The type of telescope that suits you best, depends on what exactly you want to use the telescope for. You now know that there are three types of telescopes: reflector telescopes, refractor telescopes and catadioptric telescopes. You also know that each type of telescope has its own advantages and disadvantages in terms of optical quality, mechanical quality, maintenance, ease of use and price. In our shop you can see countless models of these three types of telescopes. They are all of great quality, but which telescope is most suitable for you? We will try to help you by looking at what kind of observations are possible with which telescope type.
- Which type of telescope is right for me?
Which type of telescope suits me?
Is it your goal to observe the craters and hills on the moon? Observing the moon is very easy because it does not matter from where you look, even from a city with a lot of light, you can easily observe the moon. For moon observations, a small telescope, for example a refractor-telescope, is an appropriate choice.
To improve the image quality of observation, you can use moon filters to increase the contrast of the image. A moon filter is especially a welcome accessory when observing a full moon, because a filter ensures that the amount of light that reaches the eye is reduced. As a result, the image of the telescope is not too bright and you can observe the details on the moon much better.
Moon and planets
Would you like to see the nearby planets closest to the moon? Just as with the moon, planets can be seen from an urban environment with a lot of light lit. For observing planets, a telescope with a long focal length and a small field of vision is the best option. This gives you the planet on the lens without having too much darkness in the field of vision.
In short, a good telescope suitable for observing the moon and planets is a telescope with a long focal length, or a refractor telescope. A refractor telescope provides a sharp image of the planets, however the disadvantage of this type of telescope is that colour errors have to be corrected with an extra filter.
Planets and nebulae
Do you want to use the telescope solely for observations of planets and the colourful nebulas that lie further away in the universe? This requires a telescope with a long focal length. A reflector telescope as well as a catadioptric telescope allow you to observe planets and mists through the long focal length. If you want even sharper details, you can use filters. This only shows the relevant light waves that make your image sharper and create more contrast.
The advantage of a catadioptric telescope is that this type has a long focal length, but a shorter tube than a reflector telescope, making the catadioptric telescope easy to transport. However, a catadiopritic telescope is more expensive than a reflector telescope.
Deep sky objects
If you are interested in observing deep sky objects such as mists, clusters or galaxies, a reflector telescope is the right choice. Deep sky objects are less bright than the moon and planets and can usually not be seen with the naked eye. Moreover, these celestial bodies are often widely distributed in the universe. it is therefore important for deep sky observations that the telescope collects a lot of light. The more light is collected, the lighter the observable celestial body becomes.
In short, a reflector telescope that catches a lot of light, with a small opening ratio is crucial for deep sky observations. Are you not only interested in deep sky observations, but also in the moon or planets? A catadioptric telescope is an all-rounder and allows you to observe the moon and planets as well as deep sky.
Where would you like to use the telescope?
In addition to the type of telescope you use, it is also important where you use the telescope. For different locations and conditions, we recommend other telescopes: In the slightly light-polluted air of urban areas: catadioptric telescopes and refractor telescopes. In the moderately light-polluted air of suburban areas: no specific preference for telescopes. In dark, remote places: catadioptric telescopes and reflector telescopes.