How to Buy a Telescope

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Members of SLAS

"How To Buy A Telescope", a program by amateur astronomers of the St. Louis Astronomical Society, will be featured at the Society’s November meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 15, in McDonnell Hall, Room 162, on the Washington University campus. McDonnell Hall is accessible from Forsyth Boulevard via Houston Way. The presentation, cosponsored by NASA's Missouri Space Grant Consortium, is open to the public free of charge.

Astronomy is a science that is not limited to professional scientists. Many interesting objects are visible to the unaided eye. Many more can be seen with ordinary binoculars, but even a small telescope greatly expands the possibilities for viewing the Moon, the satellites of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn, star clusters, galaxies, and other celestial sights. Today there is a bewildering variety of sizes, types, and prices for telescopes, including computer-guided instruments and instruments capable of quality astrophotography. Not all of these telescopes are well made; not all perform as advertised. Few sales staff, at department stores or even specialty stores, know enough about telescopes and astronomy to provide the information necessary to select the best telescope for the buyer’s interest and budget. In this program, experienced telescope users will explain what to look for - and what to avoid - when buying a telescope, especially a first-time instrument.

The St. Louis Astronomical Society is an organization for individuals interested in astronomy and telescopes. The public is invited to attend its meetings, telescope observing sessions, and special events. For more information about Astronomical Society events, please check the home page of this website at , or call 935-4614.