Is this telescope good for amateur astronomy

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Realistic expectations

1st Commandment: Astronomical observation is masochism: If you only feel comfortable in bed or in the warm room at night, you should choose another hobby. The best conditions for amateur astronomers - except for observing the sun - exist in the cold and long nights of the winter months; in absolute darkness and freezing cold. In addition, many budding amateur astronomers live in urban areas that are "delighted" with artificial light (light pollution) and thus many interesting objects, including the Milky Way, "disappear" in the brightened sky. The warm buildings heat the air and make it wobble, which then also makes the objects in the eyepiece appear restless. The only thing that helps here is to flee to almost uninhabited areas, but this can mean driving for hours and ultimately lead to a sleepless night.
2nd commandment: The universe is black and white: Unfortunately, before looking into an eyepiece in a telescope, you have to forget the colorful, detailed pictures from relevant magazines. In addition to different color tones for stars, which can also shine bluish, reddish or yellowish in addition to white, slight color casts can also be seen in planets (e.g. Mars reddish, Saturn yellowish). In the case of dark objects, which are usually only perceived as a misty spot, the lighter ones of these objects can at best have a greenish hue. One hears in part from amateur astronomers that in very bright nebulae - e. B. Orion Nebula - also attest reddish parts. If so, then with very large and correspondingly expensive instruments, under the best conditions and very well adapted eyes to the darkness. In addition, our atmosphere outside of cities is anything but calm and, especially at high magnifications, makes the objects in the field of view of the eyepiece jump and wobble. So if you expect to see something like this in the way of the many very successful photos, the disappointment is guaranteed to be perfect.
3rd commandment: A telescope does not make an amateur astronomer. The famous astronomer Wilhelm Herschel (1738-1822) put it in a nutshell: “Don't expect to see when you look; Seeing is an art that has to be learned. "With a ten-second look through an eyepiece at a planet or other astronomical object, no details are recognized. A real amateur astronomer" observes "; he looks at the same object for a very long time and tries to elicit details from the mostly restless image. Among other things, this requires a relaxed posture at the telescope. A good astro chair is very helpful. But to find something to observe at all, you need to acquire some basic knowledge of celestial mechanics and the starry sky indispensable, even if the new equipment should have “goto.” But binoculars that are already in most households - as a very good overview aid - must not be completely forgotten.
4th commandment: Team up with like-minded people: It is very useful to join forces with like-minded people; E.g. with amateur astronomers from the surrounding area, visiting or even membership in an astronomical association. The latter can be found practically in all parts of the country; also safely close to where you live. Here you can look at various objects through various devices and eyepieces, receive important information and find answers to your questions. This saves frustrated buying and gives ideas for successful observation nights. For this purpose, many astronomy associations provide you with a selection of very good equipment - often in their own observatory - for a small annual fee.
5th Commandment: The universal telescope does not exist. Observation object, observation location, transport options and, last but not least, account balance allow you to be spoiled for choice among a multitude of different constructions, manufacturing qualities and sizes of telescopes (with corresponding advantages and disadvantages). For this reason, many ambitious amateur astronomers have several telescopes, which are then used depending on the observation plan. For this reason, it is also a future-oriented decision not to purchase any equipment that is installed together. This is the only way to use different telescopes on the same mount. In addition, the lifespan of telescopes is 100 years, mechanics 50 years and electronics only 10 years. This means that if the electronics fail, everything does not have to be bought again. The best telescope is what you need. A huge device in the basement that you hate to drag up for a night of observation is certainly not the ideal telescope
6th Commandment: Cheap telescopes are the beginning of the end: Good used instruments can now and then be bought as bargains. But if completely new equipment with telescope, mount, eyepieces and other accessories are offered for prices that correspond to those of a quality eyepiece, the frustration at the first use of this purchase can be considered safe. It is obvious that the whole thing disappears in the basement or screed after the crashed “First Light”. So-called “beginner telescopes” do not exist! Only those that make you spoil this beautiful hobby the first time you use it. You should only invest your hard-earned money in devices that can be resold with a clear conscience and minimal financial loss if you change systems. When buying a telescope, the following applies: You get what you pay for!
7th commandment: The telescope is part of the whole: Even the most expensive telescope only offers frustration if it sits on a mount that is too weak and blurred images are produced as a result, or if poor eyepieces obscure the view. Observation will only be enjoyable and enjoyable if all components are of suitable quality and size. A good mount will be priced in the same range as a good, size-appropriate telescope. Good eyepieces quickly cost as much as cheap equipment! A good mount and good eyepieces can also be used with a cheap telescope. If you buy a higher quality telescope later, these components can still be used and do not have to be purchased again. So if you save, then most likely with the telescope!
8th Commandment: Without enlargement everything is nothing, enlargement is not everything: A high magnification is just a good selling point to lure beginners into amateur astronomy to buy. A good rule for the sensible maximum magnification is twice the value of the lens diameter in millimeters. Higher magnifications do not bring out any details, but only let the objects fade and become more restless. With our atmospheric conditions, this sensible maximum magnification can only rarely be used and we can count ourselves lucky if half (= simple lens diameter in millimeters) can be used sensibly. What is more important is a good "overview eyepiece" which, with a small magnification, allows wandering around the canopy of the sky, over the moon or the sun (attention: sun only with suitable sun filters!). Experience shows that more than half of the observation time of amateur astronomers is spent with a magnification of significantly less than 100 times!
9th commandment: Half the night of observation is good preparation: Good planning is essential for a successful observation night. The universe is "empty" in large areas and interesting objects are thinly distributed. In addition, not all objects are visible at all times. With the help of a star map, planetarium software or tips in specialist magazines, current objects that are "suitable" for your own equipment can be listed and selected in the warm room and when the light is on, so that they can later be found on the observation station at the telescope with the help of star maps or "goto" become. Also not to be forgotten is warm clothing and good food in solid and (warm) liquid form.
10th commandment: Detailed reports on the future: Once you have finally brought the object of desire into the eyepiece and enjoy its abundance of detail, which gradually penetrates through the eye into the brain, you should record these impressions for "posterity". This can happen in a simple observation report, with existing skills with a drawing or corresponding equipment with a photograph; better, of course, with combinations of these possibilities. The most beautiful night of observation is irretrievably lost if no records are made about it.

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