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How to Use a Telescope Properly for an Exquisite Night View

As kids in science class, you studied the stars and the planets. There were always plenty of pictures in the book that’d help you visualize space better. To help you visualize even better, some of you were probably taken to a planetarium.

The older you got and as your interest in astronomy started growing, you probably paid a visit to an observatory. You may have even invested in your own telescope at some point! I advise you look at the best telescopes to find the best model for you!

Whether you were that nerd, or you’re just curious about space -like the most of us-, I’m sure you’d like to know how to use a telescope properly. This is what this guide is for, read along to know how simple it is. Even if you’re a beginner!

Get to Know Your Telescope First!

You need to remember something, what you’ll see from the telescope isn’t what NASA shows on their website. The reasons are the type of telescope and the fact they actually go out of the earth to capture some of these breathtaking images.

Although it seems that the parts of the telescope are pretty simple. They actually take a little bit of getting used to and knowing what each of them is for. Setting them up alone may require a bit of patience on your end to get the best view.

There are parts of the telescope that are standard in any type of telescope.

The Lens

This is one of the most important parts of the telescope. The lens is the part that controls and collects light movement.

It consists of:

  • Convex lens
  • Concave lens
  • Concave mirror
  • Focusing distance
  • Field of view
  • Magnification
  • Resolution
  • Finderscope

This is the small telescope found on top of the telescope tube. It’s used to locate and direct the telescope for a clear view of the object you’re looking at.


The eyepiece is part of the ocular lens and it helps in enhancing the lens’ clear view. It also locks the ocular lens in place, keeping it from breaking and falling down.

Telescope/ Optical Tube

This is where the main mirror is located. You’ll find that most of the telescopes have a diameter of about 8 inches and a tube cover.

This part enhances the setting of the focal length. It’s controlled by a small knob that’s usually found underneath the visual back.


This part is what controls the direction of your telescope. Depending on the type of mount you get, the direction in which it can move differs.

The mount has a regulating knob to indicate the latitude position. This knob also lets the telescope remain in balance.

The mount enhances the telescope’s efficiency, that’s why it’s one of the most expensive parts of the telescope.


Any telescope must come with an at least 3-stand tripod. The tripod is what holds the telescope in its place on any surface.

It also helps in supporting the telescope in any position, whether it’s slanted, straight, or even inverted.

The tripod helps in the ease of movement ad rotation of the telescope.

Time to Set up Your Telescope

Setting up your telescope may take some time in the beginning until you get used to the process.

  • Align Your Telescope and Finderscope
  • Insert an eyepiece into the tube of the telescope.
  • Align your telescope to an object that’s land-based (ex. A chimney) at least 600 meters away. If it’s too blurry, choose a further object.
  • Center your telescope to the chosen object
  • Lock your telescope in place.
  • Align your finder piece to the same object you aligned with your telescope.
  • Look through your eyepiece again to make sure both the telescope and finderscope are pointing and centered on the same object.

I suggest that you do this during the daytime, as it’ll be much easier to see land-based objects. If you couldn’t and have to align it at night, I suggest using a bright enough object that can be seen easily with your telescope.

Beware, you shouldn’t align with trees as they can easily move from a bit of wind.

Mount Set-Up

Make sure you place the tripod on the location you plan to observe the skies from.

  • Extend the tripod to the required height. I suggest using a spirit level, and make sure the bolts are tightened.
  • Install mount head and point it towards true north.
  • Create a right angle template out of a firm cardboard.
  • Set the polar axis to the right angle of the triangle.
  • Place triangle and spirit level against the side of the mount’s polar axis. If they all align, you’re all set up!
  • Telescope Collimation

This is the process where you need to make sure that your mirrors are aligned. Without proper mirror alignment, your image may be distorted.

Since this doesn’t happen too often, this video will explain in detail what needs to be done.
Exploring the Night Sky. Now it’s time for the fun part, exploring the night sky. Most of the beginner astronomers start with the moon. Since it’s the easiest to spot in the sky.

To know what your other options are, you’ll need to check online and see what’s in the sky for that day. I also suggest subscribing to different astronomy magazines, they’ll give you guidance on how to spot different planets. Other common planets to look for are Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn since they’re among the easiest to find.

You should have a star map at hand to help you with finding different objects in space. By finding the north start and Orion’s belt, it should be pretty simple to find anything up there.

In Conclusion

Getting into astronomy can be very enlightening as you’ll get to see what it’s like up there. Surely, it won’t be as we see on tv, but it’ll be an unforgettable experience. The telescope you get will determine how clear you’ll be able to view some things. Check out Skytechlasers for more information.

It’s better to place your telescope outside unless you have a room in your house that has a clear sky view from the window. Keep in mind that it could get pretty cold as you’re exploring the skies. Dress accordingly and maybe bring a tent or sleeping bag if you’re far away from the comfort of your home.

7 Best Planetariums in the World

Space is the dark abyss with dotted adornments of light that stands above us like a marvel yet to be explored. A common desire of every human would be to go on an expedition to the depths of that infinite realm. Although resources are insufficient to make that dream true, many centres across the globe have simulated the experience of floating through space. Planetariums have been set up to take people on a ride through the galaxies and milky ways. Some premium planetariums have been built in many parts of the world to familiarize the people with space. What makes it different from normal stargazing is the immersive experience that it offers. Here are some of the best planetariums that you can find while travelling the world.

1.      Morrison Planetarium (San Francisco, California)

Morrison is situated in the Golden Gate Park and is the roomiest all-digital planetarium in the world with its seventy-five-foot dome. Every star that appears on display closely resembles the stars that you see in the real world. The dome of Morrison has been constructed at an inclination of thirty degrees to simulate the earth’s tilt.

2.      Galileo Galilei Planetarium (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

The Galileo Galilei Planetarium that has its dome in the shape of a spacecraft is situated in the Parque Tres de Febrero. Features that make this place unique and popular are space rock and metallic meteorite.

3.      H.R. MacMillan Space Center (Vancouver, Canada)

The space center is a museum that includes an observatory, a planetarium theater, and a space for exhibition. Movies about space and planets are played in the theater to educate the guests more about the science that gave birth to these wonders. It is for the movie “The Sky Tonight” that most people visit H.R. MacMillan Space Center.

4.      Burke Baker Planetarium (Houston, Texas)

The highest number of votes for a ‘must-visit planetarium’ would fall for the Burke Baker because this is the spot where all the space shuttle astronauts are trained for identification of star fields. SkySkan  DigitalSky starfield projector has been installed here, which is the most advanced simulator in the world.

5.      Nagoya City Science Museum Planetarium (Nagoya City, Japan)

With a dome height of about 115 foot, the planetarium at the Nagoya City Science Museum is the largest in the world. The reclining seats and excellent surround sound system enhances the experience to shoot you right into space.

6.      L’Hemisferic (Valencia, Spain)

Situated at the center of the City of Arts and Sciences Center, L’Hemisferic has a streamlined design that resembles a human eye surrounded by a blue pool of joyous tears.

7.      Hayden Planetarium (New York City, New York)

The American Museum of Natural History houses the Hayden Planetarium which has two theaters. The Star Theater offers the guests with a guided tour through the majestic solar system, and in the Big Bang Theater, they can learn more about the universe from the videos that expound the working of the starry kingdom.

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