 per hour. Pons-Winnecke Comet is parent.

July 28 Delta Aquarids: Radiant–near Capricornus. 25 per hour, slow (24 kps) with yellow trails. Duration–40 days

July 30 Capricornids: Radiant–near Aquarius. Tough to tell these from Delta Aquarids. 10 to 35 per hour with bolides.

Aug 10 Perseids: Radiant–near Double cluster. 50 to 100 per hour, yellow with trails and bolides. The best modern dependable shower. Duration–5 days.

Aug 20 Kappa Cygnids: Radiant–near Deneb. 12 per hour with many fireballs. Duration–15 days.

Aug 31 Andromedids: Radiant– near Cassiopeia. Occaisionally spectacular, usually 20 per hour. Some red fireballs with trails. Biela’s Comet parent.

Sept 23 Alpha Aurigids: Radiant– near Capella. 12 per hour, fast with trails.

Oct 7 Piscids: Radiant–near Aries. 15 per hour at 28 kps.

Oct 9 Draconids: Raidiant–near Hercules. Spectacular when comet Giacobinni-Zinner passes near Earth. 200 per hour when comet is close is not uncommon, 1000 per hour sometimes.

Oct 20 Orionids: Radiant–near Taurus. 30 per hour, fast (67 kps) often in colors with long trails. Duration–8 days

Nov. 5 Taurids: Radiant–near Pleaides. 10 per hour with many fireballs. Debris from comet Encke. Duration–45 days.

Nov. 12 Pegasids: Radiant–Near Square. from Oct. 10 to late Nov., 10 per hour, used to be spectacular.

Nov 17 Leonids: Radiant–near Sickle. Most spectacular of modern showers. 1966 saw 500,000 per hour– 140 per second. Comet Temple–Tuttle is parent. 20 per hour between 33 year shows, fastest known at 71 kps. Duration–4 days.

Dec. 10 Monocerids: Radiant– near Gemini. 12 per hour.

Dec. 11 Sigma Hydrids: Radiant–near Head. 12 per hour, fast.

Dec. 14 Geminids: Radiant–near Castor. 60 per hour, many bright, white but few trails. Icarus, the Earth-crossing astroid seems to be the parent. Duration–6 days.

Dec. 14 Leo Minorids: 10 per hour, somewhat faint. Discovered by amateurs in 1971.

Dec. 20 Delta Arietids: 12 per hour, must view in early evening, before radiant sets.

Dec. 22 Ursids: Radiant–Little Dipper Bowl. Medium speed, 20 per hour, many with bright trails. Duration–2 days

Source: ftp://nic.funet.fi/pub/astro/dbases/stars/potporri.txt

  Celestial News

What is Wasp-17 and Why is it So Special?

Wasp-17 is a newly discovered planet as  August 13, 2009! Why is it so special? Because it defies the laws of physics that apply to every other planet that we know of in existence throughout the universe…and for another, it is about twice the size of Jupiter!

The amazing thing is, planets orbit in the same direction as their star. All planets. Everywhere in the Universe. Except one: Wasp-17!

Well August 13, 2009 was an awesome celestial event, the discovery of an anomaly planet! This will have astrophysics professors scrambling to explain how this could have happened for years!

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